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New York City (also simply referred to as "New York") is an urban metropolis located at the bottom of the Hudson Valley within the Mid-Atlantic region on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States of America. The New York Metropolitan Area extends across parts of four American states - primarily lower New York (including parts of Long Island), northeastern New Jersey as well as parts of southwestern Connecticut and northeastern Pennsylvania. The focus of interest for most travelers and observers, however, are the areas located immediately in and around the island of Manhattan. New York is the USA's largest city, sprawling across a vast metropolitan area that has a population of 22 million (as of 2002, ranked 5th in the world, after Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and Seoul). Some 8 million people live within the city proper. New York City represents one of the great global centers of international finance, politics, communications, music, fashion, and culture, and is among the world's most important and influential cities, home to a nearly unrivaled collection of world-class museums, galleries, performance venues, media outlets, corporations, and the hundreds of international consulates associated with the United Nations, the main headquarters of which are hosted by the city. Within New York City's huge population are immigrants (and their descendants) from over 180 countries, making New York one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Travelers worldwide and elsewhere in the United States are likewise attracted to New York City for its culture, energy, cosmopolitanism, and by their own hope of making it big (or, at least, living it big) in the "Big Apple", the "city that never sleeps".  

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