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New York, also called The Big Apple, NY or New York City, lies at the mouth of the Hudson River and is considered to be the most populous city of the United States of America. The city offers the ultimate big city experience as far as tourists are concerned. It opens up a world of opportunities for its millions of tourists at its innumerous hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theatres, attractions, world famous landmarks, art galleries and museums. It is also known to offer a range of activities and day trips to nearby locales that are known for their breathtaking natural beauty are not uncommon either.

The city has remained to be one of the main symbols of America for ages and artists, painters, movie directors and writers have all tried to capture the essence that makes New York tick in their various works. But, this is easier said than done as the city keeps reinventing itself time and again and becomes something completely different from what it was the last time you explored the city. Millions of people enter the city each year in hopes of grabbing a slice of the excitement that this world class city has to offer. Another reason why New York is so beautiful and unique is that it is considered to be a major melting pot of cultures. This ensures the presence of vast and varied sights and dining opportunities, a factor that helps in making the city seem extremely exotic in front of its visitors.

Tourists can visit the iconic Empire State Building and the Grand Central Station or check out the latest fashions in SoHo, they can enjoy the music and arts scene of Brooklyn or choose from a range of cuisines and delicacies, explore the beauties of the Central Park and the Zoo or embark on the Staten Island Ferry to check out the great Statue of Liberty from up close.

One of the best things to do while in New York is simply let your jaws hang out and keep looking up. The City is famous for having one of the most mesmerizing skylines and this makes it extremely easy to spot a local from a tourist in New York. Most tourists walk looking up with their eyes popping and jaws dropping as they are mesmerized by one sight after the other. Moreover, the city never fails to amaze, irrespective of whether you’ve been staying in it for decades or are visiting the city for the first time in your life.


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New York holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. The Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island, New York Harbor
www.nps.gov/stli
What is it? The universal symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was the first sight to be seen by the 12 million immigrants who passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Centre. Sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and modelled on the Colossus of Rhodes, the statue was donated by the people of France in 1886 to commemorate the alliance between the two countries during the American Revolution. Visitors can climb the 354 steps to the statue's crown for a view over New York Harbour - the equivalent of a 22-storey building. Access to the monument is via ranger-guided tour only and a time pass is required for visiting the inside of the Monument; advanced reservations are possible by calling (866) 782 8834 or online at www.statuereservations.com. The ferry calls at both Liberty and Ellis Islands. Hours of Operation: Daily 9.30am to 5pm (except Christmas Day). The park service occasionally closes the line to the crown as early as 2pm Phone:(212) 363 3200; (212) 269 5755 (ferry information)

 

 

2. World Trade Center - Ground Zero
Lower Manhattan, viewing area at Liberty Street and Broadway
www.buildthememorial.org
What is it? The six-hectare (16-acre) work site that has emerged from the rubble of the twin towers has come to symbolise the dreadful events of September 11, 2001 when almost 3,000 people lost their lives. The 1,350ft (411m) World Trade Centre towers were the tallest buildings in New York and symbols of the city's skyline. Millions now come to pay tribute at the site and witness the devastation from one of the viewing sites. In April 2003, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation launched a worldwide competition to design a memorial at the World Trade Center site to honour the victims of September 11. The LMDC received 5,201 memorial design submissions from 63 nations and 49 states making this the largest design competition in history. In January 2004 Reflecting Absence by Michael Arad and Peter Walker was unveiled as the design for the World Trade Center Memorial, and will feature a landscaped civic plaza with two massive voids aligned with the footprints where the twin towers once stood. Currently the perimeter of Ground Zero is accessible to the public. The Tribute Center, across from Ground Zero, offers tours around the perimeter, and provides visitors with an accurate account of what the community endured during the attacks (www.tributenyc.org). The Memorial itself is scheduled to open 11 September 2009. Hours of Operation: Tours of the perimeter: Monday to Friday 1pm and 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm starting from 120 Liberty Street Phone:(212) 732 7678 (ticket information)

 

 

3. Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets, Manhattan
www.esbnyc.com
What is it? One of the enduring symbols of New York, and once again the city's tallest structure, the Empire State Building stands 436ft (145m) high. Completed in 1931, this Art Deco behemoth remains one of the most impressive engineering feats of all time; it was built in just 410 days and remains the fastest rising major skyscraper ever built. The building has been immortalised in many films - most famously the classic King Kong. The observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors offer magnificent views of the city. Hours of Operation: Observatory: daily 8am to midnight. The last elevator goes up at 11.15pm Phone:(212) 736 3100

 

 


New York holidays - Top Events

 

1. Chinese New Year

From 2007-02-18

To 2007-02-18
 

What is it? New York City's Chinatown is the largest in the United States and the site of the largest concentration of Chinese in the western hemisphere; a visit here feels like being in the country itself. It is a must-see on the opening day of the Chinese New Year celebrations when performers dance in the street in colourful costumes followed by a parade of dragon floats. Traditionally, the New Year marks the beginning of the spring and the rebirth of the Earth. It is a time for family togetherness, and begins with the 'sweeping of the grounds' - a spring clean to sweep out the old and evil, which is followed by festivities and feasts. Chinatown has over 200 restaurants representing cuisine from all the regions of China, and at New Year the suspicious should eat a whole fish as, to the Chinese, this represents togetherness and abundance; also don't chop up your noodles, as their length represents long life! Colour is also important at New Year. The luckiest colours are red, orange, yellow, gold and pink. Black and white are unlucky. In 2007 the year of the Boar begins. Where is it? Starting at Mott and Bayard Street

 

 

2. Central Park SummerStage

From 2007-06-01

To 2007-08-31
 

What is it? Summer Stage is one of New York's greatest institutions, and for three or four months every summer Central Park is filled with music, theatre, opera and dance. There is a different performance every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and also usually on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, and most are free. Bring a picnic if you don't want to pay for overpriced beer and french fries. For a list of events visit the Summer Stage website. Where is it? Central Park

 

 

3. ING New York City Marathon

From 2006-11-05

To 2006-11-05
 

What is it? As the world's largest marathon with more than 35,000 runners from around the world, only London ranks alongside New York in terms of prestige. The race passes through all of New York City's five boroughs before finishing in Central Park and is an entertaining spectacle with many runners in fancy dress; it is also a good opportunity to see some celebrities offer their best. Where is it? Finish in Central Park

 

 

4. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

From 2006-11-24

To 2006-11-24
 

What is it? Thanksgiving (originally a harvest festival) is celebrated across the United States as families get together and feast on huge helpings of roast turkey. Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is one of the Big Apple's most dynamic and colourful events that takes the celebrations one stage further. Its origins date back to the 1920s when the city's European immigrants decided to celebrate the American Thanksgiving Day holiday with the sort of festivities they had known in their homelands. Hundreds of people marched from 145th Street to 34th Street in costume; accompanied by floats, live animals (on loan from the zoo) and musicians. The parade attracted over 250,000 spectators and quickly became an institution. Today the colourful parade features clowns and marching bands, but the biggest attraction are the Floats and Falloons (a Macy's hybrid of a cold air balloon and float) that tower over the crowds; they usually include Angelina Ballerina, The Statue of Liberty and of course, the man of the season, Santa Claus on his sleigh. The parade starts on 77th Street and proceeds down Central Park West to Columbus Circle, then down Broadway to Macy's at 34th St, finishing on Seventh Ave. Good places to watch it include Times Square and Columbus Circle, but get there early as by the afternoon the crowds are thick. Where is it?

 

 

5. St Patrick's Day Parade

From 2007-03-17

To 2007-03-17
 

What is it? On St Patrick's Day every year thousands of Irish Americans head down 5th Avenue in New York's largest street parade. The day begins with a morning mass in St Patrick's Cathedral, after which the parade marches up 5th Avenue, clan by clan, from 44th to 86th streets. Green face paint, green nail polish, and green clothes are on display in the crowds but the parade itself is marked by more formal Irish pageantry, led by the 165th Infantry (originally the 69th Regiment of the 1850s). The annual parade honours the patron saint of Ireland and is a New York tradition that dates as far back as 1766, many years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted. After the parade New Yorkers of all origins dress in green and head to the nearest bar for a pint of the black stuff. Where is it? Up 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street

 

 



 

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