However, to make things a bit more fun, I want to challenge you. How many of these facts about New York City and the New Yorkers did you already know before reading this article? Share your result in the comment section!
1. IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO GO TOPLESS
While you probably won’t see many topless people in The Big Apple, it’s pretty interesting to know that it’s not illegal. In 2018 there was even a “Go Topless Day Parade” where people walked around topless in the city.
2. THE FIRST PIZZERIA IN THE UNITED STATES OPENED IN NYC IN 1895
Another interesting fact about New York and the pizzas is that the price of pizzas and single ride tickets for the subway has remained pretty much equal for more than 50 years!
3. IN PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS OVER 50 MILLION BOOKS
Consider yourself a bookworm? Then it would almost be a sin not visiting the Public Library which has over 50 million books available!
4. BROOKLYN BRIDGE IS OLDER THAN TOWER BRIDGE IN LONDON
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world, and so is the Tower Bridge in London, but the NYC bridge can flaunt with being 11 years older.
5.FEDERAL RESERVE BANK HAS THE LARGEST GOLD STORAGE
Deep down in the heart of the financial district Wall Street, sits the largest storage of gold in the whole world. More than 7.000 tons of glittering gold bars, which is equivalent to about 5% of all the world’s gold ever mined.
6. THE FIRST EUROPEAN SETTLERS IN NYC WERE DUTCH
Until 1898, the city was known as New Amsterdam. That changed when the city was gifted to the Duke of York on his 18th birthday. He then decided to rename the city to New York, which has stuck around ever since.
7. HOME TO THE WORLD’S FIRST UNDERGROUND PARK
The success of the Highline gave rise to the new project and park called the Lowline. This is the first underground park in the world, and it’s located on Manhattan’s West Side.
It’s not yet completed, but the current date for the park to be fully completed is set to 2021.
8. THERE ARE MORE THAN 380,000 MILLIONAIRES IN THE CITY
In addition to that, NYC is also home to the most billionaires in the world. However, Tokyo is the city that can claim the title of being home to most millionaires.
9. NEW YORK CITY’S HONKING YOUR CAR HORN IS ILLEGAL
Except for emergencies, honking your car horn is actually illegal in New York City. But of course, most people, if any don’t care about this, and you will not be walking far before you hear someone honking their car horn.
10. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL HAS A ‘WHISPERING GALLERY’
The Grand Central Terminal is an architectonic masterpiece and the interior is absolutely beautiful to look at. However, that’s not all that comes with this extravagant train station.
11. THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WAS GIFTED BY THE FRENCH
Did you think that the Statue of Liberty was built in New York? Guess again. It was actually a gift from the People of France to the People of United Stated back in 1886. This iconic statue is visited by millions of people each year!
12. TIMES SQUARE IS NAMED AFTER THE NEW YORK TIMES
Before New York Times moved to Times Square, this place was known as Longacre Square. One of the many interesting facts about New York that you probably didn’t know before reading this!
13. 5 X FUN FACTS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY
- New Yorkers bite 10 times more people than sharks do worldwide each year
- The ice cream cone, pasta primavera and eggs Benedict were all invented in New York City
- Albert Einstein’s brain and eyeballs are kept in a safe box in the city
- There are more women than men in NYC
- New York City homeowners can request that a tree gets planted outside their homes for free
14. GENERAL FACTS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY
- Mayor: Bill de Blasio
- Founded: 1624
- Nickname for inhabitants: New Yorker
- Population: 8,622,698
- Time Zone: Eastern (EST) (UTC−5) and during summer time UTC-4.
- Official Website: nyc.gov