June 15, 2021
StoreShippers - Nienke van Meekeren
June 15, 2021
StoreShippers - Nienke van Meekeren
We are very happy to announce that StoreShippers is live in New York City! We now offer a full range of ship-from-store services, including same-day delivery in the largest city in the USA!
“The City that Never Sleeps”, “the Big Apple” and “the City of Dreams”. Just a few of the many nicknames New York City has. Whether you’ve visited the city yourself or only know it from hearsay or movies and TV series, New York City will not be completely unknown to you. But no matter how well you know it, there is always more you can learn about this famous city. Here are 10 surprising facts about New York City!
1. The most populous city in the USA
New York City is the most populous city in the United States and the New York metropolitan area is one of the most populous in the world. With an estimated 2019 population of 8,336,817 distributed over about 784 km2, New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Moreover, New York City has more people than 40 of the 50 U.S. states.
2. A linguistically diverse city
More than 35% of the population of New York City was born outside the United States. The city is truly a melting pot of cultures and nationalities. You can see this in ChinaTown, for example, where Chinese immigrants settled. It will therefore come as no surprise that many languages are spoken in New York City. Some experts claim that there are more than 200 languages spoken in the city. Spanish and English predominate here.
3. The city of dreams
New York City is often described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, significantly influencing commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports, and is the most photographed city in the world.
4. New York City used to be New Amsterdam
New York City used to be in Dutch hands. In 1626 the Netherlands bought Manhattan Island from the then residents for 60 guilders. The Dutch then called the city New Amsterdam. In the 70s of the 17th century, when the English took over the area, the city was renamed New York. It was a tribute to the Duke of York who had helped in the victory. Today you can still see some references to Dutch rule scattered throughout the city. For example, the Brooklyn and Harlem districts owe their name to the places Breukelen and Haarlem and the well-known Wall Street was once called Walstraat by the Dutch.
5. The cement jungle
New York City’s street network is more than 10,000 kilometres long, making it the longest in the world. Despite these many streets, you are regularly stuck in traffic in this city. It is therefore fastest to move around the city by foot, bicycle or public transport. More than 5 million people travel on the New York subway every weekday.
6. The original pizza city of the United States
The very first licensed pizzeria to open in the United States is located in New York City. In 1905 Lombardi’s pizzeria opened its doors and developed the New York Style pizza. Today they still serve their famous pizzas. Since the 1960s, the price of a slice of pizza has been roughly the same price as a subway ride, generating the idea of “Pizza Principle” among economists.
7. Moving Day
Up until the 1920s, May 1 was a moving day in New York City. As such, everyone who was moving apartments in New York City had to move on this day.
8. Request a street tree
If you are a property owner, you can request a tree get planted outside of your home for free. All they have to do is call the number 311 for this. You can even make a tree species suggestion along with your request.
9. Honking your car horn is illegal
If you’ve ever been to New York City, you’ve probably heard a lot of cars honking their horns. However, except for emergencies, honking your car horn is actually illegal in the city.
10. A building’s own zip code
In such a densely populated area as New York City, it is not surprising that many packages are transported through the city every day. In order to deliver all these packages to the right address, deliverers depend on the zip code system. And in Manhattan, there’s something unique about this. In this district there are 42 buildings that have their own zip codes. Though many of these buildings are skyscrapers, the size or population of a building doesn’t directly correlate to having a unique zip code. The tallest building in New York City, One World Trade Center, doesn’t have its own zip code. However, one of the buildings that has been given a unique zip code is the Empire State Building. The zip code of this building is 10118.
StoreShippers provides same-day ship-from-store delivery to all 8.3 million consumers in New York City, across all five city districts. New York is one of the many US cities that is covered by StoreShippers’s internatonal ship-from-store network.