New York City is composed of five borouhgs. While Manhattan and Staten Island are islands, Brooklyn and Queens are geographically part of Long Island, and the Bronx is attached to the US mainland. The islands are linked by bridges, tunnels and ferries


Manhattan is 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide at its widest. It's easy to get around Manhattan because most of the streets and avenues are numbered. The streets go nosth-south and increase in number as you go north. The avenues go east-west and increase in number as you go west. Fifth Avenue divides the island into east and west sides. The only part of Manhattan that isn't a grid system is the most southern part. That's where the original settlement was located.

New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States, and more than 800 languages are spoken in New York. There's a census-estimated 2013 population of 8,405,837.

Many districts and landmarks in New York City have become well known to the city's approximately 55 million annual visitors. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world.

New York City curiosities...

New York was the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790.

About 5 million people use the New York subway everyday so is the 5th largest metro system in the world and has 462 stations.

There are 2027 bridges in New York.

Many New York City companies sell their products online. You can buy some services through the Internet to get seasonal and online discounts.

If you're visiting New York from outside the United States, you may need a visa.

The drinking age in New York is 21, although those who are 18 and older can buy cigarettes and tobacco. However, smoking is banned in public places.