Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New York Cities

Hey, I have an answer to the question I raised a while ago, about how to refer to areas of New York City. It turns out that the US Postal service classifies certain parts of NYC, like Staten Island or Brooklyn, as separate towns, even if they're technically still part of New York.

So maybe that's why people will say, "I'm from Brooklyn" in place of "I'm from New York City."

I wonder if other big cities also have neighborhoods that are classified as their own cities. I know that's not the case with Portland or San Francisco. Sometimes, you'll hear them mention a San Francisco neighborhood on "Full House" or "Star Trek", but it's usually pretty clear that the Marina District or Chinatown or wherever is still part of San Francisco proper.


Anonymous said...

It happens a lot in boston. People will say the live in Cambridge or Somerville, for ex. when they are really just part of boston

Emily said...

From what I understand this is based on how the cities are taxed. Sometimes areas near a city are considered part of the city as a whole, but they were actually founded at a different time and aren't taxed or governed the same way as the rest of the city. For example, Westminister isn't actually part of London, even though a lot of touristy things you associate with London are there.

Detroit has a few neighborhoods like this. The most well known is Hamtramck. It's within the city limits, but ìs taxed and governed seperately from the rest.

And not to be rude to the person above, but Cambridge is it's own township with seperate taxes and a different mayor than Boston. It's just so close by that they share a lot of civil services.

Regarding NYC, it's actually about location. All the neighborhoods are part of the city, but not all of them are part of the mainland. People who are from islands like Brooklyn or Staten Idland will soecify because it's a different piece of land.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but the point is that to most people not from Boston, people think Cambridge is a neighbourhood of Boston, but people from Boston differentiate. Just like most people not from NYC think Brooklyn is a neighbourhood, but it is a borough. Most people dont realize NYC is 5 boroughs together.

In the east coast, many places were separate villages and then as sprawl happened they became one kind of mass.

Anonymous said...

I live in New York, and it's really a difference in culture between the boroughs. Queens is one of the most multicultural areas anywhere in the world, Manhattan is known for the Financial District and the Garment District, etc. Saying which borough you're from is a matter of pride. Even though we're all New Yorkers at the end of the day, there are definitely aspects of where we're from which we're proud of.

Anonymous said...

New York is also the largest city in the US, so you can bet that the different boroughs have unique identities.