Moving to New York? For many people, it’s the place to be…and they don't come any bigger than The Big Apple. New York City is an international center for business, finance, fashion, medicine, entertainment, media, and culture. With it’s extraordinary collection of museums, galleries, performance venues, media outlets, financial markets, and government entities (home to the United Nations headquarters), New York City is truly one of the world’s most prominent cities.
It is no secret that New York City is one of the most expensive places to live. Millions of people call this city home, and they live in all types of arrangements – from single room efficiencies to coops to penthouse apartments to single family homes. The city is divided up into five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island…all popular locations to live and each with a very different feel. Finding the right place to live in the right neighborhood at the right price can be challenging, but once you’re there, you’ll understand why so many others also made the move to New York City.
Times Square may be the reason that New York is called “The City that Never Sleeps.” This is the only neighborhood in New York with a zoning ordinance requiring tenants to display bright signs. The density of illuminated signs here now rival Las Vegas! As a Mecca for music and the arts, Times Square has countless attractions and events – the most famous being the annual ball drop on New Years Eve.
Central Park is the most famous urban park in America – 843 acres where locals go to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of big city life. New York City is home to one of America's most famous symbols of freedom – The Statue of Liberty, which stands at Ellis Island. One of New York’s most iconic symbols is Broadway – with its flashy neon signs and late night activity, it rivals any other theater district in the world. Rockefeller Center is a favorite spot for New Yorkers and tourists, because it offers something for everyone from shops and restaurants to tours of the NBC Studios to the Channel Gardens and ice skating rink.
New York has a team from every major American professional sport league, and the teams combined hold 14 World Series championships. Take your pick of who to root for between baseball's New York Yankees and New York Mets, football's New York Giants and New York Jets, hockey's New York Rangers, and basketball's New York Knicks. There are so many sports teams here that you even have inter-city rivalries between two New York teams in the same league…just ask Yankee and Mets fans!
New York has historically been a gateway into America for immigrants from around the world. With people having flocked to New York for decades, it’s no surprise that it is now the largest city (over 8.2 million people) in the United States. In fact, 36.6% of the city's 2005 population was foreign born. A true melting pot, the major ancestry groups are Irish, German, Italian, Hispanic, Jewish, African American, and Indian. People come from all walks of life to seek opportunity in one of our nation’s greatest cities.