New York is a city known for its crazy nightlife
and sprawling green spaces and striking views of city skyline there is a rich history and interesting facts about NYC. It is home to some of the popular destination
such as Times Square
, Empire State Building, Central Park but did you know that it would cost you $289,000 to get a one year permit if you want to open a hot dog stand in Central Park or NYC is the birth place of Franklin Roosevelt, Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro and many more.
New York City History Facts
- The city was known as New Amsterdam when it was created.
- Peter Minuit bought the land from Native Americans in 1626.
- The oldest building in NYC was Wyckoff Farmhouse which was built in 1652.
- The first settlers arrived in 1624.
- NYC was the USA capital from 1789 to 1790.
- Manhattan got its name from the local tribe known as Mannahatta.
New York City Population Facts
- New York had about 3 million population at the beginning of 20th century.
- NYC has most Chinese population in any city ever outside Asia.
- A birth takes place in NYC after every 4.4 minutes
- A death takes place in NYC after every 9.1 minutes
- 1 in every 38 people in USA resides in NYC.
- In 1698, New York City only had a population of 4,937 people.
- The population of Puerto Rican is more here than any city in the world.
- The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
NYC Fun Facts
- The first ever kids museum was built in NYC known as Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
- The crossing connecting New Jersey and Staten Island is known as Outerbridge Crossing which was named after the first chairman of the New York Port Authority, Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge.
- Washington Square Park was originally made as graveyard for yellow fever victims.
- New York City has about 4000 street food vendors including kebobs, falafel, pretzels, hot dogs, and many more.
- The headquarters of Sbarro, Haagen-Dazs, Yoo-hoo and many national food businesses are in New York City.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known as The Met one of the largest art museums in the world which includes over 2 million works.
- The eggs Benedict, pasta primavera and ice cream cone were all invented in New York City.
NYC Random Facts
- Little Italy has many Italian Restaurants whereas Koreatown has many Korean restaurants.
- It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times.
- The fourth largest city would be the borough of Brooklyn if made one.
- Women can go topless in public if it's not for business.
- It is a bad act to fart in NYC churches.
- It will cost you a $1 million to get a license to operate a taxicab
- Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
- There is a secret train platform in the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
- The Empire State building has its own zip code.
NYC Subway Facts
- The green or red globes means that green globes are open 24-7 and red globes are closed at night.
- The first female subway conductor was hired in 1917.
- The Smith-Ninth streets station is the highest at 88 feet above street level.
- The MTA will email or fax you a “late letter” if you are late for work because of train delay.
- Putting your feet on the seat can get you arrested.
- MetroCard swipes can be used to track criminals.
- There is a secret train platform underneath the Waldorf-Astoria building that only rich people could use. President Franklin Roosevelt used the station to help hide the fact that he used a wheelchair.
- More people pass through the NYC subway every single day than live in all of Denmark
NYC Central Park facts
- It is the first landscape park in USA
- It takes about 843 acres of land
- The park is the most popular in film industry as it has been featured in over 240 films.
- There are over 10,000 wooden benches in the park
- It would cost you $289,000 to get a one year permit if you want to open a hot dog stand in Central Park
Famous People Born in NYC
Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ira Gershwin, Al
Capone, Vince Lombardi, Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro, Denzel
Washington, Spike Lee, Michael Jordan, Christina Aguilera, Lucile Ball,
Carl Sagan, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, Paul John Teutul and David Berkowitz.