1. The island of Manhattan was purchased from American Indian people in 1626 for about US$1,000 in modern currency.
  2. The city of "New Amsterdam" was given to the Duke of York in 1664 as an 18th birthday present from his father. He renamed the city as "New York."
  3. In 1789, New York City became the first national capital of the U.S. for a year.
  4. New Yorkers bite 10 times more
    people than sharks do worldwide.
  5. It's not illegal to go topless in NYC.
  6. NYC keeps train tracks free of ice by setting them on fire.
  7. Manhattan comes from a word in the Lenape language that means "Island of many hills".
  8. There are no Wal-Marts in New York City.
  9. New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US.
  10. Albert Einstein's eyes remain in a safe box in NYC.
  11. With 800 languages, New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
  12. Next to Warsaw,
    the world's largest
    Polish population
    is in New York.
  13. More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.
  14. 823 same-sex couples were married in New York City on the first day that same-sex marriage was legal state-wide.
  15. There's a skyscraper in New York City with no windows.
  16. The world's first underground park will be inaugurated in 2018 in New York.
  17. NYC homeowners can request that a tree be planted outside their homes for free.
  18. Ancient Rome was eight times more densely populated than modern New York.
  19. New York gets 15 times as much snow as the South Pole.
  20. All the departure boards at NYC's Grand Central are exactly one minute wrong.
  21. Starting 2015, all New York residents must recycle their old electronics like PCs and TVs, or face a US$100 fine.
  22. In Manhattan, the apartment that's the furthest away from a subway station is just 0.8 miles (1.2 km) away.
  23. There's a luxury bomb shelter buried three feet under Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NYC.
  24. 1 out of every 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire.
  25. Some 15,152 types of life forms, from insects to bacteria, have been identified on the New York subway.
  26. Honking your car horn, except in an emergency, is illegal in NYC.
  27. 23%
    rose the cost of living in NYC in just five years: from 2009 to 2014.
  28. 37%
    of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion.
  29. If New York City were its own country and the NYPD was its army, it would be the 20-best-funded army in the world.
  30. New York is the unhappiest city in the U.S., a 2014 research found.
  31. There are four times as many abandoned houses as there are homeless people in New York City.
  32. Residents of New York City can get free condoms and lube by calling 311.
  33. The underwater portion of Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty sits upon, is part of New Jersey , not New York.
  34. 21%
    of all New York City elementary students from all income levels are obese.
  35. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay elsewhere.
  36. The average cost of a night out in New York is US$82.
  37. The average rent for a one-bedroom in Manhattan, New York is US$3,400.
  38. The average woman in New York spends 19 minutes primping and 7 minutes deciding what to wear each day.
  39. If you die homeless or with no money in New York City, you are buried by prisoners on Hart Island in a mass grave: up to 1000 per grave for children and 50 for adults.
  40. In 2002, the comptroller of the City of New York estimated the impact of 9/11 on the city's wealth to be US$30.5 billion.
  41. In New York, 6.5 hectares of buildings were directly affected when the Twin Towers collapsed in 9/11.
  42. Already in 1985, Mother Teresa opened a hospice in New York for AIDS victims.
  43. New Yorkers spent 74 hours of their lives in traffic jams in 2014.
  44. Around Central Park, New York, it can cost almost US$300,000 a year just for the right to operate a hot dog stand.
  45. The population density of Manhattan is much lower today than it was 100 years ago, and total population has fallen by about 25%.
  46. November 28, 2012 was the most peaceful day New York City ever had—not a single violent crime was reported.
  47. If Manhattan had the same population density as Alaska, only 28 people would live on the island.
  48. 37%
    Of New Yorkers were born in another country.
  49. Traveling to every single stop of the New York City subway (without leaving the transit system) would take at least 21 hours and 49 minutes.
  50. Central Park costs about as much money as the entire state of Alaska.
  51. There are approximately 1,600 pizza restaurants in New York City.
  52. New York City's Subway serves up to 6 million riders per day.
  53. New York City is home to the largest transgender population in the U.S., estimated at 25,000 in 2016.
  54. In New York City, pinball was illegal until 1976.
  55. Hoverboards are illegal in New York City since 2015.
  56. Less than 10% of Manhattan buildings with 13 or more stories actually label a floor with the number 13.
  57. New York City, at 8.4 million (2013) has a higher population than 39 out of the 50 U.S. States.
  58. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel once had its own private railroad track at Grand Central so that its guests could clandestinely enter and exit New York City.
  59. There is an island known as "Just Room Enough Island" that has just enough room for a tree and a house.
  60. About 300,000 pedestrians, the population of Iceland, pass through Times Square every day.
  61. If you ever get lost in Central Park, each one of the 1,600 lampposts around the grounds have a special code to help you map where you are.
  62. UPS trucks get about 15,000 parking tickets a month in New York City.
  63. Wall Street was named after a 12-foot wall that was built by the 17th-century citizens of New Amsterdam to discourage pirate attacks.
  64. No more than 40 people live 800 feet (243 m) above the ground of New York City. It's an exclusive privilege for the super rich.
  65. Sheep were grazing in Central Park until 1934, when they were moved during the Great Depression for fear they would be eaten.
  66. Together, the world's top 12 richest people could buy all of Manhattan.
  67. New York nightlife is a US$10 billion per year industry.
  68. Less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art Sections of NYC's Metropolitan Museum are women, but 85% of the nudes are female.
  69. In Alaska, more than 80% of adults are registered as organ donors, while in New York, only 12% of adults are organ donors.
  70. Every one of New York City's 279 subway stations has free WiFi.
  71. The Empire State Building generates more revenue from the observation deck than from all the commercial tenants in the remaining 101 floors combined.
  72. There are 1.6 million people in Manhattan and 1.2 billion ants.
  73. On average, New Yorkers save $1,160 a month and $13,926 annually by relying on public transportation.
  74. The most disproportionately common physical injury diagnosis in New York is "knee injury."
  75. The Empire State building gets hit by lightning about 23 times per year.
  76. Central Park was officially home to 25 residents in the New York City Census of 2010.
  77. More money was spent buying Central Park land than all of Alaska.
  78. The Brazilian wax was invented in New York.
  79. New York City is actually rainier than London.
  80. Texas, New York and California all have economies bigger than Russia.
  81. Hidden inside Grand Central Station, in New York, is the Vanderbilt Tennis Club.
  82. Tokyo is the city with the most millionaires in the world but London has the most multi-millionaires and New York the most billionaires.
  83. 40% of the buildings in Manhattan could not be built today. They do not conform to at least one part of the current zoning code.
  84. Drivers in NYC spend an average of 107 hours per year searching for parking at a cost of $2,243 per driver in wasted time, fuel and emissions.
  85. World renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma once left his 266 year old cello, worth $2.5 million, in the back of a NYC taxi. It was returned to him in time for his evening concert.
  86. Studies show that spending just a few minutes in the noisy New York City subway system every day can ultimately result in hearing loss.
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