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New York City 

(from The Official New York State Tourism Site)

With a skyline that’s recognizable worldwide and more than 8.3 million people from all corners of the globe who call it home, New York City is a one-of-a-kind destination. Each of the five boroughs has its own distinctive flavor, while individual neighborhoods, streets and even single blocks maintain identities all their own. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, there’s always something new to see and do. From world-class dining to shopping to nightlife to culture, New York City’s streets pulsate with an unmistakable rhythm that attracts more than 45 million visitors annually.

A number of iconic stops belong on first-time visitors’ to-do lists. The Empire State BuildingCentral Park, the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and the South Street Seaport—to name just a few—never fail to dazzle, while strolling around Wall Street, ChinatownLittle Italy, Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side offers a window into the City’s past. For your photo op with the Statue of Liberty, or a family history lesson at Ellis Island, take Statue Cruise's official Liberty Island ferry or one of Circle Line's year-round scenic harbor cruises.

Though it’s home to myriad familiar sights and neighborhoods, Manhattan is actually the smallest of New York's five boroughs. The majority of the City’s land mass and population are found in BrooklynQueens, the Bronxand Staten Island, and each of the boroughs boasts countless reasons to visit. Head to the Bronx to catch a baseball game at the new Yankee Stadium or to explore 265 acres of wildlife at the Bronx Zoo. Queens lays claim to Citi Field (the new home of the New York Mets), a spectacular 9,000-square-foot scale model of the City at the Queens Museum of Art, a burgeoning arts scene in Long Island City and one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the country. Taking a stroll over the historicBrooklyn Bridge is a great way to start exploring the City's most populous borough, home to Coney Island, the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park and picturesque brownstone-lined streets. And finally, a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry offers sweeping vistas of New York Harbor, the downtown skyline and the Statue of Liberty, while attractions such as Historic Richmond TownSnug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and the Staten Island Children’s Museum await you on shore.


Elio Mondello,
Dec 22, 2010, 7:44 AM