Facts about New York

Interesting facts about New York:

New York's nicknamed the Big Apple

The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.

Dairying is New York's most important farming activity with over 18,000 cattle and or calves farms.

New York City has 722 miles of subway track.

Hartsdale has a pet cemetery established in 1896 and containing 12,000 plots.

New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.

New York State is home to 58 species of wild orchids.

Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City invented toilet paper in 1857.

Facts about New York show that the state has over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

New York City was briefly the U.S. capital from 1789 to 1790.

The Dutch supposedly bought Manhattan from its Native American inhabitants for about $24 worth of trinkets.

Manhattan's downtown southern tip area is predominantly landfill. The actual "natural" Manhattan makes up only 75% of the total area in the downtown region.

Central Park in the middle of Manhattan covers a larger area than the principality of Monaco.

New York City lies at the heart of the New York Metropolitan Area, which, facts about New York show is well over 22 million people, is one of the largest urban conglomerations in the world. The city comprises five boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, each of which could be a major city in its own right.

Facts about New York City's Terror Attacks and other plane crashes:

In February 1993, a truck bomb exploded there, killing six people.

On September 11, 2001 hijacked airliners crashed into the 110-story twin towers of the World

Trade Center and the buildings subsequently collapsed, killing 2,752 people.

On July 28, 1945 an Army Air Corps B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building at the 79th floor level.

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