New York City is an international metropolis built on the shoulders of immigrants and their descendants. NYCity is home to eight million people, and the city receives more than 50 million visitors per year.
"The Big Apple" is a nickname for New York City. It was first popularized in the 1920s by John J. Fitz Gerald, a sports writer for the New York Morning Telegraph. Its popularity since the 1970s is due to a promotional campaign by the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, known now as NYC & Company.