The Hot Dog Economy

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Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg enjoys a hot dog at last year’s annual weigh-in ceremony for Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Photo credit: Kristen Artz/NYC Mayor’s Office

In honor of Independence Day, StatsBee is looking at the great American traditions of barbecues and consuming hot dogs. New York City is well-known for its love of hot dogs, from the sight of street carts selling them at nearly every corner, to the nationally-televised Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. 

According to the

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Coney Island by the Numbers


Coney Island at night

Memorial Day Weekend marked the opening of Coney Island for the season with a number of improvements complete and many more on the way. And while Coney Island is certainly an entertainment destination for New Yorkers and City visitors alike, it's important to look at the economic impact.

The opening of the newest phase of the Scream Zone is a key piece of the area-wide revitalization laid out in the City’s 2009 rezoning plan:

In 2009, the City purchased three parcels of land, totaling 6.9 acres, within the amusement district,...

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Coney Island

NYC's Burger Economy

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Burger and fries

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May is National Hamburger Month, and there is no shortage of places to celebrate in a city where everyone seems to have an opinion on the best burger joint. Like pizza, everyone has their favorite, but rather than weigh in on which one is the best, we are going to stick to looking at the numbers.

Using the latest NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene restaurant inspection data, we analyzed the 627 burger joints in the City...

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Hats in NYC

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Hat Manufacturing

Photo Credit: Kelly Ernst/NYCEDC

The Kentucky Derby, which takes place on Saturday, May 5th this year, is also known as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.”  Many traditions surround the event, including mint juleps, the rose garland, and of course the parade of hats. While the origin of the hat tradition is largely unknown, both men and women wear hats of varying shapes and sizes to the Kentucky Derby.

Though a relatively small industry, the hat/cap industry has experienced growth in recent years. From 2010 to 2011, retail sales for hats/caps increased 4%, and sales are expected to increase an...

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New Yorkers and Tax Day

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As Tax Day (April 17th) approaches, many New Yorkers find themselves scrambling to finalize and file their 2011 returns. Did you know that almost 30 percent of all taxpayers wait until the last two weeks to file their taxes?

It’s worth reminding ourselves that electronic filing has made the annual process easier. The share of e-filers in the nation has more than doubled over the past 10 years, from 31 percent in 2001. In 2010, 70 percent of all taxpayers in the nation filed their federal income tax forms electronically, and almost 80 percent of all New Yorkers e-filed their state forms. This growing trend is expected to continue, as some states like New York...

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New Yorkers and Cars

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NYC Car Ownership Rates

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With the New York International Auto Show set to open at the Javits Center tomorrow, we wondered: How many city residents actually own cars?

We looked at the latest Census data on car ownership rates for households in the nation. According to the data, only 1.4 million households in the City out of the total 3.0 million owned a car. Within the...

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St. Patrick's Day in NYC

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St. Patrick's Day

There are nearly half a million Irish Americans residing in NYC, which is more than any other city in the country. So, not surprisingly, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays celebrated in the City. In Manhattan, the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day parade travels along 5th Ave, and draws approximately two million spectators each year, providing a boost to the City’s economy. There are also parades in each of the other boroughs (and two in Queens) throughout March.

New York City’s ties to Ireland stem from the large wave of immigrants that came to the United States in the mid-1800s. Today, there are about...

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Oscar Winners Born in NYC

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It’s Oscar trivia time! While some New Yorkers may wonder how many times Meryl Streep has actually won an Academy Award (twice), as compared to how many times she’s been nominated (a remarkable 17 times), we ask: How many recent Oscar winners were actually born in New York City? To make the question a bit easier, in the table below, we focused only on winners in the Best Director, Best Actor or Best Actress categories over the past 10 years.

Oscar Winners 2001-2010

Oscar Winners

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New York City’s Pet Population

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NYC Pet Map

As New York City’s dog lovers anxiously await the crowning of this year’s “Best In Show” at The Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, we estimated the number of pets (dogs and cats only) that call New York City their home.

Based on our analysis, we estimate that there are approximately 1.1 million pets in the City (600,000 dogs and 500,000 cats), or an ownership rate of about one pet for every three households. This figure is lower than the national average (about 60%), as you might expect given the City’s...

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Ratio of Single Men to Single Women in NYC

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Single People Map

New York City’s population is 53% female and 47% male. This is a widely cited statistic that often supports an argument that the gender imbalance makes it more difficult for some women to find a partner. Using Census data, we analyzed only the population who are never married singles between the ages of 20 and 34. In this subgroup, men outnumber women—742,400 to 729,500.

More interestingly, the ratio varies widely by neighborhood (we used Census Public Use Microdata Areas). On the Upper East Side, young single women outnumber young single men nearly 2 to 1. Jackson Heights, Queens is on the other end of the spectrum—where...

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