Destination: New York City

NEW YORK CITY

Arguably one of the most recognizable cities in the world, New York City is the country’s most populous city and one of great diversity, culture and energy. Dubbed the Big Apple, New York City is truly unique and offers its residents and visitors alike an abundance of attractions from landmarks like the Empire State Building to a lively nightlife scene and a vast array of cultural neighborhoods to discover such as Chinatown and Little Italy. There is something for everyone in this great city.

New York is located within the state of New York in New England on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the banks of the Hudson River. NYC is a major metropolitan oasis and is comprised of five distinct boroughs–each quite large in size and character. Within each of these boroughs are specific neighborhoods, all of which contribute to this treasured city where people flock worldwide to follow their big city dreams.

Manhattan is the island that New York is most famous for. The island is home to the unmistakable skyline with soaring skyscrapers including the Empire State Building. The center of all the activity, Manhattan is home of the neon lights of Times Square, the financial hub of Wall Street, the chic neighborhoods around massive Central Park and the trendy neighborhoods on the southern tip of the island including SoHo, Tribeca and Chelsea. Located just across the East River from Manhattan is Brooklyn known for its trendy artsy culture, live music venues and even Coney Island. To the north of Brooklyn is its neighboring borough of Queens. Queens is quite large and encompasses two of the region’s three major airports including John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. This borough is also notable for its vast cultural diversity and one can hear any number of languages spoken here. Queens is also home of the Major League Baseball team the New York Mets. Staten Island is another one of the city’s boroughs and is located south of Brooklyn and Manhattan and is an island of its own in the New York Harbor and is known for its more residential and suburban qualities compared to the other neighborhoods. North of Manhattan is the Bronx, home to the New York Yankees baseball team and the city’s renowned New York Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo.

The city was first settled by the Dutch and was originally named New Amsterdam. Eventually the city began to rapidly expand with settlers from many areas including the English Puritans. While different groups fought to control the city, the English gained power and in 1664 named the city New York. The city became a significant trading port and a leader in the financial industry with the establishment of the New York Stock Exchange. Ellis Island served as a gateway for many immigrants from Europe coming to the New World and most passed through this great city first. The city’s most tragic event occurred on September 11, 2001 when terrorists overtook planes and crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers. This historic day forever changed not only the city but the world.

New York City is a global center of finance, entertainment, fashion, theater, business and culture. Visitors from around the globe come here to take part in the vibrant daily life of the city, strolling along the streets discovering all that the city has to offer including historical and cultural attractions, world-class restaurants, Broadway plays, a taping of one of the many television morning and late-night shows and a stroll through the desirable dose of nature throughout Central Park.

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