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Old March 25th, 2014, 08:22 AM   #1
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60 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About New York City.

1. Pinball was banned in the city until 1978. The NYPD even held “Prohibition-style” busts.
2. It is a misdemeanor to fart in NYC churches.
3. It costs $1 million to get a license (medallion) to operate a taxicab.
4. The first pizzeria in the United States was opened in NYC in 1895.
5. In 1857, toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty in NYC.
6. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
7. Up until World War II, everyone in the entire city who was moving apartments had to move on May 1.
8. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay.
9. There’s a man who mines sidewalk cracks for gold. He can make over $600 a week.
10. According to New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, the last hurricane to pass directly over the city was in 1821. The storm surge was so high that the city was flooded up to Canal Street.
11. Hog Island, a one-mile-long island south of Rockaway Beach, was never seen again after the hurricane of 1893.
12. New York City’s leading hurricane historian, Nicholas Coch, a professor of coastal geology at Queens College, believes that this is the only reported incidence ever of the removal of an entire island by a hurricane.
13. Up until 1957, there was a pneumatic mail tube system that was used to connect 23 post offices across 27 miles. At one point, it moved 97,000 letters a day.
14. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
15. There are tiny shrimp called copepods in NYC’s drinking water.
16. On Nov. 28, 2012, not a single murder, shooting, stabbing, or other incident of violent crime in NYC was reported for an entire day. The first time in basically ever.
17. There’s a wind tunnel near the Flat Iron building that can raise women’s skirts. Men used to gather outside of the Flat Iron building to watch.
18. About 1 in every 38 people living in the United States resides in New York City.
19. New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the U.S.
20. There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.
21. There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
22. The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also rank fourth nationally.
23. New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
24. New York has the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world.
25. PONY stands for Product of New York.
26. In 1920, a horse-drawn carriage filled with explosives was detonated on Wall Street killing 30 people. No one was ever caught, though it is considered to be one of the first acts of domestic terrorism.
27. In nine years, Madison Square Garden’s lease will run out and it will have to move.
28. UPS, FedEx, and other commercial delivery companies receive up to 7,000 parking tickets a DAY, contributing up to $120 million in revenue for the city of New York.
29. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
30. Sixty percent of cigarettes sold in NYC are illegally smuggled from other states.
31. There was one homicide on 9/11, and it remains unsolved.
32. There are “fake” buildings in the city that are used for subway maintenance and ventilation. The building below in the middle, located in Brooklyn, has a fake facade. There is no brownstone within.
39. When the Dutch first arrived to Manhattan, there were massive oyster beds. In fact, Ellis Island and Liberty Island were called Little Oyster and Big Oyster Island.
40. McSorley’s, the oldest Irish ale house in NYC, didn’t allow women inside until 1970.
41. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries.
42. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone.
43. The original Penn Station was considered to be one of the most beautiful train stations in the world but was torn down because of declining rail usage.
44. NYC garbage collectors call maggots “disco rice.”
45. In 2010, 38% of all 911 calls in NYC were butt dials.
46. Times Square is named after the New York Times. It was originally called Longacre Square until 1904 when the NYT moved there.
47. The entire world’s population could fit in the state of Texas if it were as densely populated as New York City.
48. In 1975, the city of New York sold a private island in the East River for $10.
49. The winter of 1780 was so harsh in New York that New York harbor froze over. People could walk from Manhattan to Staten Island on the ice.
50. From 1904 to 1948 there was an 18th Street station on the 4/5/6 line. It’s abandoned now, but you can still see it on local 6 trains.
51. The narrowest house in NYC is in the West Village: 75 1/2 Bedford Street is just over 9 feet wide.
52. In 1906, the Bronx Zoo put an African man on exhibit in the monkey house.
53. Credit card minimums ARE legal in the city. In 2010, Congress passed a law saying up to a $10 minimum was legal.
54. It would cost about $17,000 to take a cab from NYC to L.A.
55. In 1922, there was a Straw Hat Riot. It was an unofficial rule in NYC that straw hats weren’t allowed to be worn past Sept. 15, but some unruly kids started snatching people’s hats a few days before that causing an uprising that lasted a few days.
56. Eating a New York bagel is equivalent to eating one-quarter to one-half a loaf of bread.
57. NYC buries its unclaimed bodies on an island off the coast of the Bronx called Hart Island. Since 1869, nearly a million bodies have been buried there. The island is not open to the public.
58. There’s a 150-foot-deep hole (15 stories) on Park Avenue between 36th and 37th streets.
59. The price of a slice of pizza and the cost of single ride on the subway has been nearly equal for the past 50 years.
60. The scary nitrogen gas tanks you see on the corners of streets are used to keep underground telephone wires dry.


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Old April 25th, 2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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3. It costs $1 million to get a license (medallion) to operate a taxicab.
So they have not a limited amount of licenses for operating a taxicab. This means there could be an indefinate number of taxicabs on the streets of NYC if someone had the money meaning the profit for each taxi operator would decrease.

I saw the program Pawn Stars where the owner of that famous Las Vegas pawn shop said that he had to wait several years to get his pawn shop license until the city population increased so much that the authorities agreed to issue another license.

In Sweden the taxisystem is deregulated. There are no restrictions about the number of taxioperator licenses and the taxi cab market here is overestablished meaning low profit for each operator.
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I'll give you #61: There is a city 90 miles south of New York that outclasses it in EVERYTHING New York brags about.
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Outclasses NYC in terms of what, piss smell? Obnoxious sports fans? Certainly not food, culture, arts, architecture, or worldliness.
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Speaking of obnoxious fans, it was Rangers fans causing trouble at Wells Fargo Center a few days ago.
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New York....is the first City in the whole wide world that anyone would mention if asked name a world city...I am far enough away to be unbiased...but then...

Ps...I just talked on a Melbourne radio station doing its show out of New York this week...praised the place : )
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So they have not a limited amount of licenses for operating a taxicab.
Yes they do, you can only buy an existing medallion or wait for new ones to become available. Unlicensed cabs can only be hired by phone (theoretically).

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3. It costs $1 million to get a license (medallion) to operate a taxicab.
Is this a fixed price now? I thought they were auctioned.
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6. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
Still NYC has only 12% jews.

So now to the question why the jews are an overrepresented minority in NYC.

Second place where most jews live in the USA is Miami but the number of jews there is only 1/3 of the jewish population of NYC.

Why are there few jews living in states like Kentucky, Tennesee or Oklahoma ?
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Could be that Jewish are family-orientated and don't move far from their local neighbourhood.
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