Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, Upper New York Harbour, with the Manhattan Island skyline. Dedicated in 1886, this 305-feet high monument was a gift from France commemorating the 100th anniversary of American independence.
There are over a hundred hospitals and medical centres, over 2 thousand primary and secondary schools, and 91 colleges, universities and technical schools.
The roads get extremely congested, but there is an extensive subway system which carries one and a half billion passengers annually.
The Prometheus Fountain in the Lower Plaza of Rockefeller Center is one of the most impressive sights in New York City.
Entertainment is provided by 15 TV stations, 39 radio stations, theatres, cinemas, ballet and concert halls. There are 65 museums, 5 zoos, an aquarium and a planetarium.
View from 8,000 feet above sea level toward Manhattan Island in the north.
'Greater New York' is made up of five boroughs - Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island - but when most people talk of New York they mean Manhattan, the island between the Hudson and East river. Manhattan is the business and entertainment centre of the city. It is not very large, so it has to grow upwards, with many skyscrapers. If you are fit you can easily walk across it.