Updated: 21 February 2016.
New York City Destination Guide
The great City of New York is the prime example of a global city, also called a world city or alpha city, due to its heavy and lasting impact on just about everything: politics, education, finance, international affairs, culture, media, fashion, research, technology, arts, and entertainment, among myriad more. It is the most linguistically diverse city in the world, with more than 800 different languages spoken by residents; even the public school students combined speak 176 languages.
New York City is made up of 5 boroughs, each coextensive with the border lines of 5 counties: Manhattan (New York County), The Bronx (Bronx County), Queens (Queens County), Brooklyn (Kings County), and Staten Island (Richmond County). It is the most populous city in the United States, with about 8.5 million people, and a metropolitan area of about 19 million.
New York City is the one of the most visited cities in the world (+/-50 million annually), and the most filmed city in the world. A world-class public transportation system (not by cleanliness standards) that runs 24/7/365 allows the “City That Never Sleeps” to function at anytime; the NYC subway system is the largest in the world, with 470 stations, and has the third highest annual ridership, with over 1.5 billion passengers per year. Various styles of architecture can be witnessed in the buildings all over the city.