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Intriguing New York City – Part 3
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 9 random facts (part 3 of a series of four blog posts) about that Big Apple that will blow your mind.
1. There was one homicide on 9/11, and it remains unsolved.
2. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
3. New York City’s Chinatown is the largest Chinese enclave in the Western Hemisphere.
4. Phantom of the Opera is currently the longest running show in Broadway history, with over 9,100 performances.
5. New York City subway musicians actually go through a rigorous selection process. Many of the musicians have even performed at famous venues such as Carnegie Hall before moving to the subways.
6. Central Park was the first public landscaped park in all of the United States.
7. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
8. New York City’s 520-mile coastline is longer than those of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined.
9. Cleopatra’s Needle, a 3,000-year-old Egyptian ruin, can actually be found in New York’s Central Park. In 1879, it was given to the city as a gift by the Khedive of Egypt. The 220-ton, 66-foot-high monument took a decade to be fully transported.
Cleopatra's Needle in New York City is one of three similar named Egyptian obelisks and was erected in Central Park on East 81st Street, west of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) on 22 February 1881.