June 11, 2014

Miscellaneous / 10 Weird Facts About New York

New York City, 2012
  1. Up until World War II, everyone in the entire city who was moving apartments had to move on May 1. Read this article about it.
  2. On November 28, 2012, not a single murder, shooting, stabbing, or other incident of violent crime in NYC was reported for an entire day. The first time in basically ever. 
  3. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
  4. There are “fake” buildings in the city that are used for subway maintenance and ventilation. The building in the middle, located in Brooklyn, has a fake facade. There is no brownstone within.
  5. The Empire State Building has its own zip code.
  6. There is a secret train platform in the Waldorf Astoria hotel. 
  7. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries.
  8. Times Square is named after the New York Times. It was originally called Longacre Square until 1904 when the New York Times moved there.
  9. Eating a New York bagel is equivalent to eating one-quarter to one-half a loaf of bread.
  10. There’s a 150-foot-deep hole (15 stories) on Park Avenue between 36th and 37th streets.
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