Since 1790 the City of New York in New York state has been the largest most populated city in the U.S. There is 322 square miles in the city with more than 8.2 million people. It was the first capital city of the new country, and George Washington was inaugrated there as the frst president. For more than a hundred years, New York City has been a money center with world wide effects on news, political affairs, education, theater, the arts and fashion. With the United Nations being in New York, the city also has a big influence on foreign matters.
New York City is composed of five different areas known as boroughs; The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island welcomed immigrants as they came into America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wall Street with the New York Stock Exchange has been a world wide center for finances since WWII. Several of the tallest buildings in the world have been in New York City, including the Empire State Building.
Many cultural movements have started in the city involving literature, art and music. The ever present movement of subways, traffic and people gave the city the nickname of "The City That Never Sleeps".
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Even though the city is around the same latitude as the warmer cities of Naples and Madrid, it is more humid because of winds that bring cool air from the inside of the continent. New York City is cold in the winters, but due to the coastal waters it stays a little warmer than the interior of the state, which helps to keep the snow more moderate. Spring and fall have variable weather, and can be either warm and humid with temperatures of 90 and above or cool and rainy. Summer is warm to hot and very humid with temperatures of 90 and above.