Manhattan: 15 Amazing Facts About the Big Apple (Part 1)

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New York City, Manhattan, the Big Apple, NYC. So many names for a tiny island. For a city that is home to 19.7 million people, there are quite a few secrets floating around about this city and here are a few of them.

Number Fifteen: They Call It the Big Apple For A Reason

One out of every 38 United States residents lives in New York. And during the day, Manhattan’s population grows to 3.94 million when adding in commuters. No wonder New York is one of the largest cities in the world!

Number Fourteen: You Don’t Have to Go Far for Culture

New York was one of the hubs of immigration during the 1800s and 1900s which resulted in a multitude of cultures coming together. Now, more than 47 percent of Manhattan’s residents over 5 years old speak another language besides English at home.

Number Thirteen: New Yorkers Can Actually Be Nice

Contrary to the popular stigma, Mannhatanites do have hearts sometimes. The City of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a place to stay outside of the city.

Number Twelve: All the City’s Landmarks Are Not What They Appear

Some of the most popular tourist destinations in New York are pretty to look at, but underneath the surface, they’re not so family friendly. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park and Byrant Park all used to be cemeteries. There are actually 20,000 bodies in Washington Square Park alone!

Number Eleven: Hot Dogs Are Expensive

Out of all the food you could eat in Manhattan, the street hot dog reigns supreme. Despite the cheap price for one hot dog, though, a permit for a stand in Central Park can cost over $289,000.

Number Ten: New Yorkers Take Their Park Space Seriously

In a concrete jungle like New York, any amount of green space is welcome. And when you consider that Central Park is bigger than the principality of Monaco, that is not such a bad thing on a summer’s day.

Number Nine: Manhattan Was Once the U.S. Capital

Before Philadelphia and Washington D.C. served as the capital of the United States, New York was. From 1785 to 1790, New York really was the center of the United States. We’re not quite done revealing a few of Manhattan’s secrets, so stay tuned for part two coming soon!

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