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81 Interesting New York Facts

It may not be an exaggeration to say that if New York stops, most of the works in the US takes a hit! It is a state which is extremely famous among US citizens and foreigners alike. Today we will learn some fascinating New York facts and increase our knowledge about this wonderful and buzzing state.

New York Facts 1-10

1. There are around 8 million people who live in New York City. This means that one in every 38 Americans live in New York City.

2. Did you know that over 800 languages are spoken in this city? It is the linguistically most diverse city in the entire world! At least 4 out of 10 households speak a language other than English.

3. It was the capital city of the United States in 1758.

4. Most Jewish people live in New York City than any other city outside of Israel.

5. Times Square is named after NYT – New York Times. It was actually called Longacre Square. It changed to Times Square when Times moved there in the year 1904.

6. First ever pizzeria in the US was opened in the New York in 1895. From 1960’s, the price of a pizza slice is more or less same as the price of a subway ride. This created the idea of ‘Pizza Principle’ among the economists.

7. The headquarters of the United Nations was opened in the New York in 1952 post second world war.

8. The second largest library of USA is the New York Public Library. It hosts more than 50 million books. It is the third largest library in the whole world.

9. The Federal Reserve Bank situated in New York hosts the largest gold storage in the entire world. The vault which contains gold worth $90 billion is 80 feet below.

10. Oysters were extremely popular in New York in the 19th century. The shells of oysters were used to pave Pearl Street and they were also used in the form of lime for Trinity Church’s masonry.

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New York Facts 11-20

11. Honking your car horns is actually illegal in the New York.

12. A new born baby is born every 4.4 minutes in New York.

13. Lightning strikes the Empire State Building 23 times a year.

14. Going topless is not illegal in New York but farting in Church results in misdemeanor.

15. Up until 1920s, New York had a specific day for moving called ‘moving day’ on 1 May. Everyone who wished to relocate to a new apartment had to move on that particular day only!

16. You surely must have heard of Highline Park, but did you hear about Lowline? It is an underground park situated in west side of Manhattan. It is the world’s first underground park.

17. There is something called whispering gallery in the Grand Central Terminal. You can stand at opposite diagonal corner and whisper to the person standing on the other side of the room.

18. Wyckoff Farm is the oldest building in New York. It was built in 1642. It is now a museum of Dutch heritage. It is situated in Brooklyn.

19. Back in good old days, cowboys used to patrol the west side of Manhattan to keep people away from the railway lines to avoid accidents. This stopped in 1941 when the safety measures improved.

20. Central Park hosts 275 of the total 800 North American bird species known.

New York Facts 21-30

21. Statue of Liberty is the face and pride of America. But did you know that it is a gift from France to the USA? Learn more such fun and interesting Statue of Liberty Facts here.

22. Instead of a borough, if Brooklyn would have been a city, it would have been the fourth largest city in USA.

23. Winter was so worse in New York in 1780 that New York harbor froze and people could literally walk from Manhattan to Staten Island on ice!

24. Einstein’s eyeballs and brain are placed in a safe box in New York.

25. If you own a house in New York, you can actually request a plant be planted outside your house for free!

26. New York is the place where you find the most billionaires in the world. There are around 380,000 millionaires in the New York City.

27. The average rent in New York is whopping $3,500 per month!

28. The cabs in New York were originally red and green. The yellow and black color was adopted after 1912.

29. Bronx region was named after Jonas Bronck, the first ever European to settle in this region in 1639.

30. If you navigate the entire subway of New York City, it would take 24 hours! It has 34 lines and 469 stops.

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New York Facts 31-40

31. Commercial delivery companies like FedEx, UPS receive nearly 7,000 parking tickets in a single day! It results in $120 million of revenue for the city.

32. There was a mile-long island called Hog Island. It disappeared after 1893’s hurricane.

33. One of the oldest bars in the New York City is McSorley’s. It didn’t allow women inside till 1970.

34. Did you know Empire State Building has its zip code which is 10118?

35. The state has 520 miles of coastline.

36. New York pays one-way ticket for any homeless person in New York if he/she has a permanent place to stay.

37. The number of undergraduate and graduate students in New York is higher than the population of Boston.

38. Waldorf Astoria hotel has a secret train platform.

39. 75 ½ Bedford Street is the narrowest house in the New York. It is present in the West Village. It is just 9 feet wide.

40. If you want to own a hot dog stand, you have to pay $289,000 for one-year permit!

New York Facts 41-50

41. Brooklyn Bridge is 11 years older than London’s Tower Bridge.

42. Till 1898, New York was known as New Amsterdam as the first European settlers were Dutch. The name changed when the city was gifted in the 18th century to the Duke of York. He changed the city’s name from New Amsterdam to New York and from then the name remained as is even to this day.

43. It may be a bit surprising but you can find crustaceans in drinking water in New York. You can drink the water without filtering as it is still pure. Filtering them out or not is your choice.

44. New York consists of five boroughs which are Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn.

45. New York City is the largest city in the United States of America.

46. New York receives 15 times more snowfall than South Pole.

47. New York City was founded in 1624 and consolidated in 1898. It has total area of 468.484 square miles or 1,213.37 square kilometers.

48. There are less males than females in New York.

49. Eggs Benedict, ice cream cone, and pasta primavera are invented in New York City.

50. A shark bite 10 times less people worldwide than a New Yorker!

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New York Facts 51-60

51. The population density of New York City is the highest for any city in the United States of America.

52. Disappointed by the less representation on City Council, Staten Island politicians wanted to secede from the rest of the city in the 1980s. However, such protests were officially rejected in 1993.

53. Albany is the state capital of New York.

54. Toilet paper, marshmallows, baby shoes, bloomers, mail chutes, etc. are all invented in the New York.

55. As per a report by CNBC in 2014, New York is the third most expensive state to live after Hawaii and Connecticut.

56. The longest-running newspaper in the US is the New York Post started by Alexander Hamilton in the year 1803.

57. From 1848 to 1880, there was a utopian society called Oneida founded by John Humphreys for the Oneida community. It consisted of 300 members and had different rules from our society like a man is considered as the husband of all women and vice versa, only few couples were chosen to bear children, etc.

58. First railroad in USA ran 11 miles from Albany to Schenectady.

59. 1/3rd of military engagements in the Revolutionary War took place in New York. During this war, 30,000 people left this area to avoid the war consequences.

60. It was the 11th state of the USA and it was a part of the original 13 colonies.

New York Facts 61-70

61. Iroquois League was formed by six native American nations in New York creating the oldest active democracy in the entire world. Many ideas of this democracy were taken to form the government of the United States like impeachment, federalism, caucuses, etc.

62. The largest zoo in the United States is the Bronx Zoo. It has more than 500 species and around 4,000 animals.

63. New York Yankees won World Series of baseball 27 times (as of 2015) making the most for any baseball team.

64. New York disposes 23 million tons of trash every year.

65. The largest exchange in the world is the New York Stock Exchange. It has a trading volume of $5.5 million. NASDAQ makes the second largest exchange in the world. It is also located in New York.

66. It is the third most populous state in the United States after California and Texas.

67. Albany’s New York capitol building took 28 years, $25 million, and 5 architects to build it.

68. The only city of USA to host winter Olympics twice is New York City. New York City hosted winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980.

69. The first women’s right convention in USA was held in New York in the year 1848. In 1917, the right to vote for women was allowed in New York.

70. As per a study conducted in 2015, New York is the 13th best states to live in USA.

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New York Facts 71-81

71. New York is the 27th largest state in the United States of America.

72. The state of Rhode Island can fit into New York over 35 times.

73. The largest national park in USA is Adirondack National Park which is situated in New York. It is actually larger than Everglades, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone national parks combined.

74. New York’s Oneida hosts the world’s smallest church in the world. Only two people can sit in the church at once.

75. With over 18,000 calf and cattle farms, New York is the third leading producer of dairy products in the USA.

76. New York state produced the most governors than any other state in the US. 116 governors claim New York as their birth state.

77. New York is known as the Empire State. George Washington considered New York as ‘the seat of empire.’

78. Attica State Correctional Facility saw the bloodiest prison rebellion in the entire USA in 1971. 43 inmates and police officers died during the riot.

79. In 1901, the first ever state to ask the automobiles to have license plates was New York. However, the license plates were made by the owners. The license plates had the initials of the owner.

80. One of the 33 world rivers that flows from south to north is New York’s Genesee River.

81. The state of New York is home to 58 different species of orchids.

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