21 Facts You Didn’t Know About New York City

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Ashleigh Simmons

26 February 2020

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Ah, New York. The concrete jungle where dreams are made of, London’s little sister, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps… you get the gist. New York City is a thriving metropolis and is instantly recognisable all over the world thanks to its emblem of iconic landmarks and stellar reputation of being a melting pot of diverse cultures, a foodie’s dream come true, and a field of neck-craning skyscrapers. Even without visiting – you probably know everything there is to know about this gorgeous city, right? Think again! Take a gander at our compilation of weird and wonderful facts about New York City that might just surprise you…

1. Eggs benedict, pasta primavera and the ice cream cone were all invented in New York

2. Honking your horn is actually illegalit’s safe to say that no-one takes this seriously and the traffic in Manhattan alone is enough to trigger some serious road rage

3. The Statue of Liberty isn’t a native Americanthe iconic monument was a gift from France back in 1886 and was delivered in 350 pieces

4. The Pizza Principle is still alive and strongwith all the prices in the Big Apple constantly skyrocketing, take comfort in the fact that the price of pizzas and single-ride subway tickets have remained roughly the same for more than 50 years

5. New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world with more than 800 languages spokenfour in every ten households speak a language other than English

6. Times Square is named after the New York Timesand is where you’ll find the newspaper’s HQ. The square was originally called Longacre Square

7. The iconic yellow cabs were once green and redthe yellow colour was introduced in 1912

8. Navigating the entirety of the New York City subway system will take you nearly 24 hoursthere is a total of 34 lines and 469 stops

9. There are more women than men in the city

10. Brooklyn Bridge is older than London’s Tower Bridge

11. A New York Minute lasts approximately 4.4 minutesthat’s how often a new baby is born

12. The Empire State Building gets struck by lightning around 23 times a yearit measures 443 metres from base to tip

13. Renting a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan will set you back an average of $3,400 each month

14. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Bryant Park and Union Square Park all used to be cemeteriesthere are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone

15. A New York bagel is the equivalent to eating nearly half a loaf of bread

16. After Warsaw, New York has the largest Polish population

17. New York invented the first Waldorf Astoria hotel the property even has its own secret subway platform within its grounds, originally built as an entrance for former US president Franklin Roosevelt

18. New York has the most billionaires in the worldTokyo has the most millionaires and London has the most multi-millionaires

19. New Yorkers bite 10 times more people than sharks do worldwide every year

20. Grand Central Station has one of the best recovery rates of lost items in the worldhigh-value items lost at the station have an 80% chance of being returned

21. After Washington, New York produces the most apples in the countryironically this isn’t the reason for the Big Apple nickname

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