New York City is a sprawling metropolis with approximately 8.5 million people, making it the most populated city in the U.S. With a footprint that includes Manhattan Island and five surrounding boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island, NYC’s metro area is densely populated with approximately 28,000 people per square mile.
“The Big Apple” is one of the most diverse destinations in the world. With an average household income of $50,711, the city’s divergent population is 33.3 percent white, 28.6 percent Hispanic, 23.5 percent black, 12.7 percent Asian, 0.7 percent Native American. As a result, NYC exists as a multicultural microcosm, with many prominent nationalities concentrating within their own neighborhoods.
A sanctuary for the social elite and business magnates, the city's wealth is concentrated along Central Park on the Upper East and Upper West Sides, and in Tribeca to the south.
Like most large cities, New York runs at an accelerated pace. Constantly on the move, NYC offers an endless stream of talent and new ideas that fuel a variety of industries including theater, fashion, literature and food. With popular tourist destinations like Times Square, Broadway, Central Park and the MET, this city sees more tourists than any other American metropolis.
New York's climate, like its people, is ever changing and unpredictable. New York weather trends toward the extremes, with summer highs averaging 85 F, and snowy winters leveling off somewhere around 28 F. Between these extremes, however, in the temperate spring and fall seasons, cafe patios open up and the city shows its true colors.
New York is the biggest regional economy in America, and a staple for international business and commerce. With Wall Street running through Manhattan, the city is also home to two of the world’s largest stock exchanges, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. It’s economic activity, largely made up of the real estate, financial, healthcare, and insurance industries, contributes heavily to both New York and New Jersey’s state economies. NYC is also one of the most profitable cities in terms of tourism.
New York City is largely to blame for the dramatic increase in average U.S. home prices in recent years. The average price (per square foot) for a household in NYC is $1,455. This largely depends on the neighborhood and can change block-by-block. The Upper West Side and Upper East Side, Tribeca, Midtown, Brooklyn Heights, and Park Slope tend trend toward the top end of the scale, while Upper Manhattan (Inwood, Washington Heights), Harlem, and parts of Queens and Brooklyn can be more affordable.
Brooklyn Heights - A peaceful refuge, Brooklyn Heights is ideal for families looking to escape the city. With parks, a promenade and an iconic streetscape, this neighborhood is much homier than most in the city, perfect for the person who'd rather curl up with a book on a Friday night, than go out on the town. (map)
Astoria- Settled along the east bank of the East River, this much reveled Queens neighborhood is steeped in history. Named to honor industrial tycoon, John Jacob Astor, Astoria’s wealth can be directly attributed to the industry that flourished along the river in the early 19th century. Now a quiet escape from nearby downtown, Astoria is the focus of a major waterfront redevelopment effort. (map)
Park Slope- Consistently ranked as one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods, Park Slope is ideal for those who want to settle down without moving away from the city. Settled along the western edge of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, this neighborhood houses some of New York’s most treasured cultural destinations including the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the Central Library. (map)
Bushwick - This North Brooklyn neighborhood is often compared to the culture-savvy Williamsburg with an abundance of backyard bars, theaters and fair trade cafes. Take the L train to Morgan or Jefferson after midnight to get a real taste for what Bushwick has to offer. (map)
Grenwich Village - Dubbed, “the Village” by locals, this lower Manhattan neighborhood is best known for its contribution to the bohemian movement. While much has changed in Greenwich since the '60s, this area still has a thriving art culture, as well as a bustling night life. If you're looking for trendy bars and restaurants, this is the place to be. (map)
East Village - This east Manhattan quarter gained a reputation through the latter half of the last century for beatniks, bars and punk rock. Although purists argue that gentrification has stolen this neighborhood’s attitude, trendy cafes, and one-of-a-kind boutiques keep the streets alive during daylight hours while dive bars and comedy clubs provide a late night pulse. (map)