New York City Beaks and Holidays
New York’s five boroughs – Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island – and it surrounding metropolitan area make up one of the largest cities in the world. It would be possible to spend a year here on holiday and still not run out of things to do: it is home to some of the World’s best museums, its greatest tourist attractions, best entertainment and nightlife and fantastic food, garnered from one of the most culturally diverse populations of any city.
First visited by Europeans in 1524, settled as New Amsterdam in 1614 and renamed New York in 1644 after being captured by the British, New York has long been one of the most important cities in the United States, and was capital from Independence until 1790. its harbour has seen the arrival of millions of immigrants, who from 1866 onwards were welcomed by the sigh of the Statue of Liberty. Their history can be seen in the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.
Other iconic structures in the city are the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the United Nations Building, the Rockerfeller Center and the interior of Grand Central Station.
Shopping is a way of life to New Yorkers, and the must-visits include Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Tiffany’s, Chinatown, SoHo, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking district, although this is just the tip if the iceberg, Greenwich Village, SoHo and the East Village are full of character, as are little Italy and Chinatown.
Museums include The Cloisters on Manhattan Island, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum and the Pierpoint Morgan Library, which between them should keep culture lovers busy for weeks.
Broadway is, it almost goes without saying, the heart of New York’s theatreland: if you can’t get tickets for the latest hit musical, head for an off Broadway theatre for something different or experimental. Classical music lovers should head for Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, the New York State Theater or the Avery Fisher Hall in the Lincoln Center.Location of New York:
On the northeast coast. 190 miles southwest of Boston. 215 miles northeast of Washington. Airports: Manhattan is 8 miles west of La Guardia, 20 miles northwest of JFK International and 16 miles east of Newark International.Serving Airports:
New York John F. Kennedy International [JFK]
New York Newark Liberty International [EWR]
New York La Guardia [LGA]
Flight time from the UK: approximately 7 hours 30 minutesBeaches in New York:
Rockaway Beach in Queens; Brooklyn has Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and world-famous Coney Island, with remnants of its once-great amusement complex.Shopping in New York:
Around 10,000 shops and stores, with some bargains to be had. Different areas of the city specialise in certain types of shop or goods. Designer boutiques, fashion houses and department stores like Bloomingdale's, Saks, Barney's and Macy's (reputedly the world's largest department store) are mainly in Midtown; bargain clothing in Lower East Side. South Street Seaport is a Covent Garden-type area with shopping malls and souvenir outlets. Look out for FAO Schwarz, the USA's oldest toy store and one of the world's largest.Eating out in New York:
18,000 eateries, from African to Vietnamese. Huge variety of styles and prices, from exorbitant international restaurants to cheap "street food" from corner stalls. Delicatessens and coffee bars often found within other shops and many provide a buffet of hot and cold food throughout the day.
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