What are the different boroughs of New York?
There are five boroughs in New York - Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn. I am not certain as to why the city was divided into these areas. They were separated into 5 boroughs because they were each separate pieces of land that were owned by different people. They weren't part of New York City, only New York State, originally. The consolidation of the five boroughs into "Greater New York" in 1898 was a very early example of regional planning. The contiguous counties of New York, Richmond (Staten Island), Brooklyn and The Bronx (an annexed portion of then Westcheter County and Queens County (not all of the county wanted to join the consolidation and formed Nassau County while the remainder of the county joined the city.