An Introduction to New York City

New York City is one of the most famous cities in the world and it is easy to ask the question; what can be said about New York City that hasn’t been said a million times already? The Big Apple is truly a world city, an international center for culture, entertainment, business and much more. Home to the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Broadway theaters, Times Square, world-class art galleries, museums and much more, New York continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of people around the world.manhattan-277877_960_720

In order to get the most out of your experience of exploring the city, it is best to take at least a week to explore, although people who only have a weekend at their disposal will still be able to get a lot out of their travel. Most tourist attractions can be found on the stylish island of Manhattan that is located in the very heart of New York, which is packed with shops, towering skyscrapers, restaurants, galleries and a whole lot more.

It’s hard to know where to start but the Statue of Liberty, the most enduring symbol of New York with its 354-steps climb, is a popular draw card. The Empire State Building, standing 102-stories tall is the ‘original’ skyscraper and the observation floor on the top is worth queuing for. Nestled in the center of Manhattan is New York’s most famous respite; Central Park – though even here the calm is interrupted by joggers, skaters, musicians and tourists. Don’t forget that other icon of New York – Times Square.

Other ‘musts’ include the Museum of Modern Art – one of the world’s finest, the Guggenheim Museum and American Museum of Natural History.

Moving away from the less touristy areas, SoHo is the city’s leading district for art galleries, clothing stores and boutiques. If you want to experience bohemian New York, don’t miss Greenwich Village. Known simply as the ‘village’ to locals, it is one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, dating back to the hippie era.