Weird But True Facts About New York City & Craft Round-Up


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Have you been to New York City? I have several times and have taken Hazel a couple of times. I have a good childhood friend who lives outside of the city so she takes Hazel and me in when we want to go. My nephew just moved there. It has been his dream to live there. He is hoping to establish residency and attend City College at the resident rate. While he is exploring the city and finding his way, I jumped at the chance to review National Geographic Kids newest edition in their Weird But True! Series. This one is Weird But True! New York City. It is recommended for ages 8 to 10, however it will be in my 19-year-old nephew's stocking this year!

From the Publisher:

Think you know the Big Apple? Think again!

  • Did you know that 25 species of shark swim off NYC's coastline?
  • Or that astronauts can see the lights of Times Square from space?
  • And get this: In New York, Sesame Street is a real place AND there's a library where you can visit the actual stuffed animals that inspired the characters in Winnie the Pooh!

Explore 300 wacky facts and pictures from the five boroughs. You'll get a look at the city's storied past, learn about weird stuff in New York today, and even meet a couple of goats that held up traffic on the subway. The city that never sleeps truly has something for everyone--from giant pillow fights to epic Broadway musicals to pizza-loving rats.

Whether you're an NYC native, an adventure-loving tourist, an armchair traveler, or a trivia buff, this fact-packed, fun-filled book is for you!

Complete your collection with other Weird But True! fan-favorites: Weird But True! Animals; Weird But True! USA; Weird But True! Dinosaurs; Ye Olde Weird But True; Weird But True! Gross; and more!

For more quirky facts and interactive fun, check out The Nat Geo Kids Challenge on Amazon Alexa for over one hundred rounds of “Weird but True …or False!” Available now through Amazon Kids+ subscriptions.

From Me:

Now I have reviewed several of the Weird But True! books and love them! This time I thought I would share a few of the fun facts with you as well as a round up of New York City crafts! The book has facts about the city, the sites and so much more! This book is perfect for anyone looking for some fun things to learn about the Big Apple or for the New York City lover. 

10 Fun Facts from the Book:

1) The Empire State Building has its own zip code. (page 9)

2) About a third of U.S. bird species have been spotted in Central Park. (page 11)

3) If the borough of Brooklyn were its own city, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States. (page 15)

4) More people live in New York City than 39 of the 50 states. (page 18)

5) Some 600,000 dogs live in New York City--that's about the human population of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. (page 29)

6) The world's first escalator was created as an amusement park ride at Coney Island in 1895. (page 71)

7) The children's book The Snowy Day has been checked out of the New York Public Library system more than any other book. (page 152)

8) During the U.S. Civil War, jewelry store Tiffany & Co. made swords for the Union Army. (page 157)

9) Part of Manhattan's Ninth Avenue is named Oreo Way in honor of the cookie which was invented at a Nabisco Factory on the street in 1912. (page 175)

10) Spaghetti and meatballs was created in Little Italy. (page 184)

Be sure to check out our review of a book about Emily Warren Roebling

To learn even more interesting things about the Big Apple be sure to check out the book! Now for some crafts to go with the book!!

New York City Craft Round-Up

1) New York City Skyline Cards

2) Activity Pages to go with Balloons Over Broadway from The Wise Owl Factory

3) A Cardboard City Landscape Book from Barley & Birch 

4) Montessori-Inspired 3-Part Cards for Safari Ltd New York City Toob from Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids

5) Statue of Liberty Crafts

6) City Skyline from Teach Me Mommy

For even more about New York and people from there, be sure to check out our other posts