40+ Unknown Facts About New York City


New York City, a city of dreams, a city of millionaires, the Big Apple, and the list of New York's nicknames goes endless. Not only people living there but also people around the world know so much about New York City as if they have dwelled there for years. New York is famous for endless things like its food, Times Square, Broadway, and on top of all the great Lady Liberty. So, when you already know so much about New York, what's left? Don't worry; we are here to tell you some interesting facts about New York City. Today we have come up with a few unknown facts about New York. Let's start:

Here are some of the best things about New York that you must know:

  1. Before we move to the nickname again, let us know what was New York called before. The first name of New York City was 'New Amsterdam.'
  2. Where did the term "Big Apple" come from? It originally referred to horse racing. The "Big Apple" was a local newspaper's horse racing column that dates back to the 1920s. This term was used to describe a big money prize at primary horse races helps around New York City.
  3. Which is the oldest building in New York? This news dates back to the 1640s. Named Wyckoff Farm, the Brooklyn House was originally built by a former indentured servant. Wyckoff's family lived in the house until 1901. The house was declared an official city landmark in 1965. Now, this building is a museum dedicated to the city's Dutch heritage. 
  4. Around 1 in every 38 people living in the country of the United States resides in New York City.
  5. NYC is progressing higher. As of September 2019, the city is home to 27 supertall towers (300-600 meters) that are either completed, under construction, or in development.
  6. This can make you laugh: it is a misdemeanour to fart in NYC churches.
  7. The Jewish population in New York City is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
  8. The Chinese population in New York City is the largest in the world outside of Asia.
  9. Also, The Puerto Rican population in New York City is the largest of any city in the world.
  10. There is a literal gold digger in New York City. He makes over $600 a week by mining sidewalk cracks.
  11. Once, there was a 1-mile-long island called Hog Island south of Rockaway Beach. It was never seen again after the hurricane of 1893.9. 
  12. To surprise you, here is another fact, until 1957, there was a pneumatic mail tube system that was used to connect 23 post offices across 27 miles. At one point in time, it moved 97,000 letters a day.
  13. Have you ever thought about a dead person's eyes or brain? No, right. Nobody ever did that. But, it is strange to know that Albert Einstein’s eyeballs and brain are stored in a safe deposit box in the city of New York.
  14. This can surprise you! On November 28, 2012, there was not a single murder, stabbing, shooting, or other incidents of violent crime in NYC reported for an entire day. The first time in basically ever.
  15. Do you know there was one homicide on 9/11, and it remains unsolved?
  16. Do you own a house in New York? If yes, then you can request for a tress to be planted outside your house. 
  17. Is New York rich? Of course, it is. The city is home to the most billionaires in the world. Believe it or not, there are more than 380,000 millionaires in the city.
  18. With richness, New York is equally expensive. Accommodation is very expensive. The average rent is around $3500 a month. 
  19. Delivery companies like UPS, FedEx, and some other commercial delivery companies receive up to 7,000 parking tickets a day. They contribute up to $120 million in revenue for the city of New York.
  20. Are there dogs in New York? Yes, of course! There are over 600,000 dogs in New York City. This is equal to the human population of Baltimore.
  21. Have you heard somebody saying that New York is the city that never sleeps? But, how they do this? This is because New Yorkers drink 7 times more coffee than the average Americans. 
  22. Do you want to buy Manhattan Island? Dutch settlers purchased it for $1,000. They purchased it from Native Americans in 1626 in return for goods traded valued at 60 guilders. 
  23. Is there any law that is not enforced in New York? I don't know all of them, but yes, I can tell you one. Honking is illegal in New York. 
  24. What was the capital of the United States from April 1789 to July 1790? It was in New York City. 
  25. 60% of cigarettes sold in NYC are illegally smuggled from other states of the country.
  26. How many languages can you speak? New York City can speak approximately 800 languages. But, what about English? Only 51% of households in NYC speak only English. 
  27. There are more undergrad and graduate students in NYC than Boston's population.
  28. The coastline of New York City is 520-mile. It is longer than the combined coastline of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The city has 14 miles of beaches. 
  29. NYC has a high birth rate. In New York, a child is born every 4.4 minutes. 
  30. The Empire State building, a big landmark, has its own zip code.
  31. Can you imagine? There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone.
  32. In 2010, 38% of the total of 911 calls in NYC were butt dials. Is this true?
  33. Pizza in New York? Not a common thing. But, when did it start? You will be surprised to know that the first pizza joint in New York opened in 1905. Presently, there are around 1600 pizza restaurants in the city. Parallel to this, it is also said that  Lombardi’s opened in 1895 and still serves some of the best pizza in New York City.
  34. The weirdest fact that has surprised me ever is that it is not illegal to go topless in New York. But yes, people prefer to wear clothes. 
  35. How much gold can you estimate at a jeweller's store? Keep that aside and think of the largest gold storage in the world. Yes, it is in New York. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York City has the largest gold storage in the world. It contains 7,000 tons of gold. It is located 80-feet below the ground. 
  36. New York has the world's first underground park located in Manhattan. 
  37. You can see yellow taxis wandering all over the city roads. But, do you know that in 1907, the first gasoline-powered cab company, actually used red and green cars.  
  38. This is mind bobbling! The entire world’s population could fit in the huge state of Texas if it were as densely populated as New York City.
  39. Is it true that in 1975, the city of New York sold a private island in the East River for $10?
  40. The winter of 1780 was so harsh in New York that the New York harbour froze over. Citizens could walk from Manhattan to Staten Island on the big ice cover.
  41. In the year 1906, the Bronx Zoo put an African man on exhibit in the monkey house of the city.
  42. NYC buries its unclaimed bodies on an island called Hart Island that is off the coast of the Bronx. Since 1869, nearly a million bodies have been buried there. The island is not open to the public.

You may find many more interesting facts about New York City around the web. These were some of them. I tried to list the most interesting and weird ones. If you have some more in mind, feel free to tell me in the comment section below.

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Riya Gupta - The founder of Peaceful Minds, she is a girl full of distinct ambition and a concrete destiny. Her famous tag is, "The black spot around her eyes aren't the mere spots, they are the millions dream she carries in her eyes which never let her dream in sleep only. Those dreams are the ones which wake her up and stride towards the destiny in this topsy turvy journey!"

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