· Four of the five boroughs are located on islands. Manhattan and Staten Island are their own islands. Queens and Brooklyn are on the western tip of Long Island. The Bronx is the only borough located on the mainland.
· Brooklyn is the most populated borough in the city (not Manhattan).
· Queens is considered the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.
· New York City is the largest city in the United States with 8.5 million residents over an area of 305 square miles. One in every 38 Americans lives in NYC. The entire world’s population could fit in the state of Texas if it were as densely populated as NYC!
· New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the U.S.
· New York was purchased from American Indian people in 1626 for the modern equivalent of $1,000 by Dutch colonists.
· New York City was the first capital of the United States, only for a year. In 1789, George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony of Federal Hall.
· The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France, built by Gustave Eiffel. It was a gift for the United States centennial in 1886; it was shipped as 350 pieces in 214 crates, and took four months to assemble it on Ellis Island.
· Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel wire suspension bridge ever constructed.
· Ellis Island received twelve million immigrants for over 60 years.
· More Chinese people live in New York City than any other city outside of China.
· More Jewish people live there than in any other city outside of Israel.
· More Polish people live there than in any other city outside of Warsaw.
· New York City also has the largest Puerto Rican population in any city in the world.
· The United Nations Headquarters was established in New York City in 1952.