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.
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.
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.
In terms of entertainment, trying to to encapsulate the list of options for different things to do in New York City 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.
There are plenty of fantastic higher education options if you want to study in the city that never sleeps. 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 filmmaking, 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. Some of the major corporations based here include the Omnicom Group, Godiva, and NBC, among countless others.