Ever wonder why New York City is referred to as the Big Apple? It turns out it has to do with horse racing. Big Apple was used to describe the prize money for horse races that were held around the city in the 1920s. New York is now home to over 8 million people, all speaking a collective 800 languages. This makes NYC the most linguistically diverse city in the world and perfect for international visitors. When you visit New York, there’s nothing better than getting a world-famous NY slice. The first pizza joint to open in America opened in NYC in 1895, paving the way for pizza parlors all over the country.