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  • 18 April 2013 16:00
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We take a look at The Big Apple’s vital stats as the city gears up to host the second edition of City v Chelsea next month…

State: New York, U.S

Nicknames: The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham, The Capital of the World

Population:  8,336,697 (estimate 2012)

Famous for:

Among many others…

Statue of Liberty - A gift from France for the centennial of America's Independence which now symbolizes the USA and New York in particular.

Times Square - The most bustling square of New York is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and electronic billboards.

Brooklyn Bridge – Built between 1869 and 1883, it connects Brooklyn with Manhattan and is one of the most magnificent landmarks in the city.

Brooklyn Bridge

Empire State Building – Probably New York's best known building visited by more than three million people each year.

Central Park - The first large city park in the United States, the design by Olmsted and Vaux has been copied all over the world.

Popular sports teams:

New York Red Bulls - professional soccer team based in Harrison, New Jersey and competing in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer.

New York Yankees - Professional baseball team based in The Bronx borough of the city, competing in Major League Baseball. The Yankee Stadium will play host to City v Chelsea on Saturday 25 May.

New York Mets - Professional baseball team based in the borough of Queens and belonging to Major League Baseball.

New York Giants - professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, representing the New York metropolitan area.

New York Jets - professional National Football League (NFL) team headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, representing the New York metropolitan area.

Brooklyn Nets - professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, playing in the NBA.

New York Knicks - professional basketball team based in New York City, New York.

Football (soccer):

Waves of European immigrants who flocked to America’s major industrial cities, including New York, brought with them a love of football.

The New York/Northern New Jersey area became a hotbed of soccer in the country and was the epicentre of soccer activity during the years of the original American Soccer League in the 1920s and its successor from the 1930s-50s.

In the 1970s and 80s there was somewhat of a soccer revival as Pele and the New York Cosmos led the North American Soccer League during the boom of that era.

Since then, New York has hosted numerous international matches as well as acting as a venue during the 1994 World Cup.

Fun fact:

Toward the end of Pele’s time with the New York Cosmos, the team brought 20-30 shirts to each game for players who wanted to swap jerseys with him!

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