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24 Crazy Things You Don’t Know About NYC

New Yorkers can be know-it-alls, but we bet even they couldn't guess a few of these odd tidbits and factoids about the Big Apple.

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  1. New Yorkers bite 10 times more people per year than sharks do. (Hey, we warned you to get out of the middle of the sidewalk!)

  2. About 600,000 dogs live in New York City.

  3. 15,152 forms of life have been found in the New York Subway system, including insects and bacteria (um, eww!).

  4. New Yorkers drink 7 times more coffee than other Americans.

  5. It can cost more than $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.

  6. The borough of Brooklyn alone would be the fourth largest city in the U.S.

  7. 1 out of every 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire.

  8. 100 million Chinese food cartons are used annually in NYC.

  9. The smallest apartment in New York is 100 square feet and rent costs $1,100 a month. Talk about one expensive shoebox.

  10. In 2010, 38 percent of the city’s 10.4 million 911 calls were butt dials.

  11. It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times.

  12. 25 percent of the world’s gold bullion is stored in vaults 80 feet under The Federal Reserve Bank on Wall Street.

  13. Before the automobile was invented, nearly 500 tons of horse manure was picked up from the streets of New York every day. Meaning the city was literally full of sh*t.

  14. 1 in every 38 Americans lives in NYC.

  15. Nearly 40 percent of the city’s population is foreign-born.

  16. More than 200 languages are spoken in NYC.

  17. The Empire State Building has its own zip code (10118).

  18. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries; there are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone. (Watch your step!)

  19. It would cost about $17,000 to take a cab from NYC to LA.

  20. There are 40,000 film shoots in New York per year, including commercials, feature films, television shows and series, music videos and documentaries.

  21. The largest park in NYC isn’t the 843-acre Central Park, it’s Pelham Bay Park (2,765 acres) in the Bronx.

  22. New York City’s 520-mile coastline is longer than those of Miami, Boston, LA, and San Francisco combined.

  23. It costs $1.4 million.4 million to get a medallion taxicab license.

  24. New York has more residents than 40 of the 50 states in the U.S. — 26,000 people live in each square mile of the city.

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