About New York City

New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. The city is referred to as New York City or the City of New York to distinguish it from the State of New York, of which it is a part. A global power city, New York exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural capital of the world.

Located on one of the world’s largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a county of New York State. The five boroughs—The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island—were consolidated into a single city in 1898. With a census-estimated 2012 population of 8,336,697 distributed over a land area of just 302.64 square miles (783.8 km2), New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. By 2012 census estimates, the New York Metropolitan Area’s population remains by a significant margin the United States’ largest Metropolitan Statistical Area, with approximately 19.8 million people, and is also part of the most populous Combined Statistical Area in the United States, containing an estimated 23.4 million people.

New York traces its roots to its 1624 founding as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic and was named New Amsterdam in 1626. The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country’s largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to America by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is a globally recognized symbol of the United States and its democracy.

Many districts and landmarks in New York City have become well known to its approximately 50 million annual visitors. Times Square, iconified as “The Crossroads of the World”, is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway theatre district, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. The names of many of the city’s bridges, skyscrapers,  and parks are known around the world. New York City’s financial district, anchored by Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, has been called the world’s leading financial center and is home to the New York Stock Exchange, the world’s largest stock exchange by total market capitalization of its listed companies. Manhattan’s real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. Manhattan’s Chinatown incorporates the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is one of the most extensive rapid transit systems worldwide. Numerous colleges and universities are located in New York, including Columbia University, New York University, and Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top 35 in the world. Source by Wikipedia

 

Attractions

American Museum of Natural History

Since opening to the public in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has evolved and grown. In addition to the Rose Center planetarium and permanent exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History hosts a revolving series of temporary exhibits, so there is always something new to see.

Central Park

Central Park has offered a welcome escape from the concrete jungle of New York City for over 150 years. Take a walk, a boat ride or just enjoy a picnic in Central Park and discover for yourself why Central Park is so popular.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers visitors a fascinating look into the immigrant experience. Interactive exhibits, walking tours and movies reveal the hardships and challenges faced by immigrants passing through Ellis Island. Visitors today will enjoy learning about the history, as well as enjoying the voyage to get there by ferry through the harbor.

Empire State Building

Tired of staring up at New York City skyscrapers? Check out the view of New York City from atop the Empire State Building. A classic New York City attraction, it offers visitors wonderful views of New York City and the surrounding area. Our advice: cut your waiting time by purchasing your tickets in advance.

Grand Central Terminal

Renovations since its opening in 1913 have turned Grand Central into more than just a hub for transportation — there are shops, dining and more available to visitors. Grand Central is both an essential transit hub and a beautiful example of Beaux-Arts architecture.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Over 2 million works of art from around the world and throughout history are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An iconic art museum, the Met is well worth a visit and offers such a vast and diverse collection that there’s sure to be something that appeals to you.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a great destination for visitors any time of year. Located in midtown Manhattan, Rock Center is probably most famous for its Christmas tree and ice skating rink, but it also offers visitors the wonderful Top of the Rock Observation Deck, and it’s home to Radio City Music Hall, as well as numerous shopping and dining destinations.

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry from lower Manhattan to Staten Island, used by commuters and tourists wanting a view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States in honor of the friendship established during the French Revolution. It has become an American symbol of freedom and welcome to the immigrants who come to the USA looking for a better life. While the interior of the Statue of Liberty is closed for improvements, you can still visit Liberty Island and nearby Ellis Island.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Founded in 1929 as the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art, the MoMA is host to an impressive collection of modern artistic efforts. From painting and sculpture to film and architecture, the Museum of Modern Art’s diverse collection has something for everyone, including kids. Source by Go NYC

 

Facts

  • New York City has 4,000 street food vendors.
  • The average temperature of New York City’s pavement on a hot summer day is 150 degrees.
  • 100 million Chinese food cartons are used annually in New York City.
  • Gennaro Lombardi opened the first US pizzeria in NYC in 1895.
  • Manhattan’s Chinatown is the largest Chinese enclave in the Western Hemisphere.
  • New York City was was briefly the US capital from 1789 to 1790 and was the site of the inauguration of George Washington as President on April 30, 1789.
  • The state fruit is the apple.
  • New Yorkers travel an average of 40 minutes to work each day.
  • More than 47 percent of New York City’s residents over the age of 5 speak a language other than English at home.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank on New York’s Wall Street contains vaults that are located 80 feet beneath the bank and hold about 25 percent of the world’s gold bullion.
  • More than 250 feature films are shot on location in New York City each year.
  • An average of 4.9 million people ride the New York City subway each weekday.
  • The New York subway system is the largest mass transit system in the world with 468 stations and 842 miles (1355 km) of track.
  • Unlike most major subways systems around the world, the New York Subway runs 24 hours a day.
  • The musicians who perform in the NYC Subway system go through a competitive audition process. Some of the subway musicians have also played at Carnegie Hall.
  • Manhattan doesn’t have a Main Street. Each of the other boroughs and Roosevelt Island have Main Streets.
  • There are 6,374.6 miles of streets in New York City.
  • The Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the world’s first museum for kids.
  • The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the only museum in America dedicated exclusively to medieval art.
  • 200 ticker-tape parades have taken place in Lower-Broadway’s ‘Canyon of Heroes. The first ticker-tape parade celebrated the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to be lit using electricity.
  • Hong Kong is the only city in the world with more completed skyscrapers than New York City.
  • 36% of the current population of New York City was born outside the United States.
  • Since 2005, New York City has the lowest crime rate of the 25 largest US cities.
  • Brooklyn was an independent city rivaling NY until 1898. Source by Scene by Laurie