Like London, Paris and Rome, New York is one of the world’s great cities; a place which everyone knows something about, regardless of whether they have been there or not. The Big Apple has made its way into the public consciousness, and the very name suggests excitement. New York can trace its history back to the 17th century, when it was a Dutch colony called New Amsterdam.
The location’s naturally sheltered harbour made it an ideal place for a port, and it swiftly grew to become one of the world’s most fascinating and vibrant cities, often referred to as the Cultural Capital Of The World. The city has many places of interest, but no visit would be complete without seeing these landmarks.
Empire State Building
When you look at the iconic building situated at no. 350 5th Avenue, it’s amazing to think that when it was being built it rose at the speed of four and a half storeys each week! A workforce of 3.5 thousand men brought it to completion in 1931. It stands 1,467 feet high from the Art Deco grandeur of the lovingly preserved 1930s lobby to the tip of its antenna mast, and was once voted as one of the seven greatest of America’s engineering achievements. Exhibits on the 80th floor chronicle the building’s fascinating history. There are viewing areas on the 86th and 102nd floors which command truly spectacular views. You can even enjoy the panorama at night as these remain open until 2.00 a.m.
The ideal place to chill out after all that sightseeing, there’s enough to keep the visitor busy here for at least a full day. A zoo, ice skating rink, a conservatory garden and lakes are among the attractions in The Big Apple’s green oasis.
Statue Of Liberty
On Liberty Island in New York Harbour stands Frederic August Bartholdi’s magnificent creation. Dedicated in 1886, this towering statue of liberty has become the emblem of New York City, if not the entire United States, symbolising the ideals the nation is built upon. It stands 151 feet high, so an ascent to the crown and the viewing area is essential. The ferry ride to the island is a treat in itself.
Metropolitan Museum Of Art
One of the three largest art museums in the world, containing more than two million works spanning 5,000 years from classical antiquity to the present, this museum has to be seen to be believed. In the late 1860s, a group of prominent Americans wished to create a national institution. They succeeded spectacularly. The museum also contains wonderful collections of costumes and costume accessories, weapons and armour, and musical instruments. Thirty special exhibitions are mounted each year.
This landmark junction at Broadway and Seventh Avenue is referred to as the Crossroads Of The World. It is certainly the world’s most visited tourist attraction, drawing close to forty million visitors each year. A blazing extravaganza of fifty neon billboard super signs, this square is renowned throughout the world. Should you wish to see a show, there are some forty theatres in the vicinity. Times Square is the pulsing hub of the city and an exciting place to be.