Wherever you are in the world, you’re never too far from Lower Manhattan, if only in spirit.
If you’re a Larry David fan and have been paying close attention to the recent seasons of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (as this Downtown Alliance staffer most dutifully has), you’ll glimpse some art in LD’s Los Angeles abode that stands out as distinctly New York.
Some quick googling confirmed that this Downtown Alliance staffer wasn’t seeing mirages of Lower Manhattan everywhere she looked: A pre-1811 map of Lower Manhattan was right there in the house’s entryway, the first thing guests or roommates (Leon’s still David’s sidekick-in-residence) would see when they walk in.
According to one astute Reddit user, we can tell this is a pre-1811 map because it shows the Collect Pond, which was filled in that year. “The Collect Pond was a 48-acre freshwater pond that had been a primary source of freshwater for the growing city, until it became so polluted by surrounding industries and its use as a convenient place to dump refuse and dead animals that the city filled it in and developed it,” wrote RunawayPancake2, adding that Chinatown and Little Italy stand today where the old pond once was.
Isn’t that something (found in the house of the creator of the show about nothing)?