New York, New York – it’s not just a famous song, it’s the actual location of one of the most famous cities in one of the most famous US states.
This state, up in the North East, is home to some of the most iconic landmarks, locations and venues in the whole of the US. It is also very commonly seen on TV and film, meaning that there’s a good chance NYC, and its state, are the first things non-Americans think about when they imagine the USA. Here’s 14 interesting facts about New York, covering the city and its state.
New York is said to have been home to people since at least 10,000 BC.
The capital of New York is Albany, and this recognition seems to be well-deserved. It’s thought that the area was the first that Europeans settled in when they reached the US centuries ago.
Despite being one of the most populous – it’s in the top three – New York is only the 27th largest state in the US, planting it firmly in the middle of the pack.
American pizza has its birthplace here, with the quintessential Italian dish having been first served in a US restaurant in 1905.
The city was once called New Amsterdam. It received its new name in 1664, as the English wished to the trace of Dutch rule which came before it.
It was, of course, Native Americans who first owned the land. They were invaded by Dutch settlers in the early 17th Century, with the Europeans choosing to buy some of the land directly from natives.
New York City is home to many famous buildings and landmarks. For example, it is here where you will find the United Nations Headquarters.
Toilet paper was invented by a New Yorker – Joseph Gayetty.
Many famous people have hailed from New York state. Actors Tom Cruise, James Cagney, Rosie O’Donnell, Christopher Reeve and Lucille Ball, singers Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr and Billy Joel, and comic icons the Marx Brothers all have birthplaces here.
NYC is famous for its extensive subway. So much so, in fact, that there is thought to be around 722 miles of track in the city alone.
New York also played host to the first railroad of its kind in the US. It ran from Albany to Schenectady for around 11 miles. How far we’ve come!
The state is also well-known for its natural features and landmarks. For example, it has a colossal waterfall, Taughannock, which stands at 215 feet tall.
NYC is also home to Track 61, a super-secret railway station used by US President Franklin D Roosevelt. It is built below the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel, and was a secret entrance and exit for the statesman.
Liberty Island has more going for it than just the iconic Statue of Liberty – it was the initial site of the first-ever hospital in the USA.
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