Alongside London it's one of only two universally acknowledged to be "World Cities" - the most important and influential cities on Earth.
It's home to many world-class museums, art galleries, and theaters.
The World Trade Center attacks of 11 September 2001 were a shared ordeal for the city's inhabitants.
Despite those events, from 2003 to the present, New York City has rebounded and surpassed itself in growth.
New York City consists of five boroughs, which are five separate counties.
Each borough has a unique culture and could be a large city in its own right.
New York City has a population of approximately 8.2 million people.
The New York Metropolitan Area, which spans lower New York, northern New Jersey, and southwestern Connecticut, has a population of 18.7 million, making it the largest metropolitan area in the U. As of 2014, it was one of the 15 largest metro areas in the world.
The five New York boroughs are: Manhattan (New York County)The famous island between the Hudson and East Rivers, with many diverse and unique neighborhoods.
Manhattan is home to the Empire State Building in Midtown, Central Park, Times Square, Wall Street, Harlem, and the trendy neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and So Ho.