New York City, New York
New York City is located in the south-eastern part in the state of New York.
New York City is the largest city in the state of New York and the most populous city in the United States with a population of 8,175,133 residents (2010).
About New York City
The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. The Capital of the World. New York City is an enormous city. It consists of five boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. Over 800 languages are spoken in New York. Immigrants from over 180 countries live here. New York City has approximately 50 million annual visitors. Tourism is one of New York City's most vital industries. It is home to many world-class museums, art galleries, and theater. It is among the world's most important and influential cities and one of the global centers of international finance, communications, politics, culture, fashion, music and film.
To See And To Do In New York City
The Statue of Liberty
The United Nations
Empire State Building
The Woolworth Building
The Chrysler Building
The New York Times Building
The American International Building
The Bronx Zoo
Madison Square Garden
Staten Island Ferry
Radio City Music Hall
The New World Trade Center
The Rockefeller Center
Madame Tussauds New York
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Manhattan Bridge
The George Washington Bridge
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
New York Aquarium
Grand Central Terminal
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of the City of New York
Museum of Modern Art
Circle Line Statue of Liberty and Downtown Cruises
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
New York Stock Exchange
Grand Army Plaza
New York Botanical Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Visit The New York Public Library
Hall of Fame for Great Americans
Historic Richmond Town
The New York City Hall
The Manhattan Municipal Building
East Village Walking Tours
The Doll and Toy Museum of New York City
New York Philharmonic
The Staten Island Museum
History Of New York City
In 1524, the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano visited the area and named it New Angouleme. In 1609, the Englishman Henry Hudson, arrived to the Manhattan Island and continued up the river that bears his name, the Hudson River. Henry Hudson was working for the Dutch East India Company, and in 1613, the Dutch established a trading post on the Manhattan Island. In 1624, Belgian and Dutch settlers arrived at Manhattan and the Dutch started to build Fort Amsterdam on Manhattan and the colony was named New Amsterdam. In 1625, the first European, Sarah Rapalje, was born in the future New York City. In 1626, Peter Minuit purchased Manhattan Island and Staten Island from native people in exchange for trade goods. In 1635, the Dutch had completed Fort Amsterdam. The same year the first Italian settlers arrived. In 1638, the first ferry runs between Manhattan and Brooklyn. In 1642, In 1664, the Duke of York sent English ships that entered Brooklyn. The English renamed the colony to the Province of New York, after York in England. In 1673, the Dutch regained the colony and renamed it New Orange. One year later, in 1674, the English took over again.
In 1703, 42 percent of the households in New York had slaves. In 1712, the treatment of the slaves in the city was bad and 20 slaves set fire to several houses and killed ten white residents. In 1725, the New York Gazette was published. It was the city's first newspaper. In 1731, a smallpox epidemic killed about 600 people in the city. In 1754, Columbia University was founded. In 1762, the city installed oil lamps in the streets. In 1766, the First St. Patrick's Day Parade took place in the city. In 1783, following the American Revolution, the British soldiers and administration personal received orders from London to evacuate New York City. The Brittish over 100 year long occupation of the city was over. In 1784, the Bank of New York opened. In 1786, the city's oldest Catholic Church was built, St. Peter's Catholic Church, on Barclay and Church Streets. In 1790, the Federal Hall opened.
In 1801, the New York Post was founded. In 1807, a steamboat passenger service began between New York City and Albany. In 1811, the new City Hall building is competed. In 1816, the Village of Brooklyn is incorporated. In 1825, the Erie Canal that runs from Albany, New York, on the Hudson River to Buffalo, New York, at Lake Erie, was completed. In 1827, New York City's first public transportation route was established, a 12-seat stagecoach called Accommodation. In 1832, 4000 people died after a four month period of cholera in the city. In 1835, The Great New York Fire destroyed the New York Stock Exchange and most of the buildings on the southeast tip of Manhattan around Wall Street. Nearly 700 buildings were destroyed. In 1845, the New York City Police Department (NYPD), was established. In 1857, about 100 people were killed during a civil disturbance during two days in New York City with street fight between members of the Dead Rabbits and the Bowery Boys.
In 1863, at least 120 people were killed and at least 2,000 people were injured in five days of rioting. The author Herbert Asbury wrote a book about this riot in 1928, Gangs of New York, which later became a film in 2002 by director Martin Scorsese. In 1867, the first steam-powered elevated railroad was built on Greenwich Street. Also in 1867, Prospect Park in Brooklyn opened. In 1869, the American Museum of Natural History opened. In 1870, Alfred E. Beach created a tunnel under lower Broadway and ran a subway car there. Also in 1870, the New York Stock Exchange was founded. In 1882, the street lamps and homes in New York City had electricity. The inventor Thomas Edison, had completed the Pearl Street Power Station in Manhattan. In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was completed.
In 1893, the Waldorf Hotel opened.
In 1897 the first taxicab company in New York City was established. They had 12 electric hansom cabs running in the city.
In 1900, there were 200,000 horses used for transportation in the city. In 1903, the Williamsburg Bridge was completed. In 1904, the New York City Subway opened. Also in 1904, the steamship General Slocum caught fire and burned in the East River. Over 1,000 people, mostly German immigrants, were killed. In 1907, the Electric Vehicle company was running 1,000 electric taxicabs on the streets. In 1909, the Manhattan Bridge was completed. In 1911, 146 workers were killed when the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire in New York City. In 1913, the Grand Central Terminal opened. Also in 1913, the Woolworth Building was completed. It is one of the oldest skyscrapers in New York City. In 1920, a bomb detonated on Wall Street and the blast killed 38 people and injured 143 people.
In 1927, the first modern musical, Jerome Kern's Show Boat opened on 42nd Street. In 1929, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression started with unemployment and poverty. In 1930, the Chrysler Building was completed and in 1931, the Empire State Building was completed. In 1952, the headquarters of the United Nations was completed. On September 11, 2001, hijackers linked to Al-Qaeda piloted two airliners into each of the World Trade Center towers. The attacks resulted in the death of 2.996 people.
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