Why New York City is so Huge

Three reasons why this city became so huge
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  • 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

    Johnny HarrisJohnny HarrisAylar önce
    • I LOVE your videos and I am making a comic for a class of mine because I got really into learning about the Delta Works project in the Netherlands from your video! To people that are upset about the typo, I don't find misspelling offensive at all. People make mistakes and we all know what he meant to write and say. He made a beautiful video and tries to learn about some really cool stuff and share it with us and does so in a really entertainin way. I'm not gonna get upset over an extra E when I can see all the work being done right infront of me. Have a little empathy friends.

      Chloé ElimamChloé Elimam16 saatler önce
    • @richlisola1 He sed speling is pedantik

      AbcdeAbcde12 gün önce
    • Dude. Are you dyslexic? Staten Island is not called Stanten Island. You actually edited this and left that in?

      richlisola1richlisola112 gün önce
    • @Meghan Smith Hey Meghan the Bronx is Dutch because it was named after Bronck's River where Jonas Bronck lived in the 1600's and he was Dutch

      AbcdeAbcde21 gün önce
    • Loved the video

      Shirish KadamShirish Kadam23 gün önce
  • 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.

    Jay CupJay Cup12 saatler önce
  • 5:19 Erie Canal, not Eerie Canal, unless you are traveling on it during Halloween.

    foxbasealphafoxbasealpha20 saatler önce
  • I would have preferred New Amsterdam to stick and to be around today.

    tudorjasontudorjasonGün önce
  • New York City will be the next Detroit.

    Samesh MaharajSamesh Maharaj2 gün önce
  • Laughs in Pearl River Delta

    WarblerWarbler3 gün önce
  • The Philippines would be the 2nd new york in asia if It weren't for Corruption

    Trigger RandomTrigger Random4 gün önce
  • Video- Why New York is so Huge Me- Why New York Rats are so Huge and plentiful

    ola jongola jong4 gün önce
  • Did you quit your job at Vox?

    Connecticut BallConnecticut Ball5 gün önce
  • Love the video, but Johnny -- how could the British have used the eerie canal if it was finished in 1825?

    TomericanTomerican6 gün önce
  • My City is bigger than new York I live in Texas

    loaded 21loaded 216 gün önce
  • The city was actully named in honour of the Duke of York and not directly named after the City of York in the UK.

    RaresRares9 gün önce
  • I feel like more immigrants were exploited than entrepreneurs but that’s just my opinion I guess

    xSoccerFreak7xSoccerFreak710 gün önce
  • I love your videos

    TeeganTeegan11 gün önce
  • Whenever I see old footage from 1900s or before, it makes me sad thinking nobody is alive anymore. Makes me appreciate life even more.

    ArinArin12 gün önce
  • Stealing sugar huh? How about acquiring and making.

    richlisola1richlisola112 gün önce
  • Literally eating New York Pizza atm in Estonia

    Roland TiirojaRoland Tiiroja12 gün önce
  • Show the real NYC. You’re so closed minded.

    Rob JustRob Just12 gün önce
  • "I like to look at maps." Jup, that's me.

    thenort13thenort1313 gün önce
  • this guy said stanten island im dead

    Daphne ParkhillDaphne Parkhill13 gün önce
  • 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!

    Richard Wills-WoodwardRichard Wills-Woodward14 gün önce
  • I don’t mind the honest mistakes, not a big deal

    cmair77cmair7715 gün önce
  • Europeans "stole" sugar? Lol.

    S US U15 gün önce
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  • Glad to watch you bite size videos again.

    juncchi ramenjuncchi ramen19 gün önce
  • Say Staten Island again.

    scottemblerscottembler19 gün önce
  • Americans are so self centered Them: why does New York feel like the epicenter of the world? LOL

    Funny companyFunny company20 gün önce
  • The greatest city on Earth. I wouldn’t rather live anywhere else.

    Joe CaselnovaJoe Caselnova20 gün önce
    • @Joe Caselnova what part of nyc youre from

      PinoyAbnoyPinoyAbnoy18 gün önce
    • @PinoyAbnoy You clearly have never been here. I’m not rich by any means and live very good here.

      Joe CaselnovaJoe Caselnova19 gün önce
    • the greatest for the rich only?

      PinoyAbnoyPinoyAbnoy19 gün önce
  • When Jonny said water I instantly thought of the last avatar intro

    JohnJohn20 gün önce
  • 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.

    barkbark21 gün önce
  • Hundreds of years later they still call it "New" York.

    StryderStryder21 gün önce
  • cool stuff, thanks that NYC

    Dung NguyenDung Nguyen21 gün önce
  • so many false statements, you should delete the video. Most people are not going to reference the comments for corrections

    MCoupeMikeMCoupeMike21 gün önce
  • 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.

    AbcdeAbcde21 gün önce
  • ~ 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.

    frostyguy1989frostyguy198921 gün önce
  • 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.

    gaudetjajagaudetjaja21 gün önce
  • So easy and fun to learn from your style of filmmaking 🙏🏼

    Adrian RitchieAdrian Ritchie21 gün önce
  • More mistakes you make, more comments you get, and it is good for youtube algorythm. Some bloggers even do mistakes on purpose.

    spqr1945spqr194522 gün önce
  • Dude. You gotta put that helmet properly on the child's head!

    bluecoldchocolatesaltbluecoldchocolatesalt22 gün önce
  • great video! Thanks for your wonderful work! keep going!

    Sandra HoffmannSandra Hoffmann22 gün önce
  • I kinda feel inspired after watching this😃... awesome video JH

    Rohan BanerjeeRohan Banerjee22 gün önce
  • 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.

    3506Dodge3506Dodge22 gün önce
  • Metro NYC has about 15 million people.

    3506Dodge3506Dodge22 gün önce
  • Also, a video on Philadelphia, which is arguably way more complex than New York, would be really interesting!

    Aaliyah JosephAaliyah Joseph23 gün önce
  • 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)

    Aaliyah JosephAaliyah Joseph23 gün önce
  • There is so many factual errors in this video.

    Tony MancusoTony Mancuso23 gün önce
  • Risk takers..... sounds like they just wanna exploit people and get rich.

    Tomis KroondykTomis Kroondyk23 gün önce
  • "Stanton Island"?

    Ferdinand CesaranoFerdinand Cesarano23 gün önce
  • NYC is tiny compared to Tokyo and Beijing.

    KC _101KC _10123 gün önce
  • Very similar to London, that's all I was thinking most of the time.

    Ciara HynesCiara Hynes23 gün önce
  • Dutch : lets barter maluku with my new amsterdam British : deal.

    Saya LuthfanSaya Luthfan23 gün önce
  • 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

    Antonio Kastro Carlisle De Melendez Y TenerifeAntonio Kastro Carlisle De Melendez Y Tenerife24 gün önce
  • 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

    Ben GullyBen Gully24 gün önce
  • New York is nasty af

    LUpilot2012LUpilot201224 gün önce
  • yo this video is full of inaccuracies! is everything you do this poorly researched and I just don't know? shame.

    Zachary GordonZachary Gordon24 gün önce
  • stanton island

    Zachary GordonZachary Gordon24 gün önce
  • What's up with the mask-for-show, Johnny? You're not in a crowd. You're alone, maybe outside! Don't let the "fear" get to you, bud.

    Albert MorrisAlbert Morris24 gün önce
  • What an absolutely disingenuous lens in which to view history from. The modern day university has absolutely destroyed actual history in the name of so called progressivism. Well done, you’ve effectively benefited from the work of our ancestors just to be entirely unappreciative of their labor.

    Garbanzo BeansGarbanzo Beans24 gün önce
  • Like most Americans you say "world" and mean "America". NYC was certainly not the "World's factory" in the 1800s when up until WWI the UK economy was bigger than the US. And the global economic center in the 19th century was certainly more London than NYC.

    Tobias UnknownTobias Unknown25 gün önce
  • I really wan t go to New York. because NYC is my dream city. But now, NYC is not safe to travel there due to Corona Virus is attack United State

    HARIZ HASNANHARIZ HASNAN25 gün önce
  • Great to visit. Not live in but amazing anyway.

    Paula GreenePaula Greene25 gün önce
  • LOL how is some random trendy taco place in midtown Manhattan the "best tacos on the east coast"? Not even the best tacos in Manhattan.

    Robert RandazzoRobert Randazzo25 gün önce
  • Among other misplaced dogma, that $24 was wrong.

    Eric RotsingerEric Rotsinger25 gün önce
  • Johnny - where do you find your archival footage? Do you license it, does this count as fair use, or do you just fly under the radar?

    Scott BakerScott Baker25 gün önce
  • Would be great if the title was 'Why New York City is so Fit to Support systems of Capitalism and Colonialism." Felt a bit like a perspective guided mainly by the history of Western economics, with little attention given to the effects of those economic pursuits, nor any other contributing factors to the cultural significance of the city. This not only gives me a vibe that this wasn't thoroughly researched, it also serves to glorify the economic systems that have made the city a hostile and discriminatory environment for many inhabitants (including immigrants, which he esensentializes while attempting to celebrate them), and overlooks the many cultural, artistic, and political contributions that resistance to such inequalities have garnered within the city. Comes off as tone deaf and insignificant. Oh well.

    Tennessee WoodielTennessee Woodiel26 gün önce
  • So at the end we came to knew that NEWYORK was originally valued at 24dollars hmmmmmmmm WTF 😂😂😂😂

    Krishna JoshiKrishna Joshi26 gün önce
  • I'm so glad you have subtitles!!!

    sugar plumchumsugar plumchum26 gün önce
  • Bronx is a Dutch name? I thought that Bronx was named after the Swedish immigrant Jonas Bronck? Or is it disputed? 4:50

    Per-Ola MjömarkPer-Ola Mjömark26 gün önce
  • The promised land of NY

    ZuSa the DemigodZuSa the Demigod26 gün önce
Why New York City is so Huge