New York consists of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The city itself has 8.2 million inhabitants and was founded in 1624. The nicknames themselves say it all about the place where the gay movement was born with the Stonewall riots in 1969; The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham, The Capital of the World, The Empire City, The City So Nice and They Named it Twice. The gay areas are traditionally Greenwich Village and Chelsea next to it. If you like shopping, opera, art, shows and theatre or big parties and cool gay bars, this is a city that must be visited.