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New York City is home to the first pizzeria in America

Opened in 1905 by a native of Naples, Italy, Genaro Lombardi, Lombardi’s Pizza introduced the American people to their most passionate love affair, pizza.


New York was originally called New Amsterdam

The reason? The island of Manhattan (as we know it today) was settled by the Dutch in 1624 and became an extension of the Dutch Republic.


Central Park is the most filmed location in the world

Central Park, is featured in more than 530 movie credits (and counting)


About 22% of New York City’s land is used for public parks

That’s because NYC understands the importance of public parks and acts on that knowledge.


The Empire State Building has its own zip code

The iconic Empire State Building is the 4th largest building in New York City and the 6th tallest building in the country.


The New York Public Library is the second largest library in America

it took 16 years to construct this monolithic structure, but the wait was worth it — more than 50,000 people showed up on opening day.


The Brooklyn Bridge is older than London’s Tower Bridge

Construction began in 1869 and when is was completed in 1883, it was deemed the longest suspension bridge in the world.


Central Park is larger than Monaco

Monaco only spans 520 acres, compared to Central Park’s 843 acres.To truly understand the impressive size of Central Park you’d need to see if from the air!


Horn Honking is illegal in New York City

Admittedly the law is barely enforce, technically honking your horn is illegal except in an emergency. The fine for unnecessary honking clocks in at a steep $350.


The high cost of hot dogs

operating a hot dog stand comes at a hefty price. The price of the permit varies by location, but if you want to park your stand inside Central Park, you’ll be looking at a base permit fee of $125,000 to nearly $300,000.

Read the complete list of 25 thought-provoking facts about New York City