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The boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx are a patchwork of residential and commercial areas and parks.They have large industrial areas with a predominant blue-collar feel containing manufacturing and freight distribution centers for the area.Brooklyn is large and diverse enough to function as a standalone city, with large and some upscale residential areas with a modern downtown and substantial commercial and retail offerings areas.Brooklyn is known for its large Olmstead designed (of Central Park fame) Prospect Park.Brooklyn shares the western end of Long Island with Queens, with excellent transportation service into the city by rail and subway and numerous beaches, parks and residential neighborhoods south and east towards the large JFK airport.Brooklyn is socioeconomically very diverse, with a mix of upscale, middle class and poorer areas, while Queens is more clearly identifiable as middle class.Other suburbs give workers access to New York by freeway or by rail lines across the Hudson or to northern New Jersey.
Numerous major-league teams play in the area, including the MLB Yankees and Mets, NBA Knicks, NFL Giants and Jets, and NHL Islanders and Rangers.An extensive public transit system with subways and buses serves the urban core and links the boroughs.A suburban rail and ferry network services surrounding communities in Connecticut, Long Island, and New Jersey. Many residents don’t own cars and choose to depend on public transit or an occasional car rental.The Bronx area, on the mainland to the north of Manhattan, is the grittiest of the three areas, although its strategic location between the city and to better areas north is starting to bring some interest.Staten Island, a mainly-residential borough to the south, is connected to Manhattan by ferries and the Verrazano Narrows bridge.
New York is the largest metro area in the United States.