Did you know that in New York City, more than 26,000 people live in each square mile? Or that the island of Manhattan was purchased from Native Americans for about $24? And that New York City is the largest city in the United States. So you have probably guessed that tonight is fun facts about New York City, I hope you find them interesting:

As mentioned above, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit purchased the island of Manhattan from the Algonquin Indian tribe for trinkets and tools worth $24.00, the city’s first known name was New Amsterdam, which referred to the southern tip of Manhattan which was a Dutch trading port. In 2011 the census showed that there were 8,244,910 people live in New York City.

A New Yorker travels an average of 40 minutes to work each day, and more than 48 percent of New York City’s residents, over the age of 5, speak a language other than English at home. The average sale price of a 2 bedroomed apartment in Manhattan is a whopping $1.49 million. By the way if you just want a hotel room, the average daily room rate for a hotel in New York is $267. If you want a meal in the city, there are more than 18,600 restaurants and eating establishments, and the average cost for a dinner, including a drink, tax and tip, is $43.50

New York’s Yellow Cabs are yellow because John Hertz (founder of the New York Cab Company, and also of the Hertz car rental company) learned from a study that yellow was the easiest colour for the eye to spot, and more than 12,700 licensed taxis work the street of the city. The Federal Reserve Bank on New York’s Wall Street contains vaults that are 80 feet beneath the bank, and hold one quarter of the world’s gold bullion.

There are many legends that exist about the origin of New York City’s nickname, the Big Apple, most historians agree that it can be traced back to a writer who covered horse racing in the 1920s, where the word “apple” was used in reference to the many racing courses in and around New York City. Apple referred to the prizes being awarded for the races – as these were important races, the rewards were substantial. In The Morning Telegraph, he wrote that stable hands often referred to New York as the Big Apple, meaning that any thoroughbred that raced in New York had reached the pinnacle of racing. And lastly the phrase “New York, the City that never sleeps” comes from “a poem of New York” written in 1930 by a Spanish gentleman called Federico Garcia Lorca. He immigrated to New York from Spain in 1929, he died in 1936, and the poem was published posthumously in 1942.

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