New York City is one of the world's truly global cities. This is a hub of culture, fashion, and finance and hosts people from all over the planet – an estimated 800 languages are spoken here. Its roughly 8.5 million inhabitants are split into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Each has a distinct flavor and even within the boroughs you'll find a wide range of lifestyles, from all night clubbing and shoebox-sized apartments to quiet living in Victorian-style mansions.
There are countless restaurants, bars, music venues, nightclubs, and theaters. Famous art galleries. World-leading museums. Stellar parks. It's all here. Pizza at 2:00am? Obviously. Steak at 3:00am? Yep, you can do that, too. Knitting classes, crossfit boxes, mommy groups? Done. Thousands of people riding the subway in their underwear? Well, that typically just happens once a year. The city is a playground that caters to every taste and inclination.
Few places have the energy and drama, the drastic gap between rich and poor, and the frenetic pace of change of New York City.
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"For me New York is the most complete city in the world. Having traveled to dozens of countries and hundreds of cities, I feel NYC has just about everything a person could want or need. There is an electricity that is produced by the collective energy of all the inhabitants of this amazing city. I cannot imagine ever moving elsewhere"
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