The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham: whatever its name, New York City has something for every taste and every traveler. From incredible art galleries and museums to some of the world’s best restaurants, New York’s many offerings are well known to most visitors. But to explore the real New York, the vibrant, charming, and predictably unpredictable city that engenders such passion among locals and envy among visitors, it helps to have an insider’s perspective
New York City’s potent blend of energy, international dynamism, influence and street culture makes for one of the great world cities. In New York one can always find thrilling and unexpected adventures hiding around every corner. The diverse city with its historical landmarks provides tourists a chance to experience the creative expression that New York City draws.
From Broadway stars to street buskers, performing arts hold a special place in New York’s cultural sole. Many NYC subway goers appear to genuinely enjoy being serenaded by the sweet harmony of an old school, Motown-style doo wop group or the eclectic stylings of a traveling guitar player.
Empire State Building- the limestone classic was built in 410 days using seven million labours during the world depression. Since 1976, the building’s top 30 floors have been floodlit in a spectrum of colors each night, reflecting seasonal and holiday hues. Famous combos include orange, white and green for St Patrick’s Day; blue and white for Hanukkah; white, red and green for Christmas; and the rainbow colors for Gay Pride weekend in June
Love it or hate it, the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Ave (aka: Times Square) pumps out the NYC of the global imagination – yellow cabs, golden arches, soaring skyscrapers and razzle-dazzle Broadway marquees.
Conceived as early as 1865 by French intellectual Edouard Laboulaye as a monument to the republican principles shared by France and the USA, the Statue of Liberty is still generally recognized as a symbol for at least the ideals of opportunity and freedom to many. French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi traveled to New York in 1871 to select the site, then spent more than 10 years in Paris designing and making the 151 ft-tall figure Liberty Enlightening the World. It was then shipped to New York, erected on a small island in the harbor and unveiled in 1886. Structurally, it consists of an iron skeleton (designed by Gustave Eiffel) with a copper skin attached to it by stiff but flexible metal bars.
Liberty Island is usually visited in conjunction with nearby Ellis Island. Ferries leave from Battery Park, with South Ferry and Bowling Green the closest subway stations. Ferry tickets include admission to both sights.