New York City is America’s pride and joy. It is a city that symbolizes America’s might and power. It has skyscrapers as far as the eye can see. All the largest companies in the world have an office in New York City. It is one of the few “mega cities” in the world. From the Statue of Liberty National monument, to Central Park, Times Square, and so much more… New York City has it all! There is no place like it and like the saying goes; “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”
It would take weeks to compile every fact about New York City, so we have condensed it down to 30 facts About New York City. If we missed something super important, let us know in the comments section.
1. New York City is the largest city in the United States of America. The second largest in North America.
2. New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world. It gets between 60 – 65 million visitors per year.
3. The city is called several names: New York City, NYC, New York or the Big Apple.
4. New York City is the first capital city of the United States.
5. Although New York City and London share the title of “the world’s financial centers”, it is widely considered as the leader in finance, culture and media in the world.
6. The city has a population of just over 8 million people.
7. The Empire State Building was tallest building in the world for 40 years.
8. The world famous Statue of Liberty was given to the United States a gift from the French people.
9. It is said that a baby is born every 4 minutes in New York.
10. Over 600,000 dogs call NYC home. That is more dogs than the population of many cities around the world.
11. NYC truly is “the city that never sleeps.” It is active 24/7.
12. Brooklyn is a huge borough, so big that it would be the 4th largest city in the US if it were a city.
13. Central Park is the most popular urban park in the US. It gets an estimated 37 million visitors a year.
14. Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest masonry suspension bridge in North America. It is a very famous landmark not just in the US but in the world. Over 100,000 cars cross it every single day. It is a national historic landmark.
15. The Big Apple nickname started between 1920 – 1930 when the city awarded apples as prizes during horse racing events across the city.
16. The city of New York has a GDP of just over $1.9 trillion US dollars. This means that New York City has the 12th largest economy in the world.
17. New York city is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
18. The United Nations headquarters are located in New York City.
19. Toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty in New York.
20. The Empire State Building is the most iconic building in New York City. It has it’s own zip code.
21. Even though its not enforced, honking is illegal in New York City.
22. It is estimated that 800 languages are spoken in New York. This is more than any other city in the world.
23. NYC consumes more coffee than any other city in the United States.
24. New York has the largest Jewish community outside of Israel.
25. New York has the largest Chinese community outside of China.
26. It also has more Puerto Ricans living there than in Puerto Rico.
27. NYC is home to the first ever pizzeria in the United States.
28. Parking tickets are a big source of revenue for the city. It is estimated that commercial delivery companies (UPS, FedEX, etc) alone get fined some 7000 times a day.
29. Many of the best Hollywood movies were filmed in New York City.
30. New York City has the second most skyscrapers (tall buildings) in the world.