Did you know that Central Park wasn’t completed until 1873? Bet you didn’t know that along with some other relatable and fun trivia regarding the most famous park in the world. New York is a big city with a lot of exciting facts and trivia about her key sites and herself too. It wouldn’t hurt to read up more about The Big Apple interesting characteristics just so you’re equipped with knowledge before visiting, right?
Here a couple of interesting facts about New York City:
- The principality of Monaco is comparably smaller to that of Central Park.
- Central Park holds about 9,000 wooden benches! So don’t give up hope about looking for a place to just sit down and relax.
- For the construction of 30 transverse roads, they blasted through almost 30ft of solid bedrock using gun powder. They also say that the blasting of Central Park for the construction of roads used more gun powder than the Battle of Gettysburg did during the Civil War.
- New York’s taxi cabs are yellow because according to a study that John Hertz chanced upon, yellow is the fastest color to spot by the human eye. If you didn’t know too, Hertz isn’t only a well-known taxi line, but he also runs the famous Hertz car rental too!
- New York’s Federal State Bank vaults in Wall Street located 80 feet below the bank holds 25% of the world’s gold bullion!
- There is a tough audition process for the NY Subway’s musicians. Most of which have played in Carnegie Hall!
- New Amsterdam was the city’s first name before it was changed to New York.
- Peter Minuit, a Dutch explorer, purchased the southern tip of the island (Manhattan) from an Algonquin tribe for tools and trinkets amounting to $24.
- There is a branch in the Metropolitan Museum of Art called The Cloisters. This branch of the museum is the only place in the country which exclusively features medieval art.
- And unsurprisingly, the state’s fruit is the apple.