New York City is one of the largest cities in the world with rich culture and history. This can also make New York very strange at times. In this blog post there are 11 random facts (part 1 of a series of 4 blog posts) about that Big Apple that will blow your mind.
1. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries
Calvary Cemetery, Maspet- Woodside, Queens. photo: untapped citieis
2. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone
3. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
4. 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.
5. On Nov. 28, 2012, not a single murder, shooting, stabbing, or any other incident of violent crime in NYC was reported for an entire day. The first time in basically ever.
6. In New York City there are more than 26,000 people living in each square mile.
7. It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times.
8. New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the U.S.
9. There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.
10. There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
11. The Federal Reserve Bank on New York’s Wall Street contains vaults that are located 80 feet beneath the bank and hold about 25 percent of the world’s gold bullion.
The Federal Reserve Bank on New York’s Wall Street contains vaults that are located 80 feet beneath the bank and hold about 25 percent of the world’s gold bullion. image: open currency