Cities: New York, New York (Consolidation)

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Cities: New York, New York (Consolidation) Gender: N/A
New York City
born on 1 January 1898 at 00:00 (= 12:00 midnight )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Timed official source
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gary Brand
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 10°52' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 26°40 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 09°25'

New York (Consolidation) Cities: New York (Montage)
photo: Jleon, license gfdl


American city, the consolidation of which was dedicated at a flag raising to the top of the pole over City Hall at 00:00 midnight starting the day of 1 January 1898. On the same day at 12:00 Noon, Robert A. Van Wyck was inaugurated as the Mayor. The government of the new city was turned over to him by the outgoing Mayors of the three cities which had become boroughs of the metropolis. No elaborate ceremony marked Mayor Van Wyck's entrance into office at the City Hall: it was a business affair pure and simple.

The consolidation of the city of New York amalgamated the county of New York, the city of Brooklyn, the county of Kings, the county of Richmond, and part of the county of Queens. Incorporation as the "City of New York" had been approved on 4 May 1897, and was effective on 1 January 1898.

New York is the most populous city and 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 centre of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. A global power city, New York 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 centre for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.

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.

The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the Americas by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is a symbol of the United States and its democracy. Many districts and other landmarks in New York City have become well known. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. The names of many of the city's bridges, tapered skyscrapers, and parks are known around the world.

Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial centre of the world, and the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world.

Manhattan's Chinatown incorporates the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is one of the most extensive metro systems worldwide, with 472 stations in operation. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, and Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top 35 in the world.

In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, and environmental sustainability.

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Source Notes

Date from legislation: Gary Brand quotes 1897 New York Laws, Chapter 378, pp. 1-555.

Sy Scholfield quotes from local news report: "The New City Ushered In: Big Parade and Brilliant Display at the Birth of Greater New York," New York Times, 1 January 1898, pp. 1-2: "The flag of Greater New York was officially unfurled over the New York City Hall at midnight by a touch of a button by the major of San Francisco, 3,700 miles away, and the second city of the world came into existence ... as the City Hall clock marked 12, steam whistles sounded, the bands played more vehemently ... and the flag of the new city ... went to the top of the pole over the City Hall ... [thereafter] for fifteen minutes, there was a saturation of light and sound, and then the snow began to come fast..."

Data for inauguration from "Van Wyck at the Helm," New York Times, 2 January 1898, p. 1: "Robert A. Van Wyck became the Mayor of New York at noon yesterday. At that hour the government of the new city was turned over to him by the outgoing Mayors of the three cities which had become boroughs of the metropolis - William L. Strong of Manhattan and the Bronx, Frederick W. Wurster of Brooklyn, and Patrick Gleason of Long Island City. No elaborate ceremony marked Mayor Van Wyck's entrance into office at the City Hall: it was a business affair pure and simple..."


  • Mundane : City Population : more than 500,000 population