10 curiosities about New York
The Big Apple is one of the best known cities in the world, and it also holds numerous secrets and curiosities that often go completely unnoticed in the eyes of its visitors and residents. New York Cool will show you ten. Have you met them all?
1 More than 800 different languages are spoken every day in New York.
From everyday languages such as Greek, Italian or Portuguese, to nearly dead languages such as Aramaic, Yiddish, Chamorro... the list is wide and gives New York the title of “most linguistically diverse city in the world”.
2. Times Square owes its name to The New York Times.
Originally known as Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in 1904 when it moved from the New York Times headquarters to the newly built Times Building.
3. 1 out of 38 people living in the United States is a New York inhabitant.
New York is the most densely populated city in the United States and this is perfectly evident from the statistics we’re showing you today: one in 38 residents of the United Stated lives in this city.
4. The first settlers of the city were Dutch.
The first Europeans to discover the territory in which New York is located today were the Dutch. There they built a settlement they called New Amsterdam. This settlement and its adjacent territory were later conquered by the English, who renamed it New York.
5. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States.
On the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the United States of America, in 1876, and to celebrate the friendship between the French people and the Americans, was proposed by the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi to build a statue that could dignify both events. However, its construction was delayed several times and was not opened to the public until 1886.
6. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has the largest amount of stored gold in the world.
With over 7,000 tons and 415 billion dollars in gold bars, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is the largest gold repository in the world. It’s estimated that more than 36 countries store their gold reserves in New York.
7. There’s a birth in New York every 4.4 minutes.
The figures don’t lie, and the birth rate in New York City remains one of the highest in the United States, with one birth being recorded every four minutes.
8. The Empire State Building has its own zip code.
The building, constructed in 1931, has so many businesses inside that it has its own zip code: 10118.
9. The price of a slice of pizza and the cost of a subway trip have remained the same for the last 50 years.
Since the 1960s, the price of a slice of pizza and the cost of a trip on the New York subway have remained at the same level. Economists already call it “The Pizza Principle”. Curious, isn’t it?
10. New York’s 520 miles of coast are larger that the coastal areas of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco combined.
Distances are sometimes misleading, and the fact that the New York coastal zone is so extensive has left us so pleasantly surprised that it would be impossible not to finish this list without sharing this curiosity!