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Known as the Big Apple, Manhattan features towering skyscrapers and the neon lights of Times Square. The financial capital of the world, Manhattan hosts the United Nations Headquarters and is home to the world’s two largest stock exchanges and many multi-national media conglomerates. It is a culture mecca, offering countless arts options from Broadway shows and world-famous museums to acclaimed symphonies, ballet companies, art galleries and much more. The city offers a wide array of public and private housing options. The New York City Department of Education operates the largest system of public schools in the U.S., more than 1,700 schools that serve 1.1 million students. In addition, Manhattan is home to many stellar universities including Columbia and NYU. The city offers a surprising variety of recreation options, from activities in its many parks to enjoying swimming pools and nearby public beaches. Sports enthusiasts can root for the NBA's New York Knicks, the NHL's New York Rangers and the NFL’s New York Jets. Manhattan features a subtropical, four seasons climate that is typically pleasant most of the year.