The City That Never Sleeps (nickname)

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The City That Never Sleeps is a ubiquitously used nickname for New York City that was popularized by Frank Sinatra in the song Theme from New York, New York:

  • 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 be the most prominently recognized 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. Below is a list, in alphabetical order, of cities that have also been called "the city that never sleeps":[5][4]

Other 24/7 services[edit]

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many 24-hour and late-night establishments have begun closing earlier. Coffee shops in lower Manhattan, in particular, began to close at 9:30 pm, whereas before the pandemic they had frequently closed at 12:30 am.[32]

The people who make use of these facilities, studies have found, are nevertheless affected by sunrise and sunset.[33][34] 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".[35]

See also[edit]


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  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 Justine Harrington (July 16, 2018). "Top 5 Cities That Never Sleep".
  5. ^ "The Cities that never sleep". March 29, 2012.>
  6. ^ "Barcelona Never Sleeps". The Hoya. 23 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Berlin, Berlin, the city of sin. The city that never sleeps, or better yet, where you never have to sleep". Decoded Magazine. 5 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Beirut That Never Sleeps Has Now Another Story to Tell (PHOTOS)". The961. 29 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Beirut City: The Real City That Never Sleeps". Original Travel. 29 June 2015.
  10. ^ Nicolás, Cócaro (April 1983). "Attractive, enigmatic Buenos Aires". The Rotarian. Vol. 142, no. 4. p. 35. ISSN 0035-838X. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  11. ^ Sebreli, Juan José (April 1, 2011). Buenos Aires, vida cotidiana y alienación: seguido de Buenos Aires, ciudad en crisis (in Spanish). Penguin Random House. p. 149. ISBN 9789500734257. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  12. ^ Savidan, Dominique (May 6, 2019). "Voyages : Buenos Aires, la ville qui ne dort jamais". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  13. ^ Cullen, Lucía (January 21, 2020). "Con mantras, a ciegas o en altura: cinco experiencias culinarias en la ciudad". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  14. ^ "Cairo, the city that never sleeps, shuts for coronavirus night-time curfew". Reuters. 6 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Dhaka: The city that (still) never sleeps". Dhaka Tribune. 2020-06-16.
  16. ^ "Karachi: The city that (still) never sleeps". The Express Tribune. 2020-06-16. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  17. ^ "24 hours in Lagos: The city that never sleeps". April 21, 2009.
  18. ^ "Round-the-clock London: what it's like to live and work in city that never sleeps". The Guardian. 11 July 2015.
  19. ^ "The real city that never sleeps: discovering nightlife in Madrid". National Geographic. 17 February 2021.
  20. ^ "Madurai Thoonga Nagaram". Retrieved 2023-02-17.
  21. ^ "Why Manila is Becoming One of The Best Party Cities". British Thoughts Magazine. 10 March 2020.
  22. ^ Keller, Katrinka (9 September 2023). "31 Facts About MANILA".
  23. ^ "Moscow: The City That Never Sleeps". The Moscow Times. 3 June 2019.
  24. ^ "India's city that never sleeps, will now never sleep". TOI. 5 July 2011.
  25. ^ "Usually, tourists like to do as locals do – milk the city's sun-soaked atmosphere for all it is worth". BBC. 5 July 2011.
  26. ^ "São Paulo – the city that never sleeps". CNN Business Traveller. 28 June 2010.
  27. ^ "Shanghai – a city that never sleeps". November 20, 2020.
  28. ^ Ruqian, Lu (2005). Cognitive Systems: Joint Chinese-German Workshop, Shanghai, China. p. 1.
  29. ^ "Tel Aviv: 24 hours in the city that never sleeps". The Jerusalem Post. 21 June 2012.
  30. ^ "Tel Aviv Is The City That Never Sleeps". Forbes. 22 March 2013.
  31. ^ "Viva Valencia! Welcome to the European city that never sleeps". 10 January 2006.
  32. ^ "9 P.M. Is the New Midnight". 17 March 2022.
  33. ^ Veronique Greenwood (November 25, 2017). "Cities That Never Sleep Are Shaped by Sunrise and Sunset". The New York Times.
  34. ^ 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."
  35. ^ Monsivais, D.; Ghosh, A.; Bhattacharya, K.; Dunbar RIM; Kaski, K. (2017). "PLOS Computational Biology". 13 (11): e1005824. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005824. PMC 5697809. PMID 29161270. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)