New York City

More than eight million people live in New York City. This makes it the most populated city in America.

New York City is made up of five boroughs, or neighborhoods; The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The most famous borough is Manhattan. It is home to some famous New York City’s landmarks; Central Park, the Empire State Building, and Times Square.

New York City’s history is short when compared to the major cities of the world. In 1524, an Italian man named Giovanni da Verrazano discovered New York harbor. One hundred years later, the Dutch settled in the area. They called the settlement New Amsterdam. In 1664, the English conquered the Dutch and renamed the area ‘New York’.

In 1892, Ellis Island in New York Harbor opened as America’s immigration station. Between 1892 and 1954, over 40 million immigrants passed through its gates. Today, New York City is America’s most diverse city. Nearly 200 languages are spoken throughout the city.

New York City has been featured in hundreds of movies and TV programs. The city is America’s cultural capital; museums, Broadway theaters, sports stadiums, and thousands of restaurants call the Big Apple home.

Text by Jenny M. Buccos, Kat Lonsdorf, and Gabrielle Pasternak.