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 rub together to produce a unique
atmosphere, 24-hours a day.
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. 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
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.