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16 Facts You Didn't Know About New York

New York City
by Katie Scott Aiton May 25, 2016

NEW YORK CITY IS one of the most densely populated cities on the planet and with that, the hub of many myths about living conditions. Thankfully, the good people at Factslides gathered some cool facts about the city, most of which will probably leave you speechless.

1. New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US.

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2. With 800 languages, New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

3. Next to Warsaw, the world’s largest Polish population is in New York.

Lunch time – Dziupla Polish American Cuisine 👍🏻🇺🇸🇵🇱#nyc #dziuplarestaurant #plpiters #vacationtime

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4. The world’s first underground park will be inaugurated in 2018 in New York.

5. NYC homeowners can request that a tree be planted outside their homes for free.

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6. Ancient Rome was eight times more densely populated than modern New York.

Wishing for warmer weather! Aerial photo by @ctaycro of the sheeps Meadow in @centralparknyc

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7. New York gets 15 times as much snow as the South Pole.

8. All the departure boards at NYC’s Grand Central are exactly one minute wrong.

9. 1 out of every 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire.

10. Some 15,152 types of life forms, from insects to bacteria, have been identified on the New York subway.

11. There are four times as many abandoned houses as there are homeless people in New York City.

The side of seaview not many know about #urbangathering #urban_exploration #urbex #abandonednyc #explore #new_york

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12. The underwater portion of Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty sits upon, is part of New Jersey, not New York.

Luxury real estate photographer Evan Joseph fell in love with New York City in 1992, when he moved there after graduating from Vassar College and made his first venture down into an underground record store on 8th Street. Now, more than 20 years later, Joseph is flying high above the city in a helicopter, capturing sweeping aerial images of the beloved skyline. His newest book, “New York From Above”, is an ode to One World Trade Center. Completed in July 2013, the newly finished structure was for Joseph — and many New Yorkers — a form of healing after the attacks of September 11, 2001. “When One World Trade was finally completed, I felt that the city had been restored in some meaningful way, and I wanted to capture all-new cityscapes that featured this ‘new’ New York,” Joseph told Business Insider. Visit for more photos from the book that celebrates Joseph’s cherished city. #nyc #skyline #statueofliberty #dusk #oneworldtrade #newyorkfromabove #evanjoseph #sunset #aerial #helicopter #photographer #newyork #book #manhattan #🌆 #🗽

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13. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay elsewhere.

JFK by @ctaycro #aerial #aerialphotography #airport #architecture #jfkairport #newyorkfromabove #delta

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14. The average cost of a night out in New York is US$82.

15. Around Central Park, it can cost almost US$300,000 a year just for the right to operate a hot dog stand.

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16. If Manhattan had the same population density as Alaska, only 28 people would live on the island.

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