New York in a nutshell
Lower Manhattan seen from Brooklyn Heights.
New York City affectionately known as 'The Big Apple' is the largest city of the state of New York and in
the United States, and by many measures, one of the most important cities in the world.
The city is probably the world's most important financial
center, and one of the most important cultural centers of the Western world. The United Nations headquarters is in New York City, giving some credence
to the city's self-designation as "Capital of the World".
New York is also the location of what was, according to many experts, the most devastating act of terrorism in modern history:
the September 11, 2001 attack that utterly destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center and several surrounding buildings.
The City of New York is composed of 5 boroughs, each a county of New York State: New York City is the business, entertainment
and publisher metropolis of the United States. The nation's biggest city is always busy, always in a hurry as it seems.
The city's motto says it all: "Always open".
New York consists of 5 boroughs:
Richmond (Staten Island)
New York City is amongst the most densely populated places in the United States. The population of the City of New York is more than eight million (
with the population of the entire metropolitan area at around 20 million. The land area of the city is 831 square kilometers.
A resident of New York City is a New Yorker. Residents generally refer to New York City as "New York" or "the city".
Ambiguity is resolved by writing NYS for the state and NYC for the city.
In New York one finds more than 400 theaters, ca.150 well-known museums, almost 1000 art gelleries,, about 10.000 shops ,
far more than 20.000 restaurants, 2000 bars & nightclubs and around 12.500 taxis.
The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Trinity Church are only a few major historic attractions and landmarks this Mega-City has to offer.
Approxemately 35 Million tourists from all over the world visit the city each year.