Monday 18 September 2017

Day 72 of Mentor on Road, USA

If you dare declare that you are free, free you are this moment. If you say you are bound, bound you will remain.
― Swami Vivekananda
Day 72 of Mentor on Road, USA is a travel day from Philadelphia to New York. It was a pleasant and beautiful journey of 2.5 hours.

We started driving on 4 June, 2017 from Boston and passed through states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania Driven 14,781 kilometres / 9,188 miles till now and will drive 15,450 kilometres / 9602 miles in total. We have now entered the 37th state of our journey, New York.

The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the 
most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2016 population of 8,537,673 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.

Located at the southern tip of the 
state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the power city, New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment, its fast pace defining the term New York minute.

Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world.

Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separate county of New York State. The five boroughs – BrooklynQueensManhattanThe Bronx, and Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898. The city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States, and as many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

New York is a global hub of international business and commerce. The city is a major center for banking and finance, retailing, world trade, transportation, tourism, real estate, new mediatraditional mediaadvertisinglegal servicesaccountancy, insurance, theater, fashion, and the arts in the United States; while Silicon Alley, metonymous for New York's broad-spectrum high technology sphere, continues to expand.

In February 2017, New York City's unemployment rate fell to 4.3%, the lowest in the city's recorded history, with the city achieving the status of what many economists refer to as full employment.

Many Fortune 500 corporations are headquartered in New York City, as are a large number of multinational corporations
Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan commands the highest retail rents in the world, at US$3,000 per square foot ($32,000/m2) in 2017. One out of ten private sector jobs in the city is with a foreign company. New York City has been ranked first among cities across the globe in attracting capital, business, and tourists.

Real estate is a major force in the city's economy, as the total value of all New York City property was assessed at US$1.072 trillion for the 2017 fiscal year, an increase of 10.6% from the previous year with 89% of the increase coming from market effects.

New York City's most important economic sector lies in its role as the headquarters for the U.S. financial industry, known as Wall Street.

New York City Region
10 Largest Private Sector Employers (in alphabetical order) as of 2016
Region includes: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond counties
Company Name
1.      American Airlines
2.      Columbia University
3.      JPMorgan Chase
4.      Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
5.      Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
6.      Mount Sinai Hospital
7.      New York-Presbyterian Hospital
8.      Nielsen Company
9.      Northwell Health, Inc.
10.  Verizon
Source: Department of Labor, New York State

10 Largest Private Sector Employers State wide includes: 

Capital, Central NY, Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Southern Tier and Western NY labor market regions

Company Name:

  • Home Depot 
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank 
  • Macy's Retail Holdings, Inc. 
  • McDonald's 
  • Mount Sinai Health System 
  • New York-Presbyterian University Hospital 
  • Northwell Health, Inc. 
  • Stop & Shop Supermarkets 
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 
  • Wegmans Food Markets

Major tourist destinations include:

  • Times Square
  • Broadway theater productions
  • The Empire State Building
  • The Statue of Liberty 
  • Ellis Island
  • The United Nations Headquarters museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Green spaces such as Central Park and Washington Square Park
  • Rockefeller Center
  • The Manhattan Chinatown
  • Luxury shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues
            Major events include: The Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, The St. Patrick's Day parade and The Tribeca Film Festival

            Major attractions in the boroughs outside Manhattan include 
            Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and the Unisphere in Queens; the Bronx ZooConey Island, Brooklyn; and the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

            Awaiting an eventful day tomorrow.

            Jai Ho! (Let victory be yours)

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