New York City (officially The City of New York) is the largest city in the United States, with its metropolitan area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world.
New York City is also the 12th largest city in the world. Located on the country's east coast in New York State, it was founded as a commercial trading post by the Dutch in 1625, and has been the largest city in the United States since 1790. It also served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. Located on one of the world's finest natural harbors, New York is one of the world's major centers of commerce and finance. New York also exerts global influence in media, education, entertainment, arts, fashion and advertising. The city is also a major center for international affairs, hosting the headquarters of the United Nations.
New York City comprises five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, each coterminous with the five counties of Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond respectively. With over 8.2 million residents within an area of 304.8 square miles (789.43 km²), New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States.
In 2005, nearly 170 languages were spoken in the city and 36% of its population was born outside the United States. With its 24-hour New York City Subway. subway and constant bustling of traffic and people, New York is sometimes called "The City That Never Sleeps." Other nicknames include the "Big Apple" and "Gotham, Nottinghamshire, and Gotham."
Cloverfield is set primarily in Manhattan. The only other location is on Coney Island, although these sequences are very brief and contribute to a sub-plot. The movie has many notable locations from Manhattan. These locations include:
- The Brooklyn Bridge
- The Park Avenue Tunnel
- The Woolworth Building
- Spring Street Subway Station
- 59th Street Subway Station
- Columbus Circle
- The Time Warner Center
- Grand Central Station
- Central Park
- The Greyshot Arch
- ↑ One of the largest areas in the world
- ↑ Queens: Economic Development and the State of the Borough Economy (PDF). New York State Comptroller (June 2006). Retrieved on 2007-03-21.
- ↑ The Newest New Yorkers: 2000 (PDF). New York City Department of City Planning (2005). Retrieved on 2007-03-27.
- ↑ Irving's mocking Salmagundi Papers, 1807, noted by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace, Gotham: A History of New York to 1898 (Oxford) 1999:xii.