The City That Never Sleeps (nickname)

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The City That Never Sleeps is a well-known nickname for New York City that was popularized by Frank Sinatra, in the Theme from New York, New York's words:

  • I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps
    And find I'm a number one, top of the list ...[1]

Although New York City may have been the first well known city termed "The City That Never Sleeps",[2][3] and the city's subway system never closes,[4] the term has been applied to other cities:[5][6][4]

Other services for those awake[edit]

New York City's free[8] 25 minute Staten Island Ferry operates 24 hours a day,[9] 7 days a week, with boats leaving every 15 to 20 minutes during peak hours and every 30 minutes at other times.[10][11]

Moreover, in many "24 hour" cities plenty of eateries are open until 3am, several clubs are open until 6am[3] and bars close 2am[4] or a few hours later.

The people who make use of these facilities, studies have found, are nevertheless affected by sunrise and sunset.[12][13]

In other words: "that most humans aren’t as influenced by Earth’s light-dark cycle as we used to be" is not fully supported; there is an observed annual shift for "a stretch of three or four months" and "then, the process reversed direction".[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frank Sinatra – New York, New York Lyrics".
  2. ^ "The original city that never sleeps"
  3. ^ a b c "World's best party cities: The top 10 cities that never sleep". November 20, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Justine Harrington (July 16, 2018). "Top 5 Cities That Never Sleep".
  5. ^ collectively called Cities that never sleep
  6. ^ "The Cities that never sleep". March 29, 2012.>
  7. ^ which has been referred to as "the COUNTRY that never sleeps">
  8. ^ Opened 1817, became free 180 years later (1997)
  9. ^ "Staten Island Ferry". September 18, 2017.
  10. ^ For a few budget-crisis years it was only hourly from midnight to 7am
  11. ^ "An Assessment of Staten Island Ferry Service and Recommendations for Improvement" (PDF).
  12. ^ Veronique Greenwood (November 25, 2017). "Cities That Never Sleep Are Shaped by Sunrise and Sunset".
  13. ^ Cell phones: "the times of day when they are active grew longer and shorter over the course of the year, waxing and waning with the daylight."
  14. ^ "PLOS Computational Biology".