Interesting Facts About New York

New York City is one of the most famous cities in the world, thanks to the film industry, the Statue of Liberty, and Broadway—not to mention 4 a.m. bars, the birth of hip-hop, and a 24/7 subway system.

But everyone knows all that. What you probably don’t know are these interesting facts about New York: 

  • New York is famous for a hot dog called the Dirty Water Dog (because it’s boiled in water that’s been used to boil previous hot dogs).
  • NYC’s nickname The Big Apple caught on from sports writer John H. Fitz Gerald’s horse racing column “Around the Big Apple” in the ‘20s. To make a “big apple” was to win big prize money on a race.
  • Central Park is 843 acres, gets the most visitors of any urban park in the U.S., and lays claim to the most filmed location in the world.
  • The Manhattan cocktail is said to be named after the Manhattan Club where it was first mixed at a special event to honor Samuel J. Tilden, presidential candidate. The event was hosted by Winston Churchill’s mother, Lady Randolph.
  • The most expensive rent in New York is $500,000 per month. It’s for a studio on the Lower East Side. Kidding. For a 6-bedroom, 4,786-square-foot apartment that takes up an entire floor and it’s on the Upper East Side.
  • Every weekday 1.34 million people commute to Manhattan, increasing the population from 2.6 million to 3.94 million.
  • There’s a guy who digs for diamond chips, gold bits from broken earrings or chains, and other treasures on the sidewalks of NYC—in the Diamond District mostly—and regularly makes at least $500-800 a week by selling what he finds.
  • November 28, 2012 was the first “bloodshed-free” day in New York’s history since 1960. On this day, not one violent crime was reported.
  • A one-year permit to operate a hot dog stand in Central Park costs between $200,000 and $289,500. Do you know how many dirty dogs you have to sell to recoup those fees?

Selena Templeton

Selena Templeton is a writer and editor who sees the world through Giggle Glass, a type of wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display plus false nose and mustache. It reveals the absurd, amusing, and inappropriate goings on of daily life and displays it in a lap top-like hands-on format, from which she posts to various blogs such as Self Storage Finders, Romantically Challenged, and SelenaTempleton.com. As a former professional organizer and a current Virgo, she is a self-diagnosed authority on storage, packing, organizing, and general neat freakishness.

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