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12 Interesting Facts About New York City

New York City is home to approximately 275 bird species, with Central Park being a prime location for birdwatching, featuring Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, Eastern Screech Owls, and various herons depending on the season.

New York City, the world's most linguistically diverse city, has over 800 spoken languages and 4 in 10 households speak a non-English language.

In 19th century New York, oysters were in such high demand that their shells were used to pave Pearl Street and provide lime for Trinity Church's masonry.

The Statue of Liberty, gifted by France to the United States for its centennial celebration in 1886, was shipped in 350 pieces within 214 crates and took 4 months to assemble at its current home on Ellis Island.

New York City's Federal Reserve Bank holds the world's largest gold storage with $90 billion worth of gold in an 80-foot below street level vault.

In addition to its 50 million books, the New York Public Library houses unique collections, including locks of hair from notable figures such as Wild Bill Hickok, Walt Whitman, and Mary Shelley, among others, adding to New York City's quirky charm.

The first US pizzeria opened in NYC in 1895, and since the 1960s, a slice of pizza has been priced similarly to a subway ride, leading to the "Pizza Principle" among economists.

Brooklyn and Queens, as individual boroughs of New York City, would each be the fourth largest cities in the United States.

The Empire State Building is struck by lightning approximately 25 times per year, showcasing modern engineering's ability to absorb and deflect such high levels of energy, a unique fact about New York City.

New York City has the highest population of Chinese people outside of Asia and the highest population of Jewish people outside of Israel.

Drunk person urinated on co-passenger on American Airlines