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New York City (NYC), USA

The statue of Liberty with the New York skyline in the background

New York City is the most populous city in the United States (USA). It is a common tourist destination often described as the cultural, financial and media capital of the world, and it is a significant influence on commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, dining, art, fashion, and sports. It is the most photographed city in the world so go there and take your picture.

2-4 days is the perfect amount of time to see the main sights and landmarks of the city. With the right itinerary you will be able to see the main attractions of the city but it is obvious that the more time you have the more you can do.

The best time to visit New York is April to June and November and December. Especially in the last two months of the year, with the festivities of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, the magical atmosphere that reigns in the city will enchant you, leaving you with the memory of an unforgettable journey.

Most popular tickets in New York

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What to see & do in New York

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Empire State Building, New York City
Empire State Building
6 tickets and tours
One World Trade Center, New York
One World Trade Center
6 tickets and tours
Statue of liberty, New York
Statue of Liberty
4 tickets and tours
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art
4 tickets and tours
Edge at Hudson Yards sky deck, New York
Edge at Hudson Yards
3 tickets and tours

The city of New York

Country USA
State New York
Time in New York

UTC-05:00 (EST)

Summer (DST) -04:00(EDT)

Language spoken English
Currency U.S. dollar ($)
Religion (2014)

Christianity (59%, 

Roman Catholicism (33%)

Protestantism (23%)

Airports

John F. Kennedy (JFK)
LaGuardia (LGA)
Newark Liberty (EWR)

 

The great metropolis actually consists of two clearly separated entities. On the one hand, Manhattan, a cultural, economic and tourist center; on the other hand, the other boroughs connected to each other by a system of underwater tunnels, bridges and ferries. The majority of New Yorkers live in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx, but those who matter “must” live in Manhattan, preferably around Central Park.

Where is New York City?

New York, often called New York City (NYC) to distinguish it from the state of New York, is the most populous city in the United States. It is situated in the northeastern United States, in southeastern New York State. The location at the mouth of the Hudson River, which feeds into a naturally sheltered harbor and then into the Atlantic Ocean, has helped the city grow in significance as a trading port. Most of New York City is built on the three islands of Long Island, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

When was New York founded?

The Dutch first settled along the Hudson River in 1624; two years later they established the colony of New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island. The city came under English control in 1664 and was renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. The city was regained by the Dutch in July 1673 and was renamed New Orange for one year and three months; the city has been continuously named New York since November 1674.

New York’s nicknames

New York City is known by many nicknames – such as “the City  that Never Sleeps“, “the City of Dreams” for its job opportunities,  “the Capital of the World“, or “Gotham” – but the most popular one is probably “the Big Apple“. The  origin of the best-known nickname is controversial as there are those who trace it back to 1909 with the book  The Wayfarer in New York written by Edward S. Martin and those who trace it back to a newspaper article of 1920.  The sports journalist John J. Fitz Gerald wrote a column for the New York Morning Telegraph on the numerous horse racing and racecourses in and around New York City. He called the substantial prizes “the big apple”, symbolizing the biggest and best one can obtain.

History, art, architecture

Manhattan’s skyline, with its many skyscrapers, is universally recognized and we all have seen it dozens of times in dozens of films. But in New York there are not only huge skyscrapers but also buildings of various styles and periods. The oldest dates back to the Dutch colonial period of the mid-1600s up to the ultramodern buildings of our days. 

The city is probably one of the major centers of world culture, always at the forefront not only in the development of contemporary art, but also in the preservation of the masterpieces of past times.In some of the most famous museums in the world, often housed in spectacular buildings, an incredible quantity of works of every kind, of every style, of every provenance is kept in store.

Visit New York

Museums

Museums and art institutions in America are normally financed by individuals rather than by the State. Very wealthy turn-of-the-century philanthropists, including John D. Rockefeller, began to donate entire art collection to New York City, later also the buildings in which to  house them. Finally they gave life to foundations still existing today from which the city has traditionally drawn the capital necessary to become the capital of art, ballet, music and theater. The major exhibition spaces are concentrated on Fifth Avenue, along that mile including 82nd and 104th Street, and many remain closed in the July-August period. The organization within the museums is generally excellent and visitors are guided by a large number of indications and information boards.