Top 10 Facts to Know About The History of New York City

  1. The area was discovered in 1524

The person to discover the area where Greater New York City is located today was Giovanni da Verrazano. The area was home to a number of Native Indian tribes. Even though Giovanni da Verrazano did not stay in the area, the bridge that today connects Brooklyn and Staten Island is named after him.

  1. New Amsterdam became a British Colony in the 1670s

British troops occupied New Amsterdam during the revolutionary war. New York was under the control of England until 1783. The British left the city two years after the end of the revolution. In another two years New York became the capital of the United States.

  1. New York Was the Largest City in the United States in 1820

The population of New York in 1820 was 124,000 people. This number doubled by 1825 and by the middle of the nineteenth century it has reached half-a-million people.

  1. The boom of the nineteenth century continued into the twentieth century

In the late nineteenth century millionaires were building lavish homes on Fifth Avenue while tenements were built in other parts of the island of Manhattan. By 1880 the population of New York City has surpassed 1 million people.

  1. The population of New York City reached 7 million by 1930

The immigrants continued to flock to the city in the beginning of the twentieth century and populating such neighborhoods as Harlem, East Village and Little Italy.

  1. After the World War II New York experienced an exodus

The reason for the exodus was the a new car culture and destruction of many neighborhoods because of the creation of highways and tunnels. The worst point of the economic downturn was in 1975 when the city almost went bankrupt.

  1. Another rebirth started in 1980s

New York City has recovered and its economy improved significantly because of the success of Wall Street in 1980s.

  1. Rudolph Giuliani cleaned up the city in 1990s

Rudolph Giuliani is famous all over the world for his leadership after 9/11 and for his aggressive police department, Giuliani made the city safer and cleaner. The flip side of these changes was that Manhattan became more expensive and as a result of that, more homogenized.

  1. The terrorist attacks has a devastating impact on the city

The city experienced its most tragic event on September 11, 2001 when terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center. The city began recovering immediately after the tragedy.

  1. New York thrives in the XXI century

New York City remains a popular tourist destination and a great place to live with all its parks, recreational facilities, and attractions. The population of the city in 2014 was 8.491 million people. Over fifty million tourists visit the city annually.

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