Many of the world's largest corporations have their headquarters here.
The headquarters of the United Nations is in New York and most countries have a consulate here.
It is separated from The Bronx on the north east by the Harlem River (actually a tidal strait); from Queens and Brooklyn to the east and south by the East River (also a tidal strait); and from the State of New Jersey to the west and north by the Hudson River.
Staten Island lies to the south west, across Upper New York Bay.
Manhattan is home to the Empire State Building in Midtown, Central Park, Times Square, Wall Street, Harlem, and the trendy neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and So Ho.
Crime is down to one third of the levels of 1990 and New York City is now one of the safest large cities in America.
At the center and western edge of New York City is the borough of Manhattan, a long, narrow island nestled in a natural harbor.
In many neighborhoods, there is a large Latino/Hispanic population, and many New Yorkers speak Spanish.
Most cab drivers speak either Arabic, Hindi or Bengali.