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New York is a city in New York County, which is better known as Manhattan, one of the five boroughs of New York. .

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the city in England and the Duke of York.

The latitude of New York is 40.714N. The longitude is -74.006W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 33 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 8,085,742.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our New York demographic reports
New York encompasses five boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island). The city also spans five counties (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond). Kings is the largest county, in population
New York is bounded and intersected by water - East, North, Hudson and Harlem rivers; Jamaica Bay; Long Island Sound; Atlantic Ocean.
Former and merged names include:
· New Amsterdam
After the English seized control from the Dutch in 1664, the settlement experienced commercial growth. Wall Street became a financial center. Wharves developed along the East and Hudson rivers as overseas trade increased.

Remained in British hands for most of the Revolution; suffered more damage during the war than any other city. George Washington was inaugurated as president here in 1789. After the Civil War, the commercial center moved north. The age of the skyscraper began in the late 19th century, with the development of cast-iron buildings and elevators.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 59,448. The number of murders and homicides was 597. The violent crime rate was 7.3 per 1,000 people.
New York received national attention for terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when two jets were flown into the World Trade Center. Both towers collapsed, killing thousands
For more on New York, in the wake of the terrorist assault, see On New York: Quotations Through History
Census 2000 highlights: Most crowded city in America, with more than 26,000 people per square mile; city with greatest population growth in the 1990s (685,714 people); U.S. city with the largest population
Local bands (past and present) have included Blondie, Beastie Boys, Blood, Sweat and Tears
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Chock Full o' Nuts
Local festivals include:
  • Fleet Week - May 23-30, 2007
  • American Crafts Festival - June 2-10, 2007
  • New York City Marathon - Nov. 4, 2007
  • Tribeca Film Festival - April 25-May 6, 2007
  • Saint Patrick's Day Parade - March 17, 2007
  • Feast of San Gennaro Festival - Sept. 13-23, 2007
  • Museum Mile Festival - June 12, 2007
Dates often change. Check New York web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Merce Cunningham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Central Park, Riverside Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Forest Park, Pelham Bay Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Greenbelt, Old Croton Aqueduct Trail
Sports teams: Yankees (AL), Mets (NL), Jets, Giants (NFL), Knicks (NBA), Rangers (NHL), Liberty (WNBA)
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum
Colleges and universities: Columbia University, Fordham University, City University of New York, New York University, Yeshiva University, Barnard College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 152
New York is to the nation what the white spire is to the village - the visible symbol of aspiration and faith, the white plume saying the way is up!
-- E.B. White, 1962
· "New York Minute" (Don Henley)
· "The Boy From New York City"
· "The Only Living Boy in New York" (Simon and Garfunkel)
· "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City"
· "Sidewalks of New York"
· "New York, New York"
· "Autumn in New York"

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Neighborhoods in New York include Battery Park City, Carnegie Hill, Chelsea, Chinatown, Clinton, East Harlem, East Village, Flatiron District, Gramercy Park, Hamilton Heights ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in New York include Battery Park City, Carnegie Hill, Chelsea, Chinatown, Clinton, East Harlem, East Village, Flatiron District, Gramercy Park, Hamilton Heights ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about New York demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the New York County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, New York area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 10005 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

3% of New York residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the New York ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in New York was $22,402, compared with $21,587 nationally.


27% of New York residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in New York include 68th Avenue-64th Place Historic District, 75th Avenue-61st Street Historic District, Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces Historic District, Audubon Terrace Historic District, Boerum Hill Historic District, Brooklyn Heights Historic District, Carroll Gardens Historic District, Central Avenue Historic District, Central Park West Historic District, Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in New York, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $646.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,562.


Libraries in New York include 115th Street Branch, 125th Street Branch, 58 Street Branch Library, 67th Street Branch, 96th Street Regional Branch, Aguilar Branch, Bloomingdale Branch, Chatham Square Branch, Columbus Branch, Countee Cullen Regional ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in New York include New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Villager

TV stations in New York include WABC, WCBS, WNBC, WNYE, WNYW, WPIX, WPXN.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WFUV., WNYC-FM., WNYC-AM., WNYE.

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New York County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our New York political report.

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New York restaurants taking online reservations include 2 West, 21 Club, 212 Restaurant & Bar, 44 Restaurant, 5 Ninth, 5 Terre at the Jolly Hotel Madison Towers, 66, A Voce, Abboccato, Acqua Pazza ... View restaurants


The average commute time for New York workers is 40 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 1,011 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in New York between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ New York is to the nation what the white spire is to the village - the visible symbol of aspiration and faith, the white plume saying the way is up! ”
~ E.B. White, 1962

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