If there is one thing we should all focus on, it is the future. By preparing for tomorrow, we may avert potential problems and take advantage of coming opportunities. The New York Metropolitan area we see today will not exist 100 years from now. Something more magnificent than any of us can imagine in our most fanciful dreams will have replaced much of it by then.
It is safe to assume that this is the way it will go, as technology continues its advance. The scientific discoveries and innovations are coming faster with each day. Surely before long, it will all seem like a world of magic. Just as New Yorkers of 120 years ago could not imagine a world without horses, so to we should expect equally important technological developments to alter the world.
However, there are things which are unlikely to change as well. From the early days of the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam, this town and region has been a center of commerce. That has not changed in 400 years, and it will not change tomorrow. The Tri-State Region is today on its way to becoming a de facto unitary urban entity. Observed from space the lines of demarcation are revealed to be nonexistent. In reality, the New York Metropolitan Area functions as a singular entity commercially, culturally, and in certain regards politically as well.
The states which form the region are New York, New Jersey, Western Connecticut, and much of Eastern Pennsylvania. The Tri-State Region is the largest megapolis in the world measuring by urban area (4,495 square miles). In all 20.3 million people live here. One in 17 Americans resides in the New York Metropolitan area.
New York has always been a significant portal of legal immigration into the United States. That has not changed up to today, and in all likelihood, it will continue in the future. More foreign-born residents are living in New York City than in any other city in the world. Furthermore, the United Nations, headquartered in New York City, is anchored here. That sort of makes the region the unofficial capital of the world.
If the New York metropolitan area were a country, it would have the ninth largest economy on Earth. That is saying plenty when you realize that from our relatively small patch of territory on the globe we can outproduce countries such as Russia, Canada, and South Korea regarding our local GDP. In 2015 the Tri-state region generated $1.83 trillion, approximately 10% of the United States’ GDP.
Looking toward the future that is unlikely to change, as the Metropolitan area continues to be a dominant player across several industries such as:
The best way to appreciate how far you have come, and to assess where you are likely heading is to visit a history museum. There is no better museum to visit when considering the New York metropolitan region’s past, present, and future than the Museum of the City of New York on Fifth Avenue. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the museum is a treasure which you must put on your list of day trips.
Click on this moovit link for directions to the Museum of the City of New York via public transit.