New York City, center of a 19 million metropolitan area with over 170 languages spoken, is the most diverse mega large city in the world! It is the only city in the USA in which the majority of the public uses a city’s public mass transportation system. (Due to this, New Yorkers consume less than half the energy used by a resident of San Francisco and nearly one quarter the energy consumed by a resident of Dallas. In addition, New York City is one of only four major cities in the United States with drinking water pure enough not to require purification by water treatment plants!) New York City has the busiest air space in the world -this statement is questionable with my recent findings about London air space- flights are divided by three major international airports including: JFK International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia International, and is home to a larger mass transportation system than all the other systems in the country combined (adding up trains, the 24 hr New York City Subway, taxis, airplanes, boats, and buses.)
New York City is the 2nd largest center for the film industry in the world (behind Los Angeles) and has a collection of more than 2000 cultural organizations and more than 500 art galleries! It is the home of Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway, Times Square, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts- which includes the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the New York City Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, the Julliard School, and Alice Tully Hall which is the largest performing arts center in the United States! New York City is the global center for the television, advertising, music, newspaper, and book publishing industries and is also the largest media market in the world!
New York City is a global hub of international business and is one of the three command centers for the world economy (along with London and Tokyo.) New York City has the second largest city economy in the world (behind Tokyo), is home to the second most global firms (behind Tokyo) and is the headquarters for 43 Fortune 500 global companies- the most in the world for any single city. Midtown Manhattan is the largest business district in the United States while Lower Manhattan is the third largest in the United States and home to the New York Stock Exchange- the largest stock exchange in the world! Overall, New York City was ranked 1st in the ranking of greatest cities on earth!
New York City has the most famous skyline in the world, being portrayed in more mass media products than any other. It has one of the densest and most diverse skylines, with a huge collection of buildings and building styles. New York City has an amazing collection of 50 completed skyscrapers that stand over 200 m – the most in the world! New York City also has the greatest heritage in terms of skyscrapers, building the world’s first commercial super-tall (although the first “skyscraper” is given to Chicago.) Four super-tall buildings in New York City (Empire State Building – arguably the most famous skyscraper in the world, Chrysler Building- arguably the most beautiful skyscraper in the world, American International Building, and 40 Wall Street) were all built in the early 1930s! Home of the famous (now destroyed) World Trade Center Twin Towers, the Empire State building, the Statue of Liberty, and the United Nations; New York City is the capital of the western world (arguably the current capital of the world.)
The skyscrapers that have been constructed in New York City are mostly concentrated in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, although other neighborhoods of Manhattan and the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx also have significant amounts of high-rises. As of June 2008, the entire city is the site of 191 skyscrapers that rise at least 152 m in height, with 24 more under construction. By the end of 2008, there were 5,606 completed high-rises in the city (2nd most in the world only behind Hong Kong.) Since 2003, New York City has seen the completion of 12 buildings that rise at least 183 m in height. Fifteen more are under construction, including the 541 m Freedom Tower. Also known as One World Trade Center, it is part of the complex that will replace the destroyed World Trade Center; this complex also includes the proposed 408 m 200 Greenwich Street, the under construction 383 m 175 Greenwich Street, the under construction 297 m 150 Greenwich Street, the proposed 226 m 130 Liberty Street, and the completed 226 m 7 World Trade Center. As of June 2008 , there are 338 high-rise buildings under construction, approved for construction, and proposed for construction in New York City. New York City’s skyline has the most compact and overwhelming collection of architecture from any point in the city. Because of this, New York City’s skyline is a better view from the inside looking out rather than looking at it from afar. New York City is a proud member of the “Big 4” skylines of the world!