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New York City (also referred to as "New York", "NYC", "The Big Apple", or just "The City" by locals), is the most populous city in the United States. It lies at the mouth of the Hudson River in the southernmost part of the state, which is part of the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. The city spans a land area of 305 square miles (790km²).

New York City has a population of approximately 8.2 million people. The New York Metropolitan Area, which spans lower New York, northern New Jersey, and southwestern Connecticut, has a population of 18.7 million, making it the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. As of 2014, it was one of the 15 largest metro areas in the world.

New York City is a center for media, culture, food, fashion, art, research, finance, and trade. It has one of the largest and most famous skylines on earth, dominated by the iconic Empire State Building.

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  1. New York’s Central Park is larger than the principality of Monaco.
  2. In 1789 it became the first capital of the United States. This only lasted for one year though.
  3. New York sets train tracks on fire to keep them free of ice in the winter.
  4. New Yorkers bite 10 times more people per year than sharks do.
  5. It can cost nearly $300,000 to operate a hot dog stand around Central Park.

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