Frank Sinatra sums it up best: If you're "longing to stray right through the very heart of it," then there's no better place to move than New York, New York, as thousands of New York movers have made clear over the years. Known as the city that never sleeps, it has the largest population in the United States, and its one of the largest cities in the world. It is composed of five different boroughs, each a different county, Manhattan of New York County, Queens of Queens County, Bronx of Bronx County, Brooklyn of Kings County, and Staten Island of Richmond County. New York has three surrounding airports, LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark International Airport. Additionally, the Port of New York is still one of the largest in the nation.
New York is a world leader in business and commercial transactions. It is considered one of the top financial cities in the world, along with Tokyo and London. Manufacturing is continually declining; however products such as clothing, chemicals, metals and foods are still produced. Additionally, New York is a mass communication center for publishing, television, and advertising. The top newspapers of the city include The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The transportation industry has a constant flow of business through New York, with three major airports, the Port of New York, and numerous highways and railways.
New York attracts millions of visitors every year, making tourism a large part of the economy. Major bridges include the George Washington and Brooklyn bridges. Tunnels include both the Holland and Lincoln tunnels. Featured islands include Liberty, Ellis, and Governors Island. Additionally, the Metropolitan Opera Company, New York City Opera, and New York City Ballet are all popular destinations for tourists. The most famous museums include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others. Popular areas include Wall Street, Times Square, SoHo, Broadway, and Greenwich Village. Sports are also a big attraction in New York with professional teams including the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Rangers, Giants, and Jets, as well as other professional and collegiate teams. New York has hundreds of possible attractions for its visitors, so there is something to suit everyone's interests.
Manhattan and Staten Island were purchased by Peter Minuit in 1626 from Indian tribes. In 1644, the island was captured by the British, and it became an official colony in 1685. On November 25, 1783, the last British troops left the city, and the Americans regained control; this day is now known as "Evacuation Day." New York was the capital from that point until 1790. During the early 1800s, a plan known as the Commissioner's Plan was designed to help build up New York. By 1835, New York was the largest city in the U.S. The Civil War divided New York, as some people sided with the Union and others with the Confederacy. Additionally, draft riots took place in the city during 1863. In the late 1800s and early 1900's, the boroughs of New York we know today were created. By 1914, all five boroughs were established. Before and after World War II, the city grew extremely fast with many skyscrapers and bridges built. After World War II, there was an initial population boom, although race riots and crime problems in the coming years hurt the growth of the city, both residentially and industrially. In the 1980s and 90s, the city once again boomed. The financial industry continued to grow until the recession around 2000. On September 11, 2001, New York suffered a major terriost attack where almost 3,000 people were killed when an airplane went into the Twin Towers. Plans are in the making for the rebuilding of the site.
Land Area: The City of New York encompasses 303 square miles.