Thinking of moving to New York City? Here’s what you need to know.
New York, New York is an energetic powerhouse with over nine million occupants, and over 20 million in the metro area. Halfway between Boston and Washington D.C., NYC is uniquely situated on three islands: Manhattan, Long Island and Staten Island, while New Jersey can be seen from just across the Hudson River. Winters can be cold, damp and snowy, while summers are humid and hot. The sun shines a lot in the Big Apple, making its remarkable skyline sparkle.
Home to the United Nations, NYC is the Melting Pot of America where over 800 languages are spoken. Every walk of life is here: Teens relocate fresh out of high school looking for the City that Never Sleeps, as do retirees in search of adventure. You’ll find lifelong New Yorkers as well as students just passing through one of its 24 major institutions and career-minded folks working anywhere from Wall Street to the Fashion District.
Also known as the Big Apple, NYC contains five distinct boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan. Manhattan is the heartbeat of New York City, with its own distinct areas like the artsy, bohemian and NYU student-filled Greenwich Village, the financial district of Downtown (hello, Wall Street), the well-to-do area of the Upper East Side, the gay-friendly Chelsea, the young, hip, professional Lower East Side vicinity and the park-adjacent, intellectual hub of the Upper West Side. Cars aren’t a necessity thanks to the city’s round-the-clock abundance of transport, like the subway, ferries, 7,000 buses and a whopping 12,000 taxis.
What Do You Do?
Wander through some of the world’s best museums—like the Metropolitan Museum of Art—catch a free Staten Island ferry around the Statue of Liberty, throw a frisbee in Central Park, catch a Broadway show, grab some goods in Chinatown, bask in the Midtown madness of Times Square, see the Mets play in Queens or the Yankees in the Bronx—and so much more: it’s all at your fingertips in NYC.