When it comes to facts about New York City, us New Yorkers like to believe we know them all. I mean after all isn’t being a know it all part of the requirements and characteristics of being a New Yorker? But, I can bet out of the 20 facts about New York City listed below, you didn’t know at least one.

20 Little Known Facts About New York City

Babies Born

1. An average of about 404 babies are born per day (Shout out to my mom for making me part of that statistic)

2. New York City has more people than 40 of the 50 U.S. states.

3. New York has the highest population density of any major city in the United States, with over 27,000 people per square mile.

4. There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.

5. The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the 4th largest city in the United States.  Queens would also rank 4th nationally.


6. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person as long as they have a guaranteed place to stay. (Source)

7. New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.

8. The average commute for New Yorkers is just under 40 minutes, about 15 minutes longer than the national average.

9. About 1 in every 38 people living in the United States resides in New York City.

10. New York is the most populous city in the United States, more than twice the size of the second largest city, Los Angeles

11. An estimated 200 languages are spoken in New York City

12. Woman can go topless and it’s not illegal (Source)

hot dog

13. That hot dog cart permits in some areas can cost more than $200,000….per year. (Source)

14. The Empire State Building has its own zip code

15. The oldest surviving building in NYC is the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum which began being built in 1652 (Source)

16. The narrowest building/house in NYC is located in West Village (75 ½ Bedford Street) and is only 9 feet wide! Good luck living there.

17. There is a secret train platform in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

18. FedEx, UPS, and other commercial delivery companies rack up roughly 7,000 parking tickets a day! (Source)

we like pizza

19. The first pizza shop to open in the United States was opened in NYC in 1895. (And you out-of-towners wonder why our pizza is unbeatable. We came into the game first!)

20. You could catch a misdemeanor for farting and disturbing a religious service, funeral, burial, or memorial service. #Facts (Source)

So be honest, was I right? Was there at least one of these you didn’t know?

Other Sources: NYC.Gov | giphy.com
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I am quiet when I eat and loud when I write. On the streets and in the field calling it like I see it