Fun facts about New York City
Think you know every fact about the Big Apple? Maybe. But maybe not. Here are nine fun facts about New York City.
1. New York City is the most linguistically diverse country in the world, with approximately 800 languages spoken throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. The borough of Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.
2. At home, 51 percent of New Yorkers speak English, 24 percent speak Spanish, and 24 percent speak other languages. This means that nearly half of New Yorkers speak a language other than English.
3. With a population of more than eight million people (and growing!), and more people than 40 of the 50 states, New York has a birth happen every 4.4 minutes. That’s a lot of little apples soon to be running around.
4. At 103 stories, the Empire State Building was the tallest in the world when it was built in 1931.
5. Unbelievably, the Empire State Building has its own zip code: 10118.
6. The average low temperature In NYC falls between 23 and 36 degrees (that’s between -2 and 5
degrees Celsius), while the average high temperature falls between 68 and 83 degrees (between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius). That doesn’t seem too extreme. Then why do winters in NYC feel so cold and summers feel so hot? 🙂
7. New York has more than 1,350 km of subway tracks. That’s more than 840 miles.
8. The city’s airport codes are LGA for LaGuardia, JFK for Kennedy, and EWR for Newark.
9. Its “Big Apple” nickname originated in the 1920s when New York Morning Telegraph sports writer John J. Fitz Gerald used the phrase in his horse racing column, “Around the Big Apple.” He started every article with the header, “The Big Apple. The dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred and the goal of all horsemen. There’s only one Big Apple. That’s New York.”
Thanks to ef.edu for help with the fun facts.