What’s Doing in New York City
New York City is comprised of five boroughs, each of which is packed with magnificent architecture, breathtaking views, and much history, not to mention people. Indeed, the city is home to 8.3 million people and covers 305 square miles (490.8 square kilometers).
The city houses much more than the famous Empire State Building, Ellis Island, and the New York Yankees. The city is home to some of the country’s best restaurants and one of the world’s most beautiful bridges. Additionally, Central Parks 883 acres (357 hectares) adds a relaxing and majestic getaway from the otherwise busy and hectic city.
WHAT TO DO
The Brooklyn Bridge was built in 1883 making it one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. The bridge spans over the East River, connecting lower Manhattan to Brooklyn. The view from the pedestrian walkway section of the bridge of the web like steel wire cable arrangement is breathtaking. The bridge’s unique architectural design and stunning views would place it in a listing of the Seven Bridge Wonders of the World, were there such a category.
The Empire State Building has observatories on the 102nd and 86th floor that each offer rare and spectacular views of New York City. On a clear day, the visibility can reach 80 miles. While the elevator ride up is expensive, the 360-degree view of Manhattan is a must see. If you want to see the Empire State Building in the skyline, the Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center, located on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of Rockefeller Center also offer amazing views of the world’s most recognizable skyline, which has recently welcomed One World Trade Center to its midst.
One of New York City’s distinctive features is the stark contrast between the hectic city life found in all five boroughs and the quiet and peaceful parks that are scattered throughout the city. Central Park, the largest and most famous park in New York City spans from 110th Street to 59th Street and is located between Central Park West and Fifth Avenue. Central Park famously houses a bridle path, two ice-skating rinks, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary and an outdoor amphitheater, the Delacorte Theater.
In addition to Central Park, New York City is home to several botanical gardens. The New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, is the most well known of the three, and is the home to cutting-edge plant laboratories as well as multiple flower shows throughout the year. While other parks in the area offer free admission, the relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere that the Botanical Garden provides is worth the small fee.
Another major attraction in New York City is the Statue of Liberty, given to the United States by the people of France in celebration of the abolishment of slavery. While the boats that take tourists to visit the statue on Liberty Island typically have long lines, you can see the statue for free by taking the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan.
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