Fun Facts About: New York City

Millions of visitors come to NYC for the culture, numerous attractions, world class cuisine, and exciting nightlife and to make their mark on the city that never sleeps. The Big Apple is the most populated city in the US and a major influence around the world in commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion and entertainment. Let’s take a look at what makes it so…interesting!

  1. 100 million Chinese food cartons are used annually in New York City (completely believable, I mean – have you tasted NYC Chinese?! Mmm….)
  2. The musicians who perform in the NYC Subway system go through a competitive audition process. Some of the subway musicians have also played at Carnegie Hall
  3. New York City has 4000 street food vendors including hot dogs, pretzels, falafel, kebobs, and more. (All hail “dirty water dogs!”)
  4. New York City was the U.S. capital from 1789 to 1790
  5. The Federal Reserve Bank on New York’s Wall Street contains vaults that are located 80 feet beneath the bank and hold about 25 percent of the world’s gold bullion
  6. In most recent years, the average daily room rate in New York hotels was $267
  7. Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business
  8. Why are New York Cabs yellow? Because John Hertz, the company’s founder, read a study that concluded yellow was the easiest color for the eye to spot.
  9. The Manhattan grid pattern produces an effect known as “Manhattanhenge” (like Stonehenge) as, on two days – around May 28th and around July 12th – sunset is directly aligned with the street grid pattern. This means the sun can be seen setting exactly over the centerline of every Manhattan street. A similar effect occurs during sunrise on two winter days, understandably less popular.
  10. When the Dutch still controlled the region, Wall Street was the city limit and there was actually a wall there.
  11. Cleopatra’s Needle, a 3,000-year-old Egyptian ruin, can actually be found in New York’s Central Park. In 1879 it was given to the city as a gift by the Khedive of Egypt. The 220-ton, 66-foot-high monument took a decade to be fully transported.
  12. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is so long, 4,260 feet to be exact, that the towers on either end were built a few inches out of parallel to accommodate for the curvature of the earth.
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