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New York, New York - If I Can Make It There.

Updated on December 15, 2012

Frank Sinatra's New York

My City.

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

Peaceful morning, neighbors chatting, in corner 34th and sixth avenue., New York City.
Peaceful morning, neighbors chatting, in corner 34th and sixth avenue., New York City. | Source

Another New York.

A rose garden outside an apartment, Upper East Side.
A rose garden outside an apartment, Upper East Side. | Source

Night Shift.

A fruit vendor doing a night shift.
A fruit vendor doing a night shift. | Source

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.

 An apartment building at night, Upper East Side. A fairly wealthy area.
An apartment building at night, Upper East Side. A fairly wealthy area. | Source

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 man outside Central Park.
Homeless man outside Central Park. | Source
Homeless veteran in NYC
Homeless veteran in NYC | Source
Homeless man and his dog. Both Hungry.
Homeless man and his dog. Both Hungry.

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.







Broadway

Broadway, entertainment capital of the world.
Broadway, entertainment capital of the world. | Source

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.

Police Headquarters, One Police Plaza, Manhattan.
Police Headquarters, One Police Plaza, Manhattan. | Source
NYPD Badge of 'New York's Finest'.
NYPD Badge of 'New York's Finest'. | Source

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

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.


Boroughs of New York City - 1:  Manhattan;  2:  Brooklyn;  3:  Queens;   4:  Bronx;   5:  Staten Island.
Boroughs of New York City - 1: Manhattan; 2: Brooklyn; 3: Queens; 4: Bronx; 5: Staten Island. | Source

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.


Chinatown.

Manhattan's Chinatown. Has the highest concentration of Chinese people in the western hemisphere.
Manhattan's Chinatown. Has the highest concentration of Chinese people in the western hemisphere. | Source

Duck swimming in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, Central Park, NYC.
Duck swimming in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, Central Park, NYC. | Source
Church of the Heavenly Rest, 79th St. on Fifth Avenue.
Church of the Heavenly Rest, 79th St. on Fifth Avenue. | Source
Park Avenue Icon of Louis Armstrong.  59th St.
Park Avenue Icon of Louis Armstrong. 59th St. | Source
Homeward bound to New York City from the Staten Island cruise.
Homeward bound to New York City from the Staten Island cruise. | Source
Good food in New York City?  Oh, Yeah!
Good food in New York City? Oh, Yeah! | Source

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      GClark 4 years ago from United States

      Beautiful photos and great overview of New York! Very well organized and illustrated hub. It has been years since I last visited New York - at one point lived there for a short while. Your article brought lots of wonderful memories to the surface.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I love New York! Such an exciting town. I have visited NY, several times and always have a great time. I'm ready to go again.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Right, mary, hie thee up here! Central Park in the fall - you mightn't want to leave. Thank you for your visit, it's always good to see you here.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hello, GClark, thanks for your lovely comments. New York is certainly memorable. It's time for you to visit again and absorb some atmosphere.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for "Mizjo's" tour of New York. My wife and I used to visit

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hi, Mhatter, thanks for visiting (my hub). Now come visit New York!

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      I only knew NY from what were shown in the movies and TV and it were not that great. My impression is a city that is not worth going. However, last year I had to go to NY for some business and to my surprise, I loved the city. I feel safe and everywhere I go the cityscape with benches and greenery make the city feels like home.

      Great article here. Voted up and useful.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Apa khabar, Mazlan? I'm so glad you found your preconceptions about New York quite mistaken. The city has a lot to recommend it, like acres of greenery, safe passage everywhere, lots of free attractions (like the Staten Island ferry trip, which was vastly enjoyed by my visitors), many colorful people (sit on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum any day, some act will come along). As much noise as you want to look for, and peaceful havens as well. Yes, feels like home.

      Thanks for the visit and the votes.

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      Mary Lou 4 years ago

      Congratulations , Joanna. You did it again. Your article about New York and the pictures is a winner! Keep writing.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hi, Marylou, thanks for visiting. Always happy to see you here.

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      There is always some exciting to see or do in New York city. I really enjoyed the photographs and the article

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Thanks, Flashmakeit. Good of you to visit. It's nice to see you.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Ah, the old homestead. Looks just as grand as I remembered it.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Indeed, dear Phoenix, the city is constantly undergoing construction and reconstruction but it is a grand old city. I do wish, though, they'd hurry and finish that Second Avenue subway station they've been working on for what seems aeons.

      Always good to hear from you.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wow what a great hub;so well presented;well informed;interesting;awesome and useful.

      The full house for you and here's to so many more to follow.

      Eddy.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      I blush, dear Eiddwen. Thanks so much for reading and for your kind comments.

      It's our Thanksgiving today. I hope you have a wonderful day too.

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      Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

      What a wonderful Hub about a city I just love to visit. Lots of interesting information too. Your photos are great - I love the one taken on the way back to the City from Staten Island. btw...the duck in the photo is a Canada goose...he obviously loves the City too :-)

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hi, Canadian lady, come to NYC any time. We love visitors from the north!

      Your geese love our parks, especially where there's water. They used to fly further south in winter, but I think they have decided to make their home here now because people feed them and winters are getting warmer as well.

      Thanks for reading, Kaili, and for the nice comments.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Woody Allen would love this world class hub presentation as much as I did and what a first class tour guide you are and it's a truly a labor of love on your part - I also marvel at the rich variety and depth of your eclectic hub subjects and topics - as well - and so nice to meet you my friend. I sincerely hope that things are back to normal for you after the wrath of Hurricane Sandy - I am sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 5:59pm

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hello, epigramman, yes, the city is pretty much back to normal now. They cleaned up very quickly. Southern New Jersey is still in a daze though.

      Thank you for your lovely comments, and it's nice to meet you too. Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas.

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      Giorgio 2 years ago

      Wow, this is in every resepct what I needed to know.

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      Adejoke 2 years ago

      Fell out of bed feeling down. This has breigthned my day!

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      mizjo 2 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hello, Giorgio and Adejoke, I'm happy this has helped!

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