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|"New York City." The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2001. Mahwah, NY: World Almanac Education Group, 2001.||"Area: 308.9 sq. mi."||800 km2|
|"Area: City-368 sq. mi.(953 km2). Metropolitan area (excluding inland water)-1,148 sq. mi. (2,973 km2). Consolidated metropolitan area (excluding inland water)-10,457 sq. mi. (27,084 km2)"||953 km2|
|"New York City." World Book Encyclopedia.New York: World Book, Inc., 1964.||"New York City is made up of five boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Richmond. They lie at the mouth of the Hudson River in the southeastern corner of the state of New York. Together they cover an area of about 319 square miles."||826 km2|
|NYC Dept. of City Planning-Land Use Facts. New York City Department of City Planning, 27 May 2002.||"New York City's land area covers 321 square miles, over 205,000 acres. Excluding streets and major bodies of water, almost 6.9 billion square feet of land (over 150,000 acres) are available for use."||645 km2|
|County Quickfacts from the US Census Bureau. US Census Bureau, 27 May 2002.||"Kings: 71 sq. miles
New York: 23 sq. miles
Queens:109 sq. miles
Bronx: 42 sq. miles
Richmond 58 sq. miles"
New York City is the largest city in the United States with a population exceeding seven million people. It is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. New York City is located on the eastern coast of the United States, at the mouth of the Hudson River. New York City is made up of five boroughs, separated by various waterways. Brooklyn and Queens occupy the western portion of Long Island, Staten Island and Manhattan are islands, and the Bronx is attached to mainland New York State.
In 1624, the Dutch West India Company sent the first settlers to Manhattan. The island was bought from Native Americans for approximately $24. In 1647, under the government of Peter Stuyvesant, the city began to prosper. The city was named New Amsterdam. England gained control and renamed it New York. By 1989, New York City incorporated all five boroughs.
For decades New York City was the first place immigrants stepped foot on US soil at Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty greeted them as they arrived in New York Harbor. New York City is the financial capital of the world, with its headquarters, the New York Stock Exchange, on Wall Street. Manhattan is also the headquarters of the United Nations and home of the Statue of Liberty. New York City contains world-renowned universities including Columbia University and NYU. Broadway, New York's theater district is the most famous in the world. New York is famous for its skyscrapers such as the Empire State building and formerly the World Trade Center.
The land area of New York City includes the five boroughs and several surrounding islands, including Ellis Island, Governor's Island, Riker's Island, Randall's Island, and Roosevelt Island.
Jordan Levine -- 2002
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