New York City

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Manhattan, one of the five boroughs of New York City

Proper noun[edit]

New York City

  1. The largest city in the United States, situated in the state of New York at the mouth of the Hudson River on the northeastern Atlantic Coast. It consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
    Synonyms: The Big Apple (informal), City of New York, New York, Gotham (informal; coined by Washington Irving in 1807)

Usage notes[edit]

New York City refers to the entire city spanning all five boroughs since its consolidation in 1898. Prior to that the city was primarily on Manhattan Island. The city’s official name is New York but it is commonly referred to as New York City (NYC), the City of New York, or New York, New York (NY, NY), in order to distinguish it from the state of New York.


  • 1971, Carole King; Toni Stern (lyrics and music), “Where You Lead”, in Tapestry, Ode Records, performed by Carole King:
    I always wanted a real home with flowers on the window sill,
    But if you want to live in New York City, honey, you know I will.
  • 2007, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt described New York City as, “an urban oasis of togetherness and a beacon of man’s compassion toward fellow man.”


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