New York City is the apple of many an eye. This is the city that never sleeps and that houses our nation’s freedom symbol. The Statute of Liberty, which stands at 305 feet tall from her foundation to her torch and weighs in at 450,000 pounds. Her waist is 35-feet, and her index finger is 8 feet long.
NYC is made up of five boroughs-Manhattan and Staten Island are islands. Queens and Brooklyn are on the western tip of Long Island and the Bronx is part of the mainland.
NY Stock Exchange. This monumental powerhouse of a city has 6,374.6 miles of streets and 578 miles of waterfront and is proud to boast that The New York Stock Exchange is the world’s largest exchange doing an annual volume of trading at $5.5 trillion. The subway in New York is the world’s largest carrying over 4.5 million people per day on its 656 miles of system. The world’s largest gothic cathedral under construction since 1882, Church of St John the Divine, 215 different bird species in Central Park, and amazing boardwalks at Coney Island and other places. Beach’s boardwalk is 2 ½ miles long.
On Friday, January 1, 1892 Ellis Island opened its doors and from 1892 to 1924, 12 million immigrants entered the United States. It’s no wonder that 8,000,000 people, 1.5 million in Manhattan alone (that amounts to 67,000 people per square mile), call New York City their home.
Wonder of Wonders, New York, NY encompasses Broadway and Times Square and the best nightlife and entertainment in the nation. There’s all this and much more in one big city that never sleeps. On September 11, 2001 3,000 of our fellow Americans died tragically in the bombing of the World Trade Center so be sure to pay respects as you visit the newly erected memorial. Remember our troops fighting for our freedom with a moment of silence and prayer.
If that’s not enough to keep you coming back again and again then think of the best restaurants and shopping this nation has to offer. Come see New York, it’s all this and a whole lot more! After you’ve decided to extend your stay you’ll be walking around singing, “I love New York”!
New York culture
Whatever else you realize when you’re in New York City is that virtually every nationality in the world is represented among the busy streets and the people. Over 30 percent of New York City’s inhabitants are foreign born and New York City has one of the most diverse populations in the world. All nationalities are represented in this city. It also houses the most Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere in a 2 mile area. This area is called Chinatown.
On Friday, January 1, 1892 Ellis Island opened its doors and from 1892 to 1924, 12 million immigrants entered the United States. It’s no wonder that 8,000,000 people, 1.5 million in Manhattan alone (that amounts to 67,000 people per square mile), call New York City their home. Now that’s quite a bit of persons wouldn’t you say?
With everything from first class Theatre, Museums and Broadway this city is the highlight of culture exhibits in the nation. The city hosts some fantastic parades, the famed Macy’s parade and others too. Each area has it’s own events, parades, etc showing the cultural diversity that is New York.
Never a moment in this city is it bland, boring or quiet. It’s anything but and fascinating doesn’t quite do it justice. New York City is a dream come true, the true essence of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It’s the city where dreams come true for many of our fellow Americans. Where true stars are born everyday. New York City welcomes the cultural beings of the earth into its truly spectacular and unrivalled streets of fantastic attributes of America.
Forever the people of the nation, the people of the world and the people of New York will continue to call New York City one of the most exciting and Cultural Beacons in the entire world.
On the classical music front, there is the famous New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York City Ballet. Known the world over, is the Met, the Metropolitan Opera in the Lincoln Center New York with performances of new and old operas with the world’s most famous singers and conductors.
Tours of the Met Opera run from October to June at 3.30 Monday to Friday and 10.30 on Sundays. Call 212 7697020 for reservations. It’s about $10 an adult and includes backstage. Lincoln Center Tours also includes parts of the Met.
Madame Butterfly, Othello, Turandot, La Boheme, Der Rosenkavalier are among the productions being presented by the Metropolitan Opera in New York during 2005. More information on New York Opera from the Met Opera website.
New York history
The history of New York City reminds us of the very essence of freedom and the resilience and the ability of the United States of America’s people to live, work with and prosper among so many different types of people.
The first people to settle in New York were Dutch in 1624 and after a while they set up New Amsterdam on Manhattan. Next the English came about 35 years later and they changed the name to New York (after the then Duke of York).
In 1882 the world’s largest gothic cathedral construction began. Church of St John the Divine is still under construction today.
On Friday, January 1, 1892 Ellis Island opened its doors and from 1892 to 1924, 12 million immigrants entered the United States. Today 8,000,000 people, 1.5 million in Manhattan alone (that amounts to 67,000 people per square mile), call New York City their home.
In 1898, Greater New York was formed. It is made up of five boroughs-Manhattan and Staten Island are islands; Queens and Brooklyn are on the western tip of Long Island and the Bronx is part of the mainland. Together they form the Greater New York Area.
In 1904 the subway, called the IRT makes a trip from City Hall to West 145th Street. This was its first trip and it was 5 cents for a travel time of 26 minutes.
In 1909 the world’s first billionaire is named. He was none other than John D. Rockefeller.
On April 16, 1912 the Titanic, the infamous unsinkable ship was to arrive at Chelsea Piers. The ship struck an iceberg and sank on April 14, 1912.
In 1923 in the Bronx the Yankee Stadium opens and they win their first World Series.
The Holland Tunnel opened in 1927 and the Lincoln Tunnel opened in 1937.
With 12.3 million people in 1950 New York is named the largest metropolis in the world. With 40 million vehicles traveling the Lincoln Tunnel in 1990, it is named the world’s busiest tunnel.
On September 11, 2001 a terrorist attack, the most deadly attack on American soil destroyed the World Trade Centers. Two airplanes hit the World Trade Center in a unspeakable act of terrorism. A new monument has been erected in honor of the 3,000 Americans that died there.
Transport in New York
New York Transportation – Getting around the city of New York is not as hard as it sounds in the least. You just have to walk fast and look straight ahead. Public transport is extensive. That used to be the mantra and yes, one needs to be very careful walking in any big city, but in this one you can get wherever you’re going quicker using one of the public modes of transportation.
One of the fastest and easiest ways to get around New York City is the subway. The Subway in New York is the world’s largest carrying over 4.5 million people per day on its 656 miles of system. Other modes of transportation include trains, busses and waterways and of course cycling and walking too.
For the metro and busses, get a day Fun Pass a Metrocard that lasts until 3am the next day for unlimited journeys on the subway and buses – well worth it if you are going to make a few journeys and nothing is nicer than to hop on a bus when you’re tired, show your ticket and take a rest, without having to fumble for the correct change.
For longer stays go for the Weekly Metrocard and you’ll be showing a profit by your third day!
New York TransportMetrocards of various types can be bought in any subway station but you can only pay for one or two tickets by credit card. If you have your family with you and want four or five tickets you’ll need cash for the extra tickets. You can always hail a taxi if you’re in a bind and they know the way to get you around the city in the quickest way possible. Be sure to tip them well.
Below are some useful links when Travelling in New York including a link that takes you to Real Time Cameras showing your commute time to anywhere in New York City and that’s especially helpful during rush hours and special event days. You’ll want to take a look and see what your travel time is going to be.
New York JFK airport
New York Airport – JFK Airport provides top-notch service to 100 airlines and 35,000,000 people annually. It is a great airport where travellers are treated well in state of the art surroundings. You can be assured the airport has everything you need to have a safe and enjoyable trip.
LaGuardia Airport is located 8 miles from Manhattan and the Newark Airport is approximately 12 miles from midtown Manhattan. Both of these airports offer a large selection of flights and are just as busy as JFK airport. So many people from all over the world travel through theses airports to visit this most affluent city.
NY JFK Airport Getting back and forth to the airport is never a problem on the subway or you can take a shuttle from your hotel. Most of the hotels in the area offer a shuttle service to and from the airport. One advice, driving through traffic in New York City is always a wait. Be sure you leave yourself ample driving time and then some and then some more so you can get to the airport in time for your flight. Just a little word of caution-traffic can be a nightmare. But, what’s that when you have everything you ever wanted in a city right outside your door?
The shuttle service to and from JFK Airport takes over 90 minutes but will often bring you right to your hotel, especially if it is in downtown or midtown. Cabs from the airports are plentiful and operate a set fare but on the way back to the airport you’ll have to cut your own deal.
The new AirTrain from JFK Airport has entered service and will bring you to an A line station (Howard Beach) or to Sutphin Boulevard subway station ( E, J and Z subway lines). The AirTrain also serves LIRR’s Jamaica Station.
Arriving in JFK Airport you need a $5 ticket to link to the subway and then you need a subway ticket $2 to take you into central New York. On the way to JFK, some airlines will check you in and take your luggage at Jamaica Station before you get on the AirTrain.
New York Airport Service
Map of NYC
New York Map – The map below will help you orient yourself for you trip to New York and to get your bearings for some of the main attractions. Its best to plan each day separately so you can cover the most ground. Get a feel for New York from the map below and if possible print it out before you go, it’ll be a start and will complement your guidebook.
You can find maps of the city at all the New York City Visitors Centers and at the subways stations and public transportation depots. You’ll want to carry a good street map with you at all times.
Sometimes the street names can be a bit confusing and having a map will let you make sure you’re always headed in the direction you want to go.
The next thing you have to do is decide which way is north and which way south – when you set out take some time to check this out. Otherwise when you go into a shop, come out and get to an intersection, you will know where you are but also have a way of knowing which way is north, which way is south!
New York weather
New York City has all four seasons. The summers are balmy and sometimes can be hot. Packing for this time of the year you should still bring a light- weight jacket or sweater. In the city there is much shade and it can be cool at times.
Fall is beautiful Weather in New York. Cool, a bit breezy and rather comfortable and a wonderful time for sight seeing. Bring something to wear like a light jacket for the cooler temperatures can make you cold at times.
Winters are tough, that’s the word. Lots of snow and cold temperatures so if you travel during this time of the year be sure to bring hats, gloves, scarves and heavy coats. The wind chill can be below zero and one needs to be protected from the elements to avoid frostbite. Of course, the Spring is a wonderful time to visit the city that never sleeps. With the warmer temps you can leave your heavy coat at home and a moderately warm jacket is all you will need.
Just for your knowledge an average snowfall total for the year is 29.3 inches. Each year New York receives approximately 47.25 inches of rain. During the winters the average temperature in January is 31.8 degrees F and in the summer the average temperature in July 76.7 degrees F.
Below you’ll get up to the minute weather conditions and also a ten day forecast – so check this out before you go on your trip.
NYC tourist office
Tourist Offices are goldmines of information, maps and knowledge of the area so be sure to drop in to one and find out the inside information, best prices on hotels, restaurants and a whole lot more. It’s worth the stop to see what they find the best and easiest way to get through the city on any given day. You can book your hotel room there as well as receive up to the minute information on the latest traffic, weather and attractions information. Every hotel reception desk also acts as a “tourist office” for visitors as do hotel porters – they can be a mine of tips and info if you chat them up. They also have maps and leaflets on activities in the area.
The New York Convention and Visitors Bureau is situated in 810 7th Avenue at 53rd Street. They have staff that speak many languages and will be able to answer any of your queries. They are very knowledgeable and will go to great lengths to give you the information you want. They will give you brochures on the areas that you will be visiting advise you of any special rates you might be able to receive. They can arrange your tour choice if you would like them to and a whole lot more.
It is well worth dropping in. Be sure to visit them while you are there and perhaps even before you leave on your trip you might want to call or visit their website. They have a Wealth of Information on the website and you can print it out and study it before you head out on your journey.
New York tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
New York Top 10 Attractions – Sightseeing in New York is one of the most awesome experiences you will have. Everywhere you go there is something even more amazing to see than the last. Please take a look at the top ten attractions that we found and you won’t want to miss any of them.
When visiting New York City, you must visit the Statute of Liberty. Quite an awesome site and the tours are reasonably priced. You won’t want to miss this site and take plenty of pictures. You’ll also want to trek to top of the Empire State Building and check out the view. Now that’s a whole lot of New York you can see from the top.
Statue of Liberty New YorkNo trip to New York City is complete without a visit to one of the Zoos. Take the afternoon and check out the animals. Ellis Island our nations gateway to immigration is one of the historical stops you’ll wish to make. A visit to Chinatown will leave a smile on your face with all the shops and the culture of the area it’s a fantastic afternoon. Remembering to honor the site of the World Trade Center and the 3,000 Americans that died in the 9-11 tragedy is on your agenda. It’s a must do. And, there is so much more.
Here are just 10 of the great New York tourist attractions in the area listed below. There’s so much to do and see in New York City, your feet might wear out before you see too much. Don’t worry, take a nap at your hotel and then get out there and see it all!
Statue Of Liberty
New York, NY 10004
A gift from France to the people of the United States The Statute of Liberty stands at 305 feet tall from her foundation to her torch and weighs in at 450,000 pounds. Her waist is 35-feet and her index finger is 8 feet long. She is located in New York Harbor and is the symbol of political freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. A must see.
Empire State Building
350 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
On the 86th floor, 1,050 feet (320 meters) is the Observatory. 110 million visitors have stood and taken in the awesome view since 1931 when it opened to the public. Each year over 3.5 million people trek to the top of the Empire State Building to view the bustling city below. Queues form quickly here and can be huge, so on the first clear day, get to the Empire State Building as early as you can, like 8 am if possible.
Ferry departs daily from South Ferry
New York, NY 10004
On Friday, January 1, 1892 Ellis Island opened its doors and from 1892 to 1924, 12 million immigrants entered the United States. It’s no wonder that 8,000,000 people, 1.5 million in Manhattan alone (that amounts to 67,000 people per square mile), call New York City their home. This is open to the public and is very informative.
Broadway & 7th Avenue / 42nd-47th Street
New York, NY 10036
Broadway Theater, Hotels and Restaurants, Special Events, and of course, the world’s most famous NewYear’s celebration, New Year’s Eve in Times Square. But most of all people remember the dazzling advertising neon lights – at all angles and heights – just a blaze of colour.
1st Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Peacekeeping operations to end some of the world’s most intractable conflicts is the Untied Nations mission. They also assist victims of disaster, protect human rights and advance international law. This impressive building is right on the river. Various tours are available to see different parts of the building, the Security Council, etc or you may just want to check out the flag of your own country on the flag staffs outside the buildings.
New York Stock Exchange
20 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
The New York Stock Exchange is the world’s largest exchange doing an annual volume of trading at $5.5 trillion. Every day 1.5 billion shares, valued at $47.9 billion are traded. Check out the guided tours to watch trading on the floor, banks of computer screens, etc.
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
December 27, 1932 Radio City Music Hall opened it’s doors and since then the greats like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett to mention a few have donned the Great Stage.
In 1999 a $70 million restoration effort turned Radio City Music Hall into even more glory than before.
New York, NY
For a world of dining and shopping Chinatown has 150,000 Chinese people living within two square miles. That’s the most in the western hemisphere and the area is full of colour and excitement, Chinese emporiums, etc.
47th to 51st streets
between Fifth and Sixth avenues
The best indoor and outdoor attractions and a shopping heaven, Rockefeller Center also houses the world’s largest Christmas Tree during the holiday season.
World Trade Center Memorial
New York, NY
Museums in New York
All the museums in New York City are of the highest quality. For your pleasure pick from art, architecture, science, air and space and a whole lot more. There’s so many to pick from. With the numerous Museums in New York City you might have difficulty deciding just which ones to see or how will you ever get to see all the ones you wish to.
Well, first of all if you love art you will definitely want to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art which houses every type of art in every medium from every part of the world. No kidding! Now, that’s a lot of talent so you’ll definitely want to fit that in.
Museum New YorkThe Frick Museum is worthy of an afternoon too. Did you know after Mr. Frick died they turned his private art collection into a museum? You’ll definitely want to visit The Frick. For history buffs the American Museum of Natural History is where you’ll wish to be amongst its four floors and immersing yourself in information from the 42 permanent exhibits.
If you’re a fan of celebrities inside the Radio and TV Museum there are over 50,000 TV and Radio shows you can watch on TV’s. If the kids are with you on this trip you’ll wish to see the Children’s Museum of Art where they can learn on hands on exhibits and interactive displays.
No matter which ones you see, you’ll love the Museums New York City has to offer. Below are just a few of them, but the area has so many more to choose from.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue.
Fifth Ave at 82nd Street.
New York, NY 10028-0198.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses every type of art in every medium from every part of the world. You’ll need a day or more to take in all the fabulous pieces this museum offers.
International Museum of Photography
1133 Ave of the Americas.
(at 43rd Street).
New York, NY 10036.
This is not just a museum. The International Museum of Photography is also a school. Its purpose is to show how vital photography is in today’s culture.
The Children’s Museum of the Arts
182 Lafayette Street
btwn Broome and Grand St.
The Children’s Museum of the Arts is for children under 10 and provides a learning experience using interactive displays and visual and performing arts.
Madame Tussaud’s NY
42 St. btwn 7th and 8th Aves
At Madame Tussaud’s NY has 200 life-size wax figures of some of history’s most famous celebrities. It has five floors so be prepared to spend some time checking out all your favorite stars.
The Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
The Brooklyn Museum of Art houses one of the best Egyptian Art collections in the whole world and quite an extensive collection of American Paintings.
Central Park Zoo and Tisch Children’s Zoo
64th St. & Fifth Ave.
In the park
New York, NY 10021
Central Park Zoo and Tisch Children’s Zoo with its steamy rainforest and wildlife is a great place to spend the afternoon especially if you have the kids with you.
1109 Fifth Ave (at 92nd St)
New York City, New York 10128
The Jewish Museum is a major art museum and it is the largest Jewish Museum in the Western Hemisphere. It could easily take three to four hours to see all this museum has to offer.
The Frick Collection
1 E. 70th St.
btw Madison & 5th Ave
New York, NY 10021-4967
Phone: (212) 288-0700
Fax: (212) 628-4417
This museum was the private art collection of Mr. Frick and when he died they turned his many art pieces into the museum inside his mansion. It is a great place and worthy of a good look.
Museum of TV and Radio
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019
Museum of TV and Radio has a collection of over 50,000 TV and radio shows that you can watch on the video displays. It has a whole library of shows to pick from.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West
at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5912
At the American Museum of Natural History you’ll spend hours learning about the earth’s evolution and more. Four floors and 42 permanent exhibits will keep you interested and clearly you’ll stay a day admiring all it has to offer.
NEW YORK THEATER – NEW YORK THEATER – BROADWAY NY
Well, have you ever been to Broadway? If not, you have to go. It’s the most wonderful theatre district in the nation and most likely the world? The best way to describe Broadway is WOW and top of the line PIZAZZ! The questions that will run through your mind are which show? Which theater? How many choices do I have? Is this heaven? That’s Broadway with Over 350 Theatres to see a top rate show in, it’s one of the most interesting choices you will ever have to make in your life. THERE IS NO BUSINESS LIKE THAT OF SHOW BUSINESS and this is the town that made that saying ring so true.
With so many New York Shows to see make sure you check the starting times. They vary: noon, afternoon and night and prices range from $20 to triple digits. This is the most phenomenal talent, in fact the best in the world and it’s you’re turn to engage in the unrivalled experience of the tinsel town of the USA.
No worry should you not find a show on Broadway that tantalizes your taste buds, there’s more to add to the selection at the Off-Broadway Shows and even more than that. Theatres are abundant all over the New York City area. Let’s just say, The Big Apple, New York City, is the utmost haven for Theatre lovers. Offering the best, this is the cream of the crop of show biz! Dive in and immerse yourself in all its glory!
Tickets for most shows and performances can be bought online from one of the websites. But if you arrive without tickets, check out the TKTS Booths on the day of the show or performance, discounts are available but tickets must be paid for in cash – South Street Seaport is the location.
Ford Center for the Performing Arts
213 West 42nd St.
New York, NY
261 West 47th Street
New York, NY
New York, NY 10036
John Golden Theater
252 West 45th Street
New York, NY
236 West 45th Street
New York, NY
Music Box Theatre
239 West 45th Street
New York, NY
249 West 45th Street
New York, NY
Helen Hayes Theatre
240 West 44th Street
New York, NY
Neil Simon Theatre
250 West 52nd Street
New York, NY
222 West 51st Street
New York, NY
New York Tours
Tours in New York City are numerous. You can see the city in so many ways its really magical. First you must decide which way you prefer to see the city. Would you like to take air tour? How about a boat tour, a bus, train, bicycle, walking, guided or unguided tour? How about a horse and carriage tour? Yes, there are so many ways to see New York City you may wish to consult your travel agent and discuss all the possibilities and which is most up your alley. It’s a big town so you’ll want to see it the way you feel most comfortable.
At the Visitors Centers throughout New York you can get information on the all the tours that are available. They can assist you in picking a tour that’s best for you and give rates, times and specific information.
The best way in New York City to see the most sites and to receive the most information is through a Guided Tour. This way you will be so educated about the area as you visit different attractions you’ll be impressed with all you’ve learned. The prices vary, but they are all worth it.
However you decide to tour around New York City, you can be assured you will be dazzled by the things you see. Below are a few of the tours offered in New York City.
Central Park Bike Tour
Bateaux New York
Pier 62, Suite 200A (Chelsea Piers)
Helicopter Flight Services
250 West 34th Street, Suite 3600
1-888-WE FLY NY
Horse and Carriage Rides
(Central Park South)
Many of the main attractions from Statue of Liberty to the Museums also offer guided tours.
New York Nightlife
New York nightlife is quite possibly the most fantastic in the nation with all the choices you have for a night out it’s amazing. There are more than 19,000 restaurants. There is something happening every night, 365 days a year in New York and some things go on all day and all night-that’s why it’s the city that never sleeps. Here in New York you can pick and choose so many different places to eat at, dance in, listen to music in that it’s phenomenal.
Perhaps giving you a few ideas will get you started, but sometimes the best thing is to grab your group and hit the pavement. Check out as many places as you can, believe me you’ll have no shortage of Things To Do, there’s too many to ever see them all.
Nightlife New YorkIf you love to dance then and if you just want to relax then GSTAAD where the people and the place will always let you have a great time or try The Dove for another worthy and comfortable night out. For dancers the place to go is Dance Manhattan or the 169 Bar to dance the night away.
Here are some suggestions of the Nightlife New York City has to offer and remember there are so many more to choose from you won’t believe the variety. It’s sort of like being let loose in a candy store, so much to pick from it’s difficult to choose. You’ll have a blast and probably won’t get much if any sleep. So have a great time.
Spirit New York
530 West 27th St
Spirit has been open for four years….. In its short history has changed the face of late night entertainment in New York…. Three areas over four floors Body, Mind and Soul … treatment area for massages, Tarot and even henna tattoo’s and the best music across all genres complete with the coolest DJ box you have ever seen. Spirit come and be amazed. Find out more on Spirit New York
228 Thompson St
Low prices bring a good crowd to this quaint club. A good time at The Dove.
46 W. 26th
New York, NY
A great happy hour place to go, great crowd and good music is GSTAAD.
454 W 128th St
New York, NY
For the hip-hop crowd this is the place to be at Cherry Lounge.
127 West 43rd Street at Broadway
New York, NY 10036
For great food and even better drinks hit the Heartland Brewery.
39 West 19th Street Fl 5
Dance Manhattan is place to go when you really want to dance.
53rd Street Cigar Bar
811 7th Avenue
At the 53rd Street Cigar Bar, it’s a first class night you’ll have.
Boston Comedy Club
82 West 3rd St
Have a hilarious night out at the Boston Comedy Club
169 East Broadway
Dance the night away at the 169 Bar.
8 Stuyvesant Street (bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
You want a romantic evening? You’ll enjoy the Angel’s Share
Bar Room at the Four Seasons
99 East 52nd St Midtown East
At the Bar Room at the Four Seasons you’ll enjoy the romance and the piano playing you’ll be entertained with.