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Basic information

  • Area: 1,214 km² (468.9 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: 212
  • Currency: United States Dollar ($)
  • Population (EST): 8,405,837
  • Official language: English
  • Time Zone: EST (UTC-5)

10 Reasons to Visit New York

1. New York is undeniably one of the most exciting cities in the world. What comes to mind are towering skyscrapers, fabulous dining and nightlife, and rich cultural landmarks, but what makes New York one of the best destinations is its greenery. New York is one of the greenest cities in the world. Central Park probably comes to mind, but it's really only the 5th largest in the city. With playgrounds, walkways, festivals and attractions, the parks of New York are the world's finest.

2. Times Square is perhaps the busiest place in New York and one of its most iconic attractions. Since it has been totally reimagined, the centre of the city is safer and brighter than ever. There are endless shops, restaurants, billboards, and characters that one can encounter. Highlights include Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, the Hard Rock Cafe, as well the enormous Toys R Us and World of M&Ms.

3. When going to a Museum in New York City, the great trouble is picking which one to go to first. New York is home to some of the greatest and most diverse art from around the world, and the galleries are unparalleled. Take for instance the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose fame stretches across the globe. The American Museum of Natural History is classic and not to be missed. Lastly, the Museum of Modern Art should be on every itinerary.

4. The bright lights of the "Great White Way" have been lighting up Times Square for years now. Of course, Broadway theater is considered to be some of the best spectacle that one can find in the country. No trip to New York is complete without stepping into one of the 39 broadway theaters and seeing a musical or play.

5. The Statue of Liberty is the symbol for New York City, and the entire country. In fact, this embodiment of freedom and democracy is world-renowned. Liberty Island is where the statue resides. The people of France gave it as a gift to the United States in 1886, and officially became a National Monument in 1924. It's a site not to be missed.

6. FAO Schwartz is one of the most extraordinary toy shoppes in all the world, and New Yorkers take great pride in that. With the enormous stuffed animals, overflowing bins of candy, and pretty much every toy imaginable, it's no wonder that this shoppe lights up children's imaginations year after year. When on a business trip to New York City, one must return with presents for the kiddies.

7. The Empire State Building is another iconic New York structure with its classic Art Deco architecture and towering 102-story height. From the observation deck one can get a view as expansive as 80 miles. This is not the best place to be if one is affraid of heights, but it is a site not to be forgotton.

8. Should New York City be where you find yourself in the winter months, it's neccessary to pop over to Rockefeller Center for the iceskating. This is a delightful pasttime in New York, and is popular amongst tourists and locals alike. See the large Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, as well as the charming decorations to celebrate the spirit of giving and the New Year.

9. The largest performing arts center in the world is Lincoln Center, home to 12 resident companies the likes of the New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. You can tour the centre or try to get in to see a performance. No matter what your tastes, there's simply something for everyone in this complex. With fabulous shoppes and dining surrounding the centre, you could potentially spend the entire day at Lincoln Center Plaza.

10. Should you be riding a train in New York, you're most likely going to end up in Grand Central Terminal. This amazing building is famous for its Beaux Arts architecture built between 1903 and 1931. There are tours available, or you one can simply walk amongst the crowds of the hustling and bustling travelers and businessmen.

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