With one of the largest and most famous skylines, including the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and more. New York City, known as the “Big Apple”, is a fast moving centre for media, culture, food, fashion, art, research, finance, and trade.
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New York City is one of the global hubs of international finance, politics, communications, film, music, fashion, and culture. Alongside London it’s one of only two universally acknowledged to be “World Cities” – the most important and influential cities on Earth. It’s home to many world-class museums, art galleries, and theaters. Many of the world’s largest corporations have their headquarters here. The headquarters of the United Nations is in New York and most countries have a consulate here. This city’s influence on the globe, and all its inhabitants, is hard to overstate, as decisions made within its boundaries often have impacts and ramifications across the world.
New York City Subway
The most popular mode of transportation in New York City is the subway train. It charges the virtually same right at all destinations. For New York City travels with tight budgets, the subway is the most affordable way in getting around the city.
The one thing to remember is to have a MetroCard with enough credit. Metrocards can be conveniently purchased from token booths and vending machines and you can use a credit card. You could enjoy discounts if you would buy Metrocard’s One-Day Fun Pass and the Seven-Day or 14-Day Unlimited Pass. When using the subway, it is also important to pay attention to the letters and numbers of the subway line. A good guide is the free subway map available at token booths.
Buses and Taxis
When riding a bus, it is important to have an exact amount for the fare because the bus drivers will not give you change. In fact, many bus passengers prefer to use MetroCards. To choose the right bus, remember the letters and numbers. The letters indicate the borough while the numbers indicate the street. Therefore, the M72 bus operates in manhattan on 72nd street.
When riding in a taxi, you should look for yellow cars with a medallion on the hood. Hail only taxis that have lit taxi numbers, which indicates that the driver is on-duty. Make sure that there is a special taxi license plate, stickers on the windshield, and a divider inside.
If you plan on using your credit card, ask first if the taxi’s credit card machine is working. Fare information can be found at the NYC.gov website but remember that passengers must pay all toll fees and there is a rush hour (4-8 PM) surcharge of $1 and a night surcharge of $0.50. Tips are between 10-20%.
History & Culture
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St, Patrick’s Cathedral is an intriguingly unique gothic-style building that was designed by the architect James Renwick. It has marble towers as well as a ribbed vault, not to forget the arches and buttresses. However, the building’s original treasures are in its house of worship, which exhibits outstanding artwork and stained glass exterior.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013, and one of the most filmed locations in the world.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City.
When to visit
NYC is a year-round destination, with iconic events. Spring and fall have mild weather and strong performing-arts seasons. In summer, there’s free, outdoor cultural events. On summer weekends, many New Yorkers leave town, making it a good time to score reservations at popular restaurants.
Major events include
- U.S. Open tennis (Aug–Sep)
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Nov).
- Dec brings the Rockefeller Center tree lighting (varies, Nov/Dec)
- Times Square’s New Year’s Eve party (Dec 31).
- Jan–Mar is cold, with an easier chance of getting Broadway tickets.