Locus Focus: New York

In the words of the great author and journalist Tom Wolfe, ‘One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.’


Spread over 1,41,300 sq. km and home to the Statue of Liberty, New York State is considered to be one of the most impactful places to live in. Colloquially referred to as ‘The Empire State’, New York is the fourth most populated, seventh most densely populated, and twenty seventh most extensive state in U.S. Consequently, it is also one of the most expensive places on the planet.

Similar to districts in a state in India, the New York State is also divided into 62 smaller divisions called counties. The only exception is that of New York City (NYC) which is divided into five boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Interestingly, over 40% of the population of New York State lives in New York City.


Often regarded as the financial and cultural capital of the world, New York is also designated as the headquarters of the United Nations making it the epicentre of International Diplomacy.

It is often remarked, ‘New York has something for everyone’. With some of the world’s largest broadway productions in Times Square popularly called ‘Crossroads of the World’ to the magnanimous ‘Wall Street’ hosting the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ (World’s largest and second largest stock exchanges), NYC has always been the place to be in. 

The Grand Central Terminal in New York is also the most extensive railway junction in the World catering to 44 platforms with bafflingly beautiful architecture dating back to 1871. Central Park is also one of most visited parks in the World with close to 40 million entrants annually. Interestingly, it is also one of the most filmed locations in the World. (Bollywood must have played a key role in achieving this distinction!!)


The New York Higher Education System is intensely quantitative and immensely exclusive giving way to about 200 universities and colleges. IVY League universities such as Columbia and Cornell in addition to the prestigious New York University and Rockefeller have consistently ranked in the top 35 in the world.

Headquarters to the top Investment Banks, Corporations, Law Firms etc, New York has positioned itself to be one of the conducive cities to be in.

The literary genius Mark Twain once said, ‘Make your mark in New York and you are a made man’. New York celebrates people and is nothing but  a collective called humanity at it’s very best.