Planning your elective—New York City
Amina Hussain offers some tips on arranging an elective in the world's most exciting and diverse city
Everything anyone has ever said or heard about New York is true… and more. Just when you think you know all there is to possibly know about this city that never sleeps, you turn the corner and another tale unfolds. New York, with its eight million inhabitants, is a metropolis divided into neighbourhoods, comprising the central island of Manhattan and the four outer boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island.
The almost palpable tension emanating from the streets of New York is largely a result of the frenetic pace at which most of the city operates. It is also, in part, a result of people's wariness at the prospect of danger or violence. This is despite a crime rate that has continued to fall throughout the latter half of the 1990s. From the bohemians in Greenwich Village to the suited financiers of Wall Street, New York is a melting