New York City Facts: Fun and Interesting Facts (2024)

Farina Khan

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Interesting Facts About New York

Are you ready for the new phase of your life? Are you excited to study in New York? Are you fortunate enough to get enrolled in the dream country? Are you curious to explore New York City? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, Keep reading the blog.

New York City is one of the favourite destinations and dream choices for international students. We will be exploring some unknown, intriguing, and interesting facts about New York City. 

1. Most Linguistically Diverse City in the World

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New York City is the most linguistically diverse city in the world. It is regarded as one of the premier gateways for legal immigration to the United States. With 800 languages spoken in New York City, one-half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English.

As per the official record of the country, almost 25% which is estimated to be 1.8 million persons in the city are not proficient in English.

Also Read: If you are Fortunate Enough to Study in New York City, Don’t Miss our Blog on Fun-Filled Outdoor Adventures in New York!

2. The Statue Of Liberty was a Gift to the US

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Indeed, you read it right! The Statue of Liberty was gifted by a country i.e., France on July 4, 1884. It was a gift from the French to mark the alliance of France and the USA at the time of the American Revolution. The Statue of Liberty is standing tall on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Its official name is Liberty Enlightening the World.

The French gifted the statue to recognise America as a champion of liberty and encourage the French to support the same ideals.

3. Largest Gold Storage in the World

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No, Arab does not have the largest storage in the world, rather the USA has the largest storage of gold in the world. As per the World Gold Council, the USA has the largest bank reserve with 8,000 tons of gold which was more than twice the gold reserves of Germany and more than three times the gold reserves of Italy and France.

4. ‘The Big Apple’ has an Unusual Story

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The Big Apple literally means the ultimate prize or the best. It is basically a nickname given to New York City referring to the prizes awarded at horse racing events in the 1920s. Due to that many musicians and journalists nicknamed the city as ‘the Big Apple’.

The name became official when New York’s tourism board declared ‘the Big Apple’ as an official nickname to boost tourism in the year 1971.

5. Honking Horn is Illegal

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Yes, you heard that right! Honking your horn in New York City is illegal. If you live in New York student accommodation and own a car then your must know that the drivers are advised in the city not to honk horns unless there is an emergency situation.

As per the laws, there are car alarms installed in the vehicles, violation of which can lead to a fine of up to USD350 for offenders. Also, the topless thing of being illegal is very much true in the City of Dreams.

Also Read: If you are a food enthusiast person and fortunate enough to reside in the city, be sure to check our comprehensive guide on Street Food Safari: Discovering The A-Z Of Flavour In New York

FAQs

Is the Statue of Liberty a gift to the US?

Yes, the Statue of Liberty was gifted by the French to the USA to mark an alliance between the two.

What was the name of the Times Square initially?

Times Square was Long Acre Square initially.

In which city, was the first Pizzeria in the USA opened?

The first Pizzeria in the USA opened in New York City.

Why is New York famous?

New York’s fame stems from its iconic skyline, vibrant culture, and global influence in finance, fashion, art, and media. It’s home to landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and Broadway, attracting millions with its energy, diversity, and endless opportunities, making it a symbol of ambition and innovation.

Why is NYC called the Big Apple?

The nickname “Big Apple” originated in the 1920s when jazz musicians used it to refer to New York City. It gained widespread popularity in the 1970s as a term to denote the city’s significance and allure, likely influenced by a marketing campaign to promote tourism. Its exact origin remains debated.

If you are fortunate enough to be in New York City, be sure to spot all the above interesting facts about it. These facts make New York City more unique and exciting.

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About Farina Khan

Hi, I am Farina Khan. I am a journalist by profession and a writer by passion. I carry over a decade of experience in Journalism and Mass Communication. I worked with renowned media organisations like Doordarshan and Zee Media. I performed numerous roles during my work tenure including reporting, anchoring, and heading a channel as well. My passion for writing, combined with my dedication in delivering high-quality content, drives me to excel in the dynamic field of content writing. From thought-provoking articles to SEO-friendly blog posts, or engaging website content, I'm here to bring your ideas to life through words.

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