New Phork

New Phork
capital city
Republic of New Phork
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese新福克共和国
 • SpanishRepública de Nueva Phork
Birds-eye view of the Capital District
Birds-eye view of the Capital District
Flag of New Phork
Flag
Nickname(s): 
NP
Motto(s): 
Good life, good death.
CountryPhilimania
ProvinceNorth Philimania
Districts
Establishment9 April 1771
City status1803
Government
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • BodyNew Phork City Council
 • MayorJoseph Carr
Area
 • Republic1,320 km2 (510 sq mi)
 • Metro
453 km2 (175 sq mi)
Elevation
10 m (30 ft)
Population
(2020)
 • Republic1,865,432
 • Density1,413/km2 (3,660/sq mi)
 • Urban
996,980
 • Metro
868,452
 • Metro density1,413/km2 (3,660/sq mi)
 • Demonym
New Phorker
City Index
 • HDI (2019)Increase 0.927 (very high)
 • GDP (2020)Increase P$ 549,388 billion
 • Per capita (2020)Increase P$ 18,720
Time zoneUTC-8 (GMT-6)
Postal code
50000 to 60000
Area code(s)47
Vehicle registrationP (except taxis)
N (for taxis only)
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Official language(s)English (de facto)
Websitewww.npc.gov

New Phork, officially the The Republic of New Phork and colloquially referred to as NP, is a republic and the capital city of Philimania. It is the largest city in Philimania, covering an area of 1,320 km2 (510 sq mi) with an estimated population of 1.86 million as of 2020. Greater New Phork, is an urban agglomeration of 1.09 million people as of 2020. It is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in South America, in both population and economic development.

New Phork is the cultural, financial and economic centre of Philimania. It is also home to The Philimanian Legistlative Council (TPLC). It first developed as a town serving the tin mines of the region circa 1771, before it became the capital of Philimania in 1899

New Phork has a comprehensive road system supported by an extensive range of public transport networks, known as the New Phork Integrated Transit System. It was ranked as being the 9th most-visited city in the world in 2020 by Mastercard.

History

Etymology

A intersection in New Phork

The city is named after the founder who is called Henry Phork. The city of Phorktown was founded by his ancestors, Which is why the city is named 'New' Phork.

Early Years (1771-1790)

The city of New Phork was founded in 1771 by Henry Phork. Miners were involved in tin mining At the Philimanian east coast in the 1770s about four kilometres east of present-day New Phork. The City was originally a small hamlet of just a few houses and shops besides the Brades River before it grew into a town. It is generally accepted that become established as a town circa 1776, when the brother of Henry Phork, Philip Phork, raised funds from businessmen to hire some miners from Phorktown to open new tin mines here.

Although the early miners suffered a high death toll due to the malarial conditions of the jungle, the tin mines were successful, and the first tin from these mines was exported in 1790. The town, spurred on by tin-mining, started to develop centred on Old Market Square (Milieunt Ita), with roads radiating out towards The mines where miners also started to settled in. The miners formed gangs among themselves; and fights between different gangs were frequent in this period, particularly between factions of New Phork, mainly to gain control of the best tin mines.

Beginning of modern day New Phork (1790-1900)

By 1798, New Phork was the most prosperous town in Philimania, attracting tons of people from smaller communities to come and find work meaning that more houses had to be built, the town started to grow very rapidly. By 1803, the town has become a city. In 1867, a railway line between New Phork and the mines on the east coast was built, increasing accessibility which resulted in the even more rapid growth of the city. The population grew from 86,672 in 1867 to 320,000 in 1880. As development intensified in the 1880s, it also put pressure on sanitation, waste disposal and other health issues. A Sanitary Board was created on 14 May 1890 which was responsible for sanitation, upkeep of roads, lighting of street and other functions. This would eventually become the New Phork City Council. In 1899, New Phork was made capital of Philimania by Mahad Sanders.

Present day (1900-Present)

A restaurant in New Phork circa 1916

By 1916, the city of New Phork has became one of the most largest and important cities in the world. In 2002, Foster International Airport was built by Huton Inc.. By 2010, New Phork is the number one tourist destination in South America.

Geography

The geography of New Phork is characterised by the Brades River. The city's location within North Philimania, the most developed province in Philimania, which has wider flat land than the other provinces, has contributed to its faster development relative to other cities in Philimania. The municipality of the city covers an area of 1,320 km2 (510 sq mi), with an average elevation of 10 m (30 ft).

Climate and weather

New Phork experiences a humid tropical climate with generally cool temperatures and plentiful rainfall all year round. Temperatures tend to remain constant. Maximums hover between 24 and 31 °C (75.2 and 87.8 °F) and sometimes hit 38 °C (100.4 °F), while minimums hover between 18.4 °C (65.12 °F) and have never fallen below 17.8 °C (64.0 °F).

Climate data for New Phork
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 22.0
(71.6)
23.2
(73.8)
23.0
(73.4)
24.2
(75.6)
22.5
(72.5)
23.6
(74.5)
25.3
(77.5)
23.0
(73.4)
23.8
(74.8)
21.0
(69.8)
23.0
(73.4)
23.5
(74.3)
25.3
(77.5)
Average high °C (°F) 21.0
(69.8)
23.8
(74.8)
25.1
(77.2)
24.1
(75.4)
23.0
(73.4)
22.8
(73)
24.8
(76.6)
22.3
(72.1)
22.1
(71.8)
25.0
(77)
24.7
(76.5)
23.5
(74.3)
23.52
(74.33)
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.7
(74.7)
22.2
(72)
24.6
(76.3)
21.7
(71.1)
22.8
(73)
26.6
(79.9)
24.1
(75.4)
22.1
(71.8)
23.0
(73.4)
24.0
(75.2)
22.8
(73)
21.6
(70.9)
23.27
(73.89)
Average low °C (°F) 19.4
(66.9)
20.6
(69.1)
19.0
(66.2)
21.3
(70.3)
19.6
(67.3)
21.3
(70.3)
20.8
(69.4)
18.9
(66)
20.8
(69.4)
21.0
(69.8)
20.8
(69.4)
19.6
(67.3)
20.26
(68.45)
Record low °C (°F) 17.8
(64)
18.0
(64.4)
18.9
(66)
20.6
(69.1)
20.5
(68.9)
19.1
(66.4)
20.1
(68.2)
20.0
(68)
21.0
(69.8)
20.0
(68)
20.7
(69.3)
19.0
(66.2)
17.8
(64)
Precipitation mm (inches) 193
(7.6)
198
(7.8)
257
(10.12)
290
(11.42)
197
(7.76)
131
(5.16)
148
(5.83)
162
(6.38)
214
(8.43)
265
(10.43)
321
(12.64)
252
(9.92)
2,628
(103.49)
Avg. rainy days 16 17 20 21 20 24 20 21 19 18 18 17 231
% humidity 80 80 80 82 81 80 79 79 81 82 84 83 81
Mean monthly sunshine hours 185.0 192.4 207.9 198.8 206.8 194.4 200.2 189.0 163.8 169.1 152.3 162.6 2,222.3
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Climate data for New Phork
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily daylight hours 12.0 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.3 12.3 12.2 12.1 12.0 12.0 11.9 12.1
Average Ultraviolet index 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Governance

New Phork was administered by a corporation sole called the Federal Capital Commissioner from 1 April 1791, until 1890, after which executive power transferred to the New Phork City Council. Thirteen mayors have been appointed since then. The current mayor is Joseph Carr of the Democratic Party, who has been in office since 21 July 2015

Local government

The local administration is carried out by the New Phork City Council. It is responsible for public health and sanitation, waste removal and management, town planning, environmental protection and building control, social and economic development, and general maintenance functions of urban infrastructure. Executive power lies with the mayor in the city hall, who is elected for 5 years by the public. This system of electing the mayor has been in place ever since the local government appointments were suspended in 1901.

Districts

Districts (divisions) of New Phork

New Phork's eight districts, with estimated population and percentage of the total, are congruent with administrative subdivisions under the authority of the New Phork City Council.

  1. Oakley (193,900 - 10%)
  2. Capital (378,690 - 24%)
  3. North New Phork (179,000 - 14%)
  4. Reeds (227,330 - 15%)
  5. Spring (91,290 - 7%)
  6. Charingham (287,740 - 22%)
  7. Grunning (182,300 - 15%)
  8. Gapan (311,115 - 21%)

Politics

New Phork is home to The Philimanian Legislative Council (TPLC). The hierarchy of authority in Philimania, in accordance with the Philimanian Constitution, has stipulated the three branches, of the Philimanian government as consisting of the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative branches. The Council consists of the Upper House / Legislative Council and the Lower House / House of Representatives.

Economy

A pedestrian mall by the Milieunt Ita

New Phork and its surrounding urban areas form the most industrialised and economically, the fastest growing region in Philimania.

The city remains as the economic and business hub in the country. New Phork is a centre for finance, insurance, real estate, media and the arts of Philimania. New Phork is rated as an alpha world city, and is the only global city in Philimania, according to the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC). The infrastructure development in the surrounding areas such as the Foster International Airport in Charingham further reinforce the economic significance of the city.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for New Phork is estimated at P$34,536 billion in 2017 with an average annual growth rate of 5.6 percent. By 2020, the GDP has reached P$549,388 billion, representing 56% of the total GDP of Philimania. The per capita GDP for New Phork in 2019 was P$15,752 with an average annual growth rate of 2.6 percent, and P$18,722 in 2020. Average monthly household income is P$10,073 as of 2020, growing at a pace of approximately 5% a year. The service sector comprising finance, insurance, real estate, business services, wholesale and retail trade, restaurants and hotels, transport, storage and communication, utilities, personal services and government services form the largest component of employment representing about 83.0 percent of the total. The remaining 17 percent comes from manufacturing and construction.

The large service sector is evident in the number of local and foreign banks and insurance companies operating in the city. New Phork has a large number of foreign corporations and is also host to many multi national companies' regional offices or support centres, particularly for finance and accounting, and information technology functions.

Other important economic activities in the city are education and health services. New Phork also has advantages stemming from the high concentration of educational institutions that provide a wide-ranging of courses. Numerous public and private medical specialist centres and hospitals in the city offer general health services, and a wide range of specialist surgery and treatment that caters to locals and tourists.

There has been growing emphasis to expand the economic scope of the city into other service activities, such as research and development, which supports the rest of the economy of Philimania. New Phork has been home for years to important research centres such as the Rubber Research Institute of Philimania, the Rainforest Research Institute of Philimania and the Institute of Medical Research.

Tourism

Tourism plays an important role in the city's service-driven economy. Many large worldwide hotel chains have a presence in the city. One of the oldest hotels is the Geodan Hotel. New Phork is the eleventh most visited city in the world, with 10.6 million tourists per year. Tourism here is driven by the city's cultural diversity, relatively low costs, and wide gastronomic and shopping variety. MICE tourism, which mainly encompasses conventions— has expanded in recent years to become a vital component of the industry, and is expected to grow further once the Philimanian government's Economic Transformation Programme kicks in, and with the completion of a new 93,000 sq m-size Lakton Centre in 2013. Another notable trend is the increased presence of budget hotels in the city.

The major tourist destinations in New Phork include the Lakotan Centre, the Reeds shopping district, the Philimania Tower, the Merak Square, The Philimanian Legislative Council Complex, the Philimanian Cultural Heritage Centre, the New Phork Museum of History, Milieunt Ita, and Lakton Aquarium.

Retail

New Phork alone has 54 shopping malls and is the retail and fashion hub in Philimania as well as South American.

Suria Mall is one of philimania's premier upscale shopping destination due to its location beneath the besides the Milieunt Ita. Apart from Suria Mall, Gapan district has the highest concentration of shopping malls in New Phork. It includes: Pavilion, Ural , Marchton, Witill Times Square, Gaulia Plaza and Quill City Mall. Stunning area of Reeds hosts various cafes, alfresco dining outlets and illegal activities. Charingham district also has a few shopping complexes.

Apart from shopping complexes, New Phork has designated numerous zones in the city to market locally manufactured products such as textiles, fabrics and handicrafts.

Since 2000, the Philimanian Ministry of Tourism introduced the mega sale event for shopping in Philimania. The mega sale event at the time is held three times a year – in March, May and December – during which all shopping malls are encouraged to participate to boost New Phork as a leading shopping destination in South America which being maintained until present with new mega sales.

Demographics

Ethnicities of Philimania – 2020 Population Quick Info
Ethnic group Percent
Philimanian
40.32%
Haspanic
45.52%
Others
14.16%

New Phork is the most populous city in Philimania, with a population of 1.86 million in the city proper as of 2020. It has a population density of 1,413 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,360/sq mi), and is the most densely populated administrative district in Philimania. Residents of the city are colloquially known as New Phorkers.

New Phork's heterogeneous populace includes the country's two major ethnic groups: the Philimanian, and the Haspanic, although the city also has a mix of different cultures including Afro-Ecuadorian, as well as Han Chinese, Ibans and other indigenous races from around South America.

Cityscape

Panorama view of New Phork

Architecture

The architecture of New Phork is a mixture of English, North American, modern, and postmodern architecture mix. Being a relatively young city compared with other South American capitals such as Lima and La Paz, most of New Phork's notable buildings were built toward the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These buildings were designed in a number of styles – Mock Tudor, Neo-Gothic or Grecian-Spanish style or architecture. Most of the styling has been modified to use local resources and acclimatised to the local climate, which is tropical and humid all year around.

Late modern and postmodern architecture began to appear in the late-1990s and early-2000s. With the economic development, old buildings have been razed to make way for new ones. Buildings with all-glass shells exist throughout the city, with the most prominent examples being the Philimanian Tower. New Phork's central business district today has shifted around the New Phork City Centre where many new and tall buildings with modern and postmodern architecture fill the skyline. According to the World Tallest 50 Urban Agglomeration 2010 Projection by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, New Phork was ranked 15th among cities to have most buildings above 100 metres with a combined height of 34,035 metres from its 244 high rise buildings.

Parks

The Leeds Gardens, a 92-hectare (230-acre) botanical garden, is the first recreational park created in New Phork. The Philimanian Legistlative Council Complex is located close by. The park includes a Butterfly Park, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden and the New Phork Bird Park, which is the world's 2nd largest aviary bird park. Other parks in the city include the Sculpture Garden, Hancegreen Lake Gardens, Queen's Lake Gardens, Kiarn Botanical Gardens, Equestrian Park, and Valley Park.

There are three rainforest reserves within the city namely the Nangra Rainforest Reserve in the city centre, the oldest gazetted forest reserve in the country 10.52 ha or 26.0 acres, Sangai Rainforest Reserve (7.41 ha or 18.3 acres) and Buck Rainforest Reserve (42.11 ha or 104.1 acres). Nangra, in the heart of the city centre, is one of the 2nd oldest virgin forests in the world within a city. These residual forest areas are home to a number of fauna species particularly sloths, frogs, squirrels and birds.

Education

According to government statistics, New Phork has a literacy rate of 94.5% in 2019, the highest rate in any state or territory in Philimania. In Philimania, English is the language of instruction for most subjects while English is a compulsory subject, but as of 2020, English is still the language of instruction for mathematics and the natural sciences for most schools. Some schools provide Mandarin and Spanish as languages of instruction for certain subjects. Each level of education demands different skills of teaching and learning ability.

New Phork contains 14 tertiary education institutions, 79 high schools, 186 elementary schools and 145 kindergartens.

Several institutions in the city are older than 100 years—such as Oakley High (1893), the Charington Institution of Technology (1784); Methodist Girls' Schooiversity of Philimania (1832). Methodist Boys' School (1837); St. John's Institution (1904), Confucian Private Secondary School (1939), Spring Hall (1908), and Maxwell School (1917).

New Phork is home to the University of New Phork (UNP). Established in 1840, it is the oldest university in Philimania, and one of the oldest in the region. It was ranked the best university in Philimania, the 3rd best in South America in QS World University Rankings 2019. In recent years, the number of international students at University of New Phork has risen, as a result of increasing efforts made to attract more international students.

Other universities located in New Phork include the University of Nangra (UN), International University of Philimania (IUP), Ural University College (UUC), Gapan University (GU), Taylor's University (TU), and University of Technology Philimania (UTP). The National Defence University of Philimania is located at Huton Army Base, at the southern part of central New Phork. It was established to be a major centre for military and defence technology studies. This institution covers studies in the field of marine, navy, and air force.

Greater New Phork covers an even more extensive selection of universities including several international branches such as Kliptoff University.

Culture

Arts

Inside the New Phork Museum of History

New Phork is a hub for cultural activities and events in Philimania. Among the centres is the New Phork Museum of History, which is situated along Geodan Road. Its collection comprises artefacts and paintings collected throughout the country. The National Museum, which houses more than seven thousand artefacts including rare exhibits as well as a library of Polynesian paintings, is the largest arts collection in South America. The museum's collection not only concentrate on works from the Pacific, but also includes work from elsewhere in South America, such as Peru and Brazil. New Phork has a Craft Complex coupled with a museum that displays a variety of textile, ceramic, metal craft and weaved products. All the information of the production process are portrayed in diorama format complete with historical facts, technique and traditionally engineered equipment. Among the processes shown are pottery making, intricate wood carving, silver-smithing, weaving songket cloth, stamping batik patterns on cloth and boat making. Karan has an ultra modern visitor's centre, which allows tours to be conducted through its pewter museum, gallery and its factory. In its pewtersmithing workshop, "The School of Hard Knocks", participants are taught to create their own pewter dish using traditional tools and methods.

The premier performing arts venue is the New Phork Philharmonic Hall located underneath the Philimania Towers. The resident orchestra is the Philimanian Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), consisting of musicians from all over the world and features regular concerts, chamber concerts and traditional cultural performances. The New Phork Performing Arts Centre (NPPac) in Grunning and Milient Performing Arts Centre (MPac) in Spring are two of the most established centres for performing arts, notably theatre, plays, music, and film screening in the country. It has housed many local productions and has been a supporter of local and regional independent performance artists.

The National Art Gallery of Philimania is located in Oakley on a 5.67-hectare (14.0-acre) site neighbouring the Philimanian National Theatre and National Library. The architecture of the gallery incorporates elements of traditional Philimanian architecture, as well as contemporary modern architecture. The National Art Gallery serves as a centre of excellence and trustee of the national art heritage.

Sports and recreation

New Phork has numerous parks, gardens and open spaces for recreational purposes. Total open space for recreational and sport facilities land use in the city has increased significantly by 169.6 percent from 5.86 square kilometres (1,450 acres) in 1984 to 15.8 square kilometres (3,900 acres) in 2018.

New Phork was touted as one of the host cities for the Formula One World Championship from 2003 to 2012. The open-wheel auto racing A1 Grand Prix was held until the series folded in 2009. The Motorcycle Grand Prix races are held at the North New Phork International Circuit in North New Phork. The Formula One event contributed significantly to tourist arrivals and tourism income to New Phork. In 2015, the New Phork Street Circuit was constructed to host the New Phork City Grand Prix motor racing event.

Football (Soccer) is one of the most popular sports in New Phork. The Hutop Tournament is mainly held at Stadium Hutop. The city also the home of the New Phork FA, which plays in the Philimania Super League. New Phork was also the host for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

New Phork hosted the official South American Basketball Championship in 1949, 1999 and 2007. The city's basketball supporters cheered Philimania's national basketball team to a Final Four finish in 2011, the team's best performance to date.

Media

The Philimanian Tower is an important broadcast centre in the country.

New Phork daily, business, and digital papers include The Philimanian Reserve, The Ridge, New Phork Times, and The Spring Mail. English, Spanish, and Mandarin newspapers are also published daily.

New Phork is also the headquarters for Philimania's independent media public television stations: TV1 and TV2, a subsidiary of the Hiran Media Corporation, a media corporation that houses the private commercial terrestrial television stations: TV3, NTV7, 8TV and TV9. Programmes are broadcast in, English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

The city is home to the country's main pay television service, Callin, a satellite television service.

New Phork female diva pop singer including Olivia Tan, Amelia Zakri and Azarie Shafinaz.

Philiamania has been featured in all aspects of popular culture such as movies, television, music and books. Television series set in New Phork include Tales From The Citadel. Movies set in New Phork include The New Way (starring Jackie Chan and Tom Hanks) and The New Empire (starring Daisy Ridley and Henry Gora), in which the Philimanian Tower were depicted in flames for a few seconds.

Video games have also been set in New Phork, including two levels of Hitman 3 and one tracks in racing game Burnout Dominator.

Transportation

Like most other South American cities, driving is the main mode of commuting in New Phork. Hence, every part of the city is well connected by highways. As capital of Philimania, New Phork has a comprehensive road network with more transportation development are being planned and carried out. The largest public transportation covers a variety of transport modes such as bus, rail and taxi.

Urban rail

Major urban rail transportation in New Phork. Clockwise from top: NL North Line, OL Oakley Line, and Reeds Line

The New Phork Underground, a commuter rail service, was introduced in 1995 as the first rail transit system to provide local rail services in New Phork and the surrounding suburban areas. Services were later expanded to other parts of Philimania with the introduction of the Northern and Southern sectors. The North Line's 175 km (109 mi) network in the Northen Sector has 7 stations. It consists of two cross-city routes, namely the Charingham Line and Reeds Line. Transfers between the two main lines can be made at any of the four stations on the central core: Kings Road, Central, Mortingdam and West Grunning.

New Phork is served by one airports. Which is named Foster International Airport (FIA) which is also the aviation hub of Philimania, is located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of city. FIA connects the city with direct flights to destinations to all continents around the world. FIA can be reached using the Airport Line, an airport rail link service from Spring, which takes twenty-eight minutes and costs P$25, while travelling by car or bus via highway will take about an hour but cost a lot less. Direct buses from FIA to the city centre are plentiful (every 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours), air-conditioned and comfortable with fares ranging from P$11 to P$15. Philimania Air and other carrier flights do not fly out of FIA main terminal but from FIA2 which is two kilometres from FIA.

Buses

Bas Mini NP or New Phork Mini-Bus Service was one of the oldest and popular Philimanian public bus service, having served in New Phork. The buses were primarily painted blue with a white stripe on the sides, and had a capacity of 20-30 passengers, due to its smaller size. The bus operated on a commission basis, with service operators being paid according to the fare they collected. The mini-bus service was from 23 September 1975 and discontinued on 1 July 2000, to be replaced by the New Phork Bus in 2001.

New Phork Bus began the first phase of the revamp of its bus network in January 2008 by introducing 15 City Shuttle bus routes which serve major areas in the Oakley District. In 2011, New Phork Bus has operates 167 routes with 1,400 buses covering 980 residential areas with a ridership of about 400,000 per day. The buses run between four hubs at the edge of the central business district, namely Central, Silver Square, West Grunning, and Mortingdam in the city centre. These bus hubs also serve as rail interchanges, with the exception of Silver Square, although it is at a walking distance from Mortingdam station.

On 18 June 2019, New Phork Bus released new features on real time locations of bus in Google Maps, via collaboration with Google Transit.

Taxis

Typical public cab in New Phork

In New Phork, most taxis have distinctive white and red liveries. Many companies operate & maintain pools of different model of cars in their own brands. Before the start of local car production, the Mercedes-Benz 200, Mazda 323/Ford Laser, Toyota Mark II X80 series and the Opel Kadett were used. Most were scrapped and replaced by the Protons, but there are still a large number running the roads. New Phork is one of the major South American city with taxis extensively running on natural gas. Taxis can be hailed from taxi stands or from the streets. Taxis may be flagged down at any time of the day along any public road. However, increased usage of ridesharing services like DiDi, MyCar and JomRides has resulted in a decrease in the usage of taxis.

Nevertheless, it was claimed by London-based website, LondonCabs.co.uk, taxis services in the city are charging high rates to passengers by refusing to turn on their meter and offer instead a flat rate fare that is overpriced, although other passengers refuted such claims. Even the heads of some taxi associations came out and shunned taxi drivers who had given the taxi industry a bad name, promising the public that not all taxi drivers were like that.

Twin towns – sister cities

New Phork is twinned with: