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Fun Facts About NYC

New York City is one of the most amazing cities in the world that Comfort Tour Canada welcomes you to visit! Millions of visitors come to NYC for the culture, numerous attractions, world class cuisine and exciting nightlife and to make their mark on the city that never sleeps. The Big Apple is the most populated city in the US and a major influence around the world in commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion and entertainment.

Here are some interesting facts about this great city!

1. New York City has 4,000 street food vendors.
2. The average temperature of New York City’s pavement on a hot summer day is 150 degrees.
3. 100 million Chinese food cartons are used annually in New York City.
4. New Yorkers travel an average of 40 minutes to work each day.
5. More than 47 percent of New York City’s residents over the age of 5 speak a language other than English at home.
6. More than 250 feature films are shot on location in New York City each year.
7. An average of 4.9 million people rides the New York City subway each weekday.
8. The musicians who perform in the NYC Subway system go through a competitive audition process. Some of the subway musicians have also played at Carnegie Hall.
9. Manhattan doesn’t have a Main Street. Each of the other boroughs and Roosevelt Island has Main Streets.
10. The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to be lit using electricity.
11. Hong Kong is the only city in the world with more completed skyscrapers than New York City.
12. 36% of the current population of New York City was born outside the United States.
13. Brooklyn was an independent city rivaling NY until 1898.
14. In the 1660s New York City’s “skyline” was dominated by a two-story-high windmill.
15. Cleopatra’s Needle, a 3,000-year-old Egyptian ruin, can actually be found in New York’s Central Park. In 1879 it was given to the city as a gift by the Khedive of Egypt. The 220-ton, 66-foot-high monument took a decade to be fully transported.
16. Over 6 million people visit Niagara Falls each year to watch over 200,000 cubic feet of water splash over 167-foot-high cliffs—some even have gone over in barrels.
17. The first railroad in America ran a distance of 11 miles between Albany and Schenectady.
18. The term “The Big Apple” was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression “apple” for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time—The Big Apple.
19. It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times.
20. New York City was home to the United State of America’s first-ever pizzeria, founded in 1905 by Italian immigrant Gennaro Lombardi. The pizzeria is still open today.
21. The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan is the only school in the world offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
22. The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.
23. On July 28, 1945 an Army Air Corps B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building at the 79th floor level.
24. The first Boy’s Club was established in New York City in 1876.
25. New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.

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