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New York City

Peter Minuit

In 1626, Peter Minuit bought the island of Manhattan from the Delaware Indian tribe for goods worth 60 Dutch guilders (the equivalent of $1,000 in 2006 dollars). One of the debunked legends says that the Delawares resold the island for glass beads, which were estimated to be worth $24. 1)

The settlement of New Amsterdam

New York was founded by the Dutch on Manhattan Island in 1614. 11 years later, the settlement of New Amsterdam was established. In 1664 it was captured by the English, who gave it a new name: New York. 2)

The capital city

From 1785 to 1790, New York served as the capital of the United States. In 1790, it surpassed Philadelphia to become the largest American city. 3)

Linguistically diverse city

It is the most linguistically diverse city in the world, as over 800 languages are spoken within its borders. In 2015, over 49% of New Yorkers spoke a language other than English at home. 4)

Nissan NV200

In early 2014, Nissan cars hit the streets of the city, having won a $1 billion contract. The model that replaced New York's 13,000 Ford Crown Victoria cabs is the Nissan NV200, of course also in the distinctive yellow color. 5)

Central Park

Central Park located in the center of the island is one of the landmarks of the city. The idea of developing this area dates back to 1853 when it was treated as a remote area inhabited mainly by black slaves. 6)

Capital city

The capital of the United States is Washington, D.C., but in the past, it was New York City. Today, New York is not even the capital of its own state - that role is performed by Albany. 7)

800 languages

You can hear 800 different languages in the New York City area. 8)

The Federal Reserve Bank

The Federal Reserve Bank in this city is the largest and most important of the twelve United States banks. Not without reason, its vault is hidden 24 meters underground. It is there where you can find about seven thousand tons of pure gold worth 346 billion dollars. 9)


New York City is quite often featured in film productions. It is estimated that as many as 250 films are shot here each year. 10)


New York City is known as the city of skyscrapers. 11)

Yellow cabs

Another hallmark of New York City is the yellow cabs that transport New Yorkers. The color is strictly defined by law. Why? In 1907, one person suggested that this color was easiest to spot from a distance. And so it has remained to this day. 12)

Brooklyn Bridge

One of the oldest suspension bridges in the world is the Brooklyn Bridge - construction was completed in 1883. 13)

Fast food size

In the United States, everything has to be big, especially drinks. Those sold at McDonald's, KFC, or Burger King chains are much larger than in other countries. 14)

Albert Einstein's eyeballs

Albert Einstein's eyeballs are currently stored in one of the safes in New York. 15)

Empire State Building

It took only 410 days to construct what was then the tallest building in the world. The official opening of the Empire State Building took place on March 17, 1930. 16)

new_york_city.txt · Last modified: 2022/07/11 05:44 by aga