New York - Boroughs
Geographically, New York is a city with 5 boroughs, 59 community districts and hundreds of neighborhoods. Below you will find a description of New York's outer boroughs.
The Bronx -- The economic boom of the 1990s revitalized many long-blighted areas of the city, not the least of which were neighborhoods in the Bronx. A mainly residential community almost due north of Manhattan on the mainland, the Bronx is home to Yankee Stadium, a world-class zoo and botanical garden.
Brooklyn -- Located across the East River on the southwestern tip of Long Island, Brooklyn is accessible via bridge or tunnel. This borough is nearly four times as large as Manhattan Island and has a population of about four million. It is one of the primary bedroom communities for New York City. Unlike Manhattan, there are few tall buildings in Brooklyn. Typically, the tree-lined streets are filled with brownstone townhouses and small apartment buildings. Coney Island Beach and Amusement park are located along the southern shore and John F. Kennedy Airport lies just east of Brooklyn. The steep climb in Manhattan rents during the 1990s drove many artists and residents from lower Manhattan to such neighborhoods as Williamsburg and DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). These areas are now home to funky galleries, bars and restaurants. Brooklyn Heights is a lovely historic district with quiet, tree-lined streets and dignified brownstones.
Queens -- North of Brooklyn on the tip of Long Island, Queens is a residential community with many high-rise apartment complexes. LaGuardia airport, Shea Stadium and the crumbling ruins of the old World's Fair are located there. Well-established Greek, Indian and Asian communities offer a host of ethnic eats that reflect this borough's diverse population.
Staten Island -- Due south of Manhattan across the main harbor basin, Staten Island is most easily reached via the Staten Island ferry from Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan. The ferry ride offers spectacular views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty and is absolutely free for all pedestrians. Staten Island has a small town atmosphere with many single-family homes. Largely residential, little Staten Island may be best known for the Fresh Kills Landfill, where the city buried most of its garbage for decades. The landfill was closed in 2001, but was reopened following the September 11th terrorist attacks, to take in rubble from Ground Zero. Also on the island is Snug Harbor, historically a fishing town that's now home to a thriving arts community.