Regional Spotlight: New York City

Photo of New York City Skyline at Sunrise

New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. The city is referred to as New York City or the City of New York to distinguish it from the State of New York. A global power city, New York exerts a significant impact on commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural capital of the world. Located on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs—The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

Many districts and landmarks in New York City have become well-known to its approximately 50 million annual visitors. Times Square is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway theatre district. The city hosts many world renowned bridges, skyscrapers, and parks. New York City's financial district, anchored by Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, has been called the world's leading financial center and is home to the New York Stock Exchange. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. Providing 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is one of the most extensive rapid transit systems worldwide.

This year’s program features an exciting roster of local arrangements representing the work of members from the New York metropolitan area. The local arrangements committee, chaired by Philip Kasinitz (City University of New York), has developed a timely, stimulating, and vibrant roster of regional spotlight sessions, tours, and articles for Footnotes.

Regional Spotlight Offerings

View the complete roster of Regional Spotlight Sessions and Tours included in the online preliminary program schedule for details on the fascinating topics covered this year.

Regional Spotlight Sessions

  • Broken Windows Policing in New York City 20 Years On
  • Empire State of Mind: New York as a Cultural Space (co-sponsored with the Section on Sociology of Culture)
  • Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century
  • Life in the Gastropolis: Discussing New York City's Food World
  • Mega Projects and the Politics of Development in New York
  • Sandy, Climate Change, and the Future of New York City
  • What explains New York's 20 Year Crime Decline (and Will It Continue?)

Regional Spotlight Tours

  • Tour 01. Jackson Heights Immigrant Enclaves (Saturday, August 10, 2:00-5:00pm)
  • Tour 02. Ethnic Diversity and Public Space:  The Case of Astoria, Queens (Saturday, August 10, 2:00-5:00pm)
  • Tour 03. Greenwich Village (Saturday, August 10, 2:00-5:00pm)
  • Tour 04. The Lower East Side, Past and Present (Sunday, August 11, 12:00-3:00pm)
  • Tour 05. High Line, Hudson Yards and Chelsea's Art Galleries: New York’s New Far West Side (Sunday, August 11, 12:00-3:00pm)
  • Tour 06. City Life, Underground: The New York City Subway System (Sunday, August 11, 12:00-3:00pm)
  • Tour 07. The Green Heart of the City: Central Park (Sunday, August 11, 12:00-3:00pm)
  • Tour 08. Fashion District (Monday, August 12, 9:00am-12:00pm)
  • Tour 09. Peacebuilding at the United Nations  (co-sponsored with the Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict) (Monday, August 12, 8:30am-12:00pm)


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