Many cities around the world adorn themselves with the flattering attribute of the “metropolis”. If a city deserves this name, it is New York City. The cosmopolitan city in the US state of New York is the most populous city in the USA. More than 8 million people live within their city limits. In the “metropolitan area of New York” it should be around 19 million.
Such a development was not foreseeable when, in 1626, the Dutch established a first settlement under the name on what is now the Manhattan Peninsula New Amsterdam set up. In the following years, the city has expanded far over the rocky headland between the Hudson and the East Rivers. The urban area of New York is surprisingly only 786 km². In comparison, Berlin has 892 km² available. The total number of residents of New York is spread over a total of 8.683 km² of continuously built-up area.
New York - Manhattan Peninsula seen from the Hudson River
Five districts called boroughs make up the city. 2,5 million people live in the district Brooklyn. In Queens, known for its two airports JFK Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, live 2,3 million. On Manhattan 1,6 million are distributed. The Bronx brings it to 1,4 million and brings up the rear Staten Island with 0,5 million inhabitants.
New York - view of Brooklyn
The original growth of the city is almost unimaginable. In 1700 there were just 5.000 people in New York. In 1800 only 87.685 inhabitants were counted. From the beginning of the 19th century, the development accelerated noticeably. In 1900 there were already 3,44 million inhabitants and on April 1, 2010 the population was determined to be 8,175 million.
In line with the population growth, the metropolitan area developed into one of the most important economic areas in the world. New York is an important port location. Global corporations, world-famous media companies and service providers operate from New York. In terms of financial centers, Ney York competes with London and Tokyo. Several major exchanges trade stocks or commodities, including the New York Stock Exchange, founded on May 17, 1792.
New York-New York Stock Exchange
The city is home to the United Nations and other international organizations. In the short period between 1788 and 1790, New York was even the capital of the United States.
However, New York's appeal to companies and organizations means that, according to Forbes Magazine, the city is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and in a US comparison New York is already the most expensive city in the country.
Every year 50 million tourists visit the "Big Apple". Ten million guests come from abroad, including nearly 600.000 Germans. They all enjoy hundreds of galleries and museums, countless theaters and thousands of restaurants. You marvel at the impressive buildings in Manhattan Downtown and Midtown, including the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building with more than 3,5 million visitors annually, that Flatiron Building, the first skyscraper in town, or that Rockefeller Center.
Churches worth seeing are the cathedral of the American Episcopal Church Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States, located on 5th Avenue Saint Patrick's Cathedral or the Trinity Church the Episcopal Church at the end of Wall Street.
New York - Trinity Church at the end of Wall Street
One of the most famous monuments and places in New York is the one that opened in 1913 Grand Central Terminal, the Brooklyn Bridge or the Madison Square Garden Arena. The Brooklyn Bridge began operating in 1883. The longest high bridge in the world at that time was considered a technical marvel. It offers passers-by impressive views of New York City.
New York-Brooklyn Bridge
The should definitely be visited Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, the place where the first World Trade Center, destroyed by terrorists, stood or the Times Square.
New York - The northern basin of the 9/11 Memorial
We present an incomplete list of what to admire in New York at New York attractions.