New York City
is the largest city in the United
States, with its metropolitan area ranking among the largest
urban areas in the world. Located on the country's east
coast in New York State, it was founded as a commercial
trading post by the Dutch in 1625, and has been the largest
city in the United States since 1790. It also served as the
capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. Located
on one of the world's natural harbors, New York is one of
the world's major centers of commerce and finance.
New York also exerts global influence in media,
education, entertainment, arts, fashion and advertising. The
city is also a major center for international affairs,
hosting the headquarters of the United Nations.