New York City: the city that never sleeps – or so they say. New York, which consists of five boroughs (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island) is the most populous and densely populated city in the United States, with a population of more than 8.3 million people. Add in the remainder of the metropolitan statistical area, and the population is close to 20 million people, and the combined statistical area (which includes parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York counties north of the city), which equates to about 23.4 million people.
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New York-area airports
LaGuardia Airport, Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport all serve the New York metropolitan area. Together, the three airports make up the largest airport system in the U.S., second in the world with regard to passenger traffic and first in the world for total flight operations. However, because each outlies the city, transportation to your ultimate destination requires advanced planning. Subways and buses can get you back and forth to the airport relatively inexpensively, though they will be difficult to manage if you’re carrying luggage. As well, you’ll need tokens or Metrocards in order to board any bus or train. As well, though the public buses can get you near your destination, they may not get you exactly where you need to go. A charter bus or shuttle van is a far superior option if you need to get someplace quickly and without the headaches of public transportation.
But, whether you’re in New York for business or leisure, you’re sure to want to explore a little while you’re there. A lifetime may not even be enough to see and experience all of the great things the city has to offer, but you certainly can take in a few. New York is known for its fabulous shopping, Broadway shows, sports, restaurants and more.
Doing business in New York
The New York City metropolitan area is home to 46 of the Fortune 500 companies, which include Verizon Communications, Citigroup, Pfizer, Goldman Sachs Group, Time Warner, CBS, Avon Products, Barnes & Noble, Ralph Lauren, Foot Locker, Bristol-Myers Squibb, American Express and more. If you’re in New York for a meeting or convention, the Javits Center is one of the premier conference spaces. It hosts meetings, conventions, trade shows, consumer shows and special events. As well, there are a plethora of large Manhattan hotels, like the Marriott Marquis, that are ideal for larger events and are in the middle of all the action.
Professional sports teams in New York
New York is home to many professional sports teams, and it’s known for their enormous venues, including Yankee Stadium, MetLife Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Citi Field, Barclays Center, the Prudential Center (Newark, New Jersey) and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Uniondale, New York).
- New York Yankees (MLB)
- New York Giants (NFL)
- New York Rangers (NHL)
- New York Knicks (NBA)
- New York Jets (NFL)
- New York Mets (MLB)
- Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
- New York Cosmos (soccer)
- New York Islanders (NHL)
- New Jersey Devils (NHL)
- New York Red Bulls (soccer)
- New York Liberty (WNBA)
- New York Lizards (lacrosse)
- New York City FC (soccer)
- Sky Blue FC (women’s soccer)
New York City: Cultural Capital of the World
New York has everything. Everything. It’s the media, financial and advertising capitals of the world. And more…
- Headquarters of the seven largest media conglomerates: Time Warner, Thomson Reuters Corp., News Corp., The New York Times Co., NBCUniversal, Hearst Corp. and Viacom.
- All four major American broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) are headquartered in New York City, as well as cable channels MTV, Fox News, HBO and Comedy Central.
- There are more Fortune 500 companies headquartered in New York City than in any other city.
- There are more museums, ballet, opera and theater companies in New York City than anywhere else in the U.S.
- Scores of television shows have been (or are being) filmed either at studios in the five boroughs of New York, or on location. They include 30 Rock, All My Children, America’s Got Talent, Boardwalk Empire, The Colbert Report, Elementary, Fringe, Girls, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, Law & Order (various), Sesame Street, Sex and the City and many, many others.
New York City Tourist Attractions
New York is home to far more tourist attractions than can possibly be included here. You could spend a lifetime in New York and probably still not see everything. Here’s just a sampling of the most famous, can’t-miss attractions in this ever-changing city:
- Statue of Liberty
- Times Square
- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
- High Line Park
- Brooklyn Bridge
- American Museum of Natural History
- Ellis Island
- Radio City Music Hall
- Metropolitan Opera
- Central Park
- Empire State Building
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Rockefeller Center
- Coney Island
- Bronx Zoo
- Grand Central Terminal
- Chrysler Building
- Carnegie Hall