New York

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New York City is one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. It is an important centre for international diplomacy, commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, technology and entertainment, and is the home of the United Nations. New York City is situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbours, and consists of five boroughs, which were consolidated into one city in 1898. New York City is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with over 800 languages spoken.

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History

The first European visitor to what is now New York City was Giovanni di Verrazzano, in 1524, and the first European settlers were the Dutch, in 1609 – although the original inhabitants were Native American tribes including the Lenape, Manahattoes and Raritan. The Dutch named the settlement New Amsterdam, and it was established as a trading post, but when the British took over in 1664, they renamed it New York. New York was briefly the capital of the United States after the Revolutionary War, and became one of the most important sea ports and the largest city in the United States, and time progressed. As it was such an important destination for immigrants entering the Untied States, it became one of the world’s most diverse cities. In the 1800s, New York City thrived due to economic power, however it was also a prominent time for gang activity. Just before the turn of the next century, the five boroughs were conceived, and the 20th century is mainly remembered as a time of war and skyscrapers. Broadway flourished and Grand Central Station – the largest train station in the world – opened, and the Empire State Building was constructed.

Climate

New York’s summer temperatures can rise to an average of almost 30 degrees Celsius, with winter ranging between averages of -3 and 1 degree, but can sometimes drop to -17 or below.

Things to do

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Empire State Building

This 102-storey structure was the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years. It is an American cultural icon, built in distinctive Art Deco style, and has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The view from the top is one of the most spectacular in New York.

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Times Square

A major commercial intersection in New York, Times Square is known for it’s bright lights, billboards and advertisements. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Crossroads of the World’, and is also the hub of the Broadway Theatre District.

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Central Park

This 843 ha park is the most visited urban park in the United States, one of the most-filmed locations in the world, and is also famed for its large lakes, diverse plant and animal life, and artworks.

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Statue of Liberty

This huge neoclassical sculpture was a gift to the United States, from the people of France in 1886. It is now one of the most recognisable statues in the world, and one of the USA’s most famous landmarks.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nicknamed ‘The Met’, this is the largest art museum in the United States, and one of the ten largest in the world. It’s collection is made up of over 2 million works, representing everything from Ancient Egyptian paintings to antique weapons and armour.

Yearly Events

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUNE
  • Boat Show
  • Chinese New Year
  • Dog Show
  • New York Fashion Week
  • St Patrick’s Day
  • Flower Shows
  • Setmana Santa
  • Fiesta de San Jordi
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • New York Auto Show
  • Baseball season
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
  • 4th of July celebrations
  • Festa Major de Gracia
  • US Oen
  • New York Film Festival
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving Parade

New York City – Central Park Stroll

While Central Park is a breathtaking mix of pastoral and formal spaces, it’s really the people, both past and present, that make this Park such a vibrant place. This tour introduces you to the Park’s masterminds, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, as well as many other colorful personalities. The brilliant sculptor who proposed the Park’s official gateway, but who couldn’t finish the project because he was killed in a tragic accident. The Civil War general who went from demented to demigod, and who is honored with an equestrian masterpiece at the Park’s entrance. The visionary civic leader who made sure art was installed on city streets, not just confined to museums. The publishing tycoon who took daily walks in the Park until he was a great grandfather many times over, and who’s fortune has significantly enhanced the Park. The Bavarian immigrant who has made free Park concerts possible for over a century.

Walk highlights include:

  • Grand Army Plaza and Pulitzer Fountain
  • The Plaza Hotel
  • Sherman Monument
  • Doris C. Freedman Plaza
  • Scholars Gate
  • Wien Walk
  • Central Park Zoo
  • The Arsenal
  • Delacorte Clock
  • Denesmouth Arch
  • Tisch Childrens Zoo
  • Billy Johnson Playground
  • Balto Statue
  • The Mall and Literary Walk
  • Naumburg Bandshell
  • Bethesda Terrace
  • Bethesda Fountain
  • Loeb Boathouse
  • The Conservatory Water
  • Alice-in-Wonderland Statue and Conclusion
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