Ask any resident, new or old, and they’ll tell you New York is the greatest city in the world. Whether you seek gourmet dining, extravagant Broadway shows, or luxury brands; NYC has got you covered. There are endless things to do and sights to see in each of the city’s five boroughs, and all it takes to find adventure is to start exploring.
The hardest part of living in the city is finding that special place to call home. Although New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world, there are always neighborhoods with great deals, new housing options, and an expansive public transportation system that serves well over a million commuters per day.
Among many other things, New York is home to the financial and fashion capitals of the world. Paul Graham famously wrote that all great cities send a message in 100 subtle ways. Here in NYC the message is “strive for greatness.” Whether it's art, business, or education, New Yorkers have no shortage of ambition and the drive to achieve their goals. You have to hustle to make it in this city, but if you do you can live the New York life you’ve always dreamed of.
In almost every industry, career prospects for young millennials in Manhattan are better than anywhere else in the world. Finance, Law, Art, and Marketing immediately come to mind, but they’re far from the only innovations NYC has to offer. In the past decade alone, the city has made even greater strides as a technology hub. With Google's headquarters in Chelsea and the rapid startup growth in Brooklyn, New York now easily rivals Silicon Valley and SF as the country's destination for software engineers with big ideas.
While a population of over-achievers might seem too intense for relaxation, New York City actually sets the standard for world class entertainment and museums. One can admire the Matisse collection at the Museum of Modern Art, stroll through the old Sheep Meadow at Central Park, have afternoon tea overlooking Columbus Circle, and watch a Broadway matinee all in one afternoon; leaving the rest of the day to explore the NYC nightlife.
Running 24/7 and transporting millions of people daily, the public transportation system is expansive and may seem intimidating at first. However, once you get the hang of it, the subway will soon become your best friend. The MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) charges a single fare between any two destinations, whether you are traveling one stop between Times Square and Herald Square (a 10 minute walk), or from Columbia University's medical school campus to JFK International Airport (a 19 mile trek). There are also flat rates for weekly and monthly metrocards as a way to save money for those commuting in the city on a regular basis. These cards also work for those who take the bus.
For those living farther away, there are several light rail trains that serve folks to the North (Metro North), East (Long Island Rail Road), and West (the New Jersey PATH train). Those who live due South of Manhattan can take a ferry (The Staten Island Ferry and New York Waterways ferries).
NYC has also seen a dramatic increase in support for bikers in the last decade. Countless miles of new bike lanes have been added to the streets of New York in an ongoing project that prioritizes safety. Citibike also came online in 2013 providing short-term rental bikes with docking stations all over the city (just don't keep it for longer than 45 minutes). While biking alongside hectic New York traffic is not for everyone, a bike during rush hour can often be faster than any other mode of transportation, especially when there is no direct subway line to your destination.
If you’ve seen a movie about New York City that’s set in the 70’s or 80’s, then you probably don’t have very high hopes for the crime stats. However, contrary to popular belief, numerous studies have deemed New York one of the safest metropolitan areas in the world. Violent crime rates are consistently low and the city has taken many precautions to protect citizens and tourists from COVID-19.
Originally home to the Lenape peoples indingious to the region, Manhattan was colonized by the Dutch and named “New Amsterdam'' in 1653. One structure from that era, the Wyckoff House in modern day Brooklyn, still stands to this day as the oldest building in New York. By 1665, the island was under British rule after a relatively peaceful exchange.
In 1765, the first organized effort of American colonists against British rule occurred when the Stamp Act Congress was formed in New York. The revolution began a little over a decade later with Long Island and New York City being strategic centers for both the Americans and the British. The last of the British army fled the island as George Washington returned to take it in 1783.
From there, New York became the first capital of the United States in 1789, but lasted less than a year due to Philadelphia taking the reins in 1790. Afterward, the city’s population exploded due to immigration, leading to massive expansion during the 1800’s. By 1898, the “Greater New York” plan incorporated independent cities and transformed them into the boroughs we know today.
New York City has become the center of the financial world and a major player in the art and tech industries. Currently, New York is the largest city in the United States. 1 in about 38 people in the US live in NYC and over 40% of the city’s population speaks more than one language. NYC is home to the United Nations Headquarters which opened in 1952 and we have better pizza than Chicago.
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New York is located within the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This area currently has 18,812,161 residents in 6,707,347 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this urban area are currently unmarried and have a median age of 37.8.
When looking at residents older than 25, 25.16% have graduated from high school, 22.38% have a bachelor's degree, and 15.92% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 59.7% and the median income in this urban area is $68,319.
At least 50.07% of those living in this urban area rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by car with an average commute time of 36.0 minutes.