New York is one of the most iconic cities in the United States, if not the entire world. It is the ideal university city, offering unique opportunities for intellectual and cultural adventure to students from all over the world. A global leader in finance, media, commerce, culture, art, fashion, education, and entertainment, New York City is the most populous city in the United States. The home of the United Nations, it is a center of international affairs and welcomes travelers from all over the world. One third of the population is foreign-born, and over 170 languages are spoken. No city in the world is as international as New York.
Dutch colonists settled the island now known as Manhattan after Henry Hudson sailed into the bay in 1609. New York City became the first capital of the United States in 1789, and George Washington was inaugurated as the first president at Federal Hall on Wall Street. The turmoil of the Civil War, the Great Depression, and two World Wars was unable to halt the city’s growth in population, power, and prestige.
Today New York is home to such architectural masterpieces as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and One World Trade Center; top schools, colleges, and universities; world-renowned museums and libraries such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, the Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New York Public Library; cultural centers such as Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center; sports teams known the world over; and the idyllic splendor and fascinating bustle of Central Park and the city’s many gardens and public spaces.
New York is a city like no other, an opportunity not to be missed, an adventure waiting to happen.