What most people think of as New York is just the island that holds Manhattan, but New York is composed of five boroughs which are home to many different people, cultures and beliefs. Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island add to the diverse fabric that is New York. In this section you can learn about these Areas, its attractions, shopping destinations, transportation tips, and much more.
The city is home to over 8 million people, making it the most populous city in the United States. The area is home to large ethic groups such as Jewish-Americans, Italian-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Chinese and Russians. Thirty-six percent of the city's population is foreign born, which only the cities of Los Angeles and Miami have a higher percentage.
Much like its diverse population, the city is also home to a diverse cityscape. The boroughs of Staten Island and Bronx are home to most of the city's suburbs, while immense glass and steel giants rise to dizzying heights in Manhattan. Queens is home to many beautifully preserved brownstones. And Brooklyn is quickly converting its industrial warehouses into artist lofts and creating New York's new cultural epicenter.
In the extensive landscape is some of New York's top architectural sights. The iconic Empire State Building is currently the tallest building in the city after the World Trade Center attacks. The Art Deco shell of the Chrysler Building make it a must see, while the Flatiron Building is one of the city's oldest high-rises fit into an odd-shaped lot.
New York is and forever will be a media, business and financial center. Just walk through the Financial District or Midtown and see all the well-known companies who call the city home. Great shopping can also be found in the city, from the faux purses at Elizabeth Street to the upscale shopping on Fifth and Madison Avenue.
But in the end, the best way to soak up the city, particularly Manhattan, is by walking. Neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo and TriBeCa are best viewed on foot. But if needed the subway or bus is an efficient way to get around quickly. And if there is money to spare, there is always the classic yellow New York taxi.