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New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the largest city in the United States and the world's most important center for global finance and communications. The city is also home to hundreds of world-class museums, galleries, and performance venues, making it the unrivaled cultural and entertainment capital of the Western Hemisphere.

New York City Info

  • Largest city in the U.S.
  • Counties: New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond
  • Land area: 303.3 square miles
  • Number of Radio Stations:  13 AM, 16 FM
  • Number of TV Stations:  12

New York City Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — Jan: 32.4 F; July: 76.9 F
  • Average annual rainfall — 46.5 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 26.5 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from New York City (in miles):

  • Atlanta, GA —  874
  • Boston, MA — 215
  • Chicago, IL —  789
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX — 1550
  • Houston, TX —  1631
  • Las Vegas, NV — 2526
  • Los Angeles, CA —  2781
  • Memphis, TN — 1097
  • Miami, FL —  1297
  • Nashville, TN — 886
  • New Orleans, LA — 1307
  • Orlando, FL —  1087
  • Philadelphia, PA — 94
  • Phoenix, AZ —  2450
  • Rapid City, SD — 1702
  • Salt Lake City, UT — 2175
  • San Antonio, TX — 1824
  • San Diego, CA — 2806
  • San Jose, CA — 2949
  • Seattle, WA — 2856
  • Washington, DC — 226

New York City Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911; Police: 911; Fire: 911
  • Bellevue Hospital Center (1st Ave & 27th St)
  • Beth Israel Medical Center (First Avenue & 16th Street)
  • Cabrini Medical Center (227 E 19th St)
  • Goldwater Memorial Hospital (Roosevelt Island)
  • Gracie Square Hospital (420 East 76 St)
  • Harlem Hospital Center (506 Lenox Ave)
  • Hospital for Special Surgery (535 E 70th St)
  • Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center (Ward Island)
  • Lenox Hill Hospital (100 E 77th St)
  • Manhattan Eye Ear Throat Hospital (210 E 64th St)
  • Manhattan Psychiatric Center (Ward's Island)
  • Memorial Hospital For Cancer (1275 York Ave)
  • Metropolitan Hospital Center (1901 1st Ave)
  • Mt Sinai Hospital (One Gustave L Levy Place)
  • New York Eye And Ear Infirmary (310 E 14th St)
  • New York Hospital (525 E 68th St)
  • New York State Psychiatric Institute (722 W 168th St)
  • North General Hospital (1879 Madison Ave)
  • NYU Downtown Hospital (170 William St)
  • NYU Medical Center-University Hospital (550 First Ave)
  • Orthopaedic Institute (301 E 17th St)
  • Rockefeller University Hospital (1230 York Ave)
  • St. Clare's Hospital Health Center (415 W 51st St)
  • St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital (1111 Amsterdam Avenue)
  • St. Vincent's Hospital Medical Center (153 W 11th Street)
  • Terrence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center (1249 Fifth Ave)

New York City Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

New York City Major Shopping Areas:

New York City Major Dining Areas:

  • Times Square
  • Greenwich Village (especially Bleecker Street)
  • Chinatown
  • Little Italy
  • South Street Seaport
  • Soho/TriBeca
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • Upper West Side

New York City Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

New York City Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball player 
  • Humphrey Bogart, actor
  • James Cagney, actor
  • Maria Callas, soprano
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo, jurist
  • Paddy Chayefsky, playwright
  • Sean Combs Puff Daddy, rap artist
  • Peter Cooper industrialist, philanthropist
  • Claire Danes, actress
  • Sammy Davis, Jr., actor, singer
  • Agnes de Mille, choreographer
  • Gertrude Belle Elion, inventor
  • Henry Louis Gehrig, baseball player
  • Sarah Gellar, actress
  • Julia Ward Howe poet, social reformer
  • Washington Irving, author
  • Henry James, author
  • John Jay, jurist
  • Jerome Kern, composer
  • Vince Lombardi, football coach
  • Chico, Groucho, Harpo, & Zeppo Marx, comedians
  • Herman Melville, author
  • Eugene O'Neill, playwright
  • Norman Rockwell painter, illustrator
  • Mickey Rooney, actor
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, reformer, humanitarian
  • Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. president
  • Jonas Salk polio, researcher
  • Alfred Emanuel Smith, politician
  • Rise Stevens, mezzo-soprano
  • Barbra Streisand singer, actress
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany, painter, craftsman
  • Mae West, actress
  • Edith Wharton, author

Notable Moments in New York City History:

  • 1853 — Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations (1853)
  • 1898 — Consolidation of what are now the five boroughs into Greater New York
  • 1909 — Hudson-Fulton Celebration (1909)
  • 1939 — 1939 New York World's Fair exhibits included:  The World of Tomorrow, Futurama, Trylon, Perisphere
  • 1964 — 1964/1965 New York World's Fair
  • 1965 — Northeast Blackout of 1965
  • 1973 — The World Trade Center's Twin Towers become the tallest buildings in the world
  • 1977 — Blackout of 1977
  • 2001 — September 11 attacks
  • 2003 — Northeastern U.S.-Canada Blackout

Interesting facts about New York City:

  • New York City was briefly the U.S. capital from 1789 to 1790.
  • The Dutch supposedly bought Manhattan from its Native American inhabitants for about $24 worth of trinkets
  • Broadway, originating from Lower Manhattan at Bowling Green and ending in Albany, is one of the world's longest streets at 150 mi (241 km). The official name of this street is Highway 9.
  • Manhattan's downtown southern tip area is predominantly landfill. The actual "natural" Manhattan makes up only 75% of the total area in the downtown region.
  • The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will be the largest Gothic cathedral in the world when it is completed.
  • However, it was originally (1892) begun as a Romanesque design and converted later to Gothic (1911).
  • Central Park in the middle of Manhattan covers a larger area than the principality of Monaco.
  • Staten Island residents voted to secede from the city in 1993, but such a move would require state approval.
  • New York City lies at the heart of the New York Metropolitan Area, which, with over 22 million people, is one of the largest urban conglomerations in the world. The city comprises five boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, each of which could be a major city in its own right. This area itself is the epicenter of the Tri-State area and the BosWash megalopolis.
  • New York City serves as an enormous engine for the global economy, with an estimated gross metropolitan product of US $488.8 billion in 2003, the largest of any city in the United States and the sixth largest if compared to any U.S. state. If it were a nation, the city would have the 16th highest gross domestic product in the world, exceeding that of Russia ($433 billion). Though this value has been as high as 10 percent of the United States' GDP, in the last ten years it has been around 4.5 percent, fluctuating only recently. Along with London, Paris, and Tokyo, New York City is considered one of the four primary global cities of the world. The United Nations has also had its headquarters in the city since 1951, a few years after its founding.
  • New York has ten sister cities:  Beijing, Budapest, Cairo, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Rome, Santo Domingo, and Tokyo.

New York City Population and Demographics:

  • Population (year 2000): 8,008,278, Est. population in July 2002: 8,084,316 (+0.9% change)
  • Males: 3,794,204 (47.4%), Females: 4,214,074 (52.6%)
  • Median resident age: 34.2 years
  • Median household income: $38,293 (year 2000)
  • Median house value: $211,900 (year 2000)
  • Races in New York:
  • White Non-Hispanic (35.0%)
  • Hispanic (27.0%)
  • Black (26.6%)
  • Other race (13.4%)
  • Two or more races (4.9%)
  • Chinese (4.5%)
  • Asian Indian (2.1%)
  • American Indian (1.1%)
  • Korean (1.1%)
  • Other Asian (1.0%)
  • Filipino (0.7%)
  • Ancestries: Italian (8.7%), West Indian (6.9%), Irish (5.3%), German (3.2%), Russian (3.0%), United States (3.0%).

New York City Colleges and Universities:

  • New York University
  • Columbia University In The City Of New York
  • CUNY Hunter College 
  • CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
  • CUNY Borough Of Manhattan Community College
  • CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice
  • Fashion Institute Of Technology
  • CUNY City College
  • CUNY Queensborough Community College
  • Touro College
  • New School University
  • Pace University-New York
  • Yeshiva University 
  • School Of Visual Arts
  • Technical Career Institutes 
  • Teachers College At Columbia University
  • CUNY Graduate School and University Center Katharine Gibbs School-New York City
  • Barnard College
  • Marymount Manhattan College

New York City Economy & Business — Notable Companies based in New York City:

Industries providing employment:

  • Educational, health and social services (23.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (11.9%)
  • Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (11.4%).

Major companies and corporations based in New York City:

  • Altria Group
  • Amerada Hess
  • American Broadcasting Company (owned by Disney)
  • American Express
  • American International Group
  • Avon
  • Bank of New York
  • Bankers Trust
  • Bear Stearns
  • Bloomberg
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • CBS (owned by Viacom)
  • Citigroup
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Conde Nast
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • DoubleClick
  • Dow Jones & Company
  • Ernst & Young
  • Est'e Lauder
  • FAO Schwarz
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HBO (owned by Time Warner)
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp
  • Interpublic Group
  • JetBlue
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • King World Productions
  • KPMG
  • MAD Magazine Marvel Comics
  • McGraw-Hill Companies
  • Mercantile Exchange
  • Merrill Lynch
  • MetLife
  • Morgan Stanley
  • MTV (owned by Viacom)
  • Mutual of New York
  • Nasdaq
  • National Broadcasting Company (owned by General Electric)
  • News Corporation
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Paine Webber
  • Pfizer
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Random House
  • Reuters
  • Revlon
  • RJR Nabisco
  • Salomon Brothers
  • Scholastic
  • Simon and Schuster (owned by Viacom)
  • The New York Times Company
  • Time Warner
  • Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts
  • Verizon
  • Viacom

New York City Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

Spanish publications:

  • El Diario La Prensa
  • El Nacional
  • Hoy

English daily papers available in Spanish:

  • Manhattan times
  • Highbridge Horizon

Hispanic Serving Educational Institutions:

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York
  • Bronx Community College, City University of New York
  • City College, City University of New York
  • Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, City University of New York
  • Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
  • LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
  • New York City Technical College, City University of New York

Spanish radio Stations:

  • WADO 1280 AM
  • WLXE 1380 AM
  • WSKQ 97.9 FM

Spanish TV Stations:

  • WNJU Telemundo 47
  • WFUT TeleFutura 68
  • WXTV Univision 41

Hispanic Federation:

  • Partnership of 81 Latino health and human services agencies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
  • Net Mi  New York Hispanic website

Hispanic Churches:

  • Western Orthodox Hispanic Church of St Isidoro & St Leandro
    (212) 673-0785
    345 East 4th St
    New York, NY 10009
  • Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Center
    (212) 947-5000
    350 5th Ave
    New York, NY 10118
  • First Pilgrim Hispanic Church
    (718) 452-5413
    135 Schaefer St
    Brooklyn, NY 11207
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