A Brief Travel Guide to New York City
New York City is the most populous city in the United States. It has up to 800 languages with an estimated 18.9 million people. New York is the 27th largest, the 3rd most populous, and the 7th most densely populated of the 50 United States. New York is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Although New York City is the largest city in the country, much of New York remains rural. Albany is the capital of its state.
New York is made up of five boroughs in which there are hundreds of boroughs, many with their own history that defines their own city. The municipalities are:
Manahattan – the most densely populated where Central Park is located.
The Bronx – home to Yankee Stadium, the home of the New York Yankees They are also famous for their Bronx Zoo, the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States with over 6,000 animals. El Bornx is the cradle of rap and hip-hop culture.
Brooklyn: Known for its cultural, social, and ethnic diversity, independent arts scene, distinctive neighborhoods, and distinctive architectural heritage.
Queens: The largest borough and the most ethnically diverse county in the United States.
Staten Island: The most suburban of the five boroughs.
New York City’s gastronomic ethnic background includes a variety of world cuisines influenced by the city’s immigrant history. Eastern European and Italian immigrants have made the city famous for New York-style bagels, cheesecake and pizza. Chinese restaurants are ubiquitous. Some 4,000 city-licensed mobile food vendors, many owned by immigrants, have made Middle Eastern foods like falafels and kebabs substitutes for modern New York street food. But hot dogs and pretzels are still the main street food. The city is also home to many of the best and most diverse fine dining restaurants in the United States. Visit ski center in Manhattan, Saranac Lake in winter, First Lake and North Creek. Experience its parades, particularly the extravagant Thanksgiving Day parade and St. Patrick’s Day parades.
The Empire State Building. A trip to the top is on everyone’s itinerary. Check out the Empire Room for a trip back in time to the city’s golden age, or try the Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie for more modern dining.
For a bit of greenery (or a lot of it in this case) head to Central Park in the heart of Manhattan. While you’re there, visit Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Less restaurant than visitor center today, it’s still Tavern on the Green. Ditto for the most poignant of all soul food establishments, Sylvia’s Restaurant, or the famous real-life Nazi soup: Al Yeganeh, the Original Soup Man.
Let’s not forget the most famous icon of New York (and perhaps the icon of the USA), the Statue of Liberty. You can visit the statue by ferry, or you can get a great view of it on the Staten Island Ferry.