RNC trivia: 7 little-known similarities between NYC and Cleveland

ByMike Waterhouse WABC logo
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The spotlight is on Cleveland, Ohio, this week for the Republican National Convention. But one of the little-known parts of the Midwest city is how much is how much it has in common with New York City.

Check out these 7 similarities between Cleveland and New York City:

1. Matching buildings

Cleveland's iconic skyscraper - the Terminal Tower - was modeled after the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan. The NYC version has 40 stories, while Cleveland's is 52.

Check out how similar they are in design:

2. Tall buildings

For many years, Cleveland had the world's tallest building outside New York City. The Terminal Tower was originally the fourth-tallest building when it first opened in 1930, and it was the tallest building in the world outside of New York City until 1953. It remained the tallest in the United States outside of NYC until 1964, when the Prudential Center opened in Boston.

3. Same park designer

Cleveland's newly-opened, rebuilt Public Square park in the middle of downtown was designed by the same landscape architect who designed the High Line -- James Corner. The idea was to attract more people to the center of town, which is something that the High Line has certainly done for the western part of Manhattan.

Here's a look at the park from above:

4. A similar stage for superheroes

Many of the NYC scenes in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" movie were actually filmed in downtown Cleveland. For more than a month, New York City taxis and NYPD cars could be seen around the city:

There was even an Eyewitness News van in Cleveland as a prop for the movie:

5. A common need for speed

The upcoming movie "Fast and Furious 8" also shot many of its NYC scenes in Cleveland, including this one with cars flying out of a parking garage:

6. Big theater districts

Both are known for their theater. In fact, Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare is the largest theater district in the United States outside of New York City.

One thing New York's Theater District is missing is a giant chandelier:

7. Rock 'n' Roll hubs

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, known as the birth place of rock 'n' roll music. But it shares the annual hall of fame induction ceremony with New York City. The event is rotates its host city from New York, Cleveland and Los Angeles -- but most of the events have been held in New York.

Here's a look at the Rock Hall from the Lake Erie shoreline:

Know of any other similarities in the cities? Tell us in the comment section below.