New York City, the city that never sleeps, offers plenty of options for shopping, entertainment, culture, dining and outdoor recreation. It is the United States’ most populous city; eight million people strong. With iconic attractions including Broadway, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park to name a few, New York City offers something for everyone.
New York City is made up of five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island). New Jersey, across the George Washington Bridge, offers additional communities in which to live within commuting distance of the city. Public transportation options abound, including subway, bus, trains and more.
Although the Bronx is the third-most-densely-populated county in the U.S. with nearly 1.4 million people, about a quarter of its area is open space, including Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, Woodlawn Cemetery, the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo. The Bronx is considered the most ethnically diverse area in the country, according to the U.S. Census.
Prominent shopping areas in the Bronx include Fordham Road, Bay Plaza (in Co-op City), The Hub, Riverdale/Kingsbridge Shopping center and Bruckner Boulevard. Shops are also concentrated on streets aligned underneath elevated railroad lines, including Westchester Avenue, White Plains Road, Jerome Avenue, Southern Boulevard and Broadway. The Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market contains several big-box stores, which opened in 2009 south of Yankee Stadium. And the city that never sleeps is also the city that eats well, with a large variety of restaurants in the area to satisfy any palate.
New York City has a very strong educational system, from elementary school through graduate school. Several colleges and universities are located in the Bronx, including Fordham University, three campuses of the City University of New York, the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Manhattan College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, just to name a few. There are private colleges, business colleges, and major universities.