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With so much to do in the Big Apple, deciding on your must-see attractions can be difficult. Allow us to ease the stress of planning your itinerary with our very own Staff Picks blog. From upcoming events to NYC sites, we’ll help ensure you experience the very best of New York.

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Unexpected Facts You May Not Know About NYC

March 06, 2018

We’ve rounded up some interesting facts about NYC to enhance your trip. So head outside for some quality sightseeing and think about these unusual and fun pieces of information:
 

- The nickname “Big Apple” was first coined by sports writer John J. Fitz Gerald. It was used to symbolize that New York City was the big leagues. However, it didn’t stick until 1970, when it was reintroduced through a promotional campaign to increase tourism. It’s hard to imagine ever needing more tourist, a whopping 60,000 travelers visit NYC each year from around the globe. 

- There are 800 different languages spoken in NYC, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

- New York City was the first capital of the US in 1789, however, it was short-lived, coming to a close one year later.

- We are home to the first pizzeria in the United States, Lombardi’s, and you can still enjoy a hot pie at the original restaurant in Nolita located at 32 Spring and the corner of Mott.

- In 2018, New York City is slated to open the first ever underground park called the Lowline. The space will feature traditional park foliage nourished by skylights.

We hope you enjoy your visit and come back to see us again soon.