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New York City History

For centuries, people have been drawn to New York City for its rich history, its thriving theater and culture, and endless opportunities for sightseeing and adventure. Take a peek at some of NYC's history, or better yet, visit New York City and create your own history! 

Statue of LibertyStatue of Liberty History
The Statue of Liberty measures 305 feet 1 inch from the ground to the tip of the flame, and is as tall as a 22-story building.
In 1886, it was the tallest structure in New York City.
Winds of 50 miles per hour cause the Statue to sway up to 3 inches and the torch up to 6 inches.
The total weight of the Statue's concrete foundation is 54 million pounds (27,000 tons).
Read more fun facts and history of the Statue of Liberty

The Empire State BuildingThe Empire State Building History
The Empire State Building was the world's tallest skyscraper for over 40 years - from its completion in 1931 until the former World Trade Center was constructed.
With 102 floors, rising 1,454 feet high, it soars more than a quarter of a mile above the heart of Manhattan.
The foundation is 55 feet (16.7 meters) below ground and the lobby is 47 feet (14.3 meters) above sea level.

Read more about the history of New York City's Empire State Building

NYC TheaterBroadway and Theater History
Most New York City Broadway theaters omit the row "I" in their seating to avoid confusion with the number one.
Phantom of the Opera is currently the longest running show in Broadway history, with over 9100 performances.
The Playhouse on Broadway was one of the first theaters on Broadway; it opened in the 1730s in lower Manhattan, between Beaver and Exchange Place.
Read more fun facts and history of New York City's Broadway
 

Prometheus at Rockefeller CenterRockefeller Center History
1933 saw the first formal Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony. The 50 foot tree was decked with 700 lights in front of the eight-month-old RCA Building and the lighting ceremony was broadcast over NBC radio.
In 1976 the American Institute of Architects declared Rockefeller Center the second most significant piece of architecture in America (Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia is first).
Read more facts about the history of Rockefeller Center and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Central Park opened to the public in 1859, and was the first landscaped public park in the United States.
Central Park is
843 acres (6% of Manhattan's total acreage), and attracts 35 million annual visitors. Pope John Paul II gave a mass on Central Park's Great Lawn in 1995.
Central Park has 9000 benches, which would stretch 7 miles if placed end to end

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York CityMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade History
The first parade in 1924 was called the "Macy's Christmas Day Parade" although it took place on Thanksgiving Day.
Live animals including camels, goats, elephants, and donkeys, were a part of the parade that inaugural year.
The parade was canceled in 1942, 1943, and 1944 due to World War II.
Macy's is the world's second largest consumer of helium. The United States government is the first.
Read more about the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York CitySt. Patrick's Day Parade History
New York City's St. Patrick’s Day parade is the world’s largest, with 150,000-250,000 marchers and over two million spectators.
The first St. Patrick's Day celebration in NYC was held at the Crown and Thistle Tavern, near Wall Street, in 1756.
NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade remains true to its roots as a true marchers parade by not allowing floats, automobiles and other commercial aspects in the Parade.
Read more about the history of St. Patrick's Day in New York City

 
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