Boroughs of New York City

New York's various boroughs were created when the city was established. Learn in-depth information about each of these districts and what to see in each of them. 


New York is composed of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

Each borough is part of five of New York's counties:  Manhattan is part of the County of New York, Brooklyn is part of the County of Kings, Queens (County of Queens), the Bronx is part of the Bronx County and Staten Island (Richmond County). Until 1898, when these counties were joined, the city of New York was only formed by Manhattan.

Although each borough has a president, their role is very limited since the management is highly centralized by the Mayor of New York. So as not to focus attention on Manhattan in politics they often refer to New York as "The Five Boroughs".

Distritos de Nueva York


Manhattan is New York’s most famous borough. In fact, most people believe Manhattan to be a synonym of New York.


Brooklyn, which is seperated from Manhattan by the East River, is probably the second most famous district of New York after Manhattan.


Queens is the largest and fastest developing borough of The City. Discover what to see and do in this multi-cultural district and learn the best ways to visit it.

The Bronx

During the twentieth century, the Bronx was known for its gang activities. In recent years, the county has shifted 180º. Discover its top attractions.

Staten Island

Staten Island is located in the southernmost part of New York City and is the lesser-known borough. Find out about its top attractions.

How to Visit the Boroughs?

You can visit Manhattan at your own leisure or by booking our Upper and Lower Manhattan Tour. If you want to explore the rest of New York's boroughs, the easiest and safest option is to book our New York Contrasts Tour. This unique tour includes discovering each district and enjoying its architecture, people and culture.