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New York State
New York City is in the state of New York. The state of New Jersey borders New York City to the west and Connecticut to the north.

New York Boroughs
New York City is divided into five boroughs, or government divisions:
  • Manhattan
    Manhattan is generally considered the heart of New York. This is where you will find most of the city's skyscrapers and cultural attractions. An island, Manhattan is surrounded by the Hudson River to the west, the Harlem River to the north, and the East River to the east.
    Population - over 1.6 million
  • Brooklyn
    Brooklyn is the most populous borough and is known for its cultural diversity, its distinct neighborhoods, and its independent art scene.
    Population - over 2.5 million
  • Queens
    Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. It is the largest New York borough and the location for the city's two major airports, LaGuardia and JFK.
    Population - approximately 2.3 million
  • Bronx
    The Bronx is the city's northernmost borough. It is home to the Bronx Zoo and is the birthplace of rap and hip hop culture.
    Population - approximately 1.4 million
  • Staten Island
    Staten Island is the most suburban of the five boroughs and has the smallest population.
    Population - approximately 0.5 million
Neighborhoods
Each borough encompasses of many neighborhoods, or areas, which are often quite distinct from one another. In fact, neighborhoods within the same borough can have drastically different rents, commuting times, and cultural influences.

Manhattan Streets
Most of Manhattan's streets are organized in a grid pattern. Streets run in an east-west direction from 1st Street in southern Manhattan through 220th Street in northern Manhattan. Avenues run in a north-south direction from First Avenue in the east to Twelfth Avenue in the west.
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