Taking a city trip through New York City is something that should not be missing from your bucket list. New York (officially ‘The City of New York’) is the largest and most populous city in the United States. More than 8.5 million people live there, spread over an area of approximately 790 km2. Including nearby urban areas and suburbs, the metropolis has a population of 22 million.
According to ehangzhou, New York City is divided into five parts: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx. Alongside Paris, London and Tokyo, it is one of the most important world cities because of its major role in education, finance, trade, media, PR, fashion and art.
City trip New York City
During your city trip to New York City, you will find out that the city has many nicknames, such as ‘the big apple’ and ‘the melting pot’. The term ‘melting pot’ refers to the fact that you will find a mix of different ethnic groups, cultures and nationalities in this city. You may not expect it, but just over half of the inhabitants speak a language other than English at home.
The melting pot looks like this:
- African American: 25.5%
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7%
- Asian: 12.7%
- White: 44%
- Mixed: 4%
- Native Hawaiian and other residents of the Pacific Islands: 0.1%
- Hispanic or Latino: 28.6%
Atmosphere New York City
When you take a city trip to New York City, you will notice that the New York from the movies is not a fabrication. The busy traffic, the tall buildings and the large billboards/screens are characteristic of this metropolis. New York City is all about big, bigger, biggest. In New York City you will find fantastic museums, a huge selection of restaurants and lunchrooms and a great nightlife. From jazz cellar to chic cocktail bar and from Ground Zero to Empire State, you’ll find it all here. You will be amazed during a city trip to New York City!
Landmarks New York City
New York City is a big city with many attractions. Below we have listed a number of sights for you that you really must see during your city trip to New York City.
The Brooklyn Bridge connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Gothic stone arches and the iron cables make the bridge a beautiful work of art. It is not for nothing that it is a popular place in films and series. From the bridge you can take beautiful pictures of the New York skyline. Taking a walk across the bridge, there and back, will take you about two hours.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
When you make a city trip to New York City, you should not miss the Statue of Liberty. The city received this statue as a gift from France, in honor of the centenary of the declaration of independence and as a sign of friendship. The best way to view the statue during your city trip to New York City is from the Staten Island Ferry. You will then get close to the Statue of Liberty and you will have a fantastic view of the New York City skyline! Do you want to enter the Statue of Liberty and avoid the long queue?
New York City is also home to the famous Times Square. It is a popular tourist attraction. It is busy both during the day and in the evening. You are surrounded by large screens, flashy commercials, yellow taxis and a lot of traffic. Times Square is named after the square of the same name and the district of the same name in Manhattan. This square is the most visited square in New York City and is also seen as the cultural center of this city.
Central Park is the haven of New York City. People come here to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The park attracts the most visitors on Sundays. It is a popular place for walkers, cyclists, runners and couples. In the middle of the park you will find The Loeb Boathouse; a place where you can enjoy a meal in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, you will find two different dining options in this park: Lakeside and Express Café. Further afield, you’ll encounter even more attractions such as Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields, and many playgrounds.
TOP OF THE ROCK/ROCKEFELLER CENTER
The Rockefeller Center is a building of 259 meters high, in the middle of the Manhattan neighborhood. On the top three floors you will find the ‘Observation Deck’, or the Top of the Rock. From this floor you have a beautiful view of the city, including a view of the Empire State Building. You can go outside on the top two floors and on the bottom floor you will find many cozy terraces around the beautiful statue of Prometheus. In December, the terrace is turned into an ice rink! Want to visit Rockefeller Center without a line?
GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
Built in 1913, Grand Central station is one of the largest stations in the world. More than 500,000 people a day pass through this large, beautiful hall. The hall has a beautiful marble floor and a special ceiling. You will also find many supermarkets, restaurants, bars and fast food chains here. You will also find New York City’s most popular seafood restaurant here: Oysterbar. Definitely nice to take a look here during your city trip to New York City.
In New York City you will also find the Public Library, in other words: the public library. As the name implies, anyone can enter here. The world-famous library was opened in 1911 and at the entrance you will encounter two large statues of lions. Upon entering you find yourself in a large, white marble space. It is an imposing building. Take a moment to let everything sink in and then enjoy all the wonderful books you can find here. The library is only closed on Sundays.
Bryant Park is less known and less large than Central Park, but no less beautiful. It is near the Public Library. In and along the park you will find several coffee houses, terraces and restaurants. Meanwhile you look out on the skyscrapers of the city. An outdoor movie is organized every Monday evening in the summer and you can ice skate in this park in the winter. Bryant Park is a cozy and atmospheric park. When the sun shows itself, the benches are quickly occupied.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Everyone is familiar with the Empire State Building. A must-see during your city trip to New York City. The Empire State Building opened in 1931. The building is shaped like a pen and the elevator takes you to the 86th floor in no time. Here you have a magnificent view over the city. For romance, many people visit the Empire State Building at night to enjoy the lights of the city stretching to the horizon. You can visit this beautiful building every day until 02:00 AM. At 01:15 AM the elevator goes up for the last time to the 86th floor. Keep that in mind. Do you want to visit the Empire State Building without a queue?