15 Fun Facts & Figures – New York City

Food truck in Manhatten

We all know parts of New York City from movies or posters. While walking the streets of Manhattan you might experience a combined feeling of “dejà vu” and discovering unknown territory. The city is a colorful hodgepodge of lifestyles, cultures and sounds and it’s quite easy to fit in with that gleeful, buzzing crowd. Surely, a few things need adjustments or may seem strange at the beginning… but in the end, you don’t even question the fact anymore that the fat rat sitting just across the sidewalk is winking at you! Life’s full of surprises in NYC.

Central Park
Central Park in Manhattan, NYC

Facts about New York City

Here’s my patchwork of facts & figures for foreigners:

  • New York City has 722 miles of subway track.
  • Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries.
  • It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times.
  • New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the U.S.
  • New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
  • New York’s Central Park is larger than the principality of Monaco.
  • Some people wear adult diapers to celebrate New Years at Time Square due to a lack of toilets. Yewwww!!!
  • Until 1953, NYC had a pneumatic tube mail network that spanned 27 miles and connected 23 post offices. At its peak, the system moved 95,000 letters a day.
Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building in Manhatan, New York City
  • Since 2005, New York City has the lowest crime rate of the 25 largest US cities, and is one of the safest cities in the US overall.
  • The New York subway system is the largest mass transit system in the world with 468 stations and 842 miles (1355 km) of track.
  • New York City has approximately 4000 street food vendors, including hot dogs, pretzels, falafel, kebabs, and more.
  • Pinball was banned in the city until 1978. The NYPD even held “Prohibition-style” busts.
  • There are “fake” buildings in the city that are used for subway maintenance and ventilation.
  • The Empire State building has its own zip code.
  • The price of a slice of pizza and the cost of a single ride on the subway has been nearly equal for the past 50 years.

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