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Overview

New York City, often called NYC, is the most populous city in the United States. Known for its bustling streets, iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and Central Park, it is a major center for entertainment, fashion, art, and cuisine.

History

New York City was originally settled by the Dutch in 1624 as New Amsterdam and later became a British colony. It played a significant role in the American Revolution and became the first capital of the United States. It grew rapidly in the 19th and 20th centuries as an economic and cultural hub.

Culture

New York City is a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions, hosting vibrant communities from nearly every nation.

Interesting Facts

  • NYC is home to the largest gold storage in the world at the Federal Reserve Bank.
  • It has over 800 languages spoken, making it the most linguistically diverse city globally.
  • The Empire State Building has its own zip code.
  • Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the U.S.
  • The New York Public Library has over 50 million books and other items and is the second largest library system in the U.S.
  • Times Square is named after The New York Times.
  • The first pizzeria in the United States opened in NYC in 1905.
  • The subway system operates 24 hours a day.
  • There's a secret train platform beneath the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
  • The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France.

Expert Advice

  • Visit major landmarks early to avoid crowds.
  • Buy tickets in advance for popular attractions.
  • Use public transportation to get around the city.
  • Explore different neighborhoods for a local experience.
  • Try food from diverse cuisines due to NYC's multicultural heritage.
  • Take a free ferry ride for views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
  • Take advantage of free museum days.
  • Consider purchasing a city pass for discounts on multiple attractions.

People on Budget

  • Eat at food trucks or local delis instead of restaurants.
  • Use bike-sharing services like Citi Bike for affordable transportation.
  • Purchase a MetroCard for discounted subway and bus fares.
  • Stay in budget accommodations or consider boroughs outside Manhattan.
  • Take advantage of free attractions and events.

Emergency Details

  • 911 for police, fire department, and medical emergencies
  • Non-emergency police number: 311
  • Poison Control Center: +1 (800) 222-1222
  • NYC Health + Hospitals: +1 (844) 692-4692
  • Emergency Roadside Assistance: +1 (800) AAA-HELP

Weather

NYC experiences all four seasons, with cold, snowy winters and hot, humid summers. Spring and fall are generally mild with occasional rain.

Ideal time to visit

Spring (April to June) and fall (September to November) are ideal for pleasant weather and fewer crowds.

Top Places to Visit in new york

new york caters to all tastes. Below, we have picked some crowd favorites. Prepare for memorable experiences that will leave a lasting impression:

  • Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • See a Broadway show.
  • Stroll through Central Park.
  • Observe the city from the Top of the Rock or Empire State Building.
  • Explore the High Line park.
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
  • Shop in SoHo or Fifth Avenue.
  • Take a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • Visit the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Empire State Building

the most famous observatory in the world

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Madame Tussauds

famous wax museum

Top Places to Eat in new york

new york boasts a plethora of exceptional dining choices. Below, we highlight a few must-try options not to be missed during your visit. Prepare to savor the culinary delights that await you:

  • New York-style pizza - Thin crust pizza sold by the slice.
  • Bagels - Dense, chewy bread with various toppings.
  • Cheesecake - Creamy dessert, especially famous at Junior's.
  • Hot dogs - Iconic street food, particularly from Gray's Papaya.
  • Deli sandwiches - Try pastrami on rye at Katz's Delicatessen.
  • Pretzels - Soft and salted, available from street vendors.
  • International cuisines - Explore Chinatown for Chinese, Little Italy for Italian, and Jackson Heights for Indian food.

Russ & Daughters

179 E Houston St, new york

Brunch, Bakery, Jewish Restaurant, Bagels, Comfort Food

Buvette

42 Grove Street, West Village, new york

Fine Dining, Brunch, French Restaurant

Veselka

144 2nd Ave, new york

Brunch, Family Restaurant, Ukranian Restaurant, Comfort Food

Best Bagel and Coffee

225 W 35th St A, new york

Delis, Bagels

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