New York City is divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. The Bronx is the only borough connected to the mainland, while Manhattan is on Manhattan Island, Staten Island is on Staten Island, and Brooklyn and Queens are located on the western part of Long Island.
Manhattan Borough: The economic and cultural hub of New York. Times Square, Broadway’s Theater District, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, the United Nations Headquarters, Harlem, Wall Street, SOHO, and many other iconic landmarks that symbolize New York are situated in Manhattan. Manhattan Island is composed of a single bedrock, and especially in Midtown and Downtown, where the bedrock’s strength is high, numerous skyscrapers have been constructed.
Brooklyn Borough: Located to the east of Manhattan, it is a borough on Long Island. Popular areas include Williamsburg, DUMBO at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Barclays Center (home of the Brooklyn Nets), and the beach resort destination of Coney Island.
Queens Borough: The largest borough in terms of area among the five. It includes Long Island City, experiencing a rush of high-rise apartment construction, Flushing with its Chinatown, and the major airports, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. It is also the home base of the New York Mets.
Bronx Borough: Located at the northern tip of New York City on the mainland of North America. It is the birthplace of hip-hop and breakdancing. The borough is home to the Yankee Stadium, where the New York Yankees play, and the expansive Bronx Zoo.
Staten Island Borough: An island located to the southwest of New York City. The Staten Island Ferry operates for free between Manhattan and Staten Island, and the Staten Island Railway runs within the island. It is connected to Brooklyn by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.