New York City

 

Boroughs and City Quarters

 

NYC Verrazano Narrows Bridge

When people are talking about New York City, then it always seems to be about Manhattan, about the world-famous museums, the skyline, the stock exchange or the trends developing there.  By doing so, it is overlooked that the giant city actually consists of five major cities - Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens each have more than one million inhabitants and even Staten Island is, counted for its own, larger than Atlanta or Miami. All boroughs have their individual characters and identities and within them, there are quarters and neighborhoods that - although they sometimes only consist of a few streets -  form units with an individual nature themselves, often glued together by common life views or similar biographies of the people living there.

There is ample opportunity to discover various living environments within New York City: Some neighborhoods form closely knit communities grown over years which are often defined by ethnic influences and can thus be separated from their neighbors. In New York City, there are for example more Jews than in any other city outside of Israel and also some 650,000 Chinese, forming the largest Chinese community outside of China. Also, many more nationalities are easily definable in the city which has historically been the first home in the New World for countless European immigrants, for example Germans, Irish and Italians.

The five boroughs of New York City

 

 

 

Brooklyn

 

pop. 2,567,000

Bronx

 

pop. 1,408,000

Manhattan

 

pop. 1,619,000

Queens

 

pop. 2,273,000

Staten Island

 

pop. 468,700

Select neighborhoods in New York City

Neighborhood

Borough

 

Characteristic feature

Co-Op City

Bronx

 

World’s largest cooperative housing complex with 55,000 inhabitants

South Bronx

Bronx

 

Still problematic area which almost decayed and burned out in the 1970s

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Brooklyn

 

Traditionally Black neighborhood, home to many of the famous Brownstone houses

Brighton Beach

Brooklyn

 

Weekend day trip destination near the Atlantic, many Russian-born inhabitants

Coney Island

Brooklyn

 

Location of an old, traditional amusement park at the Atlantic coast

Williamsburg

Brooklyn

 

Quarter coined by many ethnic groups, i.e. Orthodox Jews, lively art scene

Garment District

Manhattan

 

Home to New York’s fashion creatives with design studios and many tailors

Greenwich Village

Manhattan

 

Affluent neighborhood seen as cradle of creativity for many authors and artists

Harlem

Manhattan

 

Mostly Black quarter with great historic and cultural significance

Hell’s Kitchen

Manhattan

 

Quarter formerly known for conflicts between various groups of migrants, setting for West Side Story

Little Italy

Manhattan

 

A few Italian restaurants left, the rest has been swallowed up by adjacent Chinatown

Lower East Side

Manhattan

 

Mostly Jewish quarter which has developed into an affluent neighborhood

Meatpacking District

Manhattan

 

Formerly home to 250 stockyards, today also hosts high-price fashion boutiques

SoHo

Manhattan

 

Historic neighborhood with typical cast iron architecture and creative art scene

Tribeca

Manhattan

 

Old insutrial buildings turned residential, today with a number of famous inhabitants

Upper East Side

Manhattan

 

Neighborhood with astronomic real estate prices, home to many museums

Upper West Side

Manhattan

 

Rather affluent neighborhood near Central Park, stage for many famous movies

Washington Heights

Manhattan

 

Quarter mostly inhabited by Dominicans, Manhattan’s highest elevation (81 meters)

Flushing

Queens

 

Very multicultural neighborhood, mostly inhabited by middle class

Jamaica

Queens

 

Formerly almost exclusively Black, today home to many immigrants from Asia and Middle East


 

 

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