Times Square, Central Park, Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building – even if you’ve never visited New York, you’ve probably heard a lot about it. But how much do you really know? Here are some fun facts to add to your knowledge
- New York might not be the concrete jungle you think, about 14% percent of the city is parkland.
- New York’s iconic taxis are yellow because in 1907 a car salesman suggested it was the easiest colour to see from a distance.
- One out of every 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire.
- It can cost nearly $300,000 for a one-year permit to operate a hot dog stand in Central Park.
- There’s something happening in New York 24/7. That’s probably why New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other US citizens.
- Manhattan is a Native American tribal word meaning „Island of the hills“.
- In Manhattan, the apartment furthest from a subway station is just 1.2 km away.
- The city of „New Amsterdam“ was given to the Duke of York in 1664 as an 18th birthday present from his father. He renamed it New York.
- New York homeowners can request a tree be planted outside their homes for free.
- All the departure boards at NYC’s Grand Central Station are exactly one minute wrong.
(Source: EC English)