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124 interesting facts and information about New York City

It’s not hard to find fascinating facts about the city of New York. Think about it. The city of New York is now home to 8.4 million people in an area of 490 square kilometers. That’s crazy! The city has five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. Some even say that these neighborhoods have enough personality and attractions to be separate cities! And then there is the history of New York City, which is full of defining moments, some tragic like 9/11, others revolutionary like the creation of the New York subway system.

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1. The cost of obtaining a license to operate a taxi cab is $1 million.

2. New York is the city with the largest population of Poles after Warsaw.

3. Farting is a misdemeanor in New York City churches.

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4. In 1857, toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty’ in New York City.

5. New York is the only city in the world with more than 100 billionaires. New York had 105 billionaires, according to the Billionaire Census report of 2019. That’s more billionaires than almost every country in the world except the US, China, and Germany.

6. Until 1664, New York was called New Amsterdam. In the same year, the English took it from the Dutch and named it after the Duke of York and Albany.

7. The Jewish population in New York is the largest in the world outside of Israel.

8. Albany, the capital of upstate New York, is bakırköy escort as a city of many names. The original inhabitants, the Mahicans, called the city PempotowwathutMuhhcanneuw, meaning “hearth of the Mohammedan nation”, while the Dutch called it Beverwijck or “Beaver District.” In 1664Anglicans named the city after an Albanian prince.

9. New York was the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Cuomo passed the Marriage Equality Act on June 4, 2011. After the law was passed, there were 823 same-sex marriages in New York alone.

10. While New York is the largest city in New York, the state capital is Albany, which is home to 1/80 of New York’s population.

11. New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for the homeless if they are guaranteed a place to stay at their destination.

12. The Empire State Building has its own zip code (10118).

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13. Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and Brooklyn joined Manhattan to form “Greater New York” in 1898, doubling the population and expanding the territory 6 times.

14. There are more than 100,000 miles of rivers and streams in New York, which is a great asset.

15. Many parrots live on the streets of Brooklyn.

16. There are 58 species of wild orchids in New York State.

17. The first public brewery in America was founded by Peter Minuit in a market in lower Manhattan.

18. Since 1992, women have been allowed to go topless in New York City.

19. European settlers bringing seeds to New York “discovered” apples in the 16th century.

20. The oldest cattle farm in the U.S. was established in 1747 in Montauk on Long Island.

21. The tallest waterfall in New York is the 215-foot Taughannock.

22. In 1906, the Bronx Zoo exhibited a caged congo man named Ota Benga.

23. There is not a single Walmart store in New York City.

24. The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.

25. In 1905, the first pizzeria in the United States (called Lombards) opened in New York City.

26. Nearly 2 million New Yorkers are under the age of 18.

27. The NYC subway system consists of 469 stations.

28. There is more than 1,000 km of subway lines in New York City.

29. The official name is “The City of New York,” not “New York City.”

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30. New York is the most linguistically diverse city, with more than 800 languages spoken and 4 in 10 households speaking a language other than English.

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31. According to New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, the last hurricane to pass directly over New York City was in 1821. The storm surge was so great that the city was flooded.

32. In 1664, the English seized the territory of New Amsterdam from Dutch settlers living there. King Charles II named the territory of New York after his brother the Duke of York and gave it to him as a gift.

33. New York was the eleventh state of the United States and was one of the 13 original colonies.

34. New York was the nation’s first capital from 1789 to 1790, and George Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. president at Federal Hall on Wall Street on April 30, 1789. The New York Public Library has more than 50 million books and other items and is the second largest library system in the country after the Library of Congress. It is also the third largest library in the world.

35. The first railroad in the United States ran 17 km in New York City, from Albany to Schenectady.

36. During World War II, President Roosevelt invited 982 refugees to take refuge. The refugees consisted of concentration camp survivors who had skills that would contribute to a refugee shelter. The president also had to promise that the refugees would return to their homeland after the war, but many families were allowed to stay in America.

37. By 1957, there was a pneumatic postal cable system that connected 23 post offices over an area of 43 kilometers. At one point it moved 97,000 letters a day.

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38. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe in New York.

39. Lake Placid (NY) is the only city in the U.S. to have hosted the Olympic Games twice, first in 1932 and then again in 1980.

40. On November 28, 2012, not a single homicide, shooting, or other dangerous incident was reported in New York City for the entire day. For the first time in basically forever.

41. There was a wind tunnel near the Flat Iron building that could lift women’s skirts. Men would gather outside the Flat Iron building to watch the spectacle.

42. New York City alone has a population of just over 8 million. In fact, about 1 in 38 people in the U.S. live in New York City, and more people live in New York City than in Australia and Switzerland combined.

43. According to a November 2015 report, New York is the second safest state in the United States after Massachusetts, with 6.1 deaths per 100,000 state residents, 1199 deaths in 2013, and 91% of New Yorkers choosing to wear seat belts, higher than the national average of 87%.

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44. In 1952 the headquarters of the United Nations was established in New York.

45. The New York Post, founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1803, is the longest-running newspaper in the United States.

46. According to a CNBC report, New York was the third most expensive state in 2014, after Hawaii and Connecticut. The average price of a home in New York was $1.3 million that year, the highest in the United States.

47. New York is home to many inventions, including toilet paper and chewing gum. Rochester, NY, was itself the birthplace of French mustard, children’s shoes, and gold teeth.

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48. Famous New Yorkers include Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Denzel Washington, Adam Sandler, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Tom Cruise, Michael Jordan, Barbara Streisand, or Braco Marx.

49. New York has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the US.

50. Every 4 minutes in New York someone is born.

51. Every 9 minutes a death occurs in New York.

52. In 1848, the first women’s rights convention in the United States was held in Seneca Falls (NY), officially beginning the fight for women’s rights. Women gained the right to vote in New York in 1917.

53. Brooklyn alone would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also rank high nationally.

54. New York is the city with the largest Chinese population outside of Asia.

55. New York City has the largest population of Puerto Rico of any city in the world.

56. The Bronx Zoo in New York City is the largest urban zoo in the United States with more than 500 species and 4,000 animals.

57. In 1920, a horse-drawn car with explosives detonated on Wall Street, killing 30 people. No one was ever caught and it is considered one of the first domestic acts of terrorism.

58. In a few years, Madison Square Garden’s lease will come to an end and it will have to move somewhere else.

59. UPS, FedEx, and other commercial courier companies receive up to 7,000 parking tickets a day, contributing up to $120 million in revenue to the city of New York.

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Little Known Facts

60. 60% of cigarettes sold in New York are illegally smuggled in from other countries.

61. A hot dog izmir escort could cost more than $289,000 for a year’s permit to sell in Central Park.

62. One assassination took place on September 11, 2001, and remains unsolved.

63. Chornobyl is closer to New York than Los Angeles is to Fukushima.

64. In 1901, New York was the first state to require all cars to have license plates. However, the plates were not issued by the state, but made by the owner and had to have the owner’s initials.

66. New York has more undergraduate and graduate students than Boston.

67. New York’s coastline of 830 km is longer than Miami, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco combined.

68. The Waldorf Astoria hotel is home to a secret railroad platform.

69. New York City’s Federal Reserve Bank has the world’s largest gold storage facility. The vault is 80 meters below ground level and there is $90 billion in gold.

70. New York’s Genesee River is one of 33 rivers in the world that runs from south to north.

71. When the Dutch first arrived in Manhattan, there were huge oyster beds. Ellis Island and Liberty Island were called the Little Oyster and the Big Oyster.

72. New York State generates nearly 23 million tons of garbage each year. The city of New York alone sends a 9-mile fleet of garbage trucks every day to locations up to 300 miles away.

73. McSorley’s, the oldest Irish house in New York, did not allow women to go inside until 1970.

74. In 1971, the bloodiest prison riot ever in the United States occurred in Attica, New York. A total of 43 prisoners and officers were killed during the riot.

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75. On September 11, 2001, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City were the worst single attack on American soil. The attack was the nation’s greatest tragedy for U.S. firefighters, with a total of 2,753 deaths.

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76. The popular belief that Dutch settlers bought the island of Manhattan from the natives in 1626 comes from a letter called “Schaghenbrief,” created by Pieter Schager. Although the letter mentions the purchase of the island in barter (about $24), it does not mention the involvement of the colony’s director, Peter Minuit.

77. New York is bakırköy escort as the “Empire” because of its growth and prosperity early in its history. It is said that George Washington viewed New York as ‘the seat of empire.

78. Between 1886 and 1924, more than 14 million immigrants entered the United States through New York Harbor.

79. Due to struggling famine and political problems, by 1850 more native Irish lived in New York than in Dublin (Ireland). New York City is still home to more people of Irish descent than the Irish capital.

80. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy took the lives of 150 people on the Atlantic coast, about 50 of whom were New Yorkers. A large part of New York City lost electricity, 650,000 homes were destroyed, and the total damage amounted to about $68 billion, of which $33 million was damaged in New York State.

81. Previously cemeteries were Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park.

82. 20,000 bodies are buried in Washington Square Park alone.

83. Four of the five boroughs are located on islands. Manhattan and Staten Island are separate islands. Queens and Brooklyn are at the western end of long island. The Bronx is the only borough located on the mainland.

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84. Due to the location of the islands, different parts of the city can be reached by bridges or tunnels.

85. Brooklyn is the most populous borough in the city (not Manhattan).

86. Queens is considered the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.

87. By the way, New York City is not the capital of New York State. That honor goes to the city of Albany.

88. The city is associated with the British Empire, but the first settlers were Dutch. They established a fur trading post on Governor’s Island.

89. Later, the Dutch established the colony of New Amsterdam in Lower Manhattan. They bought the island from the locals for the equivalent of a şişli escort-day thousand dollars. Many call the transaction “the bursa escort real estate deal in history.”

90. New York was the first capital of the United States. It lasted only a year.

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91. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. But it wasn’t always so. In the 1990s, the city was a crime center. After the election of Mayor Rudolf Giuliani, they cut the number of crimes by more than half.

92. There are more women than men in the city.

93. The Brooklyn Bridge was the first suspension bridge made of steel wire.

94. France awarded the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886 as a celebration of 100 years of American independence and continued loyalty between the two countries. The statue was shipped as 350 pieces in 214 boxes and took four months to assemble in its current state on Ellis Island in New York. It was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustav Eiffel.

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95. If New York State were its own country, its economy would rank 15th in the world, being slightly smaller than the economies of Canada and Spain. New York’s economy ranks 3rd in the United States, after California and Texas. The New York Stock Exchange is the world’s largest stock exchange. The second largest is the NASDAQ, which is also located in New York.

96. Penn Station was considered one of the most beautiful train stations in the world, but it was demolished.

97. The population of the entire world could fit in the state of Texas if it were as densely populated as the city of New York.

98. In 1975, the city of New York sold a private island in the East River for $10.

99. The winter of 1780 was so severe in New York that New York Harbor froze over. People could walk from Manhattan to Staten Island across the ice.

100. Eating a New York bagel is equivalent to eating a quarter and a half loaf of bread.

101. NYC buries bodies on an island off the Bronx called Hart Island. Nearly a million corpses have been buried there since 1869. The island is not open to the public.

102. There is a hole 45 meters (15 stories) deep in Park Avenue between 36th and 37th streets.

103. The price of a slice of pizza and the cost of a single subway ride has been almost the same for 50 years.

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104. Nitrogen cylinders are used to dry underground telephone wires.

105. The city has the largest Chinatown in WestNew York.

106. The real Little Italy of New York is in the Bronx (Arthur Avenue).

107. New Yorkers have their own way of naming things and pronouncing words.

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108. There are many acronyms referring to several places in the city.

  • NoHo – North Houston Street;
  • SoHo – South Houston Street;
  • NoLiTa – Little Italy north;
  • TriBeCa – The triangle below Canal Street;
  • LES – Lower east side;
  • UWS – Upper west side;
  • FiDi – Financial District;
  • UES – Upper west side.

109. SoHo has the world’s largest collection of cast iron architecture.

110. Standard street signs are green. However, if you notice brown street signs, it’s because you’re in a historic district.

111. Many people around the world dream of living in Manhattan. In fact, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment on the island is about $3,000.

112. There are more than 380,000 millionaires in the city, or 1 in 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire. Now you know why there are so many expensive stores on Fifth Avenue.

113. The city’s subway is the largest mass transit system in the world.

114. The city has subway stations or ghost stations. The most famous is the one near City Hall.

115. Skyscrapers dominate Manhattan’s center and lower part. This is because there is a strong rock base in these Manisa Escort. Other Manisa Escort of the island are too weak to support huge buildings.

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116. These are the most popular attractions in the city:

  • Statue of Liberty;
  • Time Square;
  • Central Park;
  • Brooklyn Bridge;
  • Empire State Building;
  • Rockefeller Center;
  • Wall Street;
  • Fifth Avenue.

117. Except for emergencies, it is illegal to use a car horn in New York City.

118. In 2018, NYC will open the first underground park in the world.

119. There is a skyscraper here without any windows.

120. More people in New York die by suicide than by murder.

121. New Yorkers consume 7 times more coffee than other Americans.

122. Invisible to the naked eye, harmless shrimp called copepods live in New York City’s water supply.

123. Fifteen times as much snow falls here each year as at the South Pole.

124. A Missouri University of Science and Technology study claims to have determined the likely etymology of the term “Big Apple” although many people have long regarded it as a mystery. It may have been because horses loved apples that the “apple” refers to New York City’s many large racetracks. During a trip to the Big Apple, John J. Fitz Gerald popularized the term in The New York Morning Telegraph.

What do you think? What interesting things can you experience in New York? Write interesting facts, information, and information about NYC in the comment section below.

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