New York Boroughs

New York Boroughs

When many people think of “New York” they tend not to see past the buzzing metropolis of Manhattan. There are in fact five New York boroughs that make up this magnificent tourist destination. Each of New York ’s boroughs is worth a visit during a holiday to the Big Apple as each has its own unique history, culture and attractions. Click for more information on New York City's history.

The Five New York Boroughs

The Bronx
Staten Island

The Bronx - Bronx County

The Bronx is New York ’s northernmost borough and is home to approximately 1,400,000, people. This New York borough was named after Jonas Bronk, a Scandinavian and one of the area's first settlers in 1639. The Bronx has a history of attracting immigrants; other settlers were English, Swedish, Dutch and French. Even today this New York borough continues to attract immigrants and is therefore home to a huge variety of races, cultures and religions. It is New York ’s melting pot and an absolute must for visitors to the Big Apple. This New York borough’s attractions include the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, Yankee Stadium, Edgar Allan Poe’s Cottage and Little Italy.

Brooklyn - Kings County

This New York borough was named after the Dutch city, Breukelen and is home to approximately 2, 5 million New Yorkers. Brooklyn is home to New York ’s largest business district, outside of Manhattan, and is home to several flourishing residential neighborhoods. Home to Italians, Irish, Latin American, Chinese, African-American, Hasidic Jews, Polish, German, Ukrainian, and Russian populations; a trip to Brooklyn will not only prove to be an unrivalled cultural experience but a gastronomic delight to visitors looking to sample cuisines from all over the world. This New York Burroughs’s attractions include the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Coney Island, the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge, the Dodgers stadium and Prospect Park to mention a few.

Queens - Queens County

New York ’s largest and most ethnically diverse borough, Queens started out as a collection of small Dutch founded towns. Today it is a largely residential sector of New York and home to many families whose origins span the globe. This New York borough’s attractions include the Aqueduct Race Track, Queens Botanical Gardens, the Queens Wildlife Center and Shea Stadium.

Staten Island - Richmond County

This New York borough is a favorite amongst suburban dwellers in New York. Connected to Manhattan via the Staten Island Ferry most go into the city for work and then back home to their suburban paradise in the evenings. This is the smallest and most geographically separate of all New York ’s boroughs and is a delight to visitors as it is quieter than bustling Manhattan but yet it is home to many great attractions.

This New York borough’s attractions include the Botanical Garden, Children’s Museum, September 11 Memorial, the Staten Island Zoo, the national lighthouse museum and the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art to mention but a few.

Manhattan - New York County

This is the New York borough most frequented by visitors to the Big Apple and is often mistaken as being all there is to New York.

This New York borough’s attractions include Central Park, the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, Rockefeller Center, MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to mention a few.

New York Journey is focused more on this New York borough than the other four – detailing where to stay, eat, shop or play during your travels to New York.