New York is the largest city of North America, with over 15 million people living in the metropolitan area. The terrorist attackk of 9/11 on the World Trade Center have highlighted its importance as one of the world's top 10 destination.
Tourism is of major importance to the city's economy, generating about 25 billion dollars in revenue and supporting 368.000 jobs. Although it is not an administrative capital, New York is the nation's primary city in almost every other respect. It is, for example, the USA's leading financial centre and conference venue, with more hotels and beds than any other city.
It is also a major centre for fashion and the arts.
New York City boasts world-class cultural attractions such as the Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall, while the Madison Square Garden, Shea Stadium and Flushing Meadows are among the country's top sport venues.
New York has an international role as the seat of the United Nations Assembly, but transactions in Wall Street have an even greater impact on the global economy.
New York City owes a great deal to its historic role as the major port of entry to the USA, with the advantages of a deepwater harbour and access via the Hudson River to the interior of North America. Until the 1960s the Statue of Liberty was, for most inmigrants and visitors, their first sight of the New World. Part of the historic waterfront of Manhattan Island has been regenerated with visitor attractions such as theIntrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum and Soth Street Seaport.