FAST FACTS NEW YORK STATUS Most populous city in the US; headquarters of the United Nations AREA 302 sq miles (783 sq km)
A multicultural city New York has always been home to people of many nationalities. Now old- established Irish, Italian, Jewish and African- American communities mingle with groups who have arrived more recently from places such as Honduras and El Salvador. In areas such as Chinatown, members of the same race live together. Elsewhere, languages and lifestyles mix to make New York a truly multicultural city.
POPULATION 8.4 million (2013) GOVERNING BODY Elected mayor, borough presidents, and city council CLIMATE Average temperatures range from 26 F (-3°C) in January to 84 F (29°C) in July TIME ZONE Eastern Standard Time CURRENCY US Dollar ($); 1 dollar = 100 cents OFFICIAL LANGUAGE English
⌂ The Statue of Liberty is the
most famous symbol of New York. It was made in France then shipped to New York and unveiled in 1886.
City government New York City is governed by an elected mayor, whose offices are in City Hall and whose official residence is Gracie Mansion. The mayor is assisted by five borough presidents, a 51-member council, and a huge staff. New York also houses the headquarters of the United Nations , which overlooks the East River.
⌂ City Hall, in south Manhattan.
This is where the mayor works and where public events and celebrations are sometimes held.
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