New York City is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area. It is part of the New York State and one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.
As a global power city, New York has impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment worldwide. It is also an important center for international diplomacy, as it hosts the headquarters of the United Nations.
New York City is located on one of the world’s largest natural harbors and consists of five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. They were all consolidated into a single city in 1898. No less than 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
New York history dates back to 1624, the year in which it was found as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic. It was named New Amsterdam in 1626 and taken over by English colonists in 1664. It was the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, and has been the country’s largest city ever since.
The Statue of Liberty is by far its more distinguishable icon and has greeted millions of immigrants as they came to America by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is nowadays a globally recognized symbol not only of New York City but also of the United States and its democracy.
This and many other landmarks in New York City are visited every year by roughly 55 million annual tourists. It has been said it is the most photographed city in the world. Although this statement may be arguable, New York is doubtless one of the most important touristic destinations worldwide.
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