Start preparing now for the celebrations of one of New York's more unique cultural institutions: the Nexus of the Universe. It's hard to believe, but it was 13 years ago this weekend that the Seinfeld episode ran in which Kramer (Michael Richards, pre-racist rant) got lost downtown at the beguiling intersection of 1st and 1st, and calls Jerry in a panic, exclaiming "I'm at 1st and 1st—how can a street intersect itself? I must be at the nexus of the universe!"
The Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation's blog "Off The Grid" has the full rundown on the history and construction of the intersection (which this Cape Codder watches over), and it might help explain why Kramer was lost in the throes of a metaphysical freak-out. Click through to relive the magic of cable TV, circa 1998: