New York City is located on the east coast of the USA, in the state of New York and on the mouth of the Hudson River. The city covers an area of 305m2 and has a population of 8.2 million people living in it. Most of these are immigrants from countries like: Ireland, Germany and Italy.
New York City is divided into five major parts called boroughs. Each one is also a county. They are:
Manhattan island is the biggest borough of New York City. The Dutch bought it from the Native Americans in 1626 and called it New Amsterdam, then the English took it over and changed the name to New York in 1664.
Manhattan is a major commercial and financial centre, with the world's largest stock exchange being run from Wall Street. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations.
People can travel around: on the New York Subway system, in more than 12,000 yellow cabs and on several ferry boats, such as the Staten Island Ferry which connects Lower Manhattan with Staten Island.
John F. Kennedy International Airport and Grand Central Station are major transport hubs too.
Manhattan has many famous landmarks and tourist attractions such as: