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Impressive Facts About New York City

Manali Oak Oct 14, 2018
Let's get to know about the New York City through some interesting facts about its history, government, transport, tourism, and more.
The City of New York, known as the New York City is the largest city of the United States since 1790. It is an important center for financial affairs and one of the most prominent cities welcoming tourists from all over the world. Here are some of the important facts about New York City.
New York, the largest city with its metropolitan area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world, was founded by the Dutch in 1624. It was then, a commercial trading post and served as the capital of the United States from 1785 to 1790. New York City is also the most densely populated city in the United States.
Located in the northeastern United States, New York City lies halfway between Boston and Washington D.C. It has a humid, subtropical climate.
During the British rule, New York City gained importance as a trading port. It witnessed some of the major battles during the American Revolutionary War. In the 1920s, many African Americans migrated to New York City during the Great Migration. Immigration changed New York City in the 19th century.

New York's Boroughs

New York City consists of five boroughs, namely, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. A borough is a different kind of government that looks after the five basic parts of a consolidated city and is represented by a Borough President. The boroughs were created in 1898.
New York City has a mayor-council form of government, wherein the mayor and the councilors are elected to four-year terms.
Bronx is the only one on the U.S. mainland. It is connected to the Manhattan borough by several bridges and tunnels over and under the Harlem River, and three bridges over the East River link Bronx to Queens.
Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York. It was an independent incorporated city until January 1, 1898. Even today, it has a distinct culture of its own.
Home to the United Nations Headquarters and two large stock exchanges, Manhattan is referred to as the economic and cultural center of the United States. In terms of land area, it is the smallest of New York's five boroughs.
Established in 1683, as one of the original 12 counties of New York, Queens became New York's borough in 1898. Largest in terms of area and second-largest in terms of population, Queens is known to be the world's most ethnically diverse urban area.
It is located in the southernmost part of the city as well as the state of New York. Third-largest in terms of area, Staten is the least populated New York borough. The people there feel neglected by the City government which is why Staten is sometimes known as the "forgotten borough".
It was in New York City that the Constitution of the United States was signed and George Washington, the first President of the United States was inaugurated. New York City was fortunate to host the first United States Congress Assembly and it was in this very city that the United States Bill of Rights was drafted.
New York City is the second largest center for the film industry of the United States. The city houses a collection of 41 very large theaters, collectively known as the Broadway. It is an important center for films, theater, and performing arts.
New York City is also regarded as the heart of stand-up comedy in the United States. The television, music, and advertising industries have also flourished in New York City.
The three prominent newspapers of the United States come from New York.
Public transport media form an important part of the transport industry of New York City. Interestingly and contrary to the rest of the United States, a majority of people in New York do not own a car.
The New York City Subway is the largest rapid transit system with 472 stations. The public bus fleet of New York and the rail track are the largest in North America.

New York's Attractions

  • New York City is known for some of the major tourist spots that attract the masses.
  • The most famous landmark of New York City is the very well-known Statue of Liberty.
  • Wall Street of Manhattan is a global financial center.
  • The famous Empire State building of New York City is considered as one of the tallest buildings in the world, as also were The Twin Towers till 9/11.
Around 800 languages are spoken in New York City and 36% of its population is born outside the United States. New York City is always buzzing with life and is rightly called, 'The City That Never Sleeps'.