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All About New York

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About

Even people in the far corners of the planet have heard of New York, and it is a city that is visited by millions every single year. Whether that is to visit the famous icons located there, to view the famous skyline, or just to shop, the city has a status that very few others do. Show anyone a picture of New York, and they will instantly recognize it. Although most people refer to is as New York, it is officially known as the City of New York or New York City, so as not to confuse it with the local state. It has a long history going back around 400 years, and now covers a huge area. A lot of the land around Manhattan has been reclaimed from the water. In fact, the subway system pumps out thousands of gallons of water a day that leak in. One thing that the city is known for is hosting the headquarters of the United Nations, where diplomats from all around the world work together.

Key Facts

  • Back in 1624 the city was held by the Dutch, and was called New Amsterdam
  • It was not until 1664 that the English took over and New York started on the path to the city it has become today
  • The city has three main airports; LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • The population is now over 8.2 million and continues to grow

Things To Do

New York City is made up of five parts; Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, as well as Staten Island, and they have all been part of NY since 1898. Manhattan is the most obvious place to visit as it is where all of the skyscrapers are located, such as the Empire State Building. A trip on the Statin Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty close up is always eye opening. One thing that every single tourist who visits has to do is travel in one of the yellow taxi's. Even if there is no destination in mind, traveling a few blocks will not cost much.

For those who enjoy some artistic culture, then The Metropolitan Museum of Art situated within Central Park is somewhere to go. It is worth spending at least half a day looking around Central Park, and if time allows, a visit to Flushing Meadow Park should be on the agenda.

When hunger takes hold, then try the traditional New York Hot Dog from one of the street vendors. Another local delicacy which must be tried is the New York Bagel. Also, the New York Deli Sandwich was introduced by Jewish immigrants, and is now a staple food of the city. The restaurants offer a wide variety of foods from all over the world, but it is the local diners that tourists usually enjoy the most.

One final thing, it is impossible to visit NY without seeing Times Square. Have a drink on the rooftop of the Peninsula Hotel, it is rumored to be the best around. Just remember that the alcohol age is 21 in the US. Regardless of the hotel being used while staying in the city, getting around to see all of the famous sites does not take long.

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