40 Exciting Facts About The Big Apple – New York City

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26USS Recruit

USS Recruit

The US Navy built a replica ship in the middle of New York City during World War 1 to boost recruitment. It was staffed by a full crew who stood guard, slept on board and manned wooden guns. It helped enlist 25,000 men.

27. No more than 40 people live above 800 feet elevation in New York City. It's an exclusive privilege for the super-rich.

28. Albert Einstein's brains were kept and dissected both improperly and against his wishes. His brain and eyeballs remain in a safe deposit box in New York City.

29. 800 different languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city on Earth.

30. More than 2,500 of the 3,250 crosswalk buttons in New York City function essentially as mechanical placebos. They haven't worked since the late 1980's.

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31Times Square

Times Square

The Times Square, while taking up just 0.1% of New York City’s total land area, creates 11% of the city’s economic output and 10% of its jobs.

32. Snapple once tried to break a world record for largest Popsicle, but instead, it melted and covered Times Square in pink goo.

33. The design of the tallest residential building in the world, 432 Park Avenue in Manhattan, is inspired by a trash can.

34. Hell's Kitchen is a neighborhood in Manhattan, NYC most likely named after 2 cops watching an Irish riot. The rookie said "this is hell," and the veteran said, "It's hotter. It's Hell's Kitchen."

35. Robert Moses, the extremely powerful New York City urban planner, hated the idea of poor people lowering the tone at the seaside, so he built low bridges over his parkways to ensure that only cars, not buses, could make the trip.

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362010 blizzard

2010 blizzard

New York City officials admitted they forgot about a stalled train during the 2010 blizzard, which left dozens of passengers stranded for 7 hours. The subway chief said at a hearing they simply "forgot about that train."

37. In 1993, a 16-year-old Brooklyn teen named Keron Thomas pretended to be a subway conductor and drove a train for over 3 hours before getting caught.

38. There is a Superhero Supply store in Brooklyn with a Cape Fitting room with a wind tunnel. They also sell Oxygen Gum, Bottled Chaos and have an Invisibility Testing Center.

39. The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NYC is so polluted that unidentifiable new forms of microbiological life have arisen in its sludge.

40. The Brooklyn Bridge in New York is older than Tower Bridge in London by 11 years.

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