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New York CITY

The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.[9] With an estimated 2016 population of 8,537,673[7]distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2),[10][11] New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.[12] Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world[13][14] with an estimated 23.7 million residents as of 2016.[5] A global power city,[15] New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital[16][17] of the world,[18][19][20][21][22] and exerts a significant impact upon commerce,[22] entertainmentresearch, technology, education, politics, and sports. The city's fast pace[23][24] defines the term New York minute.[25] Home to the headquarters of the United Nations,[26] New York is an important center for international diplomacy.[27] Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors,[28][29] New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separate county of New York State.[30] The five boroughs – BrooklynQueensManhattanThe Bronx, and Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898.[31] The city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States.[32] As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York,[33][34][35] making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.[34][36][37] New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States,[38] the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world.[39] In 2013, the tri-state New York Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) produced a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of nearly US$1.4 trillion.[40] If greater New York City were a country, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world.[41]

 United States State New York
Counties / (BoroughsBronxKings (Brooklyn)New York (Manhattan),
 QueensRichmond (Staten Island) 
Historic colonies New Netherland Province of New YorK
Settled1624 Consolidated1898 Named forJames, Duke of York
Government[2] • TypeMayor–Council • BodyNew York City Council • MayorBill de Blasio (D)
Area[1] • Total468.484 sq mi (1,213.37 km2) • Land302.643 sq mi (783.84 km2)
• Water165.841 sq mi (429.53 km2) • Metro13,318 sq mi (34,490 km2) Elevation[3]33 ft (10 m)
Population (2010)[6] • Total8,175,133 • Estimate (2016)[7]8,537,673 • Rank1st, U.S.
• Density28,210/sq mi (10,890/km2) • MSA (2016)20,153,634[4] (1st) • CSA (2016)23,689,255[5] (1st)
Demonym(s)New Yorker
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC−5) • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP Codes100xx–104xx, 11004–05, 111xx–114xx, 116xx Area code(s)212/646/332718/347/929917

New York City is situated in the Northeastern United States, in southeastern New York State, approximately halfway between Washington, D.C. and Boston.[154] The location at the mouth of the Hudson River, which feeds into a naturally sheltered harbor and then into the Atlantic Ocean, has helped the city grow in significance as a trading port. Most of New York City is built on the three islands of Long Island, Manhattan, and Staten Island.The Hudson River flows through the Hudson Valley into New York Bay. Between New York City and Troy, New York, the river is an estuary.[155] The Hudson River separates the city from the U.S. state of New Jersey. The East River—a tidal strait—flows from Long Island Sound and separates the Bronx and Manhattan from Long Island. The Harlem River, another tidal strait between the East and Hudson Rivers, separates most of Manhattan from the Bronx. The Bronx River, which flows through the Bronx and Westchester County, is the only entirely fresh water river in the city.[156]The city's land has been altered substantially by human intervention, with considerable land reclamation along the waterfronts since Dutch colonial times; reclamation is most prominent in Lower Manhattan, with developments such as Battery Park City in the 1970s and 1980s.[157] Some of the natural relief in topography has been evened out, especially in Manhattan.[158]The city's total area is 468.484 square miles (1,213.37 km2), including 302.643 sq mi (783.84 km2) of land and 165.841 sq mi (429.53 km2) of this is water.[159][160] The highest point in the city is Todt Hill on Staten Island, which, at 409.8 feet (124.9 m) above sea level, is the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard south of Maine.[161] The summit of the ridge is mostly covered in woodlands as part of the Staten Island Greenbelt.[162]

There are over 800  languages spoken in New York City.