25 Fascinating Facts About New York City And Why It Is Called The Big Apple

Posted by , Updated on March 30, 2017

It’s not hard to find fascinating facts about New York city. Think about it. New York city currently houses 8.4 million people distributed over a land area of 305 square miles. That’s insane! The city has five boroughs; Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Some even say that these boroughs have enough personality and attractions to be their own cities! And then there’s New York’s history, which is full of defining moments, some tragic like Sept. 11, others revolutionary like the creation of New York’s Subway. And then there’s the nick name: “The Big Apple”, a mystery that has captured the imagination of most. Where does this nickname come from? Well you’re about to find out. That’s right, if you stick with us until #1 we’ll explain why it’s called the Big Apple even though everybody you ever asked told you it was a mystery. So from cool quirky facts like New York’s obsession with coffee, to the origins of New York’s nickname we bring you 25 fascinating facts about New York City and why it is called the Big Apple.

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15,152 forms of life have been found in the New York Subway system (these include insects and bacteria)

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Except for emergencies, honking your car horn is actually illegal in New York City. And yes, we know, everybody does it anyway.

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In 1789 it became the first capital of the United States. This only lasted for one year though.

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In 2018 NYC will open the world's first underground park

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There is a skyscraper with no windows

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