10 Curious Facts about New York City

Curious Fact 1: 1 in every 38 people in the United States call New York City home.

Curious Fact 2: More than 800 languages are spoken in New York City.

Curious Fact 3: Oysters were so popular in New York in the 19th-century that the shells were used to pave Pearl Street (hence the name). 

Curious Fact 4: France gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886 for its centennial celebration. The statue was shipped in 214 crates and took 4 months to rebuild on Ellis Island.

Curious Fact 5: The term the ‘Big Apple’ is a term originally referred to horse racing

Curious Fact 6: New York Taxis were originally green and red. These days the yellow cab is one of the most iconic symbols of New York, but the first petrol powered taxi company, founded in 1907, used red and green cars. New York adopted the yellow colour in 1912. 

Curious Fact 7: New York City’s Federal Reserve Bank boasts the largest gold storage in the world. The vault is 80 feet below ground level and houses $90 billion in gold.

Curious Fact 8: The first pizzeria in the USA opened in New York City in 1895. Since the 1960s, the price of a slice of pizza has been roughly the same price as a tube fare, which has generated the idea of “Pizza Principle” among economists.

Curious Fact 9: More Chinese people live in New York City than any other city outside of Asia.

Curious Fact 10: More Jewish people live in New York City than any other city outside of Israel.

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