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New York (/nu jɔːrk/), often called New York City or NYC, is the most populous city in the United States. With a 2020 population of 8,804,190 distributed over 300.46 square miles (778.2 km2), New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States and more than twice as populous as Los Angeles, the nation's second largest city. New York City is located at the southern tip of New York State. It constitutes the geographical and demographic center of both the Northeast megalopolis and the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by both population and urban landmass. With over 20.1 million people in its metropolitan statistical area and 23.5 million in its combined statistical area as of 2020, New York is one of the world's most populous megacities, and over 58 million people live within 250 mi (400 km) of the city. New York City is a global cultural, financial, entertainment, and media center with a significant influence on commerce, health care and life sciences, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, dining, art, fashion, and sports. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and is sometimes described as the capital of the world.

Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors and extending into the Atlantic Ocean, New York City comprises five boroughs, each of which is coextensive with a respective county of the state of New York. The five boroughs, which were created in 1898 when local governments were consolidated into a single municipal entity, are: Brooklyn (in Kings County), Queens (in Queens County), Manhattan (in New York County), The Bronx (in Bronx County), and Staten Island (in Richmond County). (Full article...)

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Hoffman in 2011

Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor. Known for his distinctive supporting and character roles—lowlifes, eccentrics, underdogs, and misfits—he acted in many films and theatrical productions, including leading roles, from the early 1990s until his death in 2014. He received numerous accolades including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award as well as nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards and three Tony Awards. In 2022, Empire magazine listed Hoffman as one of 50 Greatest Actors Of All Time.

Having studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts he gained recognition for his supporting work, notably in Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Patch Adams (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and Almost Famous (2000). He received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote (2005). Other Oscar-nominated roles include the frank CIA officer in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), a Catholic priest accused of pedophilia in Doubt (2008), and the charismatic cult leader in The Master (2012). Other notable roles include Flawless (1999), Along Came Polly (2004), Mission: Impossible III (2006), The Savages (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008) and in the Hunger Games series (2013–2015). He directed Jack Goes Boating (2010). (Full article...)

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15 March 2022 – 2022 Northeastern U.S. serial shooter
The DC Police Department arrest a suspected serial killer involved in the murders of two homeless men, and the attempted murder of three others in Washington, D.C. and New York City. (New York Post)
14 March 2022 – 2022 Northeastern U.S. serial shooter
The New York City Police Department releases images of a suspected serial killer who has shot five homeless men, two fatally, in New York City and Washington, D.C., in the last week. (The New York Times)
10 March 2022 – 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
U.S. bank Goldman Sachs announces that it is closing its operations in Russia, becoming the first major Wall Street bank to leave the country following the invasion of Ukraine. (Reuters)
7 March 2022 – COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in New York City
New York City formally ends its mask mandate for its school district as well as its indoor vaccine mandate for restaurants, bars and theaters. (The New York Times) (WNYW-TV)
27 February 2022 – COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in New York City
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announces that the city will lift their vaccine mandate for indoor businesses and dining on March 7. (NBC News)

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Did you know...

  • ... that New York City's Equitable Building, completed just before the 1916 Zoning Resolution, was described as being "more famous for what it caused than what it is"?
  • ... that American business executive William M. Ellinghaus helped rescue New York City from bankruptcy in the late 1970s?
  • ... that the Hearst Tower was built nearly eight decades after its base was completed?
  • ... that while 1271 Avenue of the Americas was being built at New York City's Rockefeller Center, Marilyn Monroe re-launched the Center's long-dormant "Sidewalk Superintendents' Club"?
  • ... that during contract bidding for structural steel for New York City's New Lots Line, all three bids were rejected partly because the chief engineer was banking on steel prices falling?
  • ... that the Twin Parks housing project in New York City, the site of a January 2022 fire that killed seventeen people, won architectural awards after it was constructed in the early 1970s?
  • ... that The Little Players performed invitation-only puppet shows out of a New York City living room for over 25 years?
  • ... that Wall Street Journal architecture columnist Julie V. Iovine caused an uproar when she wrote that Yale University had a reputation for being a "gay school" in 1987?

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