What are the 5 boroughs of New York?

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New York from the Empire State Building. (DR photo)

In New York you will know the name “borough”, pronounced “boron”. A borough can be compared to a district as we know them in France. So it’s a big neighborhood. There are 5 boroughs in New York:


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Manhattan skyline. (Photo Didier Forray)


  • Judging by the applause, Brooklyn is as well known as Manhattan. Any visitor to New York has the right to cross the famous Brooklyn Bridge! This neighborhood feels less touristy than Manhattan and you can get off the beaten path.
  • I particularly recommend you to visit the Bushwick district, temple of Street Art. If you have time, make a trip to Williamsburg. And to see the essentials of Brooklyn in half a day, don’t hesitate to take our guided tour of Brooklyn in French.
  • You should also know that Brooklyn is the most populated borough of New York, with more than 2.5 million inhabitants.
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On the Brooklyn Bridge footbridge. (Photo Didier Forray)

3/ Queens

  • The borough of Queens is much less known than Manhattan and Brooklyn, but it will show you a completely different side of New York. I especially recommend a trip to Chinatown Queens.
  • Queens rivals Brooklyn in terms of population. The last census amounts to almost 2.3 million inhabitants.
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The neighborhood of Flushing in Queens. (DR photo)

4/ The Bronx

  • North of Manhattan, the Bronx borough is often overlooked by tourists. That’s a shame because this neighborhood of 1.4 million gives you a real slice of New York authenticity. I recommend the Little Italy neighborhood in the Bronx, a typical Italian neighborhood.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to set foot in the Bronx if you want to see a New York Yankees baseball game. Yankee Stadium is right in this neighborhood.
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Game day at Yankee Stadium in New York. (DR photo)

5/Staten Island

  • Staten Island is the fifth and last borough of New York. A borough like no other as Staten Island is an island at the end of New York Bay. Staten Island has fewer than 500,000 residents and offers a tranquil atmosphere.
  • In any case, Staten Island is absolutely worth a detour, for its glimpses of New York. I recommend taking the Staten Island Ferry, which provides shuttle service between Manhattan and northern Staten Island. Enjoy it as much as you like: the ferry is free!
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A ferry crossing the Statue of Liberty. (DR photo)

Journalist specializing in tourism, I founded the CNEWYORK website in 1999. But my passion for travel obviously doesn’t stop in New York. And that’s how I created a site about the American West, London, Rome and France.

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