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New York City turns 352 today

NEW YORK — Have a slice of New York-style cheesecake: the city turns 352 on Thursday.

New York was born on Sept. 8, 1664 after the British took over from the Dutch and renamed the area, formerly known as New Amsterdam. King Charles II gifted the land to his brother James, the Duke of York, who named the city after himself.

As of it’s 352nd birthday, more than 8.4 million people live in New York. The city gained its official name on that date, but has gone by many monikers in the years since: the Big Apple, the City That Never Sleeps, Gotham and The City So Nice They Named it Twice.

Here are some highlights from New York’s 352-year history: