Did you know that New York is the ‘most photographed city in the world’? And that it costs nearly 1 million dollars here to get a license to operate a taxicab. Sounds crazy? Well, there’s more to the Big Apple than what you see and read. So, just dig a bit and unearth a lot of interesting and fascinating tidbits about this famous city.
Here is a list of interesting facts about New York City which you may or may not know:
- NYC is the most populous city in the United States and also the most densely populated major city in the country.
- It’s not only a key center for international diplomacy, but also described as the ‘cultural and financial capital of the world.’
- Until 1664, it was known as New Amsterdam but that, the English took it from the Dutch and renamed it New York City
- In 1789, NYC became the first capital of the United States, but this lasted only slighlty more than one year though.
- With a population of 8.4 million people, NYC is the most densely populated city in the whole of USA. The population of the Greater Metropolitan area is a staggering 20.2 million people!
- Although the city has over hundred nicknames, ‘The Big Apple’ is perhaps the most famous of them all.
- Since 1907, all taxi cabs here are painted yellow as this color is easily recognizable and minimizes risks posed by unofficial drivers.
- Ellis Island in NYC is also known as ‘gateway to the United States” as it served as an immigration station in the late 19th It has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.
- The city is home to the largest stock exchange in the world – the New York Stock Exchange
- About 29,000 acres, which accounts to 14 percent of the city, is parkland, plus, it has 14 miles of beaches as well.
- The first subway line in NYC was opened in 1904.
- With 468 stations and 1335 km of track, the NYC subway system is the largest mass transit system in the world.
- The Federal Reserve Bank vault is the world’s largest depository for monetary gold
- Over 800 languages are spoken in NYC which makes it perhaps one of the most linguistically diverse places in the world.
- The Empire State Building has its own zip code, so did the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
- One of the iconic landmarks, The Statue of Liberty, was actually France’s gift to the United States in 1886 (as a celebration of 100 years of U.S. independence)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the biggest art galleries in the world.
- It’s home to the world’s smallest church – Oneida – which has the dimensions 51″ x 81″, good enough for only two people to sit together at once
- Somewhere in the city, the eyeballs of the famous scientist Albert Einstein are stored in a safe deposit box
- NYC has respectively the largest Jewish population (outside Israel), Chinese population (outside of any city in Asia) and Puerto Rican population anywhere in the world
- Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park – these all were once cemeteries which were later turned into parks.
- The city gets 15 times as much snow as the South Pole and believe it or not, it once literally froze to such extent that people could actually walk on ice from Manhattan to Staten Island (sometime in the late 17th century).
- You won’t spot any Walmart store in NYC, which might disappoint you given the 900 stores the company has worldwide
- Since the early 1960s, the price of a slice of pizza has matched, with uncanny precision, the cost of a New York subway ride.
- Come 2018 NYC will be the first city in the world to have an underground park
- About 1 in every 38 people living in the U.S.A. is a New York City resident.
- The city has more population than 80% of states of the US.
- Every year, some 41 million people visit NYC making it perhaps one of the most visited city on the planet
To know more about this wonderful city, be sure to check out the New York City tours it offers.