Guide-New York City
The Big Apple, New York New York. With the most famous skyline in the world, dominated by Empire State Building, and the scene and inspiration for countless movies, TV programs, books and songs, New York City holds a special place in the heart of any urban city lover. Nowhere in the world can you find such an eclectic mix of characters, nationalities and stories than in this bustling, thriving city that never sleeps. As a global trend-setter in fashion, food and the arts, living in New York is living in the heart of the pulse beating modern culture around the world.
With a population of approximately 8.2 million people, New York City is the most populous city of the USA, with the New York Metropolitan Area sitting as the fifth largest in the world at approximately 18.7 million people. Situated at the mouth of the Hudson River, in the Mid-Atlantic region, New York City is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east.
The city is made up of five boroughs to explore to find which bests suits your character:
Manhattan – arguably the most famous of all the boroughs of New York for its central location housing many of the city sites, including the beautiful Central Park at its heart, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Wall Street, Harlem and the trendy shopping and dining areas of SoHo and Greenwich Village.
Brooklyn – up and coming as the next trendy New York location, Brooklyn is known for Coney Island, its beaches, artists and music venues. It is the most densely populated of all of the boroughs and sits to the southeast of Manhattan.
Queens – Greeks, Latin Americans, Irish, Italians …Queens is one of the most richly culturally diverse regions in the world for the number of foreigners who call Queens home and also home of the New York Mets baseball team, the two major airports servicing the city, as well as the United States Open Tennis center and New York City’s second-largest Chinatown. Also known for Long Island City, the MoMA PS1 and the Museum of the Moving Image, it is situated to the east of Manhattan.
The Bronx – known for the Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo (the largest metropolitan zoo in the country) as well as the beautiful New York Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx has something for everybody. This borough is said to have been the beginning of hip hop and rap culture. It is located to the north of Manhattan Island.
Staten Island – with more of a suburban feel, Staten Island is connected to Brooklyn via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as well as the Staten Island Ferry – one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city as it glides past the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and lower Manhattan.
As a centre for media, culture, food, fashion, art, research, finance and trade, New York throbs non-stop with energy, life and enough things to do and interesting characters to meet to keep anyone enthralled for years.
New York experiences the full range of four seasons in its humid subtropical climate, with every season offering different charms to compliment this incredible city. Summers are humid with temperatures average around 24°C / 76.5 °F and nighttime temperatures often getting up to 32 °C / 90°F due to the urban heat island phenomenon. Winters can get to an average of 0.1°C / 32.1°F and occasionally down to -12 °C / 10 °F with a good chance of snow (and ice-skating in the city!) and occasionally snow-storms. Autumns are cool and dry with the turning leaves and spring is often the wettest time of year.
Air: There are three main airports serving New York City – John F. Kennedy International Airport (Queens) and Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey in the west of the city) being the largest and LaGuardia Airport acting as a domestic airport. Teterboro Airport, Long Island MacArthur Airport and Stewart International Airport are also popular airports for business jet travelers and general aviation.
Train: From New York Penn Station, under Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, the Amtrack service runs express trains servicing many nation-wide cities, including Washington D.C (3/3.5h), Boston (3.5/5.5h) and Philadelphia (1/1.5h).
Bus: There are numerous bus lines connecting New York City with cities all over the east coast. From luxury to very cheap the price you pay will determine the level of quality of the bus you take. Companies include BoltBus, Greyhound, Megabus, NeOn and Peter Pan Bus Company which all have departure addresses across the city.