New York, New York - If I Can Make It There.
Frank Sinatra's New York
New York, New York, ‘a city that doesn’t sleep’, so crooned Frank Sinatra in that ageless song. ‘If I can make it there I’ll make it anywhere'; so come on down and have a look at my city.
Sights of New York
Another New York.
A City That Doesn't Sleep.
Sure it sleeps, if you don’t count the frenetic night life of the young and/or rich and/or famous. On any night of the week, high-flying names like Johnny Depp or Gwynneth Paltrow might be dancing the hours away in some club or wealthy friend’s apartment and you’d read about it the next morning. And every Friday or Saturday night the young and not so rich also have their high-decibel parties in any of the dozens of dives around town. These you’ll not read about unless something spectacular has happened there, say, some nuptials (hasn’t happened yet, as far as I know).
Manhattan at Night.
New York's Smartest.
New York City, with 8.25 million people living in 305 square miles, is the most densely populated major city in the United States. It is also among the most highly educated of American cities. In 2005, three out of five Manhattanites were college graduates and one out of four had advanced degrees. New York is home to many world famous universities like Barnard College, Columbia University, Fordham University, New York University, Long Island University and many others. Students from all over the world vie for places each year.
There is great wealth in New York and the standard of living is reasonably high. It's a very convenient city to live in, with most services the proverbial stone's throw away.
The faces of homelessness
Homeless in New York City.
The picture of NYC is not all rosy, however. We have a large poor underclass, the homeless, who are mostly homeless through no fault of their own. Many of them are families, many are victims of domestic violence, joblessness, mental illness or a failure of the welfare system. Each year 100,000 experience homelessness. Nearly 1:20 city residents have experienced being homeless in New York at some time.
The number jumped 18% within the last year, a record high, due to the State withdrawal of support for rent subsidy for homeless families.
Last year 44,000 slept in shelters, including 18,000 children and 8,000 single adults. Thousands more sleep on city streets and other public places. The typical homeless child is under 5.
How can we help the homeless?
Don't just walk past them. They are mostly hungry. Give them whatever you can afford. If they want to talk, listen. They might need help to reach or find a shelter. Get the address and phone number of agencies that can help them get food or clothing.
Donate to the winter coat drive, donate to charities that raise funds for shelters. Get involved in soup kitchens and other charities. Many of the homeless only need a job. If you are in a position to employ somebody, surely the shelter can produce someone trustworthy and able to fill the position.....'if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere...'. Give a helping hand.
Global Image of NYC
Located on one of the world’s largest natural harbors, New York, where 800 languages are spoken, is a global power city, an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural capital of the world. The Broadway theater district is a major center for the world’s entertainment industry. Wall Street, home to the New York Stock Exchange, functions as the financial capital of the world.
Transportation is Easy.
If you are one of the 50 million (2011 statistic) tourists in New York City, you’ll find it quite easy to get around. Our New York City subway is one of the most extensive rapid transit systems in the world by its number of stations. One fare to anywhere on the miles of lines costs $2.25. You could, if you like, ride all day and all night on that fare, changing direction as much as you want, so long as you do not exit the station. To re-enter is another fare.
Buses are clean and frequent and dedicated bus lanes, though inconvenient to car drivers, help make the buses quite punctual. The fare within the city is the same as the subway. You could even have a free transfer from train to bus and vice versa within 2 hours of entering the first vehicle.
If you prefer a taxi for speed and comfort, New York has the largest number of hybrid taxis of any city in North America, 3,715 as of 2010.
Is New York City Safe?
New York boasts the lowest crime rate among the 25 largest U.S. cities. In the 1980s and 1990s, an eerie crack epidemic that affected many neighborhoods caused a dramatic spike in crime. Happily, homicide rates are at its lowest since statistics were first published in 1963.
The New York Police Department, the largest municipal police force in the U.S., is also one of the oldest. Established in 1845, it goes back to 1625 when the Dutch had its first eight-man night watch for 'New Amsterdam', which became New York under the English. The headquarters is at One, Police Plaza in downtown Manhattan, opposite City Hall. Members of the NYPD are frequently nicknamed New York's Finest. They have the law enforcement and investigative responsibilities for the five boroughs of NYC.
Organised crime has long been associated with New York City. The Mafia is the largest and most powerful criminal organisation in the city. There are also several gangs, the most prominent today being the Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings and MS-13. But thankfully, gang fights and blood feuds are not as prevalent or as dramatic as depicted in the movies and people go about their daily business as anywhere else in the world. As with anywhere else too, you just have to be aware of your surroundings and not put yourself in danger. I have traveled the subway frequently late at night and have never observed any trouble.
Political New York.
The five boroughs of New York City, created in 1898 during consolidation, are collectively and unambiguously referred to as New York City. Each borough has a president with minimal executive powers. The boroughs have no legislative functions.
Most executive powers are exercised by the Mayor (Mike Bloomberg as of this writing), and legislative functions are the responsibility of members of the New York City Council.
Visit New York.
The foregoing is only a very quick tour of New York. It has much more to offer, more that you could enjoy in person. New York is at her most beautiful in the Fall, when the leaves put on their coats of red and yellow and gold and the temperature turns a delicious cool. Come visit us. We are quite friendly.
In the meantime,I hope you enjoy the many scenes of New York, as seen through my eyes and those of other photographers.