Interesting Facts About New York

The empire state ranges from Niagara falls to the big city lights of Manhattan.   Here are a few interesting facts you may not know.

Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, and Union Square Park used to be cemeteriesBefore Madison Square Garden was opened as a park in 1847, it was once used as a graveyard, or known as a potter’s field from 1794 to 1797. A potter’s field is a place of burial for unknown strangers, or for those who cannot afford a decent burial.

Another beautiful park, the Washington Square Park, once served a cemetery, too. In the late 18th century, the land was used as a potter’s field and the site for public executions. It was later opened as a public park in 1827.

The Union Square Park used to be a cemetery, too, until in the early 19th century. It also once served for funeral processions of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson.

There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone

Over 20,000 remains rest under the grounds of  Washington Square Park, out of as many as 125,000 bodies who might have been buried there. That’s kind of creepy huh?!?

It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central ParkThat means you gotta sell a LOT of hot dogs!

The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person

That is, if these homeless people have a sure place to go to.

Many of the homeless are longtime New York “residents” who have faced difficult times for many years (or even decades). Or recent arrivals who are just too glad to return home after getting overwhelmed by the unbearable city noise, problems in finding employment, or the astronomical cost of housing.

On Nov. 28, 2012, not a single murder, shooting, stabbing, or other incident of violent crime in NYC was reported for an entire day

New York was once a notorious hub for crimes in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. In 1990 alone, the New York City Police logged a total of 2,245 murders. But it’s all in the past, and the crime rate in the city has steadily declined. On November 16, 2012, no one reported an incidence of shooting, stabbing, murder, or slashing. This was rare, but not a totally complete surprise, as New York was about to end 2012 with just over 400 murder cases when this “non-violence” happened.

In New York City there are more than 26,000 people living in each square mile

New York City’s home state, New York, has one of the densest population (presently ranking 7th with 416.42 per square mile).

It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times

That’s a lot of trees just for a Sunday paper… what more of the dailies?!?

New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the U.S.

The state of New York is one of the most populous states in the US, presently ranking 4th with 19,746,227 people calling it home.

There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes

No wonder, New York City is the fastest-growing of all the US states, with an estimated 8,491,079 people as of 2014.

There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes

Excluding the unnatural causes, heart disease is the leading cause of death there with over 18,000 dying from heart disease and stroke each year.

The Federal Reserve Bank, on New York’s Wall Street, contains vaults that are located 80 feet beneath the bank.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is considered one of the most secure in the world, maintaining a vault that is located 80 feet below the surface level, and 50 feet below sea level — yes, it’s placed among the famed Manhattan bedrocks!

There’s a man who mines sidewalk cracks for gold. He can make over $600 a week

Even when the American gold rush has long gone, the search for gold has never ended, at least for the self-proclaimed urban prospector in the person of Raffi Stepanian. He searches and discovers tiny particles of not only gold but other precious gemstones. Stepanian has nothing more than everyday tools — a butter knife, tweezers, and a Styrofoam cup to collect his tiny bounties — but he can make $500-$600 every week!

New York’s Central Park is larger than the principality of Monaco

Central Park in New York City is almost twice as large as Monaco, a whole country. Central Park has a total land area of 843 acres (3.41 kilometers) compared to Monaco’s 485 acres (1.401 kilometers).

Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city

As of 2012, the eyeballs of one of the world’s greatest geniuses are reportedly stored in a safe deposit box in New York City. And they’re rumored to go under the hammer!

There are four mountain ranges in New York State: Adirondack, Catskill, Shawangunk and Taconic

At the site of Niagara Falls, the Niagara River spills 40 million gallons of water 180 feet downward each minute across a ragged ledge nearly 2/3 of a mile wide

New York State has 62 counties, 62 cities, 553 villages and 932 towns