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The Five Boroughs


New York City is made up of five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Each one has enough attractions—and enough personality—to be a city all its own. Learn more about them with this guide.

The Bronx

01_BronxZooTiger_310x218This is where hip-hop was born, where the Yankees became a dynasty and where you can find New York City’s leading zoo and botanical garden.

The Bronx is the northernmost borough of New York City, as well as the only borough located in the mainland United States. It is a highly residential borough, home to about 1.4 million people, making it the 5th most populous county in the State and the 26th most populous in the country. Most real property in the borough is residential, predominantly in the form of multi-family units such as apartments rather than single-family homes. The economy of the borough is primarily locally oriented, with heavy concentration in the Trade and Services sectors.


02_KidFriendly_NxN_ProspectPark_310x218.jpegNo matter how hip it looks on TV, NYC’s most populous borough is best experienced in person. Read on to find out about live music, Prospect Park, Nets basketball and more.

Brooklyn, or Kings County, is New York City’s most populous borough with 2.5 million residents, or 30.7 percent of the City’s total population.  Brooklyn’s 71 square miles are home to a diverse and growing retail market, entertainment, and residential areas.  The borough’s economy is primarily locally-oriented, with heavy concentrations in the Services and Trade sectors.


03_TopOfTheRock_310x218Even if you think you know Manhattan—its world-class museums, fine dining and unforgettable views—the borough always has something new and exciting in store.

Manhattan is the smallest borough in New York City (“NYC” or “City”) based on land area. It covers 10,890 acres (7.1 percent of NYC), of which 24.9 percent is open space and 37.5 percent is under residential use. Home to 1.6 million people, or a fifth of NYC’s population, the borough is the 19th most populous county in the US and the 5th most populous in New York State. With its high population density, most real property in the borough is residential, predominantly in the form of multi-family units rather than single-family homes. Manhattan is the largest county-level economy in the State and employs 61.6 percent of the City’s workers, with heavy concentration in the Services, Finance and Insurance and Trade sectors.


04_TopAttractions_Unisphere_310x218Taste food from around the globe, watch Mets baseball and US Open tennis, see cutting-edge art and more in one of the world’s most diverse places.

Queens covers 35 percent of the City’s total area with 109 square miles of land.  Its vast space allows for one of the most active industrial areas within the five boroughs, 7,000 acres of parklands and home of the two largest airports in the tri-state area.  Queens has a diverse economy with major industries including Services, Trade, Manufacturing, and Construction.

Staten Island

05_StatenIslandFerry_310x218.jpegTake a free ferry ride to an island getaway filled with historic architecture, stunning views, gardens and many family-friendly attractions.

 Spread over 30,734 acres, Staten Island is the third largest borough in the City. It has one-fifth of the City’s shoreline, and half of its waterfront is designated for industrial use. There are over 170 parks covering more than 12,300 acres, with 4,000 acres on the waterfront. The borough’s economy is locally oriented, with heavy concentrations in Health Care and Social Assistance as well as Retail Trade.