New York, NY
New York is the most populous city in the United States. A global power city, New York exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural capital of the world.
Many districts and landmarks in New York City have become well known to its 50 million annual visitors. Times Square, iconified as "The Crossroads of the World", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway theatre district and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. New York City's financial district, anchored by Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, has been called the world's leading financial center and is home to the New York Stock Exchange.
When people think of New York City, Manhattan is often the first place they picture. It’s no wonder: the borough is home to big-name attractions, such as Central Park, the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the High Line and One World Observatory; world-class museums, restaurants and concert halls; and the bright lights of Times Square and Broadway. But there's more to the borough than the obvious sights. Manhattan contains charming neighborhoods and hidden green spaces, trendy boutiques and classic bars.
The City of New York has a complex park system. The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum are managed by the National Park Service. They are joined in the harbor by Governors Island National Monument, located in New York. Historic sites include Castle Clinton National Monument, Federal Hall National Memorial, General Grant National Memorial, and Hamilton Grange National Memorial.
There are seven state parks within the confines of New York City, including Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, and the Riverbank State Park. New York City has over 28,000 acres of municipal parkland and 14 miles of public beaches. Parks in New York City include Central Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Forest Park, and Washington Square Park.
Central Park is an urban oasis. The 843-acre green space features rolling meadows, peaceful bodies of water and stunning vistas, bringing a sense of calm to the otherwise busy City. The range of activities you can take part in here is nearly unparalleled: hiking, biking, ice-skating, fishing, visiting the Central Park Zoo, seeing a formal English garden and, during the summer months, lounging on a picnic blanket and listening to a live concert.
No NYC neighborhood has greater historical resonance than Lower Manhattan. This is, after all, where the City began—a fact evident in the asymmetrical lanes that were footpaths and canals well before the skyscrapers came. Sights like Trinity Church, Federal Hall, Wall Street, One World Trade, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum are centuries apart in their creation, but all bring undeniable emotional impact. Lower Manhattan’s role in American finance looms large too, but that doesn’t mean it’s a stuffy nine-to-five district; a thriving restaurant and shopping scene, anchored by Brookfield Place, draws visitors in equal numbers to power brokers.
From the moment you see the glow of the glittering signage, it’s clear that Times Square is as New York as it gets. Everything here is massive and high voltage: theme restaurants like the Hard Rock Cafe, clubs like B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, and the spectacle of Broadway theater are just a few examples. It is an undeniably awe-inspiring place.
Leafy home to the City’s elite, the Upper East Side is a place for pastry, pearls and pocket squares. Refined culture and shopping are the name of the game up here. Case in point: Museum Mile, whose institutions include big names like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum alongside gems like Neue Galerie and the Frick Collection. The shopping options offer a chance to get a new wardrobe from luxury boutiques and high-end department stores.
Whatever your style, budget and lifestyle fashion needs, Manhattan not only has you covered but offers endless convenience. There’s no need to take your chances on clothes that look good online but fit poorly in real life when you have some of the world’s best, and biggest, department stores carrying thousands of brands. But, if shopping local and supporting small businesses is where your head’s at, there are pockets of the city that are crowded with boutiques in the East Village, Lower East Side, and Soho and the borough’s thrift stores, including the big names like Goodwill.
Chelsea is Manhattan’s art district. You can spend days here wandering galleries that show work from established and emerging artists. The High Line - a park built on an abandoned elevated railroad track - is a work of art in its own right, as are some of the area’s fashionable shops. After feasting your eyes, go restaurant hopping, or visit Chelsea Market, which offers excellent eateries. Then head out to the neighborhood’s famous nightclubs and buzzing bars or watch future Saturday Night Live stars perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.