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Statue of Liberty, and Manhattan, New York City
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The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States and thus also in the state of New York. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898. The city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world.

New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan; the post was named New Amsterdam in 1626. The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the Americas by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the United States and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, and environmental sustainability, and as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity.

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Did you know...

  • ... that during the construction of New York City's Van Wyck Expressway, a four-story apartment building was placed on metal rollers and relocated away from the expressway's path?
  • ... that elevator operators at New York City's 181st Street station are known to play music in an attempt to cheer up commuters?
  • ... that New York City's Edgemere Landfill was declared a Superfund environmental cleanup site after nearly 3,000 toxic waste drums were discovered during a routine excavation?
  • ... that "Irish villagers" and "girls in clinging lace costumes" could once be seen along the boardwalk of Bergen Beach, a residential neighborhood in New York City?
  • ... that when it opened, the Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel in New York City was the second-longest underwater vehicular tunnel in the world?
  • ... that research by Columbia Law School professor Jeffrey Fagan into stop-and-frisk in New York City was a major factor in Judge Shira Scheindlin's decision to rule the practice unconstitutional in 2013?

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15 February 2019 – Amazon HQ2
After announcing that it was canceling its New York City headquarters plans the day before, Amazon announces that it will keep its second headquarters in Virginia. (CNET)
14 February 2019 – Amazon HQ2
Amazon cancels its New York City headquarters plans, citing opposition from activists and local politicians. (CNN)


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