Real New York Innovations #Top5


Here’s a fact you probably didn’t know: There’s a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.1 But babies aren’t the only things the Big Apple likes to produce. This “city that never sleeps” is equally adept at cranking out ideas—and at taking them and shaping them into stuff you just have to love. Not a New Yorker? Not a problem. The five things that follow, while born in the New York boroughs, are now here for us all to enjoy.

1. The New York Bagel:

Like any bagel, it’s round, and there’s the hole in the middle. But that is where the similarities end. The New York bagel’s best known for its crunchy crust and its chewy, tender dough. Some claim it’s the New York water that ultimately defines the New York bagel. Others tout the high-gluten flour and the way these orbs are made (poached and then baked, not steamed). Whatever the case, the first New York bagels were sold on sticks by Eastern European immigrants in the early 1900s.2

2. New York-Style Pizza:

Think thin. With its thin, crisp, yet foldable crust, and just the lightest layer of mozza-topped sauce, the authentic New York pie (and there are many pretenders) is a minimalist masterpiece cooked to perfection in a coal-fired oven. Served in wide wedges with charred edges, the New York pizza can be traced back to the late 1800s and an Italian immigrant named Gennaro Lombardi. Lombardi sold his pies wrapped in paper out of a small Manhattan grocery that in 1905 became the first pizzeria in the United States.3

3. Break Dancing:

The original breakers threw down headspins and windmills on the streets of the Bronx in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The 1984 movie “Breakin’” brought the b-boy beat to the masses, and the rest is history.

4. The Hot Dog Stand (or cart):

The American fascination with all things wiener can be traced to a pushcart in Manhattan’s Bowery. There, in the 1860s, German immigrants hawked their sausages stuffed in milk rolls and topped with sauerkraut.4 The first attempt at a veggie dog came much later, in 1949.5

5. Snapple:

Born in Brooklyn in 1972, Snapple gave New Yorkers the one thing they lacked: an all natural beverage that anyone could love. Founded by three longtime friends, Leonard Marsh, Hyman Golden and Arnold Greenberg, the company quickly gained fame across the world for its “snappy” juices and lighthearted goodness. More than three decades later, Snapple’s still going strong—with it’s Teas and Juice Drinks still Made From the Best Stuff on Earth.

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