8 million people. 5 boroughs. Only one Big Apple.
Throughout New York, people refer to Manhattan as “The City”, for example; “Hey James, let’s go to The City this weekend and hit the links at Chelsea Piers” or “That new Brazilian place, Brazil Brazil, was awesome. Let’s go back and order the fried plantains next time.” Even though Manahttan is the center of culture, art, and fashion, however, it is not the epitome of what being a New Yorker is all about. There are four other boroughs that contain the majority of the population. The other boroughs are New York: Staten Island; with its famous Hylan Boulevard), Brooklyn; with its amazing pizza at Di Fara’s and Grimaldi’s, Queens with its world-known Arthur Ashe Stadium, and The Bronx with it’s internationally sought after zoo.
Last year, 50.2 million people visited New York City. That’s a sixth of the entire population of the United States! So what makes New York City so special? Well, New York City is home to some of the world’s most famous and most recognized monuments in the world. In what other city could Broadway be found a few miles away from the most influential people— the United Nations? These, and other places like: The Strand Bookstore, the Freedom Tower, Little Italy and Chinatown are literally found adjoining each other bringing myriads of cultures home.
Frank Sinatra once sang, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere, it’s up to you – New York, New York”. Alicia Keys concurred and sang, “New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothin’ you can’t do”. Clearly, the consensus is that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Just spend a week here and you’ll realize that there’s a reason that urges someone to come here as they seldom want to leave the City that is New York.