New York City is the largest city in the United States. It is in the southern part of New York State, at the mouth of the Hudson River (also known as North River as it passes Manhattan Island).
In 1609, Henry Hudson sailed up the river that now bears his name and went as far as Albany. Five years later, a permanent settlement was established at what is now New York, but it was originally called New Amsterdam by the Dutch governors. One of them, Peter Minuit, was said to have bought Manhattan Island from the Indians in exchange for beads, buttons, and trinkets. In 1664, Great Britain’s Duke of York sent a fleet that quietly seized the settlement from the Dutch without bloodshed and rechristened the colony in honor of the duke.
Control of New York passed to the young U.S. at the end of the Revolutionary War, and George Washington was inaugurated president in New York’s old City Hall. Congress met in New York from 1785 to 1790.
In 1898, when Greater New York was chartered, the city expanded to include the following five boroughs, which are also counties in New York State: Manhattan (New York County); Brooklyn (Kings County); Bronx (Bronx County); Queens (Queens County); and Staten Island (Richmond County).
“The Big Apple” is a major world capital and a world leader in finance, the arts, and communications. The port of New York is one of the finest in the world and ranks as the largest port complex on the East Coast. The city is the home of the United Nations and is headquarters for some of the world’s largest corporations. The city is also the center of advertising, fashion, publishing, and radio broadcasting in the United States.
Top 10 New York City Attractions:
- Empire State Building
- Statue of Liberty
- Grand Central Station
- Rockefeller Center
- Ellis Island
- Staten Island Ferry
- American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
- Central Park
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building – When the Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931, it was the tallest building in the world – standing at 1,250 feet tall. This building not only became an icon of New York City, it became a symbol of twentieth century man’s attempts to achieve the impossible.
Statue of Liberty – The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States in honor of the friendship established during the French Revolution. The Statue of Liberty has become an American symbol of freedom and welcome to the immigrants who come to the USA looking for a better life.
Grand Central Station – opened in 1913
Rockefeller Center – The Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, is known for its Christmas tree, ice skating, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Radio City Music Hall and numerous shopping and dining opportunities. Rockefeller Center is a great destination for visitors any time of year.
Ellis Island – The Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers visitors a fascinating look into the immigrant experience. Interactive exhibits, walking tours and movies reveal the hardships and challenges faced by immigrants passing through Ellis Island.
Staten Island Ferry – The Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry from lower Manhattan to Staten Island, used by commuters and tourists wanting a view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) – Since opening to the public in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has evolved and grown. In addition to the Rose Center planetarium and regular exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History hosts a revolving series of new exhibits, so there is always something new to see.
Central Park is a huge green area in the heart of Manhattan. As well as rollerblading and swimming, people use the park for jogging, cycling, skating and horse riding, – Central Park has offered a welcome escape from the concrete jungle of New York City for over 150 years. Take a walk, a boat ride, as well as rollerblading and swimming, people use the park for jogging, cycling, skating and horse riding. Or just enjoy a picnic in Central Park and discover for yourself why Central Park is so popular.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Over 2 million works of art from around the world and throughout history are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An iconic art museum, the Met is well worth a visit.
MoMA – Founded in 1929 as the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art, the MoMA is host to an impressive collection of modern artistic efforts. From painting and sculpture to film and architecture, the Museum of Modern Art’s diverse collection has something for everyone.
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