New York is rightly referred to as the city that never sleeps. Thousands of people every year come to New York to make their dreams come true. Home to the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Times Square, this city is fast and a global center of art, culture, fashion and finance.
Approximately 8.4 million people live in the city. The New York metropolitan area stretches across three states (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). The New York City comprises five boroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island – and the city is home to some of the most ethnically and culturally varied communities. Around 37% of residents living in New York are foreign-born.
All these factors make New York an exciting place to live in along with making the experience as an expat comfortable because so many others have done it before you. Let us look at some key characteristics.
New York – The city that never sleeps
Life in New York is about life, energy, glamour and excitement. The city is famous all across the globe for its energy and zeal. Having said that, it is important to note that nearly one-fifth of the population of New York live below the poverty line.
Keeping statistics aside, the city’s illuminated skyscrapers, bright neon lights and glittery reputation make it a place everyone wants to visit at least once. If you enjoy life in a fast city with vibrant nightlife and a flourishing arts and cultural scene, living in New York is definitely a dream come true.
In the year 2014, New York was ranked as number one on annual list of the Long Finance as the world’s top global financial center. The city has the second lowest crime rate of the 32 US cities with a population of over 500,000 people. It is home to a good mass transit system, approximately 1500 arts and cultural organizations and more than 700 art galleries. There is plenty of public green space in New York covering approximately 38,600 acres or 60 square miles.
Cost of rent in New York
If you are paying for the accommodation in New York City it can take out a huge chunk from your salary especially when living in Manhattan. Since the location is popular for its affluence and high rates of property, and apartment rentals, you can look for budgeted accommodation options away from the city centre. You can stay in rented serviced apartments available in good rates in the neighbourhoods like Chelsea, East Village, Midtown East, Gramercy and Union Square.
Culture and Leisure
The very famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and that includes the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway’s many theater and musical stages attract millions of people every year.
If you like wittier and less fancy productions, go to one of the countless theaters on Off-Broadway or Off-Off-Broadway. Various stages cater to the varied tastes of the theater-going public. You can easily say that the city never gets dull.
New York houses exotic restaurants, traditional American diners, night clubs, exciting bars and live music concerts. In New York, there is always a new place to party.
The city also hosts numerous festivals in different parts of the city proving again that New York is a perfect base for those who like to live in a city rich in culture.
About the Author-
I am Shalini, a writer and a travel enthusiast. I like to meet new people, explore new places and share my experiences. I am currently working as a blogger for thesqua.re – serviced accommodation in London, Paris and New York, a community for travelers. In this blog, I have curated a list of travelling gadgets and accessories you should have while travelling for a hassle-free experience.
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