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New York City is the largest city in the United States by size and population. New York is located in New York State on the bank of the Hudson River. New York City is made up of five boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, and the Bronx. New York City is the seat of the United Nations Headquarters. New York is also known as "The Big Apple" and is one of the world's major cities for business, commerce and entertainment. New York is also one of the top tourist destinations in America.
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New York is located on the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean and is one of the most northeastern regions of the United States. New York City is located at the mouth of the Hudson River. Central Park offers a beautiful green space in Manhattan on an area of nearly 345 acres.
The best time to visit New York is from mid-September to October and from May to early June, when the weather is very pleasant. The climate is temperate, but even then there can be outliers in the weather. In summer it is warm and sunny for long periods, but in winter it can be particularly cold in December, January and February, with icy days and strong winds.
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This is also the wettest time of the year in New York and snow often falls in winter, with occasional blizzards. It can also be quite wet in July and August, but then it is alternated with fine, sunny weather. With average daily temperatures of around 25 °C in summer, the climate is pleasant and warm. The temperature in Manhattan is often slightly higher than in the rest of New York, because the heat is absorbed by the large buildings and the concrete. Regardless of the weather, there is always plenty to see and do in New York.
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In 1524, Di Verrazzano, an Italian, was the first European to explore New York Harbor. In the new world, Di Verrazzano met Indian tribes such as the Lenape, Manahattoes and Raritan. Although Di Verrazzano was the first explorer to visit New York, Henry Hudson is the explorer, associated with New York's name recognition. After several unsuccessful attempts to find the Northeast Passage to Asia, Hudson received funding from the Dutch East India Company, a popular tea corporation, to explore the world in 1609. Over the next 20 years, many Dutch people settled in New York City and called it New Amsterdam. Many immigrants to the new world saw New York City as a place of religious freedom. Peter Minuit closed the deal of the century. He bought New York City from the Native Americans for only $ 65. In 1664, British ships took control of the island from the then governor, Peter Stuyvesant. England baptized the city and colony, New York, after the Duke of York. New York City was one of the most important places in North America until the War of Independence, due to its excellent location and trade. British troops fought against settlers on the island and controlled New York City even after the Revolutionary War. British soldiers and loyalists left New York City in 1783. Six years later, George Washington was inaugurated as President of the United States at Federal Hall on Wall Street and New York City became the capital of the new country.
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During the early 1800s, New York City flourished as a result of economic growth. The New York Stock Exchange opened on Wall Street with great success. The Erie Canal was completed in 1825 and provided boats with a gateway to the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. The economic impact of the Erie Canal was huge for New York State. Entrepreneurs were able to ship goods and services in and out of New York City via this artificial river. New York Harbor became one of the busiest in the world. In the mid-19th century, New York was plagued by illness, massive immigration, political corruption, and a weak economy. The Civil War further weakened New York's position. The city became the focal point of riots in 1863 when young men were recruited to the military by President Abraham Lincoln. This is also the time of local gangs in the five boroughs. Director Martin Scorsese portrayed such gangs in the 2002 movie “The gangs of New York.” Ellis Island is where new citizens landed. Immigrants have contributed greatly to New York City history. On the way to Ellis Island, the immigrants saw the Statue of Liberty built by the French and given as a gift to America in 1886.
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The early 20th century can be described as a time of prosperity, skyscrapers and war. Grand Central Terminal opened and became the largest train station in the world. Broadway flourished for the first time. The New York Times moved its offices in 1904 to an area near 42nd Street, which was renamed Times Square. Every year a crowd gathers to celebrate the New Year. The 102-story Empire State Building at 1,250 feet in height was built. In October 1929, Wall Street experienced one of its worst days ever, after a previous great summer for investors. The stock market collapse in 1929 led to the "Great Depression." It took many decades and a world war for the economy to flourish again. The 1970s were tough on New York City. The country went into recession and crime was high. The 1980s were not much better in terms of crime, but Wall Street and the economy flourished again. The Twin Towers were bombed in December of 1993, killing six people and injuring over 1,000. Six Islamic extremists were sentenced to 240 years in prison for the bombing. The world changed in September 2001, when terrorists flew two planes into the Twin Towers. More than 2,800 people were killed, including many firefighters and police officers. An Islamic terror group, Al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack. The World Trade Center has now been rebuilt. Today, New York City is politically powerful. New York is home to the United Nations and home to some of the most powerful people in the world.
Central to the tourism industry in America, New York is a city like no other. New York has many well-known tourist attractions. Here you will find our choice:
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The world-famous statue in New York, the Statue of Liberty, symbolizes the American dream of freedom, and the sheer size of this beautiful, monumental design is breathtaking. Construction of the Statue of Liberty began in Paris in the 1870s, after a suitable place in New York was found. The finished statue remained in Paris in 1884 and 1885, until sufficient funds were raised to cover the cost of the transportation. The statue was finally unveiled in 1886. More than two million visitors a year visit the Statue of Liberty in New York on a 15-minute ferry ride from Battery Island.
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Perhaps the most famous of all New York City landmarks, the Empire State Building is the definitive skyscraper. Construction started in 1929 and was built at a rate of four floors per week. The Empire State Building finally opened in 1931 and was the tallest building in the world at the time. The building is famous for shooting the movie King Kong. The Empire State Building has a super fast elevator, a rooftop viewpoint with spectacular panoramic views of the city. The Empire State Building is 381 meters high and has 102 floors.
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Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, New York's famous Brooklyn Bridge is a well-known landmark in the city. Brooklyn Bridge is the first steel suspension bridge ever built, connecting the island of Manhattan to Brooklyn. When the bridge opened in 1883, it was the world's longest suspension bridge, and the bridge underwent extensive restoration in the early 1980s. Highlights of the Brooklyn Bridge include two beautiful Gothic towers, thousands of steel cables and a pedestrian walkway.
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The Staten Island Ferry offers you one of the best ways to see some of the most impressive tourist attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline for free. The ferry ride takes approximately 25 minutes and departs every 30 minutes.
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The Public Library, in the heart of Midtown, is a major tourist attraction. Highlights include beautiful architecture, the famous third-floor reading room, an intricate oak ceiling, a pair of lions on the majestic staircase, and the grand white marble Astor Hall. The library has several million books and manuscripts.
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The huge Rockefeller Center in New York is always busy and is a recognizable place. There are terraces, restaurants, bars, a large shopping center, a famous outdoor ice rink and a large decorated Christmas tree at Christmas, which is central to Christmas celebrations in the city.
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Times Square was named after the New York Times, the Times offices stood on this square for nearly 100 years. Times Square is in the heart of the theater district, which is a popular area for tourists and has many shops, movie theaters and countless excellent restaurants. Times Square is best known for its neon lighting and large signs.
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Located in Midtown New York, near the American Folk Art Museum, the Radio City Music Hall and the Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art is often referred to as simply the 'MOMA'. This is without doubt one of the best museums in the city and it is chock full of an eclectic mix of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. The Museum of Modern Art has many interesting works, including the famous paintings by artists such as Paul Cezanne, Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
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The Frick Collection is located on the Upper East Side in an impressive and beautiful New York mansion. Built in 1914, this grand residence offers the perfect place to exhibit art. Highlights include works by many well-known and world-famous artists, such as Goya and Rembrandt, as well as stylish French furniture from the 18th century and some colorful oriental carpets. There is also a stylish wine bar that opens in the early evening.
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Highlights at the Museum of the City of New York include the recreation of John D. Rockefeller's bedroom. There is also a section dedicated to the history of Broadway's famous theaters and a large collection of antique furniture made between 1790 and 1890. There is also a permanent exhibition of toys and dolls.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located in Central Park, close to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. It is better known locally as simply 'The Met'. Founded in 1870, the museum is home to a whopping two million works of art. The Met is one of the world's largest museums and has pieces from ancient Egypt, the European masters and American modern art. There is also an impressive collection of African, Asian, Byzantine, Islamic and Oceanic paintings and sculptures, as well as a special collection of musical instruments and weapons. Every year over five million visitors visit here to enjoy the works of renowned artists such as Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, Pollock and Rembrandt. The roof garden is an added value and offers beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline.
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New York is the absolute Mecca for shopping and without doubt the most important shopping center in America. Many districts are a shopping paradise. Whether you are looking for fashion, antiques, furniture, jewelry or home accessories, New York has a huge choice. Most stores in New York are open seven days a week and public transportation is always close by, so shopping in different areas can be both quick and easy, and many stores are within walking distance of each other. Most residents and visitors enjoy shopping, and you can buy almost anything you can think of when shopping in the Big Apple.
Last updated December 2020
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