New York Facts



  • New York City is the largest city in the USA and one of the largest in the world, with a population of eight million.
  • Over 21 million people live in the New York metropolitan area.
  • New York has five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.
  • Manhattan is the oldest part of the city, and is home to many attractions, including Central Park, Greenwich Village, the Rockefeller Center and Wall Street.
  • The 381 m high Empire State Building, on Fifth Avenue, is one of the world’s tallest and most famous buildings.
  • New York’s most famous statue is the Statue of Liberty, erected in 1886 at the entrance to New York harbor.
  • New York is the USA’s largest port and it is the finance center of the world.
  • The Empire State Building is the ‘eighth wonder’ of the modern world. It is both a commercial skyscraper, with over 900 tenants, and a symbol of New York.
  • The Statue of Liberty, given to the United State by France in 1884, stands at the entrance to New York harbor.
  • Dutch settler Peter Minuit is said to have bought Manhattan Island from the Iroquois Indians for trinkets with a value of $24.
  • New York began in 1614 with the Dutch settlement of Fort Orange. It was renamed New York in 1664.
  • New York’s famous finance center Wall Street is named after a protective wall built by Dutch colonists in 1653.