Tycoon City NY question session

Due for release in the next few months, Atari's Tycoon City New York casts you as an ambitious business type looking to fill your pockets with cash and the streets of Manhattan with assets. But to anyone who's not familiar, it can look a wee bit complex.

To clear the fog of confusion, we sat down for a detailed interrogation with Jon Law, lead designer and top info-giver, and got him to explain just how Tycoon City New York works.

For anyone who's never played a Tycoon game, what's the crucial aim?
To build up a variety of businesses, upgrade them to bring in the customers, earn enough cash and become the city development king of New York. By the end you will have built a fully populated, fully functioning Manhattan.