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Enrich Yourself With These Eighteen Fascinating Facts About New York City

With an estimated 2016 population of 8,537,673 distributed over a land area of about 784 square kilometers (302.6 square miles), New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States. As a global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world. Here are some Bustling facts you probably didn't know about it. 

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    New York City has a coastline of 520 miles. According to the Office of the Mayor, that makes the coastline larger than those of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined.

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    Bryant Park, Union Square Park, and Madison Square Park used to be cemeteries.

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    The permit to operate the hot dog cart outside the Central Park Zoo is $289,500 a year. It's the most expensive pushcart permit in the city.

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    About 30 people get bitten by squirrels in New York City every year.

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    The New York Public Library has approximately 40,000 NYC restaurant menus from the 1850s to today in its collection.

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    In 1982 there was a 2-acre wheat field in Lower Manhattan.

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    One of the earliest cases of terrorism in the United States happened in 1920 on Wall Street. A horse-drawn carriage with explosives was detonated, killing over 30 people. A wall at 23 Wall Street still has "scars" from it today.

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    The price of a slice of pizza has been nearly the same as the price of a subway ride since 1960.

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    If you own property in NYC, you can request a tree to be planted on your property for free.

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    South Brother Island, an island in the East River, sold for $10 in 1975.

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  • 11

    41 buildings in NYC have their own zip codes. The Empire State Building is one of them.

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    The first botanical garden in the United States was started at the location of present-day Rockefeller Center.

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  • 13

    Penn Station used to look like this:

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    75½ Bedford Street in the West Village is the narrowest house in NYC. It's 9.6 feet wide and sold for about $3.5 million in 2013.

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  • 15

    New York City has a higher population than 40 out of 50 states.

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    There are "invisible shrimp" in New York City's drinking water called copepods. They are completely harmless.

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  • 17

    Approximately 1 in 38 people in the United States live in New York City.

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  • 18

    If Brooklyn were a city, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States.

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