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    10 different and interesting facts about New York City.

    1. It wasn’t always called New York City

    European settlement was first documented in the 1600s. The Dutch came to the city at the southern tip of Manhattan Island and named the area New Amsterdam. It was renamed New York in 1664, after the Duke of York, who later became James II of England.

    2. Women outnumber Men

    The city is called home by more women than men; approximately 52 percent of people living here are women. I guess this why Carrie and the girls from Sex and the City always found it hard to find Mr Right!

    3. Hello, Ola, Bonjour, Ciao, Cześć

    From its very birth New York City has been the USA’s main entry point for immigrants and today you can hear up to 800 different languages being spoken by the locals. It’s by far one of the most diverse cities in the world for languages!

    New York City4. Its snow joke!

    New York City isn’t the first place you think of when you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, but maybe it should be as records show that New York gets 15 times as much snow as the South Pole does.

    5. A city of subway stations

    There are 468 subway stations in New York, and it’s said that any apartment is no more than 1.2 kms away from one. There are so many that some names are used more than once; Broadway Station features in three different boroughs!

    6. Money Talks

    We’ve all seen the Wall Street movies, tales of wealth and high lifestyles! But did you know that 1 in every 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire? Don’t worry, they may drive a Ferrari to work but you can hire one for your city adventure, we’ve got plenty of to pick from.

    7. Merci!

    The famous Statue of Liberty was actually a gift from the people of France to New York City. The monument was constructed in France, then shipped in crates to the US. It’s been carefully maintained over the years for us all to enjoy.

    8. Holiday Hotspot

    The city attracts around forty seven million tourists each year. It caters for museum lovers, theatre goers, sightseers and shopping lovers. Did you know that most of New York’s museums let you in for free?

    Yellow taxis9. Yellow, for a taxi?

    The cabs of New York City are probably the most recognised in the world; it was in 1967 that the city declared all cabs must be painted yellow. This was to stop unlicensed taxi drivers picking up clients.

    10. Hollywood’s calling!

    Far away from Tinseltown, New York is a hot spot for filmmakers. Its streets have seen action from some of the movie greats and it’s also a favourite for musicians looking to shoot their latest music video.

    If you do visit the Big Apple, let us know on your return any cool and interesting facts your learned on the trip!

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