10 Things You Might Not Know About New York City

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

  1. New York might not be the concrete jungle you think, about 14% percent of the city is parkland.
  2. New York’s iconic taxis are yellow because in 1907 a car salesman suggested it was the easiest colour to see from a distance.
  3. One out of every 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire.
  4. It can cost nearly $300,000 for a one-year permit to operate a hot dog stand in Central Park.
  5. 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.
  6. Manhattan is a Native American tribal word meaning „Island of the hills“.
  7. In Manhattan, the apartment furthest from a subway station is just 1.2 km away.
  8. 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.
  9. New York homeowners can request a tree be planted outside their homes for free.
  10. All the departure boards at NYC’s Grand Central Station are exactly one minute wrong.




(Source: EC English)