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Quiz: New York Facts and Trivia

Updated on September 23, 2014
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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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Easy New York Trivia - How did you do?

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Do You Know Your New York Facts? - New York Novice or Expert?

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New York: Facts and Figures


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


How Tall is it?

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

How Many Could You Hum?

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.

© 2011 Indigo Janson

Are you a New York expert? - Did you ace these quizzes? Or learn something new?

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    4 years ago

    I did pretty good and I do love New York! Excellent quiz!

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    4 years ago

    Great quiz! I travel to NYC often with students and this will be great to share with them.

  • Scindhia H profile image


    4 years ago from Chennai

    Interesting facts about the big apple!

  • OUTFOXprevention1 profile image


    4 years ago

    Fun quiz. I love New York.

  • Joebeducci profile image


    5 years ago

    Never been to New York, so it was really hard actually! Greets, Joebeducci

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    5 years ago

    10 + 10!:)

  • David3142 profile image


    5 years ago from West Midlands, England

    I did pretty well considering I've only been to New York once. Great lens.

  • LoriBeninger profile image


    5 years ago

    Hardly an expert -- but YOU certainly can qualify! This was fun, thank you.

  • suepogson profile image


    5 years ago

    I did better than expected and enjoyed learning new facts. I've only ever visited New York in transit. One day ... I hope ... Tempted more now by your lens. Thanks

  • VeseliDan profile image


    5 years ago

    I am not a New York expert but I have to say this lens is great. I found a lot of interesting information here!

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    5 years ago

    The first great quiz was easy but the next was nicely challenging. Thanks

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    5 years ago

    NY rocks!!!!!

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    Indigo Janson 

    5 years ago from UK

    @othellos: Thanks for taking it, and for leaving your kind comment!

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    Gloria Freeman 

    5 years ago from Alabama USA

    I love NYC, fun quiz..

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    5 years ago

    I was a student in NYC for 5 years and I thought I knew everything about the city, until I took your quiz to find out that I'm missing some things. Great lens. You reminded me those old good days. Thanks.

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    kevkev227 lm 

    5 years ago

    This was a fun quiz...thanks :)

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    5 years ago

    I love NYC, great lens!

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    Deadicated LM 

    5 years ago

    Great stuff, I love NYC Trivia.

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    5 years ago

    The 1st part was great 10/10 and the second part little bit tricky 6/10. Thanks for the lens!

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    6 years ago

    From New york. Your quizzes were challenging. Thanks

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    Indigo Janson 

    6 years ago from UK

    @iijuan12: Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the feature!

  • VspaBotanicals profile image


    6 years ago

    I learned something new. Thanks!

  • OrlandoTipster profile image


    6 years ago

    Good one

    You stumped me on a couple

  • JaneEyre9999 profile image


    6 years ago

    Yes, surprised how much I knew. Mostly from novels!

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    6 years ago

    I learned something new from taking this quiz.

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    6 years ago from Australia

    I'm pretty good in New York. Blessings.

  • MindPowerProofs1 profile image


    6 years ago

    I did worse than I expected

  • oxfordian profile image


    6 years ago

    Wonderful lens! I've visited NY many times and it is an amazing city. Reading this has made me want to go again. I couldn't ever live there -- there is so much intensity it's difficult to sleep at night -- but I do love going there!

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    Beverly Rodriguez 

    6 years ago from Albany New York

    I did very well, probably because I live in New York! Fun lens.

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    Johanna Eisler 

    6 years ago

    By no means, but I'm learning fast!

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    Malu Couttolenc 

    6 years ago

    Didn't do so good in these New York fact quizzes but ti was great doing them because I learned a lot :)

  • JillY88 profile image


    6 years ago

    Don't know much about New York at all but liked your lens. Nice and informative.

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    6 years ago

    This lens is a nice tribute to the Big Apple.

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    6 years ago

    I have been to New York many times.

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    6 years ago

    Grew up in NY but still learned something. Thanks for sharing.

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    7 years ago

    Great lens - I'm a Londoner, but have always wanted to visit New York.

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    7 years ago

    I would love to visit New York one day :) I do believe that that will be amazing experience :D

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    Stacy Birch 

    7 years ago

    Cool, I used to live in New York, but it's been a long time.

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    7 years ago

    I knew a lot ... and I learned, too.

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    Tolovaj Publishing House 

    7 years ago from Ljubljana

    9/10 and 8/10, I feel good! Nice to meet you again:)

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    pimbels lm 

    7 years ago

    I scored 7 in both. I have never been to New York, so its not to bad . Great Quiz, thank you.

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    7 years ago

    I should have done better although I have not been to New York City I have been to the outer parts of New York.

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    7 years ago

    I did pretty fair considering I've never been there.

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    7 years ago

    I was on a roll and ready for another one! Well done!

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    Carol Fisher 

    7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

    Good quizzes, I enjoyed doing them.

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    Mary Beth Granger 

    7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

    LOve it...really enjoyed the quizzes.

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    7 years ago

    New York - the apple of the world's eye.

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    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Great lens! I just spent a week there and I liked it, sort isn't as cool as London! But then I was staying in a dodgy hotel in Harlem!

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    JenOfChicago LM 

    7 years ago

    Fun! I want to go back to visit NYC again!

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    7 years ago

    Got 10 on the first then the second, only 6 :( Proof that I know nothing apart what's taught to tourists, lol.

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    Sensitive Fern 

    7 years ago

    I knew more than I thought I did. Fun!

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    7 years ago

    Fun quizzes! Did much better than I thought!

  • pkmcruk profile image


    7 years ago from Cheshire UK

    Great quiz and I didn't too badly although must study harder :-)

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    7 years ago from Iowa

    Glad the quizzes were kinda easy because I thought I knew nothing about New York. Turns out I may know a little. :)

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    Jennifer P Tanabe 

    7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    Love New York City - great lens!

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    7 years ago

    Although I have never been to New York, I did pretty good in your quizzes.


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