New York City
Travel Guide

New York City 

Introduction 

New York City lies at the mouth of the Hudson River and an enormous city covering 305 sq. miles (790 sq. km). It is also the most populous in the United States with a population of 8.5 million (2014). The city comprises of five boroughs (ManhattanBrooklynQueens, the Bronx, and Staten Island) and each borough is equivalent to a large city, subsequently divided into districts and further into neighborhoods.

The Five Boroughs of New York City

At the center of New York City is the borough of Manhattan, a long and narrow island nestled in New York Harbor. West of Manhattan is the Hudson River and across the river is the state of New Jersey. East of Manhattan is the East River and across the river are the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. In the northeast, Manhattan is separated from the Bronx by the Harlem River. In the southwest, the borough is separated from Staten Island by the Upper New York Bay. 

In Manhattan, the terms “uptown” means the northern part of the borough, "midtown" is the central area of the borough, while “downtown” means the southern part. Furthermore, "lower" Manhattan refers to the lower end of "downtown" Manhattan. The term “the city” may refer either to New York City as a whole or to just Manhattan, depending on the context. The Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens are sometimes referred by New Yorkers as the outer boroughs.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Brooklyn Bridge by Arnoldius

A Major Travel Destination

More than 45 million U.S. and international visitors visit New York City each year. Many of the city’s popular tourist destinations are in Manhattan including the Empire State BuildingStatue of Liberty,Times SquareSouth Street Seaport, and Central Park. Many of the major museums are also in Manhattan including the American Museum of Natural HistoryMetropolitan Museum of Art, and the Modern Art Museum.

New York's Times Square, New York City

Times Square by Javier Carbajal

Global Financial and Business Center

The city is one of the global centers for international finance and home of the three largest U.S. stock exchanges i.e. NYSE, AMEX, and NASDAQ. Many major U.S. and foreign corporations have their headquarters here including 46 Fortune 500 companies. The United Nations (UN) Headquarters is also based in New York City as well as consulates of most countries. 

Manhattan skyline, New York City

Manhattan skyline by AngMoKio

 
 
 
 
 
 

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