Originally called "Nynuk", a name that made the boys cringe, Columbia Records stated they saw no market for the band with such a name when they signed them to a one-record deal in 1985. The group subsequently settled on the name "New Kids on the Block" after a rap song that Donnie had written for their debut album which was released October 1986.
Donnie Wahlberg's younger brother, Mark Wahlberg was an original member of the group, but jumped ship due to the direction the band was taking. He was looking for a harder edge.
Commonly known as "NKOTB".
New Kids on the Block are the first words in "Summer Girls" by British techno group LFO.
The group disbanded in 1994, but reunited in 2008.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, particularly former Massachusetts governor, Michael Dukakis declared April 24, 1989 as "New Kids on the Block Day".
New Kids on the Block were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7072 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.