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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The city gets about 15 times more snow than the South Pole every year (this shouldn't be too surprising though because Antarctica is a desert and therefore receives very little precipitation)

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Einstein's eyes are locked in a safe deposit box somewhere in the city

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The Empire State Building has its own zip code

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With over 800 languages spoken by a significant portion of the population, New York City is the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

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Although for a long time many people considered the origin of the term Big Apple to be a mystery, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology managed to determine the probably etymology. "Apple" referred to many of the big horse racing courses around NYC (possibly due to the fact that horses liked apples). Smaller tracks were often called "bull rings". The term was popularized for the first time by John J. Fitz Gerald in The New York Morning Telegraph when he mentioned going to the "Big Apple" as in going to the "big time"

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