"The Big Apple", "The City That Never Sleeps", "The City of Dreams", "Gotham", or "Fun City" - no matter what you call it, New York is the most iconic city in the country! What better reason to throw a New York City themed party?
1.“THE BIG APPLE” ORIGINALLY REFERRED TO HORSE RACING.
The city got its most famous nickname from a local newspaper’s horse racing column in the 1920s. Prior to the city’s adoption of the nickname, the phrase “Big Apple” was used to describe a big money prize at important horse races held around the city.
2. THE OLDEST BUILDING IN NEW YORK CITY DATES BACK TO AROUND 1642.
Called the Wyckoff Farm, the Brooklyn house was originally built in the 1640s by a former indentured servant. The house was inhabited by the Wyckoff family until 1901, was named an official city landmark in 1965, and now functions as a museum dedicated to the city’s Dutch heritage.
3. NEW YORK CITY TAXIS WERE ORIGINALLY RED AND GREEN.
The yellow cab is one of the most recognizable symbols of New York City, but the first gasoline-powered cab company, founded in 1907, actually used red and green cars. In fact, yellow cabs were used in a number of other cities throughout the United States before New York adopted the color in 1912.
4. THE FIRST AMERICAN PIZZA JOINT OPENED IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1905.
Pizza is probably the food most frequently associated with New York City. Italian immigrants introduced the delicious, cheesy snack to the city all the way back in 1905, and New Yorkers have never looked back. Today, there are approximately 1,600 pizza restaurants in the city.
5. COWBOYS USED TO PATROL 10TH AVENUE IN MANHATTAN.
Most of us associate cowboys with the Wild West—not the West Side of Manhattan. But from 1850 to 1941, New York’s 10th Avenue had its own special team of cowboys. Responsible for wrangling people rather than cows, the West Side Cowboys would ride on horseback ahead of the freight trains that ran down the middle of the street, warning people to get out of the way.
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