Travel guide - New York
With gigantic skyscrapers around every corner, the sound of gospel, musicals or the chants of sports fans, you will find your own American dream in New York. The city that never sleeps is a microcosm of its own where everything seems possible.
A colourful city, New York is built around five boroughs that make up the city. Your visit to New York will not just involve an exploration of Manhattan, but should also incorporate Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.
Take a trip on the Hudson River in the direction of Ellis Island where the Statue of Liberty greets visitors, and you will feel the emotions of the first immigrants. From a height of 381 metres, the Empire State Building offers a panoramic view of the island of Manhattan. Alternatively, head defiantly to the top of the new World Trade Center, built at the same location of the previous towers. And by night, don’t miss the neon brilliance of Times Square and you will understand why New York is known as the city that never sleeps.
Perhaps for you visiting New York will also be about discovering the backdrop to films that have left their mark on the world. Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Sergio Leone showed that New York City was an inspired and inspiring place. On every street corner, culture abounds and New York demonstrates brilliantly how counter-culture can live alongside the establishment in peace. A perfect illustration of this dual movement, Broadway welcomes the great musicals and the biggest names on alternative comedy scenes.
New York may not be the capital of the United States, but it is certainly the country’s cultural capital. You can judge this for yourself during your stay in New York with a stroll around the legendary Central Park which is home to the Met, the Guggenheim Museum and the New York Zoo.
Among the major attractions in New York, the Village, Greenwich is known to its inhabitants, is an oasis of peace, with its attractive houses and charming cafes. For a pleasant stroll, take the High Line, a former elevated railway which has been turned into a long green pathway. Or perhaps you would prefer to browse among the shops of Soho and Chelsea. Leave Manhattan and cross the Brooklyn Bridge to discover the trendiest area of New York. Brooklyn is the place to find gourmet restaurants and cool bars.
But your trip to New York would not be complete without experiencing the New Yorkers’ passion for sport. From Madison Square Garden to the Yankees’ Stadium, New York answers to the call of sporting events.
A lifetime would not be enough to discover all the secrets of New York. But a few days in this most famous of cities is enough to feel the pulse of the city and become a bit of a New Yorker yourself.
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