New York, NYThere is no place in the United States that is quite like New York, NY. With the highest population in the country (Los Angeles and Chicago follow behind), every block is bustling and full of life. Its grid-like system of streets makes the city surprisingly easy to navigate, and the five boroughs, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan, each have their own distinct character. If you have lived someplace smaller and less dense, New York may feel like a bit of a cultural shock, but you will quickly get used to city life. Despite the high cost of living (homes and rentals included) especially in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, it is no wonder why so many people fall in love with the city.
New York has earned distinctions of being one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world and as a significant place of international diplomacy, thanks to the United Nations being headquartered there. Over 20 million people live in the metro area, leading it to be diverse and a center of business. Tax rates, and everything from a movie ticket and a pair of jeans to a gallon of milk and rental costs, are high, but the city is remarkably safer than it was in past decades. In part to this, many areas of the city, such as Park Slope in Brooklyn and Washington Heights in Manhattan, have seen resurgences in popularity and thriving businesses over time.
It is no surprise that New York is brimming with culture. Neighborhoods and communities are based around well-known attractions and those who have inhabited them for years. From the bustling lights of Midtown and Times Square, to the skyscrapers of the Financial District, the posh condos on the Upper East Side and the smells of curry in Murray Hill, Manhattan, the most densely populated borough in the city, offers an oasis in Central Park. Brooklyn is diverse in all senses of the word, and it has become much more than Coney Island and a hipster’s paradise. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens offers a respite from the city, and families have come in droves to Park Slope. Queens is one New York's most ethnically diverse areas, Staten Island has a suburban feel and the Bronx offers up a family-friendly zoo and Yankee Stadium for entertainment.
Public transport, thanks to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is easy in New York. Take the bus, subway, ferry or walk to get where you need to be. It is relatively inexpensive to buy a Metro Card, and, by doing so, the city is at your fingertips!
New York is unique but amazing. Be at the forefront of entertainment, commerce and international relations in the City That Never Sleeps.