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BODENLANG Travel Blog – When in … New York City

New York is the most popular city in the United States and there is so much to see! Its bustling streets are a whirlwind of activities, you will find world-famous sites around every corner; From iconic landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge to the city’s incredible food scene and the fascinating museums... 
But lets get the facts right first: The city is composed of five boroughs, each of which is a county of the State of New York. Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island were consolidated into a single city back in 1898. Every area has its charms and there are countless neighbourhoods in each one. However, most tourists spend their full time in Manhattan.

Manhattan 

From the Empire State Building to SoHo, The Statue of Liberty or endless brunch spots - Manhattan Island is a place that truly has it all. Manhattan can be loosely divided into three areas: Downtown (below 14th St), Midtown (14th St to Central Park/59th St) and Uptown (north of 59th St).  

Empire State Building

You don't want to miss climbing to the top of the iconic Empire State Building! Completed in 1931 this 102 storey, Art Deco beauty was the tallest building in the world for 40 years. An elevator takes you to the main observation deck on the 86th floor, which was the summit of the building before the radio and TV mast was added. You can continue up to the tiny 102nd-floor observatory. The panoramic view from its top is breath-taking and inspiring. For the best experience, try to reach the top at sunset.  

"Freedom Tower"

Stop by the 9/11 memorial, One World Trade Center, locally dubbed “Freedom Tower”,  the tallest building in town at 541,3 m. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum was dedicated on September 11 in 2011, to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The two memorial pools represent the footprints of the original towers. 

Completed in 1973, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were an integral part of New York’s legendary skyline, and a symbol of the city’s social and economic success. 

Central Park

Another must-see is the Grand Central Park: 843 acres of gardens, meadows and waterways. Furthermore there are bunches of cool attractions, such as the famous Conservatory Garden, various statues, the Belvedere Castle, the Central Park Carousel, and the Obelisk - a towering Egyptian monolith... Go bike riding or skating, join a yoga class, groove to live concerts, or simply enjoy the fresh flowers and trees throughout the year.

Street Eats

NYC offers a glorious and unpredictable world of streetfood. Whilst wandering around the streets, stop for a quick snack at a random hotdog or pretzel stand. This is the quintessential New York experience. There's always a time and a place for a NY hot dog or a cold Mister Softee coneIf you want to sit-down, check out Joe´s Pizza (on Carmine Street). This old-style New Yorker pizza is a thin and flexible triangle of cheesy deliciousness. The crust is lightly toasted and the toppings are just right—not too rich or heavy.

Museums 

One of the best things about New York City is the wealth of museums. Whether you are into art, history, or science; From the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art to the one-of-a-kind Intrepid Air & Space Museum there's gonna be the right museum for you. The American Museum of National History is a must-see - not only for those who have seen the film "Night At The Museum" - hunting down Dum-Dum or the Maoi cast from Easter Island, to braving the crowds to see the giant T-Rex skeleton, we love everything about the AMNH.

Brooklyn Bridge

The much-loved Brooklyn Bridge can be seen from just about anywhere in the seaport. When it opened in 1883, it was the world’s largest suspension bridge. The bridge offers a fantastic look at Manhattan which makes a walk across its beautiful wooden planks an essential part of any New York trip.

The Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island ferry departs from the east side of Battery Park. Departures are frequent and run 24 hours. The 25-minute ride is New York’s best bargain, offering wide-angle views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. 

This is only a small insight as the Big Apple offers an uncountable number of sights, attractions and adventures. We didn't mention the Broadway, Time Square, Flat-Iron-Building, Soho District, its night life or its incredible and numerous restaurants and bars and many more... New York is the city that never sleeps: Make sure you visit this unique place at least once!