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February 22nd, 2005, 06:26 PM
This is a thread started to post cool facts about NY that people may not know. For instance, Midtown is the LARGEST downtown IN THE WORLD. I thought it was the largest in America, but not the world! :) Feel free to add more. :)

February 22nd, 2005, 06:53 PM
Brooklyn is home to more than 350,000 Russian Jews.

TLOZ Link5
February 22nd, 2005, 07:06 PM
The New York subway system moves 4 million people a day: the equivalent of the entire population of Los Angeles.

February 22nd, 2005, 08:23 PM
Cool, thats a lot of people. The subway is 722 miles long, right?

February 22nd, 2005, 08:48 PM
Why is NYC Called the Big Apple?
In the 1920s, a sportswriter for the Morning Telegraph named John Fitzgerald overheard stablehands in New Orleans refer to NYC's racetracks as "the Big Apple." He named his column "Around the Big Apple." A decade later, jazz musicians adopted the term to refer to New York City, and especially Harlem, as the jazz capital of the world. There are many apples on the trees of success, they were saying, but when you pick New York City, you pick the big apple.

Why Cabs Are Yellow
John Hertz, who founded the Yellow Cab Company in 1907, chose yellow because he had read a study conducted by the University of Chicago that indicated it was the easiest color to spot.

Looking for Main Street?
You won’t find it in Manhattan. There is, however, a Main Street in each of the other boroughs and on Roosevelt Island.

Statue of Liberty Stats
The Lady in the Harbor is 101 feet tall from base to torch, 305 feet tall from pedestal foundation to torch. She has a 35-foot waist and an 8-foot index finger, and she weighs 450,000 pounds

There are 6,374.6 miles of streets in New York City.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is so long – 4,260 feet – that the towers are a few inches out of parallel to accommodate the curvature of the earth.

New York City has 578 miles of waterfront.

The 2˝ mile boardwalk at Staten Island's South Beach (718/390-8000) is the fourth longest in the world.

NYC has the LARGEST :
Gothic Cathedral IN THE WORLD - Cathedral Church of St. John Divine
Halloween festival IN THE US- Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
Store IN THE WORLD - Macys, has over 2.1 million square feet, and over 500,000 products.
The Panorama of the City of New York in the Queens Museum of Art is the world’s largest architectural model, containing 895,000 individual structures at a scale of 1 inch equals 100 feet.

Number of bird species in Central Park is 215

February 22nd, 2005, 08:52 PM
Some more facts...

Downtown Manhattan was the site of the nation's first capital.

The New York Stock Exchange is the world's largest exchange.

TLOZ Link5
February 22nd, 2005, 11:12 PM
Before the 1898 Consolidation of Greater New York, Brooklyn, with just under a million people, was the fourth-largest city in the United States — just as it would be today if it regained its independence. For years afterward, many patriotic Brooklynites lamented the Consolidation as "The Great Mistake of '98." The night before the "marriage," a group of Brooklyn loyalists held a formal ball whose dress code was mourning clothes.

February 23rd, 2005, 07:59 PM
New York City has many cops .. they are good for asking directions, taking photos of you and the attraction sometimes the attraction is the cops themselves heheh ;) .. hey NYC cops are the only cops who will take you home if you ask real nicely .. no fee and no tips.. .. Geese I love NYC Cops..



TLOZ Link5
February 24th, 2005, 01:34 PM
Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the United States.

February 24th, 2005, 02:32 PM
That QNS statistic is something to be proud of. Speaking of cops, dosnt NY have the largest amount of police officers in the US?

February 24th, 2005, 04:34 PM
Well I think NYC does have the largest cop population .. never seen so many .. I remember seeing police cadets on Park Avenue .. would see them everyday .. i initially thought they were Posties.. (postal workers) ..oops Hey Im Aussie.. had no idea..

TLOZ Link5
February 24th, 2005, 07:11 PM
Trivia Time: New York's sister cities are Tokyo, Beijing, Budapest, Rome, London, Jerusalem, Madrid, Cairo, Santo Domingo, and Johannesburg.

(edit: ILUVNYC is right)

February 24th, 2005, 08:45 PM
Chicago? Are you sure? How can a smaller city have more officers? I thought NY had the title with 45,000 cops.

February 26th, 2005, 10:53 PM
February 27, 2005


The Middles of the City


Q. Where is the geographic center of New York? I did a Google search of the phrase and came up with claims to the title from Woodside, Long Island City, East Williamsburg and Shea Stadium. For that matter, where is the population center? The Mets' Web site claims that's Shea Stadium, too.

A. There are two kinds of centers that demographers and city planners use. Imagine a flat plate in the shape of the city's boundaries, placed on a needle at the spot where the plate balances. That's the geographic center. Now pretend the plate is weightless but still flat and rigid. Put about eight million tiny equal weights on the plate representing where each resident lives, and find the point of balance again. That's the population center. Neither of them is Shea Stadium.

According to the Department of City Planning, the population center lies in Maspeth, Queens, near the intersection of Galasso Place and 48th Street, near Maspeth Creek. The geographic center is in Bushwick, Brooklyn, on Stockholm Street between Wyckoff Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue.

E-mail: fyi@nytimes.com

Copyright 2005 (http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/copyright.html) The New York Times Company (http://www.nytco.com/)

TLOZ Link5
February 27th, 2005, 02:07 PM
In addition to being a major residential neighborhood and tourist attraction, Chinatown is also a financial district. Its 25 banks hold the savings deposits of many of the Chinese families who live in the neighborhood, amounting to $6 billion in total assets.

February 27th, 2005, 06:03 PM
Wow! Thats cool, never though of that! Speaking of finance, does NY still hold the Finance Capital of the world title?

June 16th, 2005, 09:07 PM
Does NYC have more Global 500 companies than any other city in the world?

June 16th, 2005, 09:30 PM
Indeed it does, I believe the count is up to 52?

June 16th, 2005, 09:51 PM
Where'd you read that? I always thought NYC was in the lead, too...but then somebody told me that Tokyo had more!

June 17th, 2005, 06:58 PM
I dont quite remember. But I always couldve swore I read it somewhere. Ill research it this weekend.

TLOZ Link5
June 18th, 2005, 04:07 PM
More Central Park facts:

A quarter of the migratory bird species in North America can be found in the park at different times of the year.

Central Park is home to the largest remaining stand of American elm trees in North America, with over 1,700 specimens. The species was devastated in the 1940s by Dutch elm disease, but thanks to excellent care and their relative isolation, most of Central Park's elms escaped harm.

June 18th, 2005, 11:41 PM
A fun article from the Times that gives us some more cool facts proving why New York is such an incredibly vibrant city:

The Superlative City? Let New Yorkers Count the Ways, in Almost Every Language


Published: June 19, 2005

Deriding the elitist 19th-century notion that there were only 400 people who really counted in New York City, O. Henry credited "a wiser man" - the census taker - with a "larger estimate of human interest," which he memorialized in fiction as "The Four Million." Though enormous as New York must have seemed then, his four million of a century ago have doubled to more than eight million. More than ever, New York today is a city of superlatives.

But just how big is it?

So big that convening the region's largest American Indian gathering in Brooklyn, of all places, this weekend was not as incongruous as it might seem. The 11th annual Gateway to Nations powwow is being celebrated in the original homeland of the Canarsie Indians at Gateway National Recreation Area in a metropolis that, modern census takers estimate, is home to more American Indians than any other city with a population of more than 100,000 in the United States.

So big that New York has more Yiddish speakers (they outnumber the American Indians) and more who speak Spanish, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and English, and more people who identify their heritage as Italian, German, Scottish, Nigerian or Swiss than in any big American city. It has more who claim Irish ancestry than any city in the world except Dublin.

More people born in Pakistan, France, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Ghana, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic and almost every other country (except, primarily, Cuba and Mexico), live in New York than in any other city in the country.

New York even ranks first in the number of people who describe themselves as having been born at sea.

The city also has more lawyers, doctors, teachers, security guards, construction workers, firefighters, railway workers and more people who work in arts and entertainment than any large city in the country and more people employed in manufacturing. It does not lead in agriculture, although the city, with 1,464 workers in related fields, ranks a respectable 10th nationwide among cities whose residents say their occupation is farming, fishing or forestry. New York has more students enrolled in every grade, from kindergarten through graduate school; more who have not graduated from high school and more with doctoral degrees.

The city also ranks first with more people in every age group (including about 540,000 under age 5 and 121,000 who are 85 and older).

New York has more people than any other city in the United States who do not own a car, and who car-pool to work or take public transportation, including taxis and ferries; more who ride their bicycles or walk to work, and more who work at home. San Francisco edges New York in the number who say they commute by motorcycle.

More New Yorkers live in jails, nursing homes, college dorms, mental wards and religious quarters - like convents - than in any other city, according to the latest Census Bureau figures.

A few of those numbers might be statistical anomalies, of course, especially since the census relies largely on self-identification. For example, there are undoubtedly a lot of American Indians in New York, but the total is probably inflated by some Asian Indians who also consider themselves American and described themselves that way - incorrectly by the government's definition - on the census forms.

With so many superlatives, no group categorized by ancestry or age or birthplace abroad or occupation or degree of education dominates, because, as Theodore Dreiser once wrote, New York "is so preponderantly large."

New York has more than twice as many people as the nation's second biggest city, Los Angeles. New York is home to more people than the next four top-ranked cities in population: Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Phoenix, combined.

Which means that in every category, each separate New York superlative is subsumed by the biggest superlative of them all: The Eight Million.

Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

June 29th, 2005, 02:14 AM
adding on to the original fun fact about midtown.... Did you know that Midtown is the largest downtown area in the world, and Lower Manhattan comes in 3rd, while Downtown Brooklyn has more office space than St. Louis. Put these three areas together, add in the downtowns of the metropolitan area ( Jersey city, Newark) and the New York region has more office space than any city in the world.

June 29th, 2005, 02:16 AM
Another fun fact : the congested Lexington avenue line (456) carries 1.5 million people every day. Thats more people than the systems of Washington, Boston, and Los Angeles and Chicago.... combined.

June 29th, 2005, 07:39 AM
Another fun fact : the congested Lexington avenue line (456) carries 1.5 million people every day. Thats more people than the systems of Washington, Boston, and Los Angeles and Chicago.... combined.

Makes sense -- seems I'm always stuck in the same #6 car with all those 1.5 million!!!

Daniel Kuzminski
June 29th, 2005, 04:57 PM
As late as the 1840s, thousands of pigs roamed Wall Street to consume garbage - as an early sanitation system

The New York Stock Exchange is the world's largest exchange.

The New York Stock Exchange has an annual trading volume of $5.5 trillion.

In 1664, the city's tallest structure was a 2-story windmill.

St. Paul's Chapel is Manhattan's oldest public building in continuous use.

July 11th, 2005, 10:44 PM
This is a thread started to post cool facts about NY that people may not know. For instance, Midtown is the LARGEST downtown IN THE WORLD. I thought it was the largest in America, but not the world! :) Feel free to add more. :)

:confused: Midtown isn't downtown though, downtown is downtown.

July 12th, 2005, 10:08 AM
The Battle of Long Island (which took place in Brooklyn) was the first battle of the Revolutionary War followingthe signing of the Decaration of Independence.

The Brooklyn Bridge is built over the exact crossing route George Washington ferried the revolutionary army to escape the British following the Battle of Long Island.

Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom's Cabin), was an avid abolitionist and used to giver fiery sermons that people would travel from miles around to hear. Abraham Lincoln came to Brooklyn to meet him as he campaigned for the Presidency and spoke at his church, Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights. Lincoln was supposed to return to give his second speech, but the frozen East River prevented his crossing into Brooklyn. Instead, he gave his speech (considered the spech that won him the Presidency) at Cooper Union on Astor Place.

Park Slope is the city's largest historic district. Prospect Park is considered the crown jewel of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, who used the lessons from errors in Central Park to build Prospect. The nation's first parkways (Ocean Parkway and Eastern Parkway) were built in Brooklyn.

Coney Island has been home to 48 different documented rollercoasters: The first one, The Switchback Railway, was built in 1884 (some consider it the world's first true roller coaster). The Oval coaster, built in 1885, was the first roller coaster to drag the cars up a precipitous first hill. The Flip Flap Railway, which operated from 1895 - 1902, was the first to flip passengers upside down through a small 25ft diameter loop (it had the flaw of inflicting whiplash on riders). The Musical Scenic Express, which operated from 1900 to 1905, was the first to employ a "head chopper" feature - a protruding beam that appeared to protrude over the tracks in position to behead riders (it was considerably higher, but still caused riders to duck and cover). The Loop-the-Loop, which operated from 1901 - 1910, was the first looping rollercoaster to employ an elliptical loop thus eliminating the headsnap and whiplash created by perfectly round loops on coasters preceding it. The Cannon Coaster, which operated from 1902 - 1907, was built to propel a car of riders to leap over a gap in the tracks (it was tested with sandbags and failed miserably - but generated ample publicity to make the revised ride - without the gap - very popular). Drop-the-Dip (Trip to the Moon), operating from 1907 - 1930's was considered the first "high speed rollercoaster" and had the steepest drops to date when it opened - it was the first to use lap bars. The Thunderbolt was built in 1925 over the sheared off Kensington Hotel - the hotel/house became famous in as the Woody Allen character's home in Annie Hall.

August 21st, 2005, 12:12 AM
The person who started the thread set the theme.

Isn't the topic broad enough?

August 21st, 2005, 03:12 PM
Although I meant facts about NY, I guess we can throw random facts in as well. Go for it L & O.