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Things you did not know about New York


1) Statue of Liberty. One of the flagship monuments of this metropolis is The Statue of Liberty, arrived divided into 300 pieces and was assembled in a year. To withstand the force of the wind, it can swing up to 12 centimeters in any direction.  Its original name is: Liberty Enlightening the World.

2) Big apple. The Big Apple is a term that was born in the 20’s, when black jazz musicians used the word apple as a synonym for city.

3) Broadway is the longest avenue, with 33 kilometers in length. Its name is derived from the Dutch sentence breede wegh, meaning wide road. It crosses Manhattan from north to south.

4) Manhattan. Manhattanhenge. It is a solar phenomenon that occurs twice a year, May 28 and 30 and July 11 and 13 depending on the rotation of the earth, where the sun aligns in the horizon of streets 14 to 57. This unique urban sunset in the world, is better appreciated on 42nd Street.

5) Five districts. New York is divided into five districts: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island.

6) Times Square. In Times Square, the cheapest light commercial is from Coca-Cola, the company pays $ 1 million a year.

7) Taxis. Taxis are yellow because Yellow Cab Company founder John Hertz read a University of Chicago study indicating that yellow is the easiest color to spot.

8) Macys is the largest store in the world. The building occupies a whole block, has 11 floors in which about 500 thousand items are sold. Every day has an influx of 30 thousand people.

9) White House. The first White House was built where the Brooklyn Bridge now stands. There is a plaque certifying that Samuel Osgood, the first US presidential executive, lived there.

10) Hot dog. The first hot dog sold is attributed to the German immigrant Charles Feltman, who dispatched sausages inside bread rolls on Coney Island in 1870. Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker was his employee and founder of the Nathans Famous restaurant chain.

11) The ghost. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show in Broadway history. It premiered on January 26, 1988 at the Majestic Theater and on January 9, 2006 broke the record with 7,486 functions.