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Overview of New York

New York City is undeniably one of the great metropolitan areas of the world. It may be the "city that never sleeps," but you'll need to go to bed on occasion. Luckily, New York City is rife with apartment and house rentals of all kinds. The city is broken into five boroughs-The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. No matter if you're a born and bred New Yorker or brand new to the Big Apple, there will be an option somewhere for you.

Living in New York City

Back in 1614, Dutch traders purchased what we now call Manhattan from the Lenape, a Native American tribe. It cost the Dutch Director-General about $1,000 in today's dollars. While such astounding bargains may be harder to find these days, New York City provides plenty of other benefits to its more than 8 million residents. Chances are if it can be seen, bought, tasted, or tried anywhere, you can experience it in New York City.

Each of New York City's five boroughs has a distinct character. Manhattan, from Harlem to Wall Street, is what most people picture when they think of New York. Majestic skyscrapers, Central Park, and even the Statue of Liberty fall within Manhattan's boundaries. Brooklyn ranges from the hipster havens of Williamsburg to the authentic Russian communities of Brighton Beach. Try the restaurants in Carroll Gardens or buy some avant-garde art of DUMBO. Chinese, Greek, Brazilian, Indian-Queens is resplendent with ethnic enclaves. The Bronx boasts an undiluted New York atmosphere from Astoria to Woodside. According to the U.S. Census, the Bronx is the most diverse area in the United States! Last but not least, Staten Island is just a ferry ride away. Bask in scenic skyline views, explore the art galleries of St. George, or investigate Historic Richmond Town.

Work & Study in New York City

If you're looking to learn, you'll find options close to hand in New York. The Julliard School teaches performing arts, New York Law School trains attorneys, and Columbia, Barnard, and over 20 CUNY campuses join a cornucopia of other colleges in filling the city. Small and large, public and private, New York City hosts tons of higher education options.

New York City is also a hub of industry. From finance to film making, from real estate to high tech, you can find it flourishing in New York. Major industries in the area include tourism, publishing, retail, insurance, and the arts. Along with London and Tokyo, it's one of three "command centers" for the world economy. In 2010, New York City had a gross metropolitan product of $1.28 trillion. It's the 2nd largest city economy in the world.

Cost of Living in New York City

New York City is one of the most expensive American cities to live in. That doesn't mean that you won't be able to afford it, though. While prices are high, so are salaries, and many different types of people make it work in New York. Space comes at a premium and so does location. While the average studio in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood goes for $2,805, you can get a 3 bedroom in the Bronx for about the same price.

New York City Attractions & Entertainment

Trying to encapsulate New York City entertainment options is like trying to fit the Moon in your pocket. Art, concerts, sports, food, tourist attractions, parks, performances, beaches, museums, and more all inhabit and enliven New York City.

See world-class opera at the Met. Climb the Empire State Building or have a picnic in Prospect Park. Feast on a burger at the Shake Shack or cheer on the Knicks. Looking for something to do on a Saturday night? How about stand-up comedy or a bar or club or a bowling alley? New York City nightlife doesn't even stop for the dawn.

New York City Special Events

Year round, New York City hosts the types of special events that draw tourists the world over. From the Westminster Dog Show to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to New Year's Eve in Times Square-New York City's calendar is packed with fun and festivals.

If you're looking for a New York City apartment or rental, let Rent.com® help you find a new home. You can use the time we save you to savor all the delights awaiting you in the Big Apple.

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