• Ronit Tal Shaltiel

Interesting facts about New York, Boston, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

New York-Brooklyn Bridge

10 interesting facts

1.New York City is made up of five boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

2. Niagara Reservation became the first state park in the United States. It is one of the seven wonders of the world.

3. New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.

4. New York City has 722 miles of subway track.

5. Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time.

6. New York City was the first capital of the United States. The designation lasted only a year.

7. The city has the largest Polish population after Warsaw. The same goes for Jewish people (outside Israel). And, it has the largest Chinese population outside Asia too.

8. These are the most popular attraction in the city:

Statue of Liberty.

Time Square Central Park.

Brooklyn Bridge.

Flatiron Building.

Empire State Building.

Rockefeller Center.

Wall Street.

Fifth Avenue.

9. France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886 as a celebration of 100 years of U.S. independence and continued allegiance between the two countries.

10. The oldest cattle ranch in the US was started in 1747 at Montauk on Long Island.

Boston, Massachusetts

10 interesting facts

1. Boston is actually named after a town in England. Many of Boston’s early settlers were from Boston, England, and decided to keep the name.

2. Little Brewster Island was the first American lighthouse, it was built in Boston Harbor in 1716. 3. Boston was home to the first U.S. chocolate factory. The very first chocolate factory in the United States was build in the Lower Mills section in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

4. First was built America's subway was built in Boston in 1897.

5. In Boston Christmas was not celebrated between 1659&1681. The Pilgrims believed it was a corrupt holiday and banned any celebrations during that time period.

6. The Boston Common park is the oldest public park in the country. It has been around since 1634.

7. There were two Boston Tea Parties. The first one was on March 7, 1774; sixty people boarded a ship called Fortune. They then tossed 3,000 lbs. of tea into the water. That might sound ike a lot, but less tea was destroyed during the second protest than in the first. During the original Boston Tea Party, more than 90,000 lbs. of tea was thrown into the harbor!

8. The Boston Cream Pie is the official dessert of the state; it was invented at the Omni Parker House in Boston.

9. Some of the many nicknames given to Boston over the years include: the City on the Hill, City of Notions, Title Town, Beantown, and the Hub.

10. Abraham Lincoln was descended from Samuel Lincoln, one of the colonists who settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was also related to Paul Revere by marriage!


10 interesting facts

1. Philadelphia is home to more Impressionist paintings than any other city besides Paris and its Rodin Museum.

2. Pennsylvania Hospital, founded by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond in 1751, is America's first hospital.

3. In Philly in 1775, Johann Behrent built the first piano made in America. It was called "Piano Forte."

4. Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.

5. In 1913 the first automobile service station opened in Pittsburgh.

6. Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell.

7. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776.

8. Pennsylvania is the birthplace of a lot of America’s favorite junk food. A shortlist of Pennsylvania-founded companies includes Rita’s Water Ice, Hershey’s, Tastykake, Just Born (makers of Peeps), Auntie Anne’s, Herr’s, Planters, Utz, Wise, and Snyder’s of Hanover.

9. Things created by Benjamin Franklin and first tried in Philadelphia: the postal service, libraries, zoos, and lightning rods.

10. The polio vaccine was created in Pittsburgh in 1955. Children in the city were the first to be given the new vaccine.

Washington D.C.

10 interesting facts

1. Washington D.C. was built on a mosquito-infested swamp.

2. D.C. residents could not vote in presidential elections until the 23rd amendment was ratified in 1961.

3. D.C.’s streets are lettered—but there is no “J” street.

4. The Washington Monument used to be the tallest structure in the world At 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches tall, the memorial held this title for five years after it was completed in 1884. Then the Eiffel Tower came looming in at 984 feet.

5. The Washington Monument is actually two different colors, The Washington National Monument Society ran out of funding during construction, so the project was put on hold. Eventually, the U.S. government took over 25 years later, but it used marble from a different quarry. Over time, the stones have reacted differently to rain and erosion, which is why the bottom looks slightly different from the top.

6. The White House hasn’t always been called that, Until 1901, when President Theodore Roosevelt made it official after it appeared in a newspaper article, the White House was called the President’s Palace or the President’s House.

7. The White House has 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.

8. The Library of Congress is the biggest library in the world. It has more than 162 million objects in its collection.

9. Washington D.C. is technically named for George Washington, which is obvious. But its also named for Christopher Columbus (The District of Columbia).

10. When Abraham Lincoln stayed at the Soldiers’ Home during summers, he would often commute the four miles to and from the White House on horseback.

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