Welcome to "The Big Apple"
New York is the most populated and acclaimed city in the United States and the second largest urban center of the continent North America after Mexico City.
Discovered by the European Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524, the region was originally inhabited by around 5,000 natives of the Lenape tribe. It was in 1614 when it began to colonize with European and Dutch immigrants. The city expanded at lighting speed up to Ellis Island, the federal immigration station and main connector to Europe for many years.
New York is composed of five districts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island with more than 8.4 million New Yorkers in a of 830 square kilometers area. Recognized as the shopping and finance center of the nineteenth century and regarded as a global city for its global influences in media, politics, education, entertainment, fashion and collection of 4,493 skyscrapers, more than any other city in the world. Houses iconic US landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, the site of the Twin Towers, collapsed on September 11, 2001 and recognized large structure buildings like the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, the Seagram Building, the Woolworth Building and many more. Tourism is an activity that generates a large amount revenue in the city, because it is one of the busiest destinations with 40 million visitors a year. Among the main places to visit are the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Broadway Theater, museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden. It is also home of the world famous Statue of Liberty, which has a restaurant in its head with magnificent sea views. By any way possible, the walk through the city will be a great adventure.
New York is located in the northeastern United States, southeast of the state and approximately halfway between Washington DC and Boston. Its location at the mouth of the Hudson River that forms a large natural protected harbor that flows into the Atlantic Ocean, which helped the city grow and its importance as a trading town. Most of New York is based on three islands of Manhattan, Staten Island and Long Island, making the building land sacred thus generating a high population density. The city land has been altered substantially by human intervention as several grounds have been recovered from the rivers during Dutch colonial times. This is most notable in Lower Manhattan, where plans were carried out as Battery Park City in 1970 and 1980. Some of the variations in topography have been leveled, particularly in Manhattan. The city area is 831.4 square kilometers. The highest point of the city is Todt Hill on Staten Island (124.9 meters above sea level). Forests cover the top and forms part of the green belt of Staten Island.
Being located at the same latitude as the warm cities of Naples and Madrid, New York has a humid climate, due to the steady inflow of cold winds from the interior of the American continent. New York has cold winters, but thanks to its location allows the climate to remain warmer compared to European cities of the same latitude, helping to moderate the amount of snow, whose average is at 63.5 to 88.9 cm year. Spring and autumn are erratic, and can range from cold and snowy to hot and humid. Summer is warm and humid, with temperatures reaching (90° F) 32.2° C or more on average between 18 and 25 days each summer. Although not common, in New York there are records of hurricanes.
New York City is a global link for trade and international business, one of the nerve centers of the world economy (along with Paris, London and Tokyo). The city is one of the main centers of finance, insurance, real estate, media and arts in the United States. Its metropolitan area has a Gross Metropolitan Product (GDP similar to but located in an urban area rate) of $ 952.6 billion in 2005, the largest regional economy in the United States. The economy of the city has most of the economic activity in the states of New York and New Jersey. Many major national corporations are based in the city, including 44 companies of the 500 richest, according to Fortune magazine. New York stands out in the United States for its large number of foreign companies, one in ten jobs in the private sector is offered by a foreign company.
New York is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, containing hundreds of cultures that respect its gastronomy. Breakfast is the main food and the most characteristic. It is common to breakfast with milk and cereal, yogurt, squeezed juices, toast, pancakes or waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, bacon and coffee. Find the famous junk food on the streets about every 50 meters in the city; these being hot dogs, sausages and burgers with garnishment.
Now, if you prefer to try typical foods, you have several interesting options. The savories dishes consumed by New Yorkers are:
The Corned Beef on Rye: Cured beef, which is cut and eaten on rye bread with mustard and pickles.
Clam Chowder: Clam soup mixed with tomato soup, served with crackers. Giant Pretzel: One of the most popular foods in the city. It is a braided, salted bread you can buy in many stores and sporting events in the city.
The Waldorf salad: Created in the 30s at the Waldorf hotel, which consists of apples, walnuts and lettuce.
Cheesecake: Cheesecake on a biscuit crust toped with fruit jam.
In the United States numerous festivals are held, the vast majority come from the inhabitants of this city, not all being motives for days off; the government decides which are the most important. Among the main festivities include:
New Year: It is celebrated throughout the country every year on January 1 of the Gregorian calendar. In America it is also the first ever recognized non business day of the year. Perhaps the world most famous celebration is the one in Times Square in New York, where at 12 at midnight each New Year's Eve a large crowd gathers to see drop a huge crystal ball over the square, starting a countdown of the final seconds of the old year and greeting with joy the new year.
Chinese New Year: The Chinese communities in major cities across the country celebrate their own holiday, paralyzing entire neighborhoods. The celebrations begin on the first day of the first lunar month each year, ending on the fifteenth. Colorful celebrations are famous in the Chinatowns of San Francisco and New York, where the eastern communities settled over a century ago, keeping their traditions alive.
Day of Race: On October 12 the arrival of Christopher Columbus to America is commemorated. It is a holiday in Spain and most of America. The celebration was called the long Columbus Day, but decades in Spain the official and popular name is Columbus Day. However, in America not everyone accept its change.
Independence Day of the United States: On 4 July each year, the country celebrates its independence from the British Empire since 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The patriotic celebration of this holiday is celebrated throughout the country with parades, sporting events and especially fireworks in all localities of the country.
St Patrick: On March 17, the country's important Irish community celebrates the feast of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, who spread Catholicism in the Emerald Isle. Citizens without this descent dress in green color and taste delicacies of the island, mainly beer, and uphold the popularity of this celebration of all things Irish exaltation. St. Patrick's parade in New York is the world's largest, with more than two million visitors every year. It was first held in 1762, when a battalion of Irish soldiers marched through the city.
Memorial Day: The country celebrated the last Monday of May, which recalls the contribution of US soldiers killed in combat during the various wars in which the country participated. Initially, the festival was created to honor the fallen of the Union during the Civil War, but after World War II was extended to all the soldiers who lost their lives in the war. During this day many people visit the graves of their deceased relatives and non-military.
Thanksgiving Day: Traditionally celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It was originally a celebration of harvest celebration, with both European and Native American roots. Black Friday: The following Friday Thanks after the holiday shopping season is inaugurated. Stores make considerable reductions in prices for Christmas, and it is common for people to go shopping on this day.
Places of interest
New York has a lot of interesting sites to visit. Some of the most visited sites include:
From here you will be to see majestic views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The round trip lasts about an hour.
Famous park located south of New York where you will find ferries that depart to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
South Street Seaport
Enjoy one of the busiest ports in New York with many shops, restaurants and museums in the area.
Offers beautiful views of the city while crossing it on foot or car.
Without doubt, the best time to visit is during the weekend. It is full of New Yorkers playing sports, live music, magicians and an endless variety of characters to enjoy. Their paths offer great areas for skating.
Spectacular skyscraper complex located on Fifth Avenue that houses the famous square where every year the popular Christmas tree lights New York.
Empire State Building
Site of the best views of the city, located in the heart of Manhattan. The best time to visit is just before sunset, because then you will see the city by day and night. Be warned, you can wait in line until up to two hours to enter.
Statue of Liberty
The well-known Statue of Liberty is a must for all tourists which also will spend to visit the old immigration center Ellis Island. You can also observe from the ferry going to Staten Island.