Wednesday, September 11, 2013
New York New York
Americans will today be joined by people around the world to commemorate the 12th anniversary of 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and pledges to not forget the nearly 3,000 killed when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field.
New York is a resilient city that has endured, overcome and continued to be the city that sets the trends for the world in so many ways.
New York is a so many things to so many people, almost every lifestyle and every culture on earth can be found here. To me this is symbolized by the iconic United Nations General Assembly, right in the centre of New York's heart.
Here are some of the different New York's from my perspective:
New York is a state. With a population of around 20 million, the economy of New York state is diverse including agriculture, printing and publishing, scientific instruments, electric equipment, machinery, chemical products, and tourism. New York exports a wide variety of goods such as foodstuffs, commodities, minerals, computers and electronics, cut diamonds, and automobile parts.
New York is a city, in fact the most populous city in the United States (with over 8 million people), and the centre of the New York metropolitan area, which is one of the most populous urban areas in the world.
Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs with a population of around 2.5 million. The economy of Brooklyn includes services, retailing and construction. Half of Brooklyn's residents work outside of the area, most in Manhattan.
Manhattan is the oldest and the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City. It is regarded as the commercial, financial, and cultural centre of both the United States and the world and is home to Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. Many major radio, television, and telecommunications companies in the United States are based in Manhattan, as well as many news, magazine, book, and other media publishers.
Queens is the easternmost of the five boroughs of New York City, and is the largest borough in area and the second-largest in population with around 2.2 million people. The economy of Queens includes tourism, industry, and trade and is also a manufacturing and back office centre. Queens is home to two of the three major New York City area airports, JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.
Whatever New York means to you, in the words of Frank Sinatra, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere, its up to you New York, New York.