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Founded in 1624, New York is the largest city in the United states with 305 square miles of land and 8.3 million residents. The New York metro area is home to 13.4 million people. New York has 61.8 million annual visitors.
- 1626 270
- 1794 50 thousand
- 1890 1.5 million
- 1900 3.5 million
- 1910 4.8 million
- 1920 5.6 million
- 1930 6.9 million
- 2000 8.0 million
- 2040 9.0 million projected
New York Nicknames
The Big Apple, The Capital of the World, The City of Dreams, The City So Nice, They Named It Twice, The City That Never Sleeps, Empire City, Fun City, Gotham City.
New York Firsts
- 1747-first cattle ranch in U.S. was at Montauk.
- 1789-the first capitol of the United States, which lasted for one year.
- 1803-The New York Post is the oldest running newspaper in the United States.
- 1807-first steamboat.
- 1843-first U.S. chess tournament.
- 1888-The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to be lit using electricity.
- 1915-first showing of a 3-D film took place in Manhattan's Astor Theater.
- 1995-first U.S. pizzeria.
New York Inventions
- Toilet paper (1857)
- Tom Collins (1874)
- Baked Alaska (1876)
- Tootsie Roll (1884)
- Pastrami sandwich (1887)
- Manhattan clam chowder (1890)
- Eggs Benedict (1894)
- Waldorf Salad (1896)
- Remote control (1898)
- Children's Museums (1899)
- Teddy Bears (1902)
- Air conditioning (1902)
- Oreo (1912)
- Reuben Sandwich (1914)
- Bloody Mary (1921)
- Red velvet cake (1922)
- Scrabble (1931)
- ATMs (1939)
- Credit Cards (1946)
- Mr. Potato Head (1952)
- Sweet'n Low (1957)
- General Tso's Chicken (1970)
- Hip-hop (1971)
- Cronuts (2013)
New York Fun Facts
- New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States and consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The world's population could fit in the state of Texas if it were as densely populated as New York City.
- New York has been the largest city in the U.S. since 1790.
- Over 800 languages are spoken in New York City.
- There are about 25,000 restaurants in NYC.
- Trees cover 24% of NYC land area.
- 14% of New York City is park land.
- More than 100 times per year, lightning strikes the Empire State Building.
- New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US.
- The Statue of Liberty's sandals are size 879.
- New York City has no Walmarts.
Famous New Yorkers
Aaron Copland, Abe Vigoda, Adam Sandler, Agnes de Mille, Al Franken, Al Pacino, Alfred Emanuel Smith, Alicia Keys, Amy Schumer, Anderson Cooper, Andy Kaufman, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Anne Hathaway, Annette Funicello, Barbara Stanwyck, Barbi Benton, Barbra Streisand, Ben Stiller Bethenny Frankel, Bill Maher, Billy Joel, Brooke Shields, Carl Reiner, Charlie Sheen, Chevy Chase, Chico Marx, Christian Slater, Christopher Reeve, Claire Danes, David Duchovny, Denzel Washington, Diane Lane, Eddie Murphy, Edith Wharton, Ellen Barkin, Eugene O'Neill, George Gershwin, George Westinghouse Jr., Gertrude Belle Elion, Gilbert Gottfried, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Henry James, Herman Melville, Howard Stern, Humphrey Bogart, Jackie Gleason, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, James Cagney, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Connelly, Jerome Kern, Joan Rivers, Jon Stewart, Jonas Salk, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ward Howe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Keith Olbermann, Kirk Douglas, Larry David, Larry King, Lauren Bacall, Lil' Kim, Lindsay Lohan, Liv Tyler, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Louis Gehrig, Mae West, Maria Callas, Marisa Tomei, Mel Gibson, Michael Jordan, Mickey Rooney, Mickey Rourke, Norman Rockwell, Paddy Chayefsky, Peter Cooper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ray Romano, Rise Stevens, Rita Hayworth, Rosie O'Donnella, Sammy Davis, Sarah Gellar, Sean Combs, Sigourney Weaver, Susan Lucci, Sylvester Stallone, Tanya Roberts, Tea Leoni, Theodore Roosevelt, Tupac Shakur, Vanessa Williams, Vince Lombardi, Washington Irving, Whoopi Goldberg, Zeppo Marx.