New York City is the most populous city in the United States with a 2014 census reading of 8.491 million residents. It is situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbors where shipping and global trade reign supreme.
Five boroughs make up the city, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Spread out over a 305 square mile area, that population in that small of a zone makes the city the most densely populated in the U.S. as well.
The original name of New Amsterdam was given to the small trading post founded by the Dutch in 1624. In 1664, the city and the surrounding area came under English control, and it has been the country’s largest city since 1790.
New York City is world renowned for its landmarks that speak of the United States of America, such as the Statue of Liberty, given as a gift from France in the late 1800s. The Empire State Building was once the tallest building in the world, and it still towers over the city, only second to the new World Trade Center Memorial building.
Broadway is the name the world knows for its fabulous plays and show business that abounds. Times Square is the crossroads of the world where the New Year’s Eve Ball descends at midnight of each New Year.
Wall Street is synonymous with the financial world of banking greatness and the stock market. Fifth Avenue is the world of fashion and design, as well as the garment district where many wholesale houses supply the retail stores of America.
Chinatown in Manhattan is the home of the largest concentration of Chinese in the western hemisphere. The higher education system of New York City is made up of over 120 universities and colleges including New York University, Columbia University, and many others.
The original owners of New York City proper were the Dutch occurring when Peter Minuit purchased the Island of Manhattan for 60 guilders (roughly $1,000 in today’s money.) Peter Stuyvesant surrendered the Dutch territory to England in 1664, and the rest is history.
New York City has played a significant role in the United States state of affairs in a obvious way ever since then from The Revolutionary War up until today.
The world grieved when the World Trade Center’s twin towers were destroyed by terrorists, and when Hurricane Sandy swept head-on up through Manhattan recently, but New Yorkers stood tall and braved the difficulties.
Today New York City is the ultimate melting pot with representations from nearly every country in the world. If people need to learn how to assimilate, all they need to do is to spend a little time there and see how the people manage. They can keep enough of their culture, yet merge into the mighty river of populations enough so that everyone prospers and the society comes together.
New York City is the epitome of Western culture, finance, show business, excellent cuisine, modern advances, and progress. Much criticized, yet much admired the “Big Apple” has been a wonder in the eyes of many.