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New York City Fun Facts

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New York is one of the most famous cities in the world. From The Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty, everyone knows at least something about The Big Apple. But, did you know any of these 10 New York City fun facts?

  • The meaning behind The Big Apple
  • The languages of New York 
  • The story of the Statue of Liberty
  • The length of the Subway system
  • The Empire State Building
  • New York’s coastline
  • Rich New Yorkers
  • The Pizza Principle
  • The whispering gallery
  • The New York City library

The meaning behind The Big Apple

New York City is lovingly known by many as The Big Apple. There are many rumours about how this nickname came about, including a nod to the Great Depression when prior financiers would sell apples to make money. The first published use of the term was in the 1920’s when sports writer John J Fitzgerald used the phrase to describe New York’s horse racing track. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the name The Big Apple began to be widely used in reference to New York itself.

The languages of New York

There are over 800 different languages spoken in New York, making it one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world. As a result of the cities’ rich immigration history, Only 51% of its residents solely speak English, the other 49% are bilingual. The second most popular language in New York is Spanish, followed by Chinese and Russian.

The story of The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is arguably New York’s most notable landmark. Standing 83 metres tall, The Statue of Liberty is a historic American landmark that millions marvel at every year. The statue arrived in New York in 1885, in 214 crates and 350 pieces. It was a gift from France to celebrate America’s centennial celebration. Interestingly, the statues iconic arm holding the torch arrived in America a decade earlier in 1876. It was put on display at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia to raise money for the construction of the whole statue.

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The length of the Subway system

New York’s Subway system is one of the largest urban mass transportation systems in the world. Each year, approximately 1,727,366,607 passengers use the underground system, consisting of 34 lines and 469 stops. If you were to travel to every stop on the system, without leaving the Subway, it would take you 21 hours and 49 minutes. 

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is another of New York’s famous landmarks. Standing 102 stories high in Midtown Manhattan, it has been a New York highlight since 1930. Despite being a notable NYC landmark, The Empire State building is very unlucky. There is a 1 in 9 million chance of being struck by lightning twice in your lifetime. The Empire State Building is struck 23 times every year!

New York’s coastline

When you think about American coastlines, New York will not be the first place you think about. That being said, New York actually has a coastline of 520 miles, which is longer than the coasts of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined.

Rich New Yorkers

New York is the only city in the world that is home to more than 100 billionaires. There are actually 113 billionaires currently living in the city, the richest of which is former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has an estimated net worth of $60.1 billion. Asides from the billionaires, there are also more than 380 million millionaires living in New York City. 

The Pizza Principle

For over 50 years the average price of a Subway ride and the average price of a slice of pizza has been relatively the same. Whenever one of the prices goes up or down, so does the other. Economists have lovingly named this the Pizza Principle. 

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The whispering gallery

Grand Central Terminal is a commuter rail terminal in Midtown Manhattan and home to the whispering gallery. If you were to stand at one corner of the platform and have a friend stand at a diagonal corner to yourself you will be able to whisper to each other. This secret conversation can happen because of the perfectly curved arches that make up the platform. 

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The New York City Library

The New York City Library is the third biggest library in the world and the second biggest library in America. It is home to 50 million books and when the library first opened in 1911 it was the largest marble building ever built in America. Today 3.5 million people inhabit the library and explore its extensive collections.

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Best places to visit in Dublin

With lockdown restrictions being eased across the world we can begin thinking about places to visit once we are free to travel. If you happen to be venturing to Dublin, these are the best places to go. 

  • Grafton Street
  • The Jameson Distillery 
  • The Guinness Storehouse 
  • Phoenix Park 
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • National Museum of Ireland 
  • Croke Park

Grafton Street 

If you’re looking for a quirky shopping experience than Grafton Street is the perfect place for you. The street is buzzing 24/7 with buskers playing everything from tin whistles to acoustic guitars- in fact, U2 front man Bono returns every year to play a set. Boutiques, jewellers, and department stores line both sides of the street, but the highlight is Bewley’s, Dublin’s oldest cafe. At the bottom of this eclectic street is a statue of Molly Malone, the fictional character from Dublin’s famous ballad of the same name. Grafton Street is perfect for a lazy wander, drifting in and out of shops and enjoying the live entertainment. 

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The Jameson Distillery 

Since it was founded in 1780, Jameson has been the best selling Irish whiskey on the planet. Despite the original Dublin distillery no longer producing whiskey, the Jameson Distillery tour is not one to be missed. Explore the history of the famous whiskey and it’s founding fathers on a 40-minute tour, ending with a sample of the whiskey in JJ’s bar. In addition to the tour, whiskey tasting, cocktail making classes and whiskey blending classes can be bought. 

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The Guinness Storehouse

If whiskey isn’t your drink of choice, why not take 1 of the 3 guided tours on offer at the world-famous, Guinness Storehouse. If you are a particularly big lover of Guinness, you can take the ultimate 3-hour Guinness Brewery tour. Completely immerse yourself in the history of Guinness by exploring the Roast House, Brew House, and underground passenger tunnels. After your tour, indulge yourself in an exclusive beer sampling session, trying limited-edition Guinness brews. 

If the 3-hour guided tour isn’t for you, why not take the 1-hour tour of the brewing and advertising floors. After your 1-hour excursion, you’ll experience a tutored tasting session of a range of Guinness brews. Or why not enjoy the Connoisseur experience, where you can sit back and relax with a private tasting experience. Whatever package you decide, it wouldn’t be right to visit the home of Guinness without exploring its storehouse. 

Phoenix Park 

Stretching over 2.7 square miles, Phoenix Park is the largest Urban park in any European capital city. Enjoy a sunny day lying in the grass, or go on a long bike ride around the park, taking in your serene surroundings. If you’re looking for something to do other than lazing in the park, you can take a guided tour of the President of Ireland’s home. Additionally, why not make a visit to Dublin Zoo. Established in 1831, it is one of the oldest zoos in the world and is host to exotic animals from across the world. It’s the perfect day out for all the family

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St Patrick’s Cathedral

Legend has it that St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, baptised people into Christianity at St Patrick’s Cathedral 1500 years ago. Since then, countless people have been baptised at the Cathedral, and still are. Take in the religious grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral and bask in its spirituality. Note that famous Gulliver’s Travels author Johnathon Swift is buried there with a collection of his early work. Whether you are religious or not, this beautiful 11th Century Cathedral is a wonder that should not be missed.

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National Museum of Ireland 

The National Museum of Ireland is compromised of 4 different museums, 3 of which can be enjoyed in Dublin. Free to enter, take in the Museum of Archeology, Museum of Decorative Art and History, and the Museum of Natural History. Amongst the wealth of historical artefacts, is an exquisite collection of Irish metalwork that is a true sight to behold. In addition, the Museum of Natural History has charmingly been dubbed the Dead Zoo due to its extensive collection of taxidermy animals. The National Museum of Ireland is a historic discovery that is equal parts educational as it is fun to explore.

Croke Park 

Named after Archbishop Croke, Croke Park is the third-largest stadium in Ireland and the centre for Gaelic sport. A tour around Croke Park will offer you the chance to try your hand at Hurling and Gaelic Football, as well as tour the players changing room and the VIP area. If you’re feeling daring, why not take the Skyline Tour which takes you 17 stories up, to a platform suspended above the stadium. From the platform enjoy panoramic views of Croke Park and the rest of Dublin.  

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