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The economy of New York City is the largest regional economy in the United Statesmarker and the second largest city economy in the world after Tokyomarker. Along with Londonmarker, New York Citymarker is a leading financial center of the world and a premier headquarters location for leading global financial services companies. New York is distinctive for its high concentrations of advanced service sector firms in fields such as law, accountancy, banking and management consultancy.

The financial, insurance, and real estate industries form the basis of New York's economy. The city is also the most important center for mass media, journalism and publishing in the United States, and is the preeminent arts center in the country. Creative industries such as new media, advertising, fashion, design and architecture account for a growing share of employment, with New York City possessing a strong competitive advantage in these industries. Manufacturing, although declining, remains consequential.

The New York Stock Exchangemarker is by far the largest stock exchange in the world by market capitalization of listed companies. The NASDAQ electronic exchange has the most companies listed and is third largest in the world by market capitalization of listed companies.

The New York metropolitan area had an estimated gross metropolitan product of $1.13 trillion in 2005, the largest regional economy in the United States. The city's economy accounts for the majority of the economic activity in the states of New York and New Jersey.

Large corporations

Midtown Manhattan is the largest central business district in the world, while the Financial District is also the third largest in the United States. New York City has long been the dominant business center of the United States, but with the city's fiscal crisis in the 1970s a new trend began to develop resulting in corporate headquarters and subsidiaries gradually moving to the suburbs and other regions.

Since the 1990s, New York has been re-establishing its claim as the city of corporate headquarters. The number of headquarters and subsidiaries in Manhattan has more than doubled since 1990, according to the federal Department of Labor. For the very largest American corporations it is important to be in a global city. Surveys done by New York's economic planners have also shown that the personal preference of the chief executive is a factor in determining whether a company moves to or from New York. In 2005 there were 602 stand-alone headquarter operations for major companies in the city. Many international corporations are headquartered in the city, including more Fortune 500 companies than any other city. The UK consulting firm Mercer, in a 2009 assessment "conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments", ranked New York City 49th worldwide in quality of living; the survey factored in political stability, personal freedom, sanitation, crime, housing, the natural environment, recreation, banking facilities, availability of consumer goods, education, and public services including transportation.

It is also the home of HIT Entertainment, headquartered in the Upper East Side area in Manhattan.

It is also the home of JetBlue Airways, headquartered in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens.

It is also home to PBS stations WLIWmarker and WNETmarker. WNET's headquarters are in Manhattan, and WLIW's headquarters are in Plainview, New York, which is part of Rockaway.

Fortune 500 corporations' headquarters

Out of the 500 U.S. corporations with the largest revenues in 2007, as listed by Fortune magazine in May 2008, 43 had headquarters in New York City and another 12 in other places in New York state. In the 1997 Fortune 500, 46 corporations had New York City headquarters, out of 61 corporations headquartered in New York state. Fortune 500 website and Fortune, Volume 135, number 8 (April 28, 1997), pages F-1 to F-8 and F-39 to F-40
& Volume 157, number 9 (May 5, 2008), pages F-1 to F-10 and F-40 to F-41 Of the financial, insurance and securities companies in the 2008 list (indicated by a light green background in the table below), many faced insolvency, bankruptcy, liquidation or acquisition after the credit crisis that peaked in September 2008.

The Top 25 Fortune 500 Companies in New York City
rank in: corporation Headquarters
(New York, NY)
Fortune 500 industry group 2007
($ million)


1 1 8 Citigroup 399 Park Ave. 10043 Commercial Banks 77.2%
2 2 12 J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. 270 Park Ave. 10017 Commercial Banks –27.8%
3 3 13 American International Group 70 Pine St. 10270 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 97.3%
4 5 17 Verizon Communications 140 West St. 10007 Telecommunications –22.0%
5 6 20 Goldman Sachs Group 85 Broad St. 10004 Securities 60.8%
6 7 21 Morgan Stanley 1585 Broadway 10036 Securities 69.8%
7 8 30 Merrill Lynch 4 World Financial Center 10080 Securities 78.3%
8 9 37 Lehman Brothers Holdings 745 Seventh Ave. 10019 Securities
9 10 43 MetLife 200 Park Ave. 10166 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) –43.4%
10 11 47 Pfizer 235 E. 42nd St. 10017 Pharmaceuticals –22.1%
11 12 49 Time Warner 1 Time Warner Center 10019 Entertainment –39.1%
12 14 75 American Express 200 Vesey St. 10285 Diversified Financials 64.3%
13 15 77 Hess Corporationmarker 1185 Sixth Ave. 10036 Petroleum Refining –46.8%
14 16 80 Alcoa 390 Park Ave. 10022 Metals 69.2%
15 17 82 New York Life Insurance 51 Madison Ave. 10010 Insurance: Life, Health (mutual)
16 18 84 News Corporation 1211 Sixth Ave. 10036 Entertainment 55.6%
17 19 86 TIAA-CREF 730 Third Ave. 10017 Insurance: Life, Health (mutual)
18 20 125 Bristol-Myers Squibb 345 Park Ave. 10154 Pharmaceuticals –12.3%
19 21 139 Loews Corporation 667 Madison Ave. 10021 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) –43.9%
20 22 156 Bear Stearns (subsidiary of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.) 383 Madison Ave. 10179 Securities
21 24 172 Bank of New York Mellon Corporation 1 Wall Street 10286 Commercial Banks –41.9%
22 25 181 CBS 51 W. 52nd St. 10019 Entertainment 69.2%
23 26 182 L-3 Communications 600 Third Ave. 10016 Aerospace and Defense –30.4%
24 27 186 Colgate-Palmolive 300 Park Ave. 10022 Household and Personal Products –12.1%
25 29 191 Viacom 1515 Broadway 10036 Entertainment 54.3%
NYC = New York Citymarker; NYS = New York Statemarker; US = United Statesmarker
All data except stock price changes are for either the calendar year ending on December 31, 2007 or the company's fiscal year ending before February 1, 2008.
Stock price changes are for the calendar year 2008. Declines of over 50% are in boldface. Over the same period (December 31, 2007 to December 31, 2008), the 30-stock Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by 33.8% and the Standard & Poor's index of 500 leading stocks declined by 38.5%. By the end of 2008, the stocks of Bear Stearns (acquired by JPMorgan Chase) and Lehman Brothers (in dissolution) were no longer being traded.
Sources: Fortune 500 website and Fortune, May 5, 2008 (Volume 157, number 9), pages F-1 to F-10, F-28, F-34, and F-40 to F-41.
Stock price change between December 31, 2007 and December 31, 2008 from "Year–End Review: Markets and Finance 2008", The Wall Street Journal, Friday, January 2, 2009 (Volume CCLIII, number 1), pages R-15 to R-18.


The New York Stock Exchangemarker, located on Wall Street, and the NASDAQ are the world's first and second largest stock exchanges, respectively, when measured by average daily trading volume and overall market capitalization. Financial services account for more than 35 percent of the city's employment income.

New York City has been a leading center of finance in the world economy since the end of World War I. As of August, 2008 the city's financial services industry employs 344,700 workers. Manhattan is home to six major stock, commodities and futures exchanges: American Stock Exchangemarker, International Securities Exchange, NASDAQ, New York Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchangemarker, and New York Stock Exchangemarker. This contributes to New York City being a major financial service exporter, both within the United States and globally.

The 280,000 workers in the finance industry collect more than half of all the wages paid in Manhattan, although they hold fewer than one of every six jobs in the borough. The pay gap between them and the 1.5 million other workers in Manhattan continues to widen, causing some economists to worry about the city’s growing dependence on their extraordinary incomes. Those high salaries contribute to job growth, but most of this job growth occurs in lower-paying service jobs in restaurants, retail and home health care and not many jobs in highly paid areas.[237056]

Since the founding of the Federal Reserve banking system, the Federal Reserve Bank of New Yorkmarker in Manhattan's financial district has been where monetary policy in the United States is implemented, although policy is decided in Washington by the Federal Reserve Bank's Board of Governors. The New York Fed is the largest, in terms of assets, and the most important of the twelve regional banks. It is responsible for the second district, which covers New York State and the New York City region, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The New York Fed is responsible for conducting open market operations, the buying and selling of outstanding US Treasury securities. In 2003, Fedwire, the Federal Reserve's system for transferring balances between it and other banks, transferred $1.8 trillion a day in funds, of which about $1.1 trillion originated in the Second District. It transferred an additional $1.3 trillion a day in securities, of which $1.2 trillion originated in the Second District. The New York Federal Reserve is the only regional bank with a permanent vote on the Federal Open Market Committee and its president is traditionally selected as the Committee's vice chairman. The bank also has the largest gold repository in the world, larger even than Fort Knoxmarker. Its vault is 80 feet (25 m) beneath the street and holds $160 billion worth of gold bullion.


New York is by far the most important center for American mass media, journalism and publishing. The city is the number-one media market in the United States with 7% of the country’s television-viewing households. Three of the Big Four music recording companies have their headquarters in the city. One-third of all independent films are produced in the Big Apple. More than 200 newspapers and 350 consumer magazines have an office in the city. The book publishing industry alone employs 25,000 people. For these reasons, New York is often called "the media capital of the world."


The city's television and film industry is the second largest in the country after Hollywoodmarker.

It is also a growth sector; according to the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting New York City attracted over 250 independent and studio films in 2005, an increase from 202 in 2004 and 180 in 2003. More than a third of professional actors in the United States are based in New York. The city's movie industry employs 100,000 New Yorkers, according to the Office, and about $5 billion is brought by the industry to the city's economy every yearThe Kaufman-Astoria film studio in Queens, built during the silent film era, was used by the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields. It has also been the set for The Cosby Show and Sesame Street. The recently constructed Steiner Studiosmarker is a 15 acre (61,000 m²) modern movie studio complex in a former shipyard where The Producers and The Inside Man, a Spike Lee movie, were filmed.

Silvercup Studios revealed plans in February 2006 for a new $1 billion complex with eight soundstages, production and studio support space, offices for media and entertainment companies, stores, 1,000 apartments in high-rise towers, a catering hall and a cultural institution. The project is envisioned as a "vertical Hollywood" designed by Lord Richard Rogers, the architect of the Pompidou Centermarker in Parismarker and the Millennium Domemarker in Londonmarker. It is to be built at the edge of the East River in Queensmarker and will be the largest production house on the East Coast. Steiner Studios in Brooklyn would still have the largest single soundstage, however. Kaufman Studios plans its own expansion in the future.

Miramax Films, a Big Ten film studio, is the largest motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in the city. Many smaller independent producers and distributors are also in New York.

International trade

City of New York is unique among American cities for its large number of foreign corporations. One out of every ten private sector jobs in the city is with a foreign company. Often this makes the perspective of New York’s business community internationalist and at odds with Washington’smarker foreign policy, trade policy, and visa policy.[237057]

Since 2000, China has been New York's leading growth market for exports. The New York Metropolitan Region is home to more than half of the 32 largest Chinese companies with offices in the United States. These companies represent a broad array of industries including shipping, steel, energy and manufacturing firms, and services. Many have chosen to open headquarters in New York in anticipation of eventual listing on the respective New York stock exchanges and entering U.S. capital markets. New York City currently boasts seven Chinese daily newspapers, two Chinese language television stations, and the largest Chinese neighborhood in the United States. New York area airports provide 12 daily flights to Hong Kong and five to Beijing, the most flights out of the eastern half of the United States.

In one measure of how international New York City's economy is, data compiled by the agents Knight Frank show foreign owners make up 34% of sales in the city's prime residential market. New York ranks ahead of Paris, where such sales account for 27%, Hong Kong (13%), and Sydney (9%). London, however, is the most cosmopolitan world city in terms of property ownership; more than 51% of homes there worth more than £2m ($3.8m, EU3m) sold in 2005 have gone to overseas buyers from Russia, the Middle East and elsewhere.

International shipping has always been a major part of the city's economy because of New York's natural harbor, but with the advent of containerization most cargo shipping has moved from the Brooklyn waterfront across the harbor to the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminalmarker in New Jersey. Some cargo shipping remains; for example, Brooklyn still handles the majority of cocoa bean imports to the United States.

High tech

High-tech industries like software development, gaming design, and Internet services are also growing; New York is the leading international internet gateway in the United States, with 430 Gbit/s of international internet capacity terminates, because of its position at the terminus of the transatlantic fiber optic trunkline. By comparison, the number two U.S. hub, Washington/Baltimore, has 158 Gbit/s of internet terminates.[237058] More than two-thirds of New Yorkers have Internet in their homes.

According to New York’s Economic Development Corporation, telecom carriers, cable companies, Internet service providers and publishers were a $23 billion industry in 2003. This represents over three percent of the city’s economy. The sector employs 43,000 city residents.

In 2006 Google moved into of office space in the second-largest building in New York City, at 111 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. The location is one of the most important "telecom hotels" in the world, a giant networking facility adjacent to the Hudson Street/Ninth Avenue fiber highway, one of the most critical Internet arteries in the world. Employing more than 500 people, it is Google's largest engineering complex outside of company headquarters. Google products engineered in the New York offices include Maps, Spreadsheets, Checkout, Blog search, and Mobile search. Google's large investment in its New York operations has led to speculation about new multimedia initiatives by the company.

Medicine and biomedical research

Research and Medical services drive New York's major healthcare industry. New York City has the most post-graduate life sciences degrees awarded annually in the United States, 40,000 licensed physicians, and 127 Nobel laureates with roots in local institutions. New York receives the second-highest amount of annual funding from the National Institutes of Healthmarker among all U.S. cities.

The major publicly-traded biopharma companies include Bristol Myers Squibb, Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, ImClone Systems, OSI Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Regeneron, CuraGen, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals . Pfizer shifted 1,000 jobs to New York City from New Jersey, Missouri, Michigan and California in 2003. According to the Partnership for New York City, New York institutions create more biotechnology-related patentsthan any other metropolitan area in the United States, including New Havenmarker, home of Yale Universitymarker's medical research complex, which produces the greatest per capita output.

Health care industry employs approximately 375,000 people in New York City, making it the city's largest employer. In New York, 40,000 physicians work at more than 70 hospitals ; the city's 20 public hospitals served 1.5 million people in 1998 alone.


Manufacturing accounts for a large but declining share of employment. Garments, chemicals, metal products, processed foods, and furniture are some of the principal products. The food-processing industry is the most stable major manufacturing sector in the city. Food making is a $5 billion industry that employs more than 19,000 residents, many of them immigrants who speak little English. Chocolate is New York City's leading specialty-food export, with $234 million worth of exports each year.

There are over 233,000 jobs that are for aliens alone [237059] in more than 10,000 New York City industrial businesses [237060], with the highest concentration of industrial employment in Manhattan. This includes manufacturing, warehousing, utilities, and transportation. Manufacturing jobs average $41,000 annually (NYS DOL, 2nd Qtr 2005), about $10,000 more than comparable jobs in retail or restaurants. The manufacturing sector has the highest percentage of first-generation immigrants making up 64% of the workforce (NYC Dept. City Planning) and African Americans comprising 78% of the production workforce (2004 American Community Survey).

These are small businesses, with an average size of 21 employees (NYS DOL, 2nd Qtr 2005). Examples of goods manufactured in the city include broadway costumes, custom-made cabinets, croissant for hotels, and wooden crates for shipping fine art. These items are labor-intensive and require collaboration between the end-user and the manufacturer. In recent years, as real estate and globalization pressures have increased, the remaining manufacturers have become more design-oriented and single customer-focused. To boot, production methods have become cleaner and more technology-driven.

Despite the adaptability of New York manufacturers, there remain looming challenges to the sector’s survival. A 2003 city-sponsored survey of the industrial sector identified three major local challenges to retaining businesses: 1) high cost of real estate; 2) high costs of doing business; and, 3) uncertainty about land use policy.

A biodiesel plant run by Tri-State Biodiesel, LLC will begin construction in the Bronx in 2010. The facility will process used cooking oil collected by TSB from over 2000 New York restaurants with methanol and a catalyst to create biodiesel fuel. More than one million gallons of waste oil could be collected in Brooklyn every year according to a 2004 Cornell study. The fuel produces 78 percent less carbon-dioxide emissions than standard diesel.

Real estate

Real estate is a major force in the city of New York's economy. In 2006 the total value of New York City property was $802.4 billion The Time Warner Centermarker is the property with the highest-listed market value in the city, at $1.1 billion in 2006.

Some of the most expensive office space in the United States is located in New York City. 450 Park Avenue was sold on July 2, 2007 for $510 million, about $1,589 per square foot ($17,104/m²), breaking the barely month-old record for an American office building of $1,476 per square foot ($15,887/m²) set in the June 2007 sale of 660 Madison Avenue.

Manhattanmarker had 353.7 million square feet (32,860,000 m²) of office space in 2001.

See also


  1. Magnets for money |
  2. London vs. New York | Cinco Dias
  3. UK claims top spot as world's leading financial centre
  4. Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index
  5. The 150 richest cities in the world by GDP in 2005, dated March 11, 2007. The list fails to include Taipei. Accessed July 3, 2007.
  7. NYSE Euronext History Timeline: 1900-1919
  8. NYC Employment Trends: September 18, 2008
  9. "Creative New York." Center for an Urban Future Dec. 2005.[1]
  10. "New York and China: Building a Global Partnership." The Partnership for New York City, April 2006.[2]
  11. "London's top housing draws the world's billionaires." 25 August 2006 Financial Times.[3]
  12. Tri-State Biodiesel :: Fuel of the Future... Today

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