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Under Construction

National Geographic's New York Underground

New York is one of the oldest cities in North America. The Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam was established in what is now lower Manhattan in 1624. The infrastructure that supports the city: roads, waterworks, sewage, electricity etc., grew with the city and the technology. Much of the infrastructure is buried beneath our feet or on such a large scale that it becomes forest for the trees. Maintaining all of this requires planning, monitoring, and yes, money.

Once a structure goes up and is in use, most people don’t think too much about the upkeep. In

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Living the Life

Bridging the Divide

There are five boroughs that make up New York City — the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Bounded by the Hudson and the East Rivers, the borough of Manhattan is an island and while other cities like Montreal, Paris, Vancouver, Toronto have islands that are part of the city, for many especially native New Yorkers, the island is the

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People Places and Things

City Lights

Paris may be known as the City of Lights but New York can be brilliant in this as well — both for the way lights are used and for the light structures themselves. So, lights, camera, action.

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Living the Life

The Language Barrier

In diverse cities like New York, there are many who do not count English as their native or only language. While expats who move from one American city to another may need to decipher regional accents, expats from non-English speaking countries have another barrier to overcome in their adjustment to a new environment. In general, they are the ones who need to be

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