New York is the biggest and most populated city in the USA and generally called the “Big Apple” or “city that never sleeps” because it continually buzzing with activity. The wealthiest city and one of the most visited cities in the world is full of culture, arts, endless restaurants and a night sky where the stars are replaced by bright skyscrapers. The destination New York is a magical place, boisterous, loud and impatient. Manhattan especially, is a high energy location. Events don’t just happen here, they happen with a bang.
Area: 54,555 sq mi (141,297 km2)
Province of New York
Largest city: New York City
Population (2021): New York City approximately 8.865 million, metro 20,215,751 million
Official language: none, spoken language: English 69.6%, Spanish 15.2%, Chinese 3.1%, Tagalog 2.5%, French 1.6%, Russian 1.2%, Italian 0.9%, Yiddish 0.7%
Hindi/Urdu 0.6%, Arabic 0.5%, Korean 0.5%
International Airport: John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), Newark Liberty (EWR)
Currency: In NYC and throughout the America, the dollar is the standard currency.
Religion: Catholic 31%, Protestantism 26%, Other Christianity, 3%, Unaffiliated 27%, Judaism, 7%, Islam 2%, Buddhism 1%, Hinduism 1%, Other faiths 0.5%
Rapid transit system: New York City Subway, Staten Island Railway, PATH
NYC Time Zone: NYC is on Eastern Standard Time (Greenwich mean time minutes 4 hours during daylight saving time, from about Mid-March into early November, and minutes 5 hours the rest of the year).
Charging Bull, Wall Street Bull
The top spot on this list may not be a shock, but there is no doubt that both of these New York attractions are a must when you are in NYC.
The Statue of Liberty is the symbol not just of NYC but of America. AND Ellis Island represents our nation, too.
There are lots of options for viewing the statue from the habor, but I advise taking the time to go to Liberty Island to see it up-close. You can visit the Statue of Liberty Museum and climb the pedestal for amazing views.
The National September 11 Memorial has been made in honor to those who were killed in the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks. The names of those who died are engraved in 2 bronze panels flanking the memorial pools. The pools are each nearly an acre in size and mark the footprints of the Twin Towers that once stood on that place.
Ranked as the one of the most costly shopping streets in the planet, Fifth Avenue is a prime place for visitors with a flavor for luxury. The section of Fifth that crosses Midtown Manhattan between 49th and 60th streets is lined with top-end shops including designer showrooms and important department stores.
With over thirty-nine million visitors yearly, Times Square is the world’s most visited visitor attraction. The big city and bright lights of this commercial intersection have iconified this spot as “The Crossroad of the planet.” Today, Times Square is a big center of the Worlds entertainment industry.
Placed in the center of Manhattan, Central Park is a wonderful 840 acres and home to Belvedere castle, the central park zoo among many other attractions. There are lots of outdoor activities to entertain visitors including catch and release fishing at the Dana Discovery center, rowboat rentals from the Loeb Boathouse. The park 6 miles of paved roads opens to bicyclists, joggers, as well as inline skaters and skateboards.
New York amazing multi-ethnic population defines the city’s culture. The city’s dance, theater, music, literature, art, and cuisine are all reflections of the mix of traditions brought in by millions of Immigrants. All the turn of the last millennium, thirty-six percent of New York population was foreign born, although no one ethnicity dominates and most are honored by official holiday denoting vital milestones in their heritage.
Here are some of the best places to explore the New York nature and beauty:
The Conservatory garden belongs to Central Park, sitting on 6 gorgeous acres of island. This blooming garden is called as the “formal” garden to Central Park where you can take in the sights of the charming Wisteria Pergola, memorial foundation, and Untermyer foundation for famous author Frances Hodgson Burnett.
For a relaxing and amazing atmosphere right in Battery Park, visit the Gardens of Remembrance and Bosque Garden at the Battery. Get amazing views, enjoy gardens which boasts charming plants and of all types, and view the cannons that once fortified the walls of Castle Clinton. And, if you want to take the little ones to view the Statue of Liberty without the hassle of catching the ferry, this is the best place with a clear view from the park.
Visit this nature scene that is home to 100s of flowers, blooming roses of big hibiscus flowers, Sharon trees, and monarch and swallowtail butterflies. This block has been perfectly curatred to make a wonderful atmosphere from the amazing streets where you can immerse yourself in NYC nature.
If you are headed out for a night on the town, you should know that NYC drinking age – and throughout the America – is 21, and smoking is banned in public areas throughout the city, restaurants, bars, taxis, and subways, and public beaches and parks. Cigar smoking is permitted at cigar bars. In NYC, only those who are twenty-one or older can buy cigarettes and other tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
The destination New York is America safest big city, but visitors should still use general sense to save themselves and their property. Be aware of your surroundings, and ensure to forever use reputable, licensed businesses for any service you need. For example, don’t hail livery cabs at the airport, and don’t rent bikes from firms that looks suspicious. If you are not sure where to find legitimate businesses, must visit Google and other famous platforms. Useful resource is 311, the City’s official government services and information hotline.
NYC is a city that is forever celebrating something, and the hot month is one of the top times to visit. Outdoor concert season is in full swing. Free theatrical and movies performances fill the city’s park, street vendors are everywhere, and street fairs abound. But subway platforms can get steamy, lines can get long. If this sound likes misery, visit between New Year and the Thanksgiving, when temperatures are chill and department stores windows are decked out for the New York holidays. During this time, Manhattan 3 big outdoor ice rinks are open, a big Christmas tree marks Rockefeller Center, and holiday light event are more elaborate than anything you could ever imagine.