New York City, where the world is

Friday, 23 June 2017

There is the world in New York City. More than 200 languages are spoken, according to the numbers published by the New York City Department of City Planning. English apart, the most popular are Spanish, Chinese, Russian, French Creole, Yiddish, French and Italian. A mix of ethnic groups and cultures. That is why one of the most popular nicknames of the most populous city of the USA is Melting Pot.

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New York City has dozens of nicknames: Gotham, Metropolis, New Amsterdam, Big Apple, The Capital of the World, The Center of the Universe, The City So Nice They Named It Twice, The City That Never Sleeps, The Empire City, to name a few.

New York is also known as The Five Boroughs. The reference is to the five districts, of the stars and stripes city, that divide the metropolis at administrative level: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Let’s start our journey with some hints on the Five Boroughs.

The Bronx

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It is not just the home of New York Yankees, the largest zoo in the United States of America and the New York Botanical Garden. And it is not just the birthplace of hip-hop culture. The Bronx is also the picturesque seaside town of City Island, the cultural attractions of Fordham and Belmont, the Art Deco wonders of the Grand Concourse and the works of the Museum of the Arts.

Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park. Coney Island’s Luna Park, with the historic Cyclone and the new Thunderbolt. Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Boat trips on the East River (NYC Ferry). The Brooklyn Museum and the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

Manhattan

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Central Park, the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the High Line, One World Observatory, the Top of the Rock, Times Square, the Fifth Avenue, Broadway, Harlem and Chinatown. The Grand Central Terminal. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim Museum, the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Island).

Queens

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The New York Mets and the Citi Field, the districts Corona (with the Flushing Meadows Park) and Astoria, the MoMA PS1 (a separate branch of the MoMA), the Socrates Sculpture Park, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the New York Hall of Science. In Queens there are both JFK (International) and LaGuardia (national) airports.

Staten Island

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South Beach and Midland Beach (with the Midland Beach Fishing Pier). Forth Wadsworth, the Alice Austen House Museum and the Historic Richmond Town. The Staten Island Botanical Garden, the New York Chinese Scholars Garden, the Staten Island Greenbelt, the Fantasy Shore Amusement Park (ideal for those who travel with the family with children), and Clove Lakes Park.

Secret New York

Most of New York’s major attractions are listed in the short paragraphs we have dedicated to the five boroughs of the city. There is also a secret New York, illustrated by NYC Go by NYC & Company experts, the official authority that deals with the touristic promotion of the American metropolis.

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Among the secret places of New York, we point out the City Hall subway station, the roof garden on the top of the Rockefeller Center and Staten Island graveyard cemetery.

Free museums

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Endlessly art and culture in New York City. This does not mean that you have to spend to visit a museum. Here is a list of art collections and galleries with free entrance:

  • African Burial Ground Memorial Site
  • American Folk Art Museum
  • BRIC House
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Federal Hall National Memorial
  • The Federal Reserve Bank
  • General Grant National Memorial
  • Hamilton Grange
  • The Harbor Defense Museum
  • The Hispanic Society of America
  • Irish Hunger Memorial
  • Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
  • The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • New York Public Library for the Perfoming Arts
  • New York Transit Museum Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal
  • Queens County Farm Museum
  • Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (grounds and botanical garden only)
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

There are also museums and places that are free entrance on certain days of the week. Find the full list on NYC Go. We also point out the museums for kids:

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  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts
  • Staten Island Children’s Museum
  • DiMenna Children’s History Museum
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Jewish Children’s Museum
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan
  • New York Hall of Science
  • New York City Fire Museum
  • National Museum of Mathematics
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • Queens County Farm Museum
  • The Intrepid Museum
  • Historic Richmond Town

On NYC Go, besides, you can also find all other New York-based places for children.

Spirituality and architecture:  10 majestic churches

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Prior to the construction of the One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building, the tallest buildings that characterized the skyline of New York City were churches. Here are the 10 ones suggested by NYC Go:

  • Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Cathedral Church of St. John The Divine
  • Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
  • Riverside Church
  • St. Bartholomew’s
  • St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • St. Paul’s Chapel
  • The Tabernacle of Prayer for All People
  • Trinity Church

Green New York

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It could be considered as a jungle of cement, to mention another nickname of New York, but the city is also one of the world’s most green metropolis. On NYC Parks you can find all the information about the green areas and the related recreational activities. We would like to point out the parks recommended for couples, split into districts.

The Bronx

  • Van Cortlandt Park
  • Wave Hill
  • Orchard Beach
  • Bronx Park

Brooklyn

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Lullwater Bridge (Prospect Park)
  • Fulton Park
  • Sunset Park

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Manhattan

  • Heather Garden (Fort Tryon Park)
  • The Battery
  • Madison Square Park
  • Carl Shurz Park

Queens

  • Fort Totten Park
  • Astoria Park
  • Baisley Pond Park
  • Kissena Park

Staten Island

  • Alice Austen House
  • Willowbrook Park
  • Conference House Park
  • Clove Lakes Park

And we also point out that the NYC Department of Transportation annually publishes a map of paths and city bicycle areas. You can browse and download the Bike Map 2017.

Let’s stop here, inviting you to visit NYC Go. The NYC & Company website is rich in information and insights that cover any interest, from food to nightlife, music, cinema, shopping, just to name some topics untouched by this focus.

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Enjoy the journey with 6Tour!

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