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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"
785 km2

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

Bibliographic Entry Result
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Hy, Brett. The Ultimate New York City Trivia.Nashville, Tennessee: Rutledge Hill Press, 1997: 18. "Q: What is the size of New York City?
A: Threehundred and four square miles."
782.17 km2
Long, Luman H.(ed). The World Almanac and Book of Facts: 1967. New York, NY: Newspaper Enterprise Association, Inc., 1966: 305. "The area of New York City in square miles, including inland waters, computed by US Bureau of the Census is: Bronx 54.4; Brooklyn, 88.8; Manhattan, 31.2; Queens, 126.6; Richmond, 64.4. Total: 365.4…. The area of the City of New York exclusive of inland waters (except for those bodies of water which are contained within the US Bulkhead Lines), computed by the Dept. of Bity Planning is as follows: Total area is 204,681 acres--319.8 square miles. Queens 73,406 acres (114.7 sq. mi.); Brooklyn 50,244 acres (78.5 sq. mi.); Bronx 27,606 acres (43.1 sq. mi.); Manhattan 14,478 acres (22.6 sq. mi.) and Richmond 38,947 acres (60.9 sq. mi.)…. All measurements were made to the US Bulkhead Line or to shoreline where no bulkhead lines exist." 946.38 km2
(including inland waters)
828.28 km2
(exclusive of bodies of water)
New York, NY. "Land Area: 321.8 sq mi. (826.68 sq. km)" 826.68 km2
New York, New York Resource Guide. Key to the City. April 2001. "The amount of land area in New York City is 800.17 sq. km." 800.17 km2
Lonely Planet's Guide to New York City. AOL Travel. 2002. "Area: 300 sq. mi. (780 sq. km.)" 780 km2
Land Use Facts. Department of City Planning. July 1995.
Borough Land Area in Millions of Square feet Percent
Manhattan 470.0 6.8
The Bronx 892.3 12.8
Brooklyn 1,708.3 24.6
Queens 2,108.0 30.4
Staten Island 1,762.4 25.4
NewYork City Total 6,941.0 100.0
644.84 km2
(exclusive of major bodies of water and streets)

New York City, also known as the City of Greater New York, is made up of five major boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Islands. Founded by the Dutch, then taken by the English, it was combined into a single city on January 1, 1898 with a population of 3.4 million. Besides these boroughs, there are about 500 islands in New York City.

New York City has been known mainly as the financial center of the world. Having the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street has cemented its notoriety for being a major business center. New York City is also famous for it's major constructions of the first skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center. Although New York City may seem small compared to other places in the country, it is home to about seven million people -- one of the largest populations in the US. It is also most famously known for the Land of Hope for immigrants and is now home to many culturally diverse groups of people.

Christina Wong -- 2002

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