Why New York City is so Huge

Three reasons why this city became so huge
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  1. Johnny Harris

    Johnny Harris

    Сарын өмнө

    Hey Friends. Corrections/clarifications: 1. yes indeed the Erie Canal was built way after the british left. I should have made that clear. 2. "Bronx" isn't dutch. i must have been thinking "Harlem" and should have double checked. Whoops 3. (Old) York has lots to do with water and regularly floods (thank you all for telling me about that. I had no idea!) 4. I wont apologize for misspellings cuz being pedantic about typos is not a good use of our time here on earth. im dyslexic and will mispell things until the day I die. If you can't handle it, maybe best not to watch my videos? 5. k im done. Im doing my best with these vids and sometimes mis things here and there. that will likely always happen as long as I don't have a team to help fact check and comb thru everything I write. Hope you learned a bit about the growth of NYC! -Johnny

    • Connor


      Өдрийн өмнө

      Couple tiny mistakes here and there, but as a New Yorker who moved here from elsewhere, I approve and love your video. Shwocasing passion and curiosity is essential in making good videos, and you do both. Stuff like mistaking the time the Erie Canal was built is material, but not inhuman, we make mistakes. Good job :) One point of history you missed, which made me sad because it is fun, is that The Dutch lost New Amsterdam to the British only briefly, then they staged an attack and took it back renaming it "New Orange", the Dutch soon thereafter exchanged New Orange for land in the pacific with the British, and then it was renamed New York, but this is often forgotten. Who knows what New Orange would've become were it not for that trade, it might've remained Dutch forever

    • Ahayah Yashayah

      Ahayah Yashayah

      3 өдрийн өмнө

      Wow had no idea you were dyslexic bro....you don't have to apologize for you typos bro...keep safe...bless up

    • ShaqAlon


      4 өдрийн өмнө

      And fun fact the Dutch "swapped" New Amsterdam for Surinam. Disputes arose between the Dutch and the English for control of this territory. In 1667, during negotiations leading to the Treaty of Breda after the Second Anglo-Dutch War, the Dutch decided to keep the nascent plantation colony of Suriname they had gained from the English. In return the English kept New Amsterdam, the main city of the former colony of New Netherland in North America on the mid-Atlantic coast. The British renamed it after the Duke of York: New York City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suriname

    • ShaqAlon


      4 өдрийн өмнө

      The name Bronx has a very Dutch origin (as does Harlem and many other parts of NYC) nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Bronck Dutch place names in New York › Battery Island (a batterij or battery of cannons was once stationed here) › Beekman Street (Manhattan, after Willem Beekman) › Bleecker Street (Manhattan, after the Bleecker family) › Bowery Lane (Manhattan, Bouwerijlaan) › Bronx (New York, after Jonas Bronck) › Bridge street (Manhattan, after Brugstraat) › Broadway (Manhattan, after Breede Wegh which means broad road) › Brooklyn (New York, after Breukelen) › Bushwick (Brooklyn, after Boswijk) › Boerum Hill (Brooklyn, after the Boerum family) › Coney Island (Brooklyn, after Konijneneiland which means Rabbit Island) › Cornelia Street (Manhattan, after Cornelia Herring) › Cortlandt Street (Manhattan, after Stephanus van Cortlandt) › Dutch Kills (Queens, any local names ending in Kill are of Dutch origin) › Dutch Street (Manhattan) › Dyker Heights (Brooklyn) › Flushing (Queens, after Vlissingen) › Gansevoort Street (Manhattan, after Peter Gansevoort) › Gerritsen Beach (Brooklyn, after Wolphert Gerritse) › Gravesend (Brooklyn, after 's Gravesande) › Greenwich Village (Manhattan, after Grenen wijk) › Harlem (New York, after Haarlem) › Hells Gate (New York, after Helle Gadt, referring to dangerous currents in the East River) › Hempstead (New York, after Heemstede) › Holland Tunnel, Holland Avenue › Long Island (New York, after "Lange Eylandt" named by Adriaen Block, 1614) › Minetta Lane (Manhattan, after Mintje Kill) › Nassau Street (Manhattan) › New Dorp (Staten Island, dorp means village) › New Utrecht Avenue (Brooklyn) › Rhode Island (after "Roodt eylandt" which means Red Island) › Rikers Island (Queens, after Abraham Rikers) › Schuylerville (Bronx, after the Schuyler family) › Spuyten Duyvil Creek (after Spuitende Duivel or Spitting Devil, referring to dangerous currents) › Staten Island (after Staten Generaal) › Stuyvesant Street (Manhattan, after Peter Stuyvesant) › Todt Hill (Staten Island, after Dodenheuvel which means hill of the dead) › Vancouver (after George Vancouver, a descendent of the Dutch Van Coeverden nobility) › Vandam Street (Manhattan) › Wall Street (Manhattan, after the city wall around Nieuw-Amsterdam) › Wyckoff Street (Brooklyn, after Pieter Claesen Wyckoff) › Yonkers (after Jonker, Jonkheer and jonge Heer)

    • D. Diggler

      D. Diggler

      5 өдрийн өмнө

      What part of Oregon??

  2. Holger P.

    Holger P.

    11 цагийн өмнө

    I thought it is dense, not huge. But you are right, it has half as much population per square mile, as Paris. So despite the skyscrapers there must be lot's of lower buildings.

  3. FriedPotato


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Love your videos Johnny keep it up! Wanted to mention that when the Dutch arrived they built a wall on Manhatta to protect from natives, torn down after centuries and later renamed Wall-Street that would soon become the financial epicenter we know today.

  4. Max Power

    Max Power

    Өдрийн өмнө

    This episode alt title: "How The Dutch Stoled NYC from Natives , Then How The English Stoled NYC from The Dutch" ...... in those "good old days" The 'strongest' Nation just took what they wanted from 'weaker' Nations ....... TERRIBLE. Thank goodness we have improved, but we have ways to go...... Imagine how much worse It would have been if The Hitler and Axis would have won WW II.

  5. Azfar Thakur

    Azfar Thakur

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    Because it is the center of the world.

  6. Anne Chen

    Anne Chen

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  7. Connor


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    As an adopted New Yorker, I approve this video. Great city, perhaps the greatest. I am from California, born to immigrant parents, have lived in 6 countries, 8 states. But always come back to lovely NYC Only problem is drones are illegal here, so not sure how you got your shots hehe

  8. BigPeeper


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Bruh there’s been global trade for thousands of years. It’s wasn’t at all uncommon

  9. B B

    B B

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    "Stantan Island" ?! Are you high?

  10. Jesse21


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    .......and ugly lol

  11. Xidiga KL

    Xidiga KL

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Glad I’ve had the chance to visit this great city !!! NYC is second home ❤️

  12. Regan Parenton

    Regan Parenton

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Except not for that much longer.. the Arctic will melt by 2035. Here, I made this since you like maps bruh. mnmore.info/bin/video/foG8truvj6rDfaw

  13. luca whaley

    luca whaley

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Maaan! currently a social?political sciemce student in scotland and Johnny's videos are often tapping into subjects I'm interested in and studying! You also remain apolitical which is the beauty of geographical empirical research. Much love

  14. Ash Lilburne

    Ash Lilburne

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Even with the star power, if I had bullet Mario id still shoot fireballs at everything like a madman. So many times I never utilised the star power properly.. Still many sleepless nights over this. Anyway, what were we talking about?

  15. Ben Nichols

    Ben Nichols

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Great video! But the city of New York was actually originally called New Angoulême when the area was discovered in 1524 by an Italian explorer working for the French royal family. He named it in honour of King Francis I, who's family name was 'Valois-Angoulême'. It wasn't until nearly 100 years later in 1614 that the Dutch came along and the area came to be known as New Amsterdam. Then the British turned up 1664 to take over, and the city was renamed New York the following year after the Dutch surrendered.

  16. Steve Westwood

    Steve Westwood

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    You also don't summarise correctly how NYC became the financial centre either.

  17. Steve Westwood

    Steve Westwood

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    "The British named it after one of their own cities, which had absolutely nothing to do with water" - wrong, idiot. I live in original York, NYC was named after the guy from here who turned up to rule in Britains name; HRH The Duke of York; and York was created here by the Romans because of 2 geographically important rivers merging into 1 at the centre of the city, the Ouse was the only way to get goods moved here for trade - maybe do your research next time? 2 of Englands biggest Chocolate Factories were built by this river, our monarchy and country treasury was also based here for a time because of river access.

  18. Justo Alejandro Gonzalez

    Justo Alejandro Gonzalez

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Sorry to bother, do you work your animations on After Effects?

  19. Isaiah wall

    Isaiah wall

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Where in Oregon are you from?

  20. Aaron Shimmons

    Aaron Shimmons

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Just found the channel when the Dutch/Water vlog appeared in my feed. Jumped on this and enjoyed it. Peace ✌

  21. blueconversechucks


    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Dude made a video out of my elementary school social studies class. Cool.

  22. ruzzell907


    3 өдрийн өмнө

    That what happens when a city isn't surrounded by interstate highways that are an excuse to demolish and disconnect neighborhoods.

  23. Irene Cunto

    Irene Cunto

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Hi! I’m coming from NYC, Manhattan to be exact...

  24. NotMike • 2 M views • 2 months ago

    NotMike • 2 M views • 2 months ago

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    The way u said Staten Island I’m fucking weakkk

  25. callum colquhoun

    callum colquhoun

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    Try saying ‘Uniquely New York’ 5 times

  26. majsketchup


    4 өдрийн өмнө

    Bronx is named after Johan Bronck, a guy from my area of Småland in Sweden. But Brooklyn is named after Bruekelen in the Netherlands.

    • majsketchup


      4 өдрийн өмнө

      Oh, he corrected it.

  27. Lewis Perez

    Lewis Perez

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Imagine wearing a helmet when driving a bike... (I live in The Netherlands) Also, nice video!

  28. SQSH


    5 өдрийн өмнө

    in terms of population i get it, immigrants, but you never answered why it’s so big geographically

  29. Isa Dahlia

    Isa Dahlia

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Yeah, when we talking USA, our connotation is NYC. Same as when people talking about Indonesia, they thought about Bali, while Bali is the indifferent island compares predominantly Muslim majority island.

  30. Lucas Iemini

    Lucas Iemini

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Do americans really think NYC is the epicentre of the world? The world's largest city? This must be embarrasing...

    • Google User

      Google User

      5 өдрийн өмнө

      Noooo. Its just that New Yorkers love themselves and have this rude personality. Thats why Americans say that new york thinks its the epicenter of the US.

  31. alan b

    alan b

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    great work Johnny! new subscriber here cheers!

  32. Ricardo Villanueva

    Ricardo Villanueva

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Live & working in Manhattan I agree with a lot you said and feel

  33. Pramod Reddy

    Pramod Reddy

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    One Fact or Fun Fact... This Channel is For Intellectuals...

  34. Abin babu

    Abin babu

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Hi Johny big fan from india..please do a video on Mumbai's growth also

  35. Cactus Coder

    Cactus Coder

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    I guess it is just an issue of perspective. Having lived in Asia for nearly a decade, NYC seems pretty small.

  36. Minco Jürgens

    Minco Jürgens

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    Imagine wearing a helmet when driving a bike... (I live in The Netherlands) Also, nice video!

  37. mr_noob


    7 өдрийн өмнө

    aren't u that voc guy .. yeah thatd where i saw u..

  38. Michael Jones

    Michael Jones

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    I dunno about rest of y'all but I find Johnnys voice so relaxing.. thanks for the content!

  39. Amit Hattimare

    Amit Hattimare

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    That's called dedication towards content creation. Wow. Keep it up.

  40. something craft

    something craft

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    London is bigger than New York

  41. Russell St.Martin

    Russell St.Martin

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Whoa I always thought they built this city on rock n' roll

  42. Varun


    8 өдрийн өмнө

    4th factor: Geography- It's relative proximity to Europe caused it to flourish. 5th factor: It being within a wealthy & powerful nation called United States of America. Somewhere within the nation, a concentrated powerhouse had to exist.

  43. Dutch Will

    Dutch Will

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    What building is that on 6:42?

  44. Pushpdant Sharma

    Pushpdant Sharma

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    Ok now this is breaking so many layers .... The name in the map of gta 4 based on new york city for the manhattan Island is " Algonquin " which is derived from the actual natives algo quin people . Wow 🤯 .

  45. Joseph Leonard

    Joseph Leonard

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    New York is basically the capital of the world

  46. Jay Cup

    Jay Cup

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    What New Yorkers will never admit is that they felt extremely threatened that rebuilt Chicago (the 2nd city)was the fastest growing city in the world in the 19th century. And becoming the most important city in America. That they annexed Brooklyn so this combination could combat Chicago economically.

  47. foxbasealpha


    11 өдрийн өмнө

    5:19 Erie Canal, not Eerie Canal, unless you are traveling on it during Halloween.

  48. tudorjason


    11 өдрийн өмнө

    I would have preferred New Amsterdam to stick and to be around today.

    • Neb Motion

      Neb Motion

      3 өдрийн өмнө

      maybe when weed becomes legal there the name will change

  49. Warbler


    13 өдрийн өмнө

    Laughs in Pearl River Delta

  50. Trigger Random

    Trigger Random

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    The Philippines would be the 2nd new york in asia if It weren't for Corruption

  51. ola jong

    ola jong

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    Video- Why New York is so Huge Me- Why New York Rats are so Huge and plentiful

  52. Connecticut Ball

    Connecticut Ball

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    Did you quit your job at Vox?

  53. Tomerican


    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Love the video, but Johnny -- how could the British have used the eerie canal if it was finished in 1825?

  54. loaded 21

    loaded 21

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    My City is bigger than new York I live in Texas

  55. Rares


    19 өдрийн өмнө

    The city was actully named in honour of the Duke of York and not directly named after the City of York in the UK.

  56. xSoccerFreak7


    20 өдрийн өмнө

    I feel like more immigrants were exploited than entrepreneurs but that’s just my opinion I guess

  57. Teegan


    21 өдрийн өмнө

    I love your videos

  58. Arin


    22 өдрийн өмнө

    Whenever I see old footage from 1900s or before, it makes me sad thinking nobody is alive anymore. Makes me appreciate life even more.

  59. richlisola1


    22 өдрийн өмнө

    Stealing sugar huh? How about acquiring and making.

  60. Roland Tiiroja

    Roland Tiiroja

    22 өдрийн өмнө

    Literally eating New York Pizza atm in Estonia

  61. Rob Just

    Rob Just

    22 өдрийн өмнө

    Show the real NYC. You’re so closed minded.

  62. thenort13


    23 өдрийн өмнө

    "I like to look at maps." Jup, that's me.

  63. Daphne Parkhill

    Daphne Parkhill

    23 өдрийн өмнө

    this guy said stanten island im dead

  64. Richard Wills-Woodward

    Richard Wills-Woodward

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    New York - clue is in the name. London's metropolitan area is spread over an area only slightly smaller than New York's and but New York's central area is slightly smaller than central London. You could also make this video about Tokyo. Tall buildings make size deceptively larger to your eye when the area of a square can be the same. The one with tall buildings is perceived as larger. Looks impressive, no denying that, but NYC is no longer a long way ahead of others, but merely in a pack, albeit at the top of that pack but not the way it was just 30 years ago. Worth noting, the largest cities in area are in Japan and the English speaking countries of the USA, UK, Australia (but low population relative to size) due to suburban living spreading over stupid size areas. China goes up, but not out as far as one might imagine. Population wise, nothing touches Tokyo - they are in a league of their own!

  65. cmair77


    25 өдрийн өмнө

    I don’t mind the honest mistakes, not a big deal

  66. S U

    S U

    26 өдрийн өмнө

    Europeans "stole" sugar? Lol.

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  69. juncchi ramen

    juncchi ramen

    29 өдрийн өмнө

    Glad to watch you bite size videos again.

  70. scottembler


    29 өдрийн өмнө

    Say Staten Island again.

  71. Funny company

    Funny company

    Сарын өмнө

    Americans are so self centered Them: why does New York feel like the epicenter of the world? LOL

  72. Joe Caselnova

    Joe Caselnova

    Сарын өмнө

    The greatest city on Earth. I wouldn’t rather live anywhere else.

    • PinoyAbnoy


      28 өдрийн өмнө

      @Joe Caselnova what part of nyc youre from

    • Joe Caselnova

      Joe Caselnova

      29 өдрийн өмнө

      @PinoyAbnoy You clearly have never been here. I’m not rich by any means and live very good here.

    • PinoyAbnoy


      29 өдрийн өмнө

      the greatest for the rich only?

  73. John


    Сарын өмнө

    When Jonny said water I instantly thought of the last avatar intro

  74. bark


    Сарын өмнө

    This video is so good, yet so bad. Please do better research or have someone who’s knowledgeable on the subject matter help you edit your script.

  75. Stryder


    Сарын өмнө

    Hundreds of years later they still call it "New" York.

  76. Dung Nguyen

    Dung Nguyen

    Сарын өмнө

    cool stuff, thanks that NYC

  77. MCoupeMike


    Сарын өмнө

    so many false statements, you should delete the video. Most people are not going to reference the comments for corrections

  78. Abcde


    Сарын өмнө

    4:47 the gratuitous anti-white statements begin. Indians DID own land, but not individually. Tribes owned land, and they were extremely territorial about it, tribes were constantly fighting over territory. That's why the Manhattan Indians could sell land to the Dutch. Never mind the fact that they lived in Jersey.

  79. frostyguy1989


    Сарын өмнө

    ~ And it was New York, New York She took your heart away from mine And it was New York, New York And she poisoned your sweet mind ~ I have no idea where this song came from, but it's been stuck in my head for months.

  80. gaudetjaja


    Сарын өмнө

    As a Dutch person I vehemently despise America and anything it stands for but I´ll gladly make an exception for new york city. What a great city, I am grateful that I had the chance to visit it before coronavirus.

  81. Adrian Ritchie

    Adrian Ritchie

    Сарын өмнө

    So easy and fun to learn from your style of filmmaking 🙏🏼

  82. spqr1945


    Сарын өмнө

    More mistakes you make, more comments you get, and it is good for youtube algorythm. Some bloggers even do mistakes on purpose.

  83. bluecoldchocolatesalt


    Сарын өмнө

    Dude. You gotta put that helmet properly on the child's head!

  84. Sandra Hoffmann

    Sandra Hoffmann

    Сарын өмнө

    great video! Thanks for your wonderful work! keep going!

  85. Rohan Banerjee

    Rohan Banerjee

    Сарын өмнө

    I kinda feel inspired after watching this😃... awesome video JH

  86. 3506Dodge


    Сарын өмнө

    Cities don't grow, or not grow, for material reasons. New York City didn't grow because of the Erie Canal. The Erie Canal was created because of New York City. The City's culture made possible political and financial interaction that simply did not happen elsewhere. NYC's unusually open and diverse cultural explains its growth. All the things John mentions here are effects, not causes. Culture is the cause.

  87. 3506Dodge


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    Metro NYC has about 15 million people.

  88. Aaliyah Joseph

    Aaliyah Joseph

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    Also, a video on Philadelphia, which is arguably way more complex than New York, would be really interesting!

  89. Aaliyah Joseph

    Aaliyah Joseph

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    Maybe for the next video you could go into more detail about how slavery/unpaid labor allowed new york to become the economic epicenter it is. I think you touch on it when you reference all the migrants to New York but??? (also I’m from Oregon too and grew up with the same complex haha)

  90. Tony Mancuso

    Tony Mancuso

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    There is so many factual errors in this video.

  91. Tomis Kroondyk

    Tomis Kroondyk

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    Risk takers..... sounds like they just wanna exploit people and get rich.

  92. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Ferdinand Cesarano

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    "Stanton Island"?

  93. KC _101

    KC _101

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    NYC is tiny compared to Tokyo and Beijing.

  94. Ciara Hynes

    Ciara Hynes

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    Very similar to London, that's all I was thinking most of the time.

  95. Saya Luthfan

    Saya Luthfan

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    Dutch : lets barter maluku with my new amsterdam British : deal.

  96. Antonio Kastro Carlisle De Melendez Y Tenerife

    Antonio Kastro Carlisle De Melendez Y Tenerife

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    8.4 million people packed inside only 303 sq miles with manhattan just a tiny 23 sq miles yet even after living here all 35 years of my life I always find something new even in Manhattan ..it really is like a microcosm of the world and it amazed when I got older and starting reading more to find out just how many cities in this country that are way bigger than NYC in land area that is...NYC truly is a marvel and I wonder often how it's even possible.. especially manhattan

  97. Ben Gully

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    Hmm. The natives believed that the Dutch were leasing the land from them. They were not just ignorant natives. They understood their survival depended on their land. But definitely an informative n interesting video. 2020 will change the history of nyc

  98. LUpilot2012


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    New York is nasty af

  99. Zachary Gordon

    Zachary Gordon

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    yo this video is full of inaccuracies! is everything you do this poorly researched and I just don't know? shame.

  100. Zachary Gordon

    Zachary Gordon

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    stanton island