The Quintessential Global City No. 1: New York


“New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.” ― Alistair Cooke

What would be a better way to describe the world’s Best Quintessential Global City than the above statement by Alistair Cooke, a famous British journalist. The city is truly a Melting Point of cultures which is also attributed to its busy harbour i.e said to be one of the world’s largest natural harbours.  As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

Dipping into the archives one could effortlessly note that back in 1626 the city was a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic and was named New Amsterdam. The city shifted colonial controls in 1664, when it came under British rule and was renamed New York. Being the first capital of the United States of America, the city quickly grew in all fields to become the global city it is today.

Home to the New York Stock Exchange the world’s largest stock exchange by total market capitalization of its listed companies, NYC is the world’s leading financial centre. Manhattan’s [one of the 5 boroughs of the city] real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. According to the A.T.  Kearney Global Cities Index the city leads on several fronts such as Business Activity, Human Capital, Online Presence and a few others as shown below –


The Big Apple as it’s oft referred as is said to be the most photographed city in the world. The Times Square, iconified as ‘The Crossroads of the World’, is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theatre District, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major centre of the world’s entertainment industry. Providing 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is one of the most extensive metro systems worldwide, with 468 stations in operation.

All this and much more have today made this city the Best Quintessential Global City. A city that has come to be recognised as a global financial, cultural and economic hub which creates an aura of mystery and makes it rank on every tourist’s list just as F. Scott Fitzgerald describes it in The Great Gatsby –

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”

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