French expatriates living in New York

It's been said that Manhattan is an island somewhere between the United States and Europe, and for many French New Yorkers, that couldn't be more true.

A survey was undertaken by the New York consulate in order to learn more about French expatriates living in the city.

There are about 60,000 French expatriates living in New York !

Where do they live?

45% in Manhattan

10% in Brooklyn (61% in NYC)

15% in New Jersey

9% in Westchester

6% in Connecticut

As a cosmopolitan metropolis, New York City is so diverse that just about anyone from anywhere could rediscover the idiosyncrasies of home and construct their own cultural enclave around them.

Here are fiew ways to feel French in New York City :

“Bon Appetit!”

It’s easy to eat like a Parisian in New York: Sip on brut cuvée or sparkling rosé, grab a fresh baguette at a Bakery, or for a wide selection of low-priced fromage visit East Village Cheese. Don’t forget about the myriad of French eateries throughout the city.


Amidst New York’s brick-faced, English-style buildings you’ll find grand façades rooted in French Beaux-Arts. Characterized by grandiose pavilions, tall parapets and columns, classical detailing, and arched windows, many of the Beaux-Arts style buildings were constructed by American architects who trained at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from the 1890s until the First World War.

“French Cinema”

Take a free cinematic tour of France en plein air by catching a French summertime film screening in New York City parks during the Films on the Green series, co-organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

“Crêpe Suzette”

Grab a crepe Suzette in the West Village then enjoy it under the Washington Square Park arch, which echoes the tunes of street musicians. New York architect Stanford White modeled the arch after the Arc de Triomphe.


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