truly is a wonderful experience to spend time viewing the sights
and skyscrapers of New York from the water. There is no finer way
to spend your first day in NY, taking a boat ride around Manhattan,
while you find your bearings and enjoy your first taste of this
is a big city. There are actually five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn,
Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. The city is a world center
for commerce, technology, education, entertainment and the arts.
And as the international base of the United Nations, NY is also
one of the world's major political centers. So there is so much
to see, so much to learn. You'll need plenty of time to try to absorb
time in NY is a rewarding and valuable experience. There are many
world famous skyscrapers and bridges. There are magnificent art
galleries and theaters. There are great spectacles and scenery to
see and delicious food to sample from the myriad restaurants. There
is arguably the most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse population
in the world. Small wonder then that NY is sometimes called the
'City That Never Sleeps.'
matter how much time in NY you have to spend, it will never be enough!
Even if you manage to visit the Empire State Building, Grand Central
Park, The Statue of Liberty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Coney
Island, Grand Central Station and The United Nations Headquarters,
that will still only be a small proportion of your NY experience.
you are planning on spending time in NY, you will want to know what
the weather will be like. In summer the July average is around 77
F (25 C) though on occasions it can be much hotter, while in winter
the January average is around 32 F (0 C). On some days it can be
much colder, and winter snowfall, which varies considerably, may
be more than 20 inches (50 cm). But if you need a change of clothing
there are many many places to buy stylish clothes, like world famous
5th Avenue in Manhattan, a shopping paradise.
New York Airports
New York has three main airports serving the thousands of flights that
arrive in this big city John F. Kennedy International Airport
(JFK), LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.
is situated at JFK Access Road, New York, NY, south east of Manhattan,
and is served by more than 70 airlines. You can connect within JFK's
seven terminals, parking areas and hotel shuttle areas by the free
AirTrain. You can travel to Manhattan, for example, by AirTrain
and subway. The time needed for this trip can be around 1 hour 15
is located at 100-15 Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst, New York,
NY. In the borough of Queens, this is the closest major airport
to Manhattan. The airport has four main terminals. You can travel
by bus to Manhattan or to connect with subways for other destinations.
Within the airport, you can use free shuttle buses.
is situated partly in Newark and partly in Elizabeth at 1 Brewster
Road, Newark, NJ. It has three terminals. Newark has an AirTrain
to facilitate getting around within the airport. The AirTrain also
goes to Manhattan and connects to NJ Transit and various rail lines.
Hotels in NY
you would expect in such a major tourist destination and international
city, NY has more than 500 hotels you can stay in, with a wide range
of styles to suit all budgets. Hotels are located in a diverse range
of locations around the city.
are many superb five star hotels in NY where you have to experience
the luxury and service to fully believe it! Hotels like the Ritz
Carlton Hotel Battery Park at 50 Central Park South and The Surry
Hotel at 20 East 76th Street. Then there is the St. Regis Hotel
at 2 East 55th Street and Trump International Hotel at One Central
is also The Mark Hotel at 25 East 77th Street at Madison Avenue
and Jumeirah Essex House at 160 Central Park South. Or there is
the Four Seasons Hotel at 57 East 57th Street and the Chatwal Hotel
at 130 West 44th Street. Supreme luxury awaits! You're sure to have
a great time in NY staying at one of these superb hotels.
the budget end of the scale you can find hotels like Herald Square
Hotel at 19 West 31st Street, which is conveniently located close
to the Empire State Building. The rooms are compact but comfortable,
and the money you save in award winning hotels like this allows
you to spend more on other activities in NY.
102 floor Empire State Building stands, majestically, 1250 feet
(381 meters) tall. Topped by its Art Deco tower and observatory,
the building is a magnificent example of the architecture of the
first half of the twentieth century. The photo at left helps to
show its presence and grandeur. If you are planning to spend time
in NY this is a "must see" destination. The Empire State has a truly
magnificent scale and design, with eye-catching proportions that
become progressively narrower as you get to the top. It was famed
as the world's tallest building from 1931 to 1972.
from circumnavigating Manhattan by boat (as described at left) visiting
the observatory via one of the building's 73 elevators provides
a superb introduction to NY. You can see a 360 degree view of the
island's 5000 skyscrapers, an unforgettable spectacle. You can see
other stately and beautiful buildings, like the nearby Chrysler
Building, as well as being able to figure out the geography of Manhattan
and its location on the Atlantic Coast. You're sure to have a memorable
time in this memorable building.
Statue of Liberty
majestically on New York Harbor's Liberty Island, the Statue of
Liberty is one of the world's most famous symbols a symbol
of freedom. The statue depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess
of freedom. It was dedicated in 1886 and was a gift from the citizens
of France. The statue has truly stood the test of time. Its fame
and symbolism has lasted more than a century, and will surely continue.
It was actually built in France, and the head was publicly exhibited
at the Paris World's Fair in 1878.
You can visit the Statue of Liberty by ferry from either Battery Park in Lower Manhattan or Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Only a limited number of tickets are available each day to be able to climb the statue up to the crown (due to time constraints) and should be booked in advance. To get an idea of the scale of this unforgettable statue, the head is around 10 feet (3 meters) wide.
United Nations is an international organization headquartered in
NY to work for world peace, human rights, justice, security, global
development and progress. The organization was founded to replace
the League of Nations in 1945, and now has close to 200 member states.
The complex is located in Turtle Bay in Manhattan on the East River,
though the site is deemed to be international territory. This is
the location of the main UN agencies such as the Security Council
and the General Assembly. The UN complex also features beautiful
gardens, artwork and sculptures. An essential place to visit for
those with an interest in world history and politics.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met", as it is popularly known, is located on Central Park's
east side at 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. With over 2 million
works of art, it is one of the world's biggest and greatest art
galleries. So you will need a great deal of time to spare if you
wish to enjoy a substantial experience of The Met's vast and unsurpassed
Met has an extensive collection ranging from the Stone Age to classical
antiquities to the European masters of the Renaissance right up
to Modern Art masterpieces and post-modern styles. Pretty well every
category of world art is covered for you to learn from and enjoy.
And all the while you can enjoy the majestic and graceful atmosphere
of the gallery complex, visit one of the 30 or so annual exhibitions,
enjoy a fine cup of coffee or a meal, or buy some books and posters
in the beautiful Met Store.
exhibition space of more than 2 million square feet (190 thousand
square meters) testifies to the scale of the museum's collections.
And the 17 curatorial departments testify to the breadth and scope
of the ever growing collections. The Met experience is a thoroughly
enjoyable way to spend time in NY, absorbing the atmosphere of some
of the finest art ever created from pretty well every culture around
the world. The museum truly lives up to its world famous reputation
for quality and scope.
Coney Island is located in south Brooklyn. The island (now a peninsula partly connected by landfill) is most famous for its amusement parks, and reached its zenith in the first half of last century. Its resort history actually began in the early 1800s when the island became a popular destination for holiday makers from more populous NY boroughs. In the 1900s, with advances in travel infrastructure, Coney Island became popular with day-trippers as well.
to amusement parks like Luna Park, Dreamland and Deno's Wonder Wheel
Amusement Park are a fabulous way to pass the time in NY. You can
be thrilled by rides like the Wonder Wheel or The Cyclone (an old
wooden roller coaster dating from 1927). You can also enjoy exciting
sideshows, thrilling bumper cars and many other attractions. Brighton
Beach and the Coney Island Museum are other popular and interesting
features of the island.
New York Aquarium had its origins in 1896 and is now located on
the Coney Island boardwalk. The aquarium has a spectacular array
of more than 350 species of aquatic creatures. A visit is sure to
be entertaining and educational. The aquarium, being managed by
the Wildlife Conservation Society, also conducts research and has
a mission to increase awareness of oceanic ecology.
Park is a public area cutting a vast and beautiful divide through
the center of Manhattan. It comprises more than 800 acres (more
than three sq. km.) It stretches 50 blocks from West 59th Street
in the south to West 110th Street in the north. It is a beautiful
mixture of landscape styles with lakes, bridges, paths, lawns and
more than 25,000 trees.
park is also popular with runners and cyclists and is also home
to many other activities like bird watching, boating, horse riding,
skating, baseball and rock climbing you name it really. The
park also contains Central Park Zoo and is an important entertainment
venue as well. It is hard to imagine NY, one of the most densely
populated cities in the world, without the calmness and green counterpoint
that is Central Park. A wonderful place for rest and recreation
amidst the bustle. It's a little bit like the soul of New York.
Tussauds Wax Museum is an incredible collection of more than 200
unbelievably life-like sculptures. You can see many of your favorite
pop stars or revered historical figures right up close. Visit the
VIP Room and "mix" with some of your favorite celebrities
in a hot night club experience. Or enjoy the Cinema 4D Experience
for a hi tech sensory 3D and 4D sensation of remarkable special
effects. The museum is conveniently located in 42nd Street in the
Times Square vicinity.
wide collection of figures include political leaders like Barack
Obama and John F Kennedy, pop stars like Elvis Presley and Alicia
Keys, cultural figures like Princess Diana and Jacqueline Kennedy,
and historical figures like Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi.
Madame Tussauds is a memorable destination and experience, with
many many "people" to see, brought to life in realistic
wax, in one convenient NY location.
of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), founded in 1869, is one
of the world's largest and most respected museums. The museum has
over 30 million specimens in its vast collection, 46 exhibition
halls within its 25 spacious buildings, a number of research labs
and a formidable library with a very fine natural history collection.
The AMNH is conveniently situated at Central Park West at 79th Street
in Manhattan's Upper West Side. It is sure to be a highlight of
your stay in NY.
museum contains very impressive habitat displays, archeological
and historical artifacts, historical models, fauna and flora dioramas,
anthropological collections and much much more in its park-like
contains the world's largest collection of dinosaur and mammal fossils
in the world. It holds the world's largest star sapphire, the Star
of India at 563 carats. It has a full scale model of a blue whale.
It holds a huge piece of the Cape York meteorite weighing more than
30 tons in the famous Hall of Meteorites. This is just a fraction
of what is on display, you can spend endless time in the museum
and still only see a part of the collection.
highlight just one single feature of the AMNH, the Akeley Hall of
African Mammals is a breathtaking display with 28 dioramas. With
its origins dating back to some African expeditions early last century,
the hall's exhibits are meticulous and realistic depictions of gorillas
and other mammals in their natural habitats. At the time, the hall
set a new benchmark for this type of display. A truly memorable
place to visit.
Times Square, also called "The Crossroads of the World" and known as the Theater District, is a major Midtown Manhattan intersection at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Famed for its eye catching animated neon signs, no visit to NY would be complete without passing some time in Times Square at night.
area is home to a wide variety of theaters, cinemas, hotels, restaurants,
night clubs and other entertainment and leisure attractions. Important
media organizations such as the New York Times, Viacom and Times
Square Studios (the home of 'Good Morning America' from the ABC)
as well as many important financial corporations are located in
the district. As with much of NY, stylish classical buildings, such
as the Paramount Building at 1501 Broadway, are mixed with newer
modern skyscrapers of different styles. And at new year, Times Square
is a famous gathering point for the night's celebrations and the
New Year's Eve ball drop.
Grand Central Station
by platforms (at 44) and with four more being planned, the two level
Grand Central Station is the world's largest train station. It is
a huge terminal in Midtown Manhattan at 42nd Street and Park Avenue.
It is a grand building fronted on 42nd Street and dating from the
early 1900s. It features a beautiful clock and sculpture featuring
Mercury, Hercules and Minerva. The huge sculpture has a height of
48 feet (15m) so that passengers can easily see the time in NY.
the building, the Main Concourse is the heart of the terminal, a
beautiful and expansive space with a dramatically high ceiling.
And at its center is the main info booth. On top of this is the
famous four-faced clock, embellished with opal. Thousands of passengers
check the time here every day. To the east is the Grand Central
Market, a handy group of food shops. There are also restaurants
in the Dining Concourse below the Main Concourse. By the way, the
official name of Grand Central is actually "Grand Central Terminal".
George Washington Bridge
the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge is a grand and mighty
suspension bridge connecting Manhattan to New Jersey. The bridge
has 14 road lanes, eight on the top level and six on the lower.
With over 100 million vehicle journeys a year, the bridge is considered
to be the busiest in the world. (See photo at top of page).
this spectacular bridge opened in 1931, it was the longest main
span bridge in the world. The main span is 3500 feet (1100 meters)
long. The second lower deck was added in 1962. The structure of
the bridge, with its two spectacular steel towers, is dramatic and
beautiful. The bridge was described by Le Corbusier as "the most
beautiful bridge in the world."
and cyclists can cross the bridge via the South Sidewalk, where
they can see a fine view of Manhattan, the New Jersey Palisades
and the river. The Manhattan entry is via 178th Street, while the
New Jersey entry is via Hudson Terrace.
Street is NY's financial center, and stretches for eight blocks
from Broadway in Lower Manhattan. This is the location of the New
York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the world's largest measured by market
capitalization. Wall Street is very popular with tourists, who spend
much time absorbing the atmosphere of the famous district. Popular
destinations include Trinity Church, the NYSE itself, the Federal
Reserve Building (which has a gold vault deep below, reportedly
the world's most valuable) and the Charging Bull sculpture in Bowling
Green Park. A great destination for those with an interest in investing
and the sharemarket.
is also a wide variety of impressive skyscrapers in the district
such as the magnificent American International Building standing
952 feet (290 meters) tall, Federal Hall National Memorial at 26
Wall Street with its classical Greek architectural style and more
modern styles such as Deutsche Bank.
beautiful Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Park. It is comprised of 265 acres (107 hectares) of habitats and
is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Bronx Zoo is the
largest city zoo in the USA, and is home to a very diverse range
of more than 4000 animals and birds (and insects). Be sure to allocate
plenty of time for your zoo visit, a visit is entertaining, educational
and fun, all at the same time.
spacious and diverse outdoor and indoor exhibits are divided into
themes. In the Outdoors, for example, the African Plains exhibit
displays a fabulous selection of lions, giraffes, zebras and much
much more. The Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit displays many gorillas
and monkeys. And the popular Wild Asia Monorail displays elephants,
rhinos and tigers via monorail.
exhibits such as Jungle World and Madagascar are also tremendously
interesting and educational ways to have a great time in NY with
their spectacular displays of animals and birds. Bronx Zoo is a
popular and memorable destination for families from around the world.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York's upper east side, is
a world famous architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Lloyd
Wright. Equally famous is its renowned collection of modern, contemporary,
impressionist and post-impressionist works of art. This is a very
fine collection, a superb folio of art masterpieces representing
paintings from the mid 19th century up to the present day.
museum features an innovative internal spiral design which took
Frank Lloyd Wright 15 years to complete. Paintings are displayed
as you wander up the unique spiral wall structure, past the annexes
filled with exhibitions, all presided over by the majestic skylight
in the central roof. Overlooking Central Park, the museum resides
at the corner of 89th and Fifth Avenue. It is a masterpiece architectural
icon full of artistic masterpieces.
the masterpieces of the legendary collection are works by Pablo
Picasso, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky and Amedeo Modigliani,
to name just a few. The Guggenheim Foundation has worked tirelessly
for many decades to acquire new works and collections, and this
is why the museum enjoys such a legendary status today. A visit
will be sure to ensure you have a truly great time in NY. A trip
to the Guggenheim Museum is a truly must-see and memorable experience.
Staten Island Ferry provides passengers with a free ride on the
5 mile (8 km) trip between the elegant Whitehall Terminal (4 South
Street) in the southernmost tip of Manhattan and St. George Terminal
(1 Bay Street) Staten Island. This is a truly majestic boat trip
- you can see a superb view of Manhattan's spectacular skyscrapers
and bridges like the Brooklyn Bridge, myriad boats and ships, and
a wonderful view of the iconic Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Yet the time taken for the trip is less than 30 minutes.
a busy weekday, the ferries make more than 100 trips to serve around
60,000 passengers. They operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In peak periods they typically operate every 15 minutes, at other
times, typically every half hour (weather permitting). On weekend
days there are around 70 trips scheduled. The latest ferries can
carry around 4,000 passengers and are generally around 300 feet
(100 meters) in length. The service is of course extremely popular
with tourists. It can be windy and cool on deck so choose your clothes
with this in mind.
Staten Island Ferry service has a long and proud history. From its
origins in the 1700s via private sailboats (known as peraugers),
the service later graduated to steamships which were used for more
than 150 years until being phased out in the 1980s in favor of the
more modern fleet in use today.
of American Art
Whitney" is an important exhibition of modern American art,
and includes a special focus on the work of promising, living artists.
The museum's collection of more than 18,000 works covers the period
from the 20th century to the present. Aside from paintings and drawings,
The Whitney also features prints, photography, sculpture, videos
and installation art. Some of the famous artists represented include
Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Man Ray, Willem de Kooning, Robert
Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring, Grace Hartigan and Jasper
museum had its origins in 1918 when Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
founded the Whitney Studio Club with the noble aim of featuring
contemporary American artists. A little over a decade later, after
close to 700 works had been collected, Whitney decided to found
a more formal permanent museum. As the needs of The Whitney grew
over the following decades, the museum moved and upgraded a couple
of times until moving into its present building, completed in 1966.
Plans are already in place for another major move in 2015. The Whitney
Museum is currently located in Madison Ave at 75th Street in the
Upper East Side of Manhattan.