Lady Liberty, NYC © D Ramey Logan
The problem with visiting New York is knowing where
to begin. But even if you don't immediately rush off to view the
world-famous sights and landmarks of this most dynamic of cities,
sometimes just being there is enough.
The wonder of New York is in the energy and diversity
that emanates from its densely packed, multicultural population. It
vibrates with colliding cultures and languages, as highlife and
lowlife rubs together to produce a unique atmosphere, 24-hours a
Whether lolling on a bench in leafy Central Park,
watching the world go by from a French bistro in Soho, or gazing up
at Lady Liberty from the deck of the Staten Island Ferry, most
visitors will feel they've done it all before.
Simply put, this is because New York is so familiar
to anyone who has ever seen a movie or watched television. There is
something special, however, in actually seeing the familiar
landmarks and experiencing the pulse of The City That Never
Five boroughs make up New York City: Staten Island,
the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. But many visitors never
leave Manhattan, with loads of things to do and see packed into
this small area relative to the other boroughs.
This includes the 24-hour pasta restaurants of Little
Italy, and the bustling sidewalks of Chinatown, the jazz clubs of
Greenwich Village, and the theatres of Broadway. Of course, iconic
sights include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building,
and Times Square.
New York has been described as the best three-day
city in the world, and that's about right. After a frenzy of
museums, galleries, bars, and clubs, many visitors are ready for a
break. Fortunately, there's a lot of choice in excursions.
Outdoor attractions include the National Parks of
upstate New York, to the beaches of Long Island, or simply the
leafy oasis of Central Park. Whatever you're after, New York is
ready and waiting to bewitch, enchant, and bewilder.