New York City, New York
New York City
arguably the world's most vibrant and sprawling metropolis, occupies five boroughs, each with its own distinct identity. After all, before the historic 1898 consolidation, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island were each independent municipalities.
Manhattan Manhattan, home to the most recognizable sites, dominates popular perception of New York City. Its most famous districts are listed below:
Wall Street & the Financial District New York's first district remains its most historic. Wall Street investment banks coexist with landmarks like Trinity Church. Battery Park draws people for its panoramic views. The World Trade Center was also one of the area's most popular destinations, until its tragic destruction on September 11, 2001, which took the lives of many New Yorkers and affected the entire nation. New World Trade Center buildings and a September 11 memorial and museum are under construction.
Harlem long the national epicenter of African-American culture, Harlem was home to the Harlem Renaissance, arguably this country's most influential artistic, literary and cultural movement. Harlem is known for its jazz clubs and Southern restaurants.
Greenwich Village At the turn of the 20th Century, Greenwich Village drew free spirits from around the nation, including poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and playwright Eugene O'Neill. As the years went on, rents inevitably rose. Now, its townhouses are some of the most expensive in the city. New York University students gather here in Washington Square Park. A diverse array of shops, bars and music clubs exist along Bleecker Street.
East Village Artists, students and young professionals have gone a long way towards gentrifying the long poor and multi-ethnic neighborhood. Even today, the artistic spirit that initially brought about change remains, evident in such vibrant cultural establishments as St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church. Urban gardens, like Tompkins Square Park and art exhibits sit beside cafes, craft shops and vegetarian restaurants.
Soho & Tribeca Once home to massive factories; artists moved in and transformed the area into a bustling urban mecca. Galleries, designer shops, sophisticated restaurants and trendy bars followed soon after. Among many others in the area, Hundred Acres is a great restaurant, with fresh seasonal cuisine and an upbeat atmosphere. Today, tourists flock to the area and rents have risen sky high.
Lower East Side This area once housed some of the city's worst slums, well-chronicled by the Lower East Side Conservancy . Today's higher rents mean that the only people who can afford to live here, and want to, are young professionals. The historic Orchard Street Shopping District is home to several hip bars and nightclubs.
Gramercy & Flatiron The majestic Flatiron Building lords over this beautiful, eclectic district marked by loft spaces to the west and pre-war residences to the east. More than a century after their construction, the apartment buildings and townhouses around Gramercy Park remain coveted residences.
Midtown As the name implies, Midtown is smack in the middle of everything. Nobody is really sure where Midtown begins (most would say somewhere at the 30-block), but most agree it stops around Central Park . Publishing houses, financial firms, import/export companies and fashion houses all do business here. Trump Tower entices shoppers, along with all those glorious stores along Fifth Avenue. Ice skaters twirl at Rockefeller Center and the spectacular St. Patrick's Cathedral offers serenity and spirituality.
Times Square & Hell's Kitchen Some New Yorkers miss the former seediness of Times Square, as the World of Disney has replaced age-old bookstores and entertainment venues. However, most people begrudgingly admit that it is better this way. Visitors adore everything from souvenir shops to enormous billboards and Broadway musicals. A few blocks west lies Hell's Kitchen, a community filled with eclectic restaurants, such as Five Napkin Burger , bars, shops, and, of course, the Actors Temple .
Upper East Side Park, Fifth and Madison have always been posh avenues. Whether in the gilded manors of yesterday, like Gracie Mansion in Schurz Park , or the area's high-rise modern apartments, old money and high society have long made their home here. Consequently, shops to serve them line Madison Avenue . Baby Gap coexists with art galleries and antique shops. Further east, new money has overtaken the old Yorkville slum.
Upper West Side When the co-ops of the East Side were freer to restrict residents, the Upper West Side became home to new money. Then, as "modernist" Eastsiders tore down their pre-war palaces, Upper West Side residents kept their old buildings, such as the famous Ansonia and the Dakota ; renters now value the neighborhood's attractive real estate. Meanwhile, bars and restaurants catering to Long Island and New Jersey folk (aka, the â€œBridge and Tunnelâ€? crowd) continue to sprout up along Columbus and Amsterdam avenues.
Brooklyn This massive borough stretches from festive Coney Island to elegant Brooklyn Heights. But wherever Brooklynites hail from, they remain a largely proud lot. They can boast of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden , the gorgeous bridge that bears the borough's name, the Brooklyn Museum , and a growing restaurant scene.
Queens From Flushing to Astoria, Queens is experiencing a quiet renaissance, as refugees from Manhattan's high rents continue to discover what this working-class borough offers its residents. Inexpensive ethnic restaurants pepper the borough. Queens is also home to the Museum of the Moving Image and Flushing Meadows Corona Park .
The Bronx This borough boasts the Yankees , one of the nation's finest zoos , and an extraordinary Botanical Garden . Areas including the South Bronx have benefited from economic booms.
Places to stay #1 hotel The Plaza Central Park, Fifth Avenue, spectacular art, thriving culture, endless shopping, unbelievable dining and lively nightlife – this is New York City. Amid the whirl of excitement you will find The Plaza, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, a timeless landmarked New York hotel capturing memories since 1907.
#2 hotel double tree suites In an ideal location directly in Times Square on Broadway, this all-suite New York City hotel offers an on-site restaurant and modern accommodations which include a minibar and flat-screen TV. The Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square New York City is within walking distance of local attractions, including Radio City Music Hall and Central Park. The Empire State Building, Carnegie Hall and a subway station are also nearby. All suites at the Doubletree Times Square are furnished with a microwave and refrigerator. They include a safe and separate living area with sofa bed. Some suites also have a beautiful city skyline view. Ginger’s Restaurant pays tribute to Broadway Theater while serving American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ad Lib is a full service bar with coffee and alcoholic beverages. Chocolate chip cookies are served at check-in. At Doubletree Guest Suites New York City, guests can work out in the gym or use the business center. To help plan each vacation, the hotel’s 24-hour front desk and concierge service are available. #3 hotel New York Marriott Marquis The New York Marriott Marquis brings the energy of Manhattan to your door. Located in the heart of Times Square and the Broadway theater district, this hotel in Manhattan, New York is perfect for weekend getaways, as well as family and business travel. Boasting updated rooms and suites, high-speed elevators and three restaurants and lounges, this New York hotel in Times Square puts you near attractions like Fifth Avenue shopping, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, NBC Studios and Central Park. We're also close to attractions like Carnegie
Hall, Lincoln Center, the UN and Madison Square Garden - so a stay at this Midtown Manhattan hotel in Times Square ensures that entertainment is just around the corner. Our central location also makes us the perfect choice for meetings, conventions, social events and weddings. With renowned Marriott service, creative catering and a variety of ballrooms, the Marriott Marquis hotel is the best choice for Manhattan events / #4hotel Hilton new York For the best vantage point
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restaurants Le Bernardin 155 West 51st Street (Between 6th & 7th Aves.) Telephone: (212) 554-1515 If you can put down a few hundred for a dinner for two, and you are looking for one of New York's most expensive and refined restaurants, with jackets required and flawless, oldschool service, this is the place for you. The impeccable French service is the best in the city and the food is superb. Don’t miss the fluke seviche; sea urchin; whole red snapper baked in a rosemary-and-thyme crust; and wild striped bass in bouillabaisse broth.
Restaurant Daniel 60 East 65th Street (Nr. Madison Ave.) Telephone: (212) 288-0083 Daniel Boulud’s namesake restaurant features contemporary, seasonal French cuisine in a setting that combines striking neoclassical architecture with elegant modern furnishings. The sophisticated bar and lounge are a welcoming spot for before and after dinner drinks. Not only is the food fantastic, the space is beautiful and the service is out of this world. You must try the Paupiette of sea bass in a crisp potato shell or the braised short ribs. They also have a separate vegetarian menu.
Mercer Kitchen 99 Prince Street (Between Mercer & Green Streets) Telephone: (212) 966-5454 Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees this chic subterranean power-bar, lounge and restaurant in the heart of SoHo's. The dining area extends to the turn-of-century brick walls and out under the sidewalk vault so guests below can watch foot traffic walking across the roof through glass bubbles in the floor-ceiling. The Kumquat Mojitos and the White Chocolate Martinis are to die for. The toppings on the brick-oven pizzas — raw tuna and wasabi; pear and pistachio; black truffle and Fontina — are bold and flavorful.
Peter Lugar 178 Broadway,Brooklyn, NY 11211 Telephone:(718) 387-7400 Some call it the Bad Boy Steak House. I call it carnivore heaven. Peter Lugar has been in the steak business since 1887, and they give new meaning (and taste) to perfect, glorious, butter-tender porterhouse steak. Every steak is hand-picked and dry-aged onsite, then prepared to perfection and served by amiable waiters who aren't anywhere near as gruff as some claim. (Unless you order your steak well done.) You can’t go wrong with the popular starter of thick slices of tomatoes served with Peter Lugar’s famous signature sauce. And don’t forget to try their sizzling bacon appetizer. Extra thick sliced bacon that literally melts in your mouth. Add the creamed spinach, onion rings and German fried potatoes to your steak order, and get ready for the meal of the century. Still hungry? Their New York cheesecake is delish.
BLT Steak 106 East 57th Street (Between Park & Lexington) Telephone:(212) 752-7470 If I am not up for traveling to Brooklyn, BLT Steak is a really great steakhouse bliss option. Sit down and start with their delicious signature popovers. Their tuna tartare appetizer is amazing and you’ll still have plenty of room for their delicious steaks. You can’t go wrong with their porterhouse, rib eye or New York strip. But for great taste and a terrific price, try the hanger steak. All their steaks come with a side selection of sauces, ranging from béarnaise to blue cheese, and paired with decadent sides such as parmesan flavored gnocchi and oversized onion rings. Order a side of roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, and some good ole fries and you’ll become a regular. If that doesn’t do the trick, top the meal off with their profiteroles and/or the banana butterscotch sundae and you’ll see why the BLT Restaurants have such a great rep.
Tao 42 E. 58th Street Telephone: (212) 888-2288 Tao’s is hot. The 12,000 square feet of dining levels come complete with reflecting pool, Zen garden, and a sky high Buddha. This is where the beautiful young people come to drink Sake and mingle with the rich and famous.Use your time at the bar efficiently - the social scene is as impressive as the food. The Mongolian spicy beef is fabulous, and you can’t go wrong with any of the sushi offerings. Try the Squab lettuce wraps or the fabulous Peking duck. For dessert splurge and order the giant chocolate-filled fortune cookies. If you're from out of town Tao is worth a visit - just make sure to dress chic, talk loud and bring your wallet.
Olives 201 Park Avenue South (In the W Hotel on Union Square) Telephone: (212) 353-8345 As you enter the restaurant through the trendy W Hotel, and are greeted by Olives' charming front desk hostess, you will feel as if you have arrived. When making reservations, if you are a party of four or more, ask for a curtained table in the back. Go for lunch and enjoy the sun pouring in from the open sky over Union Square. Chef Todd English’s menu is wonderful. Try the lamb spare ribs and you will undoubtedly agree. The tuna tartare and their flat bread pizzas are a culinary pleasure. If you are a traditionalist, you can’t go wrong with the simple but sumptuous herb-and-garlic-roasted chicken. And there's a copious, firstclass wine list to compliment all the terrific food. And don’t forget to save room for dessert or cheese.
Nobu 105 Hudson Street (At Franklin Street) (212) 219-0500 There is no other experience like this wondrous and original epicurean delight. The densely flavored sweet black cod marinated in miso is Nobu’s signature item and as one would expect, the sushi and sashimi are decadent. The food and presentation are so delightfully unique that you will hardly feel the sting of the hefty bill at the end of your meal.
Megu 62 Thomas St. (Tribeca — between Church and W. Broadway) 212-964-7777 An architectural wonder on two soaring levels, Megu is created around a 600-pound Bonsho, or Temple Bell, which is suspended over a stunning ice-carved Buddha. The 14-page menu offers distinct selections beyond your wildest culinary imagination. Megu specializes in meat, fish, and vegetables grilled over charcoal imported from Japan. Try their cold edamame soup, sake-steamed slices of grilled abalone or Panko-crusted pork tonkatsu. Or go all the way with one of their tasting menus or the Kobe beef. And if you have room for desert (and money left in your pocket) try Yuzu’s unforgettable dark chocolate soufflé.
Sea Grill Rockefeller Center 19 W. 49th St. (5th & 6th Aves.) New York, NY 10020 212-332-7610 The Sea Grill is one of New York City’s best seafood restaurants. While not on grand display, the restaurant boasts an impressive raw bar, usually featuring a half-dozen choices of clams and oysters, plus perfect jumbo shrimp for a divine shrimp cocktail. Winning appetizers include Sea Grill chowder with lobster, shrimp, and clams; and a wonderful cured salmon belly tartare with fresh dill and black salt. As good as the seafood can be, and as clever as many of the colorful presentations are, none of that really matters in winter, when the dining room overlooks New York’s most romantic and nostalgic scene — the skaters twirling about under the twinkling lights of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. For a major tourist destination, the dining room does not feel all that touristy, especially in the evening when the lights soften and the pace eases.
Casa La Femme North 140 Charles Street between Greenwich and Washington Telephone: (212)505-0005 Gauzy white tents, belly dancers, exotic plants, leather ceiling lamps. Egypt? No, it’s Casa La Femme North, one of New York City’s few Egyptian restaurants. Dine in a romantic tent where only a $55 tasting dinner is served – and you won’t be sorry. Everything is made fresh and from scratch so it may take 40 minutes or so for your main course to come, but what’s the rush? The belly dancer and exotic music will help pass the time while you sample delicious appetizers from Arab wheat bread to Crab Kofta. The entrees are indeed fresh and the menu completely authentic. For fish lovers try the whole fish or the wood-grilled red snapper for two. And don’t forget to top it off with Turkish coffee (the only coffee served) and their amazing Baklava.
Dos Caminos 373 Park Avenue South (Between 26th and 27th Streets) Telephone: 212 294 1000 Walk into Stephen Hanson’s Dos Caminos and you feel like you’ve entered party central. Weave your way through the packed bar to your table, and be prepared to have fun. With 100 types of Tequila to choose from, as well as an impressive array of exotic drinks, Dos
Caminos has "party time" written all over it. The restaurant is Hanson-fusion so don’t think Mexican food when you come here. Start with the delicious guacamole, made tableside with the freshest of ingredients. Try the baby back ribs, roast chicken or the sirloin steak – all are impressive. If you’re a fish eater try the big eye tuna ceviche with chile salsa. Too full for dessert? Indulge in a coffee with Kahlua and whipped cream. In a city with only average Mexican restaurants, Dos Caminos is a gem.
Blue Water Grill 31 Union Square West (Flatiron/Gramercy/Union Square at 16th St.) Telephone: 212 675 9500 If ever a restaurant was a New York City “scene” – this is it. The converted bank on Union Square, seats 500 on three levels, and includes outdoor seating. Dine in the lower level and enjoy the dimly lit romantic ambiance and fantastic jazz band. The fish - always fresh - is incredible, the sushi – divine. The Chilean sea bass is wonderful and if you like shellfish go all the way with the impressive seafood castle. Chocolate fondue is a must dessert, and the wine list is varied and reasonably priced. At the bar, it's cruising and hooking-up galore.
Francisco’s Centro Vasco 159 West 23rd Street (Between 6th and 7th avenues) Telephone: (212) 645-6224 Love lobster? This is my all time favorite restaurant for King Kong sized lobsters, but you can get any size you want. They also offer large and very delicious lobster tails. They have great Spanish food, but the lobster tails and/or whole lobsters are incredible and the value unbeatable. Great food, great prices.
Barbounia 250 Park Avenue South (at 20th Street) Telephone:(212) 995-0242 Barbounia’s menu focuses on Mediterranean cuisine with evident inspirations from several European cultures. Hints of Greece are found in the traditional Mezze— tzatsiki and several other spreads, served with delicious flatbread—which has acquired a cult-like following. South of Italy shines through during lunch featuring a Mushroom & Asparagus Pizza topped with parmesan, fontina, & truffle oil, hot from the taboon; while the Mushroom Gnocchi is an Italian-inspired entrée for the evening. The Grass-fed hanger steak “au poivre” served during dinner and the Croque Madame sandwich served with sunny side up eggs during brunch has unmistakable ties to the South of France. Their brunch is excellent and they have the best champagne cocktail deal - unlimited champagne cocktails for an additional $14. They refill drinks super fast and you can change the kind of drink you get. If you just want to stop by for a quick drink, it is always packed with interesting and friendly people and the cocktails are awesome.
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New York Giants (NFL) - New York City
New York Islanders (NHL) - New York City
New York Jets (NFL) - New York City
New York Knicks (NBA) - New York City
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New York Mets (MLB) - New York City
New York Rangers (NHL) - New York City
New York Yankees (MLB) - New York City
The statue of liberty The statue was designed by a young French sculptor, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, who was striving to build a statue like the great Colossus that once stood at the Greek island Rhodes. The statue's face was modeled after his mother's and the story goes that the body was modeled after a prostitute. The crown of Lady Liberty, as the statue is often affectionately called, has seven spikes, symbolizing the Seven Seas across which liberty should be spread. In her left hand she holds a tablet with the Declaration of Independence and in her right hand a torch, symbolizing Enlightenment.
Statue under construction
The statue's steel framework was made by French engineer Gustave Eiffel, better known as the man behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Thanks to an ingenious construction consisting of copper plates attached to the metal framework, the statue is flexible enough to withstand heavy storms. Large iron bars attach the framework to a central pylon. The Statue of Liberty was constructed in Paris, France. It took nine years before it was completed in 1884 after which it was sent to the USA in 214 crates. Even before the arrival of the statue, Bartholdi himself had traveled to the Unites States to discuss the location of the statue with president Ulysses S. Grant. Eventually it was decided tot erect the statue at a small island in the harbor of New York City. Today the island is known as Liberty Island.
Liberty Island The biggest and most embarrassing problem was the construction of the pedestal, which had to be paid for by the Americans themselves. The statue's torch was displayed in Madison Square park for six years - from 1876 until 1882 - in an attempt to spark interest and attract funds. But it was only after publisher Joseph Pulitzer published the names of those who donated money for the project that the funds started flowing in. Eventually, the statue was erected 10 years late, in 1886, when it was officially inaugurated by president Grover Cleveland.
The Statue of Liberty is 46,5 meter (151ft) high and together with the pedestal it reaches 93 meter (305ft). You can take the staircase inside the statue and walk all the way up the 354 steps to the crown from where you have a nice view over New York City.
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