New York is the largest metro area in the United States.
The Upper West Side is dotted with large apartment buildings and is a favorite for working professionals and families.
Farther north above Central Park, neighborhoods start to decline, although Harlem is undergoing a rebirth.
It is the fourth largest in the world behind Tokyo, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Regardless of how the area is defined, New York is among the richest and most complex places to live in America.
Brooklyn shares the western end of Long Island with Queens, with excellent transportation service into the city by rail and subway and numerous beaches, parks and residential neighborhoods south and east towards the large JFK airport.
Brooklyn is socioeconomically very diverse, with a mix of upscale, middle class and poorer areas, while Queens is more clearly identifiable as middle class.
Brooklyn is large and diverse enough to function as a standalone city, with large and some upscale residential areas with a modern downtown and substantial commercial and retail offerings areas.
Brooklyn is known for its large Olmstead designed (of Central Park fame) Prospect Park.
Much of Lower Manhattan consists of narrow, haphazard streets, dating back to the city’s earliest days as a Dutch colony.