Area Code 917

Where Is Area Code 917?

Updated: June 22nd 2021

Area code 917 is the area code for the five boroughs of New York City, which are Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx. When area code 917 was introduced on January 1, 1992, it was the first overlay area code in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). Area code 917 is an overlay to area codes 212, 646, 332, 718, 347, and 929.

Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City and is the southernmost part of both New York City and New York. Staten Island is the least populated of the boroughs and is the only borough with a non-Hispanic White majority. The Arthur Kill and the Kill Van Kull separate Staten Island from New Jersey while the New York Bay separates Staten Island from the rest of New York. The Staten Island Ferry connects Staten Island to Manhattan; several bridges connect Staten Island to New Jersey; the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects Staten Island to Brooklyn. Staten Island, along with several smaller islands, forms Richmond County. Going back in history, the island was first sighted by Italian explorer Giovanni de Verrazzano in 1520. Between 1639 and 1655, the Dutch made several attempts to establish a permanent settlement on the island, however each settlement was attacked and demolished by the local Indians. The first permanent Dutch settlement was eventually established in 1661. Staten Island became part of the new English colony of New York in 1667 and was designated as Richmond County in 1683. Staten Island played an important role on the American Revolutionary War; the British used Staten Island’s strategic location as a staging ground for the invasion. Staten Island became one of the five boroughs of New York City in 1898.

Staten Island has a population of 468,730 and the racial makeup of the borough is 64.0% non-Hispanic White, 17.3% Hispanic, 10.6% African American, and 7.5% Asian (2010 Census).

Staten Island has the highest proportion of Italian Americans of any county in the United States while the Little Sri Lanka is one of the largest Sri Lankan communities outside of the country of Sri Lanka. Staten Island has various neighborhoods; the North Shore is the most urban part of the island; the East Shore is home to the 2.5-mile F.D.R. Boardwalk; the South Shore is the suburban part of the island; the West Shore is mostly industrial. Many artists and musicians move to Staten Island so they can be close to Manhattan without having to actually live in Manhattan and pay high rent. Unlike the other boroughs, Staten Island does not have a hospital operated by New York City and does not have a New York City Department of Corrections major detention center. Colleges and universities in Staten Island include College of Staten Island, Wagner College, and St. John’s University. Staten Island is home to thousands of acres of parkland and to a large and diverse population of wildlife. Points of interest in Staten Island include the Staten Island Zoo, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach, the Historic Richmond Town, and the Staten Island Children’s Museum.

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Staten Island

The Bronx

Queens is another one of the five boroughs of New York City. Queens is situated on Long Island and is geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn. Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, was born in Queens. Established in 1683, Queens was one of the original 12 counties of New York. Queens became a borough of New York City in 1898, at the same time it became coterminous with Queens County. Queens has a population of 2,230,722 and the racial makeup of the borough is 39.7% White, 27.5% Hispanic, 22.9% Asian, and 19.1% African American (2010 Census). When it comes to the economy, Queens has the second-largest economy out of the five boroughs. Queens is home to the JFK International Airport and the LaGuardia Airport, two of the busiest airports in the world. Queens’ vast cultural diversity can be seen through the cuisine. There are a lot of places to visit in Queens, including the Gantry Plaza State Park, the Citi Field, the USTA National Tennis Center, the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens Zoo, and the New York Hall of Science.

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