A Global Power 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, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States.
“The five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, were consolidated into a single city in 1898.”
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.
Major destinations include the Empire State Building; Statue of Liberty; Ellis Island; Broadway theater productions; museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; greenspaces such as Central Park and Washington Square Park; Rockefeller Center; Times Square; the Manhattan Chinatown; luxury shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues; and events such as the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village; the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree; the St. Patrick’s Day parade; seasonal activities such as ice skating in Central Park in the wintertime; the Tribeca Film Festival; and free performances in Central Park at Summerstage. Special experiences outside the key tourist areas of the city include the Bronx Zoo; Coney Island; Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; and the New York Botanical Garden. Plans were unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on September 27, 2012 for the New York Wheel, the world’s tallest ferris wheel, to be built at the northern shore of Staten Island, overlooking the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and the Lower Manhattan skyline.
Empire State Building — 350 Fifth Ave between 33rd and 34th Streets
Statue of Liberty — Ferries depart from Castle Clinton, Battery Pl at State St
Brooklyn Bridge — Enter at Cadman Plaza East near Prospect St, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Central Park — From 59th St to 110th St and Fifth Ave to Central Park West
Grand Central Terminal — 89 E 42nd St between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
Staten Island Ferry — South St at Whitehall St
Yankee Stadium — 1 E 161st St between Jerome and River Aves
Coney Island — 834 Surf Ave, Coney Island, Brooklyn