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New York City is the most populous city in the United States. There are over 8 million people living here. It is also the most densely populated city in the US. If you include the surrounding metropolitan area, there are close to 20 million people living here.
It was founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624. During that time, it was called New Amsterdam. In 1664, it came under English control and was renamed New York after King Charles II granted the land to his brother, the Duke of York.
New York was the capital of the United States from 1785 to 1790. The location of United States capital changed many times until the establishment of the District of Columbia and the founding of Washington DC as the nation's fixed capital.
New York is considered by many to be the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world. It is made up of five boroughs - Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island. As many as 800 languages are spoken here. New York City is a symbol of freedom and a place where migrant travel to in hopes of achieving the American Dream.
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Top Historical Places
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a 102-story tall skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan Constructed between 1930 and 1931, the structure cost more than $40 million dollars to construct, which today would amount to more than $534 million dollars.
It is one of the most famous pieces of Art Deco architecture in the United States, joining the Chrysler Building, in Chicago, as one of the most recognized Art Deco styled structures. The Empire State Building was the tallest man-made structure in the world from 1931 until 1970.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The Statue is seen by many people to be the symbol of freedom, and as a welcoming sign to immigrants who came to the United States looking for a better life.
Lady Liberty was built by a man named Gustave Eiffel, who also built the Eiffel tower in Paris, France. The Statue of Liberty came over to the United States in pieces. The head and the torch were finished first, and these two parts were shown in Philadelphia and other cities before being put together with the rest of the statue. She was unveiled and dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, who had been the governor of New York, in 1886.
The statue has had some changes over the years to help keep it protected. One of the biggest changes was in 1984 when the original torch was removed and a new torch was added. The new torch is copper with gold to reflect the sun.