New York City
Statue of Liberty

It’s Like No Other Place on Earth

New York City is one of the most amazing places on Planet Earth. It’s not just a big city; there are several cities on the planet that have more people. But no city has more influence.

The city of New York is divided into 5 separate areas called “boroughs.” And each borough is big enough to be a separate city on its own. Those five boroughs are named Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.

Visitors to New York can see the Statue of Liberty, which stands tall in New York Harbor. Or they can visit Times Square, which is in the heart of the world’s greatest theater district.

Or visitors they ride to the top of the Empire State Building. Or wallk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Or stroll through Central Park. Or visit the Bronx Zoo. Or walk down Wall Street, which happens to be the financial capital of the world.

New York has several knicknames. It’s known to some people as the Big Apple; it’s known to other people as “The City That Never Sleeps.” And some people prefer to call it “The City So Nice They Named It Twice,” which refers to the fact that the official name of New York City is actually “New York, New York” (because the city of New York is located in the state of New York).

By any name — or nickname — New York is a truly amazing place.

Brooklyn: A City Within a City

Brooklyn, which is the borough with the highest population. Over two and a half million people live there. That means that the borough of Brooklyn has as many people as America’s third-largest city: Chicago.

Brooklyn is connected to Manhattan by a bridge: The Brooklyn Bridge, which was finished in 1883. It’s the most famous bridge in New York and it takes you over the East River, but you can also take a subway and ride through a tunnel that goes under the river..

Brooklyn Bridge

About The Bronx, New York

It’s a Fact: Yankee Stadium is located in a part of New York City called The Bronx. When Babe Ruth became a New York Yankee and started hitting lots of home runs, the team’s nickname became “The Bronx Bombers,”

It’s a Fact: The Bronx Zoo is one of the largest zoos of its kind in the world.

It’s a Fact: About 1.4 million people live in the Bronx. If The Bronx were a separate city, it would be about the same size as San Diego, California.


Quotes from Famous New Yorkers

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
Babe Ruth. Baseball Legend

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
Beverly Sills, Opera Singer

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”
Vince Lombardi, Football Coach

“Talent is only the starting point.”
Irving Berlin, Composer

“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.”
Ella Fitzgerald, Singer




More Fun Facts

About New York City

It’s a Fact: The city of New York is located in the state of New York. That means you can visit New York State without going to New York City, but you can’t visit New York City without going to New York State.

It’s a Fact: New York City is not the capital of New York State. The capital of New York State is Albany.

It’s a Fact: .The city of New York is divided into 5 separate areas called “boroughs.” The five boroughs of New York are: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. 

It’s a Fact: Broadway is a famous street in New York City. Times Square, which is on Broadway, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. It’s estimated that 50 million people visit Times Square every year.

It’s a Fact: Central Park, the city’s biggest public area, is located in the borough of Manhattan.

It’s a Fact: Wall Street, which is the business center of New York and the world, is also located in New York City. Like Central Park and Times Square, Wall Street is located in the borough of Manhattan.


Q and A
Just for fun, see if you can answer these questions.
Is New York City the capital of New York state?

No, Albany is the capital of the State of New York.

How many bouroughs does New York have? Three, four, or five?

New York have five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

Which New York borough has the most people?

Brooklyn is the largest of the five boroughs.

Does the Brooklyn Bridge go across the East River, the West River, or the Mississippi River?

It spans the East River.

Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write a story of your own.

Here are a couple of story ideas you can choose from.

Idea #1: You can write a story about some of the interesting things you learned about New York City.


Idea #2: You might write a story about the Statue of Liberty, which is located in New York Harbor. To find out more about the Statue of Liberty, click here.


To help you write a great story, we have some helpful hints and timely tips.

Today's Ryder Riddle

Here's a Riddle for You

What do you get a New Yorker who has everything?

A burglar alarm.

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