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The incredibly diverse population includes some of America's wealthiest celebrities and socialites, as well as hundreds of thousands of immigrants. New York's population has been diverse since the city's founding by the Dutch. Successive waves of immigration-- first British, then African-American, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Eastern European, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, African, Arab-- make New York a giant social experiment in cross-cultural harmony.

The city's ethnic heritage illuminates different neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. In Manhattan, Little Italy remains a living (if touristy) Italian enclave. Chinatown remains the center of New York's Chinese community, though in recent years Flushing in Queens has rivaled it in importance. Traces of the Lower East Side's once-thriving Jewish community still exist amid the newly-gentrified neighborhood's trendy restaurants and bars. Brooklyn and Queens are known for being home to many of New York's more recent immigrant groups, which since 1990 has included large numbers of Chinese, Arabs, Indians, Pakistanis, Africans, Mexicans, Haitians, Koreans and Japanese, amongst others.


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