New York is the largest city in the USA and an industrial port (printing, publishing, clothing). It lies on the east coast at the mouth of the Hudson and East Rivers and covers an area of 780 square kilometres. The number of inhabitants varies and depends whether the whole metropolitan area is counted (about 18 million people) or only the central area (about 7.3 million). It is sometimes called “The Big Apple”.
New York has five major parts: Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and Brooklyn. (The black quarter – Harlem – is in northern part of Manhattan.) New York is one of the most important financial, commercial and cultural centres in the world.