Big Apple Facts
Sep 13, 2007 1:00 PM
- At last count there were 8,643,437 people in the five boroughs. That’s why we always have room for a few more at the AES convention!
- High population density
The total area is 301 square miles, with Manhattan accounting for just 22.7 square miles.
- Full of it
NYC produces a whopping 26,400,000 pounds of garbage per day.
- Hot in the City
An average NYC city street has a surface temperature of 150 degrees on a hot summer day. Since eggs fry at 145 degrees or so, you need only crack one right onto Broadway for a hot, delicious breakfast.
The first apartment house in NYC wasn’t built that long ago, if you think about it: 1869. It was on East 18th Street near Irving Place.
- Mass Transit
There are currently 469 subway stations in el Big Apple. Apparently, an average of 80 women per year go into labor on said subways.
Almost 3,700 buses crawl the streets of New York. Standards for driving are high, with 15% of bus-driver applicants failing their training period. Did you know that the MTA pays NYC delis $50 to allow their drivers to use their bathrooms along the way? NEITHER DID WE.
- Death Cab So Cutie
About 200 million people ride in cabs each year, with cabbies picking up an average of 30 fares per day. With 12-hour shifts, cabbies travel an average of 141 days, grossing an average of $190 daily in fares and tips for their considerable trouble. Only 10% of cabbies are American-born.
NYC was the location of the first-ever American chess tournament, held in 1943.
- In the Toilet
And finally…the great Joseph C. Gayetty of NYC was the inventor of toilet paper in 1857. Now you’ll really feel at home in the great bathrooms of Javits.
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