New York is full of secret facts and surprising history. If you thought you knew NYC, think again. Here are 101 surprising facts, inventions and bits of forgotten NYC history.

The Lenape people named the island Manhatta, which means “island of many hills.” Most of the hills have since been flattened.
A Dutch settler supposedly bought Manhattan from the Native Americans in the 1620s for about $24 in beads, about $1,000 today.
The Europeans first name for New York was New Amsterdam.
In 1664 the British seized the land and named it after the Duke of York.
Some believe that New York’s nickname the “Empire State”, currently on the state’s license plates, was named after the Empire State Building but the nickname came first. It is still unclear who said it first, but it was likely a President, probably Washington who said his vision for the state was as “the seat of the empire.”
Apples are the official state fruit of New York.
NYC is nicknamed the…

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