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New York City - finally!

New York City is the largest city in New York State as well as the most populated one within the United States. This city has had a major influence on everything from technology and finance to art, fashion, and entertainment.

The city itself is comprised of five boroughs that include Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. The millions of people that visit the city every year usually end up in Manhattan, although a few will venture to other boroughs for the attractions that are located there.

The Manhattan area is completely urban, but other boroughs have a more suburban feel. All five boroughs do have open spaces though, with the most popular park being Central Park. There are not too many wild animals within the city, unless people count the birds and the rats. However, it is not uncommon for wild animals to find their way in amongst the people that live there.

The weather in the city can get extremely hot during the summer months and while it can get cold during the winter, the temperatures are usually more mild. The city does get snow and in recent years it seems to be that they are getting more than they did in the past. When it does snow, it can be quite difficult to maneuver the streets and the sidewalks of the city, and it is strange to see garbage trucks with plows attached clearing paths.

Here are some unique and interesting facts about New York City:

· The first pizzeria in the US was opened in this city in 1895

· Joseph C. Gayetty, of New York City, invented toilet paper in 1857

· The number of Jewish people in the city is the largest in the world outside of Israel

· Albert Einstein’s eyes can be found in a safety deposit box in the city

· The city’s drinking water has little tiny shrimp called copepods in it

· There are more people living within this city than thirty nine of the fifty states

· Actually, 1 out of 38 people in the US live in this city

· There are fake brownstone buildings in the city that are used for subway maintenance and ventilation

· The Empire State building has its own zip code

· Madison Square Park, Bryant Park, Union Square Park, and Washington Square Park all used to be cemeteries

· Times Square used to be called Longacre Square until 1904 when the New York Times moved there

· The city was originally called New Amsterdam

· The Naked Cowboy has been performing in Times Square since 1998 wearing only white briefs, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat

New York City is absolutely amazing and no one will find themselves bored when they are there. In fact, it is quite easy for a person to feel overwhelmed once they arrive. Many people will want to have a plan as to what they will be doing and seeing while in the city, because if they don’t it will be too easy to get caught up in the excitement and leave without doing much of anything.

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