five boroughs of new york city
  • What You Should Know about Each of New York City’s Five Boroughs

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  • Published Date: March 25, 2020
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New York is the largest metropolitan city in the world by urban landmass and one of the world’s most populous. It is located at the Southern tip of the state and it is one of the most populated cities in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, New York City is not its state’s capital. New York states’ official capital is Albany, a city located approximately 135 miles (220 km) north of New York City. It is however a major cultural, financial and entertainment hub that brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world to the New York State every year.

New York City is divided into five county-level administrative divisions: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Bronx. Most commonly known as boroughs, they came into existence with the creation of the modern New York City in 1898 and are often thought of as smaller cities within an enormous metropolis. Each borough, famous in their own right, are recognized worldwide for their distinctive local specialties, accents and significant landmarks.

Boasting the world’s most iconic skyline, the New York City skyline is defined primarily by famous buildings, such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the One World Trade Center and several other buildings at around 500 feet or taller, all located in Manhattan, the city’s administrative center.


Geographically the smallest yet most densely populated borough, Manhattan is the heart of New York City and it is often referred to simply as the City. Manhattan Island is loosely divided into Lower, Midtown, and Uptown regions, as well as several small islands, including Randall’s Island, Wards Island, Roosevelt Island, Governors Island and Liberty Island, on which the Statue of Liberty stands.

Manhattan is home to the headquarters of the United Nations, several multinational corporations and highly regarded educational institutes, such as New York University and Columbia University.

This busy central borough, located at the mouth of the Hudson River, is the birthplace to some of New York City’s most beloved sites and landmarks, including Wall Street, Times Square, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Statue of Liberty, to name a few.

The Radisson Hotel New York Times Square in Midtown New York is a few blocks from Times Square. Located just two blocks from Penn Station, this hotel is ideal for travelers seeking easy access to businesses and some of the main tourist destinations? The hotel’s rooftop bar overlooks the Empire State Building and the Hudson River.


Known for its social and ethnic diversity, Brooklyn is New York City’s most populous borough. Located on the western edge of Long Island, this borough has a long beachfront shoreline that includes Coney Island, one of the first theme park grounds in the country, established in the 1870s.

Recognized for its independent art scene, eclectic yet affordable neighborhoods, distinctive architectural heritage, numerous green spaces and overall down-to-earth and family-friendly attitude, Brooklyn is now home to many of New York City’s most eclectic and affordable, up and coming neighborhoods in New York City. In the last decade, Brooklyn has evolved into a thriving hub high-tech startups and art and design entrepreneurships.


Queens, or Queens County, is geographically the largest borough in New York City and it has been recognized previously as one of the most diverse urban areas in the world.

One of the most iconic and enduring symbols in the borough is the Unisphere, a spherical stainless-steel representation of the Earth, that has been the set or backdrop for several movies and shows. Queens is also the site of Citi Field, the 41,922-seat ballpark stadium home to the New York Mets, one of the biggest American baseball leagues.

More importantly, Queens is the location of two of the three busiest airports serving the New York metropolitan area, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

If you wish to stay outside the hassle of the city and are flying through JFK, the Radisson Hotel JFK Airport is a convenient accommodation option for guests flying into New York for a brief period. This hotel offers easy access to affordable public transportation that will take you directly to the city’s top attractions.

The Bronx

Thought to be the birthplace of Hip-Hop, the Bronx is the northernmost borough and unlike the other boroughs, it is the only one directly located on the continental United States mainland.

Home to Pelham Bay Park, the largest park in New York City said to be three times the size of Central Park, Bronx is the greenest borough. This borough is also home to important New York City sites, such as the Yankee Stadium – the baseball stadium of the New York Yankees, the Bronx Zoo – the world’s largest metropolitan zoo and the New York Botanical Garden – a national historic landmark.

North of Pelham Bay Park in a suburban known as New Rochelle, you can find quieter and more affordable accommodation within a short commute of the Bronx. The Radisson Hotel New Rochelle is conveniently situated off the I-95, located a 10-minute walk away from the Metro-North Railroad and Amtrak bus station, and is approximately a 20-minute drive away from LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

Staten Island

Last but not least, the most suburban in character of the five boroughs is Staten Island.

This borough is primarily recognized for being home to the Staten Island Greenbelt, a public parkland area of approximately 2,800 acres. The Greenbelt is one of the most biologically diverse places in the New York City. It is home to several species of amphibians and reptiles, woodland mammals, perching birds and freshwater fish.

Staten Island is connected to the Brooklyn by Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, and to the Manhattan by way of Staten Island Ferry.

By Viveca Knapp
who is residing in Milan, City in Italy.

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