The city of "New Amsterdam" was given to the Duke of York in 1664 as an 18th birthday present from his father. He renamed the city as "New York."
In 1789, New York City became the first national capital of the U.S. for a year.
The island of Manhattan was purchased from American Indian people in 1626 for about US$1,000 in modern currency.
New Yorkers bite 10 times more
people than sharks do worldwide.
It's not illegal to go topless in NYC.
NYC keeps train tracks free of ice by setting them on fire.
Manhattan comes from a word in the Lenape language that means "Island of many hills".
There are no Wal-Marts in New York City.
New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US.
Albert Einstein's eyes remain in a safe box in NYC.
With 800 languages, New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
Next to Warsaw,
the world's largest
is in New York.
More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.
823 same-sex couples were married in New York City on the first day that same-sex marriage was legal state-wide.
There's a skyscraper in New York City with no windows.
The world's first underground park will be inaugurated in 2018 in New York.
NYC homeowners can request that a tree be planted outside their homes for free.
Ancient Rome was eight times more densely populated than modern New York.
New York gets 15 times as much snow as the South Pole.
All the departure boards at NYC's Grand Central are exactly one minute wrong.
Starting 2015, all New York residents must recycle their old electronics like PCs and TVs, or face a US$100 fine.
In Manhattan, the apartment that's the furthest away from a subway station is just 0.8 miles (1.2 km) away.
There's a luxury bomb shelter buried three feet under Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NYC.
1 out of every 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire.
Some 15,152 types of life forms, from insects to bacteria, have been identified on the New York subway.
Honking your car horn, except in an emergency, is illegal in NYC.
rose the cost of living in NYC in just five years: from 2009 to 2014.
of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion.