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New York City, New York State Records


The city of New York, also called "The Big Apple", "Gotham", "Center of the Universe", "The City That Never Sleeps", "The Capital of the World" was settled in 1624 and encompasses the following counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond. New York's government type is Mayor–Council. It is comprised of the New York City Council, Mayor, who is currently Michael Bloomberg (I).

New York encompasses land area: 302.64 sq mi (783.8 km2), water area: 165.84 sq mi (429.5 km2). According to the 2010 United States Census, the local population is 8,244,910 (1st). This equates to a population density of 27,243.06/sq mi (10,518.60/km2). Anyone living in the city is commonly known as a "New Yorker". The local time zone is EST (UTC-5).

Local area codes are 212, 718, 917, 646, 347, 929. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 36-51000, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at http://www.nyc.gov.

New York is the most populous city in the United States of America and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. The city is referred to as New York City or The City of New York to distinguish it from the State of New York, of which it is a part. A global power city, New York exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural capital of the world.

Located on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which comprises a state county. The five boroughs—The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island—were consolidated into a single city in 1898. With a Census-estimated 2011 population of 8,244,910 distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles (790 km2), New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. The New York City Metropolitan Area's population is the United States' largest, with 18.9 million people distributed over 6,720 square miles (17,400 km2), and is also part of the most populous combined statistical area in the United States, containing 22.1 million people as of the 2010 Census.

New York traces its roots to its 1624 founding as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic, and was named New Amsterdam in 1626. The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to America by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is a globally recognized symbol of the United States and its democracy.

   
 

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