New York, New York, the city that never sleeps, and as many visitors will attest, there’s so much to see and do in the Big Apple, you won’t have time to sleep! It’s a city that has a certain mythology that surrounds it, the subject of so many songs, and the star of so many movies, it’s no wonder it’s one of the world’s top destinations.
While the US borders are currently closed to visitors from the UK, according to the Sun, plans are afoot to create the first US-New York/UK travel corridor, so you might soon be able to go shopping on 5th Avenue, get a selfie at the top of the Empire State Building, or take a yellow taxi to visit the locations from your favourite films.
Here are 12 interesting facts about New York City you may not have known.
Over 8 million people are living in New York City, which means that one in every 38 people in the United States of America lives in the city.
New York City is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world, with over 800 languages spoken there, and four out of 10 households speak a language other than English.
Oysters were incredibly popular in New York during the 19th century. The shells were used to pave Pearl Street and also used for lime for the masonry of Trinity Church.
When France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886 for its centennial celebration, the statue was shipped across the Atlantic in 350 pieces in 214 crates and took 4 months to assemble on its home of Ellis Island.
The Federal Reserve Bank in the city has the world’s largest gold storage. Hidden 80 feet below the city streets, the vault contains $90 billion in gold.
The New York Public Library has over 50 million books and other items and is the second-largest library system in the nation after the Library of Congress. It is also the 3rd largest library in the world.
The United Nations calls New York City home, after establishing its headquarters there in 1952 following World War II.
The United States’ and New York City’s first pizzeria opened in 1895. Since the 1960s, the price of a slice of pizza has been approximately the same price as a subway ride, coining the idea of the ‘Pizza Principle’ by economists.
Across the East River, to the South East of Manhattan is the borough of Brooklyn, which alone would be the fourth largest city in the United States.
Times Square was originally called Longacre Square until the New York Times relocated there in 1904.
New York City became the first capital of the United States in 1789.
More Chinese people live in New York City than any other city outside of Asia. More Jewish people live there than any other city outside of Israel.
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