New York is the biggest city in the USA. It has about 8 mi. people. It belongs to the largest in the world (after Sao Paulo, Soul, Mexico City, Tokyo). It is sometimes called „The Big Apple“. It has five major parts: Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and Brooklyn
The original inhabitants were Indian. This island was bought from the Indiands by the Dutch for good worth US$ 25. The original name was New Amsterdam. Later it was renamed New York. In southern part of Manhattan island there used to be a wall against Indians, now there is Wall Street – the centre of financial life.
Manhattan city plan
The city was built on a modern plan of streets and avenues which are numbered. Streets run east-west and avenues north-south. Brodway is the centre of cultural life. The city is notorious for its crime. Many pople believe New York is no longer a healthy place to live.
New York is famous for tis Manhattan skyline – a large number of skyscrapers on a small area. The first skyscrapers were built in 1903. The best known skyscrapers are Empire State Building and the World Trade Center (WTC) – the New York’s highest skycraper built in 1973 is 417 m high.