Interesting facts about New York

February 2, 2012 | In: City Facts

New York City FactsNew York City is the biggest city in the USA, and the 3rd largest in the world. It has approximately 8 million inhabitants. It is located on the East Coast of the United States.

Although it is a national symbol, the city flourished because of the Dutch sailors, who came in the 17th century. Because of that, New York City was first named New Amsterdam, that served as the capital of New Netherland.

From 1789 to 1790 it briefly served as the capital of the United States. Not many people know that Broadway, that is officially named Highway 9, is one of the longest streets in the world, measuring approximately 150 miles, the equivalent of 241 km.

The famous Central Park has a bigger area than the State of Monaco.

The New York City Subway system is the 3rd biggest in the world, if we refer to the year it was built on(1904), preceded only by London(1863) and Paris(1900). It has a huge amount of riders, serving a number of 1.3 billion people every year. It is the 2nd largest subway system in the world, measuring 230 miles(371 km), preceded by London, which has a total of 257 miles(415 km).

Maybe the most emblematic symbol of New York, and probably of the entire United States is the Statue of Liberty. Few people know that the statue, a neoclassical sculpture, stands as a gift to the American people, courtesy of the French society. It stands on Liberty Island from October 28, 1886, and it represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. It has a total of 305 ft (95m), from which 151 ft (46m) are the actual statue.

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