1 – The Dutch explorer Peter Minuit purchased the island of Manhattan from the Algonquin tribe for trinkets and tools worth around $24.
2 – More than 47% of NYC’s residents over the age of 5 speak a language other than English at home.
3 – New York’s yellow cabs are yellow because John Hertz, the company’s founder, learned from a study that yellow was the easiest colour for the eye to spot.
4 – More than 250 feature films and 100+ TV shows are shot on location in New York City each year.
5 – Quaker parrots indigenous to South America have taken up residence in Brooklyn. It’s rumoured they escaped from a large shipment of birds sent from South America intended for the pet trade.
6 – The average temperature of New York City’s pavements on a hot summer day is 150 degrees.
7 – The New York subway system is the largest mass transit system in the world with 468 stations and 842 miles (1355km) of track).
8 – The musicians who perform in the NYC subway system have to go through a competitive audition process. Some have even played in Carnegie Hall.
9 – The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to be lit using electricity.
10 – Unlike most major subway systems, the New York subway runs 24 hours a day.