New York City (NYC)
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The “City That Never Sleeps”, New York City is often thought of as the most vibrant city on the planet. Spread over 5 boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, New York City is home to over 8.1 million inhabitants, packed into 790 square kilometers making it the most densely populated city in the United States. The metropolitan area claims nearly 19 million inhabitants. It is estimated that 50 million people from every corner of the globe visit New York City each year. New York City is considered the financial capital of the world, is home to the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street and many of the world’s largest banking institutions. It is a cultural center housing such famed institutions as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall and the theaters of Broadway. The city is also home to such famed sports teams as Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and Mets, the National Football League’s New York Giants and Jets, Hockey’s Rangers, Basketball’s Knicks and Major League Soccer’s Red Bulls. The city stages the annual US Open Tennis Tournament at Flushing Meadows and the New York Marathon in addition to the globally famous Tribeca Film Festival. Some of the world’s greatest buildings, iconic monuments, famous bridges and parks are counted among the many treasures this world class city contains.
Visitors to New York City will find unlimited opportunities to experience all that a world class city has to offer with exciting architecture, museums and galleries appealing to every category of interest, world class restaurants, clubs, bars, hotels and historic sites. Among the many pursuits of tourists that visit New York City some are considered to be “Can’t Miss” such as experiencing Times Square in the middle of Manhattan’s theater district with its electronic billboards, considered a major hub of the world’s entertainment industry. Times Square is referred to as the “Crossroads of the World” due to the diverse crowds of people typically found gathered at its mostly pedestrian intersections. The nearly 40 operating theaters in the Broadway district beckon lovers of live performances.
Some of the world’s greatest museums can be found in New York City. Among the favorites are counted the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Children’s Museum and The American Museum of Natural History as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). The Guggenheim Museum with its unique Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and significant collections is also placed highly on art lover’s must see lists.
Landmarks and iconic buildings such as The Statue of Liberty, found on its own 12 acre plot of ground in New York Harbor, welcomed immigrants to the United States at Ellis Island through the decades. The Empire State Building, all 102 stories of Art Deco design, was the tallest building in the world for many years and boasts some of the greatest views of the city from its observation deck on the 86thfloor. Rockefeller Center and its famous outdoor ice skating rink which also houses the offices and studios of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) attract visitors year round. Lincoln Center deserves attention with live performances of the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera among the 12 performing art organizations that utilize this renowned facility. The Terminal at Grand Central Station built in the early part of the 20thcentury is worth a visit even if just to see the unique architecture.
In a city as densely populated as New York there is still plenty of open space that beckons residents and tourists alike. Perhaps the most famous space in the city is Central Park with its jogging, horseback riding and bicycle trails and fields for a myriad of sports activities as well as its famous zoo. The Bronx Zoo, Queens Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo also attract animal lovers as does the New York Aquarium. Visitors to New York City will also find ample opportunities for golfing and visiting botanical gardens. Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge provides an up close and personal perspective of the city’s magnificence.
Shopping districts abound throughout the city, perhaps the most famous of which includes Madison Avenue and 5thAvenue where landmark stores such as the original Sak’s 5thAve., Macy’s, Tiffany & Co., FAO Schwartz, Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s New York stand elbow to elbow.
New York City belongs on any dreamer’s list that wants to visit one of the most famous large cities on our planet to experience the place many of the world’s preeminent decision makers, artists and athletes call home. 3 major international airports, taxis, buses, trains and a famous subway system provide transportation to and around the city. Accommodations to satisfy every taste and budget are in abundance. Your visit to New York City can be checked off your list after you have completed the planning process and nailed down all the details. Get started today.
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