Photo by Michael Berman courtesy of Scott’s Pizza Tours
New York City hardly shies away from the spotlight. With a laundry list of superlatives already under its belt — including the most populous city in the United States and the world’s most linguistically diverse metropolis — New York is expectedly the place where major feats happen.
Just a month ago, we witnessed the world’s largest lox bagel being constructed right before our eyes (more on that later) — but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. In a city where 8.5 million people are bumping elbows, aspirations are running high, good-natured competition is always taking place, and world records are constantly being broken. Here, we take a look at 10 of the most impressive (and very New York) world records set in New York City.
1. Fastest Time to Visit All Subway Stations in New York City: 21:28:14
Back in 2012, we spoke to Adham Fisher and Andy James, both members of a unique community of subway-philes who attempt to break Guinness World Records in major cities across the United States. That year, they set out to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to travel to all of New York City’s subway stations, but fell short of the previous 22:52:36 record by approximately eighteen minutes.
The latest person to tackle and actually conquer New York City’s sprawling subway system is Matthew Ahn, a law student who is “obsessed with public transportation.” He has been eyeing the title since 2014, and attempted to break the record on three prior attempts. On January 2015, however, he accomplished his goal, successfully visiting all 469 subway stations in 21 hours, 49 minutes and 35 seconds, and then again in 2016, with a time of 21 hours, 28 minutes and 14 seconds. As of 2017, there were no record holders for the 472-station challenge, which includes the newly opened Second Avenue Subway stops. The feat reminds us of another transit challenge to find the longest subway ride in New York City with one swipe.