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.
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 39 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 468 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.
▸Wall Street of Manhattan is a global financial center.
According to a survey in 2005, the city housed a diverse range of people. Around 170 languages were spoken and 36% of its population was born outside the United States. New York City is always buzzing with life and is rightly called, 'The City That Never Sleeps'.