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Friday, May 15, 2015

Interesting Facts About New York

Filipinos in New York love to think they know everything about their city — where to find the best street-meat cart, how to avoid paying full price at museums, what route to take to skip traffic down Broadway. But New York City can reveal new treasures to even its most grizzled veterans. Beyond the city where we work, eat, play and commute every day lies a hidden New York: mysterious, forgotten, abandoned or just overlooked. I've compiled some of the hidden secrets of NYC.
New York is a large place with many things to do and it has a rich history which make it a great place to learn about and learn from. Before New York was a colony the area was in fact inhabited by two native cultures, the Iroquoian and the Algonquian people. Since the French first found the New York area in 1524 it has played a pivotal role in the history of the United States. Here are some facts about New York that we’re sure you’ll find interesting.

The Big Apple
Many different rumors have emerged over how the City of New York got the name The Big Apple. There is only one truth though. The fact is that the name comes from horse racing. Back in the day horse racers wanted to win “Big Apple” prizes in NYC. Sports writer John Fitz Gerald used the term “The Big Apple” in every article that he wrote and the city pushed to have the term adapted as an official name.

Train Secrets
The train system is well known across the globe as one of the largest mass transit systems in the world. It has many secrets to it though. The F Train has a lower level that was never utilized and you can still walk from 7th Avenue to Church Avenue if you manage to get access to the tunnel. There is still rumored to be a pneumatic tube train system under Broadway, it is only a block long but a manhole may lead to it from the street. There are multiple abandoned stations that either sit unused or repurposed. Multiple hotels and buildings have secret entrances in the subway system but the Waldorf-Astoria hotel had its own platform that VIPs could use to enter the hotel secretly.
New York is Truly International
Out of the residents of New York City who are over the age of 5, 47% of them speak a language other than English at home. The Big Apple has the greatest population of Chinese people outside of Asia and has more Puerto Ricans than any other city in the world. There are many different neighborhoods in New York City which are known for the people from other countries that immigrate to them.

It is Possible to Make Money From Cracks in the Sidewalk
A man noticed that in the jewelry district of New York, known as the Diamond District, there were riches to be had in the cracks of the sidewalks. Because of the sheer amount of jewelers in the area he discovered that when they work with jewels and precious metals they leave shavings and bits on their clothes and shoes which are then deposited onto the sidewalk. It is rumored that his first two sales of his collection totaled over $800.
The Drinking Water
Many countries you visit have problems with their drinking water. Bacteria and other things live in the water such as mosquito eggs. New York City also has things that live in its drinking water but you are going to be a little surprised when you learn what they are. Tiny shrimp known as Copepods live in the drinking water of NYC and they help make the tap water taste fantastic. Instead of hurting the drinking water they actually get rid of mosquitoes and their eggs, rendering drinking water safe. They do not hurt us when we drink them and they are invisible to the naked eye they are so small.

Some of the Most Popular Parks in New York Used to be Cemeteries
It isn’t as well-known as it used to be but four of the major parks in New York City used to be cemeteries. These parks are Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park. It is theorized that there are still around 20,000 bodies still buried in Washington Square Park. When New York City was first colonized they started with only part of the island and as the population grew the amount of space on the island grew, pushing the cemeteries further across the island. There are also many other less well known parks and city properties that functioned as cemeteries at one point as well.

New York is a Pirate’s Heaven
When you think of gold in the United States you usually think of Fort Knox but New York also stores a huge amount of gold. The Federal Reserve Bank on Wall Street is home to 25% of the world’s gold bullion, not just the United States’. This gold is located 80 feet beneath the ground in a secure vault. The vault itself is one of the most secure gold vaults in the world with thick concrete walls and a 90 ton steel door, making breaking in virtually impossible. The vault is also water tight in case of flooding.
77 Water St. Rooftop Runway
While most Wall Streeters might be hoping to take off on a Gulfstream, this Downtown address takes a different approach to executive perks, with a World War I fighter plane perched on its rooftop, you know, just in case.
Tabernacle of Prayer Church - Jamaica, Queens
No matter what God you do (or don’t) believe in, one minute inside this stunning movie theater-turned-church in Queens will leave you feeling some sort of higher power. Forget the gigantic screen at your local multiplex -- imagine what it was like seeing a film in the grand splendor of a movie palace like this.

Who needs Upstate in Niagara Falls when we have it in Manhattan? Okay, so maybe it’s not a real water falls, but for a few brief minutes, you can feel the water spraying on your skin at several water features located in public plazas. At the very least, it will drown out a little bit of the constant urban noise. Check out the one located at East 53rd St & 6th Ave.
Are you excited yet? Get out there and discover them (well, those that are accessible anyway) for yourself


Johnathan Cole said...
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Johnathan Cole said...

New York is an amazing place. In my opinion everyone should visit it at least once in their life. I went there 3 years ago and I stayed at Z hotel (it has a great view of Manhattan). I came across it when I was searching for hotels in New York and I can say it was quite a good place to stay. I definitely recommend it!

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