Welcome From the Site Director

Dear NYU New York Students

We are thrilled that you chose to study in New York this fall and look forward to meeting you in January. While some of you may be returning to New York City from a previous experience or semester, for others this may be your first time coming to New York or the U.S.


During your time in New York you will discover why New York is the city that never sleeps. It boasts of more than 2000 arts and cultural organizations and over 500 art galleries and museums; it is a center for finance, business, and media; and it the home to one of the world’s most diverse populations. But New York did not always hold its primary position among the world’s leading cities.

The city was founded between 1624 and 1626 when the Dutch East India Company established the region and named the settlement New Amsterdam. Forty years later, the British wrested control of the colony from the Dutch and renamed the area New York, after the Duke of York. The British would remain in control until the American Revolution led to the establishment of United States of America in 1784. New York City served as the first capital of the U.S. from 1789-1790. Instead of becoming the location of the nation’s government, New York evolved into the nation’s financial center – a position New York still holds today.

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