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?
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