Quiz: New York Facts and Trivia
How Much do YOU Know about New York?
Here is your chance to test your knowledge of New York facts and take a fun quiz or two about New York City.
New York is one of the world's most celebrated cities. It is the location of countless movies and has inspired many songs. In fact, New York is so famous that many outsiders think it is the capital of the United States.
Other modern cities may now have the "tallest", "largest", "quickest" this or that, but nowhere has captured the world's imagination quite like New York and it remains a symbol of America to the rest of the world.
Read on to learn more New York facts and trivia.
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Timeline: Key Dates in New York History
1524 -- Giovanni da Verrazano sails into New York harbor
1626 -- Peter Minuit buys Manhattan from Native Americans
1720 -- The first shipyard is opened
1785 -- New York is made the capital of the United States
1807 -- The first steamboat sails the Hudson River
1853 -- The first World's Fair takes place with New York as host city
1879 -- The construction Saint Patrick's Cathedral is completed
1883 -- The construction of Brooklyn Bridge is completed
1904 -- The New York subway begins operation
1905 -- Staten Island Ferry makes its first crossing
1913 -- The construction of the Woolworth Building is completed, making it the world's tallest building
1931 -- The Empire State Building becomes the world's tallest building
1946 -- New York becomes home of the UN Headquarters
1973 -- The construction of the World Trade Center is completed
2001 -- The World Trade Center is destroyed in a terrorist attack
2005 -- Largest UN World Summit in history is held in New York
New York Trivia
8 -- Length of the Statue of Liberty's index finger in feet
60 -- Price in guilders paid to Native Americans for Manhattan (a little over $1000 in today's money -- source Wikipedia)
150 -- Length of Broadway in miles
301 -- Size of New York City in square miles
722 -- Miles of subway track in New York City
7000+ -- Pipes in the organ of Saint Patrick's Cathedral
1.2 million -- Cubic yards excavated when building World Trade Center
New York's Tallest and Longest - The Skyscrapers and Bridges of New York City
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285 ft -- Height of Flatiron Building
792 ft -- Height of Woolworth Building
1,250 ft -- Height of Empire State Building
1,368 ft -- Height of former World Trade Center, North Tower
1,776 ft -- Planned height for 1 World Trade Center
3,579 ft -- Length of Brooklyn Bridge
4,260 ft -- Length of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
More Songs About New York
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42nd Street -- Al Dubin & Harry Warren
Give My Regards to Broadway -- George M. Cohan
Take Me Back to Manhattan -- Cole Porter
Lullaby of Broadway -- Al Dubin & Harry Warren
59th Street Bridge Song -- Paul Simon
New York State of Mind -- Billy Joel
Englishman in New York -- Sting
Discover New York - The Big Apple in Words and Images
This collection of photographs draws from the photo library of the New York Times to present a portrait of a city. The selection covers 100 years in New York's history.
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