New York is known as the city that never sleeps. Today we show you exciting highlights and sights from the Big Apple.
7 EXCITING FACTS ABOUT NEW YORK
In the 17th century, New York was still called New Amsterdam.
More than 800 different languages are spoken in New York City.
New York has five boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan.
In total, there are over 6000 skyscrapers in New York.
The Empire State Building is so tall, that it has its own zip code.
Central Park is larger than the Principality of Monaco.
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most giant statues in the world with a total height of 92.99 meters.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO NEW YORK?
New York City is worth a trip at any time of the year. If you like moderate temperatures, you should visit the city in spring (April to June) or fall (September/October). Because then you can experience many attractions and tours outside without being exposed to extreme heat or cold.
But also the cold season is something exceptional in New York. In the pre-Christmas period, the city shines in a very special glow. You can stroll through a winter market and enjoy hearty treats and hot punch. Sports enthusiasts can skate their laps on the ice rinks, for example, in Central Park or near Rockefeller Center.
The first switch-on of the tree and square lighting at Rockefeller Center is one of the absolute Christmas highlights in the city and has been celebrated annually since the early 1930s. For New Yorkers, the Tree Lighting Ceremony is also the official start of the Christmas season.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND THE BIG APPLE?
In the Big Apple, you can get around without a rental car. Parking spaces are more than rare, and the traffic is usually so dense that drivers can hardly get out of the place. The best way to discover the city is on foot and at the same time get to know the different parts of the city and their neighbourhoods. To get from one distant place to another, the bus or the subway are great alternatives. Click here for the subway and bus maps.
Tip: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is 24 km southeast of the city centre. The cheapest transfer to Downtown NYC is by Metro.
WHAT SIGHTS SHOULD YOU DEFINITELY HAVE SEEN IN NEW YORK?
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
At 350 Fifth Avenue New York-NY 10118, you will find the world-famous Empire State Building. From the 86 floor, you can admire many important places of the city such as Central Park, the Hudson River, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, or the Brooklyn Bridge. On a clear day, you can look almost 130 kilometres from the 443-meter skyscraper and see six states at once. Since there are often long queues, we advise you to book a ticket in advance.
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The fabulous Central Park is also called the green lung of New York. It covers a vast area in the heart of Manhattan and is surrounded by skyscrapers. A good option is to explore the park by bike. A great bike path leads through the entire area, and so you can discover several attractions in a short time by bike. Here you can easily book a bike.
The Great Lawn is a huge meadow in the middle of the park. On this huge green area, there are eight softball fields as well as basketball courts and a bridge course between plane trees. Free concerts are often held, but the New York Philharmonic Orchestra or musicians from the Metropolitan Opera also perform. Here you can find an overview of all events.
The Needle of Cleopatra is an obelisk and the oldest man-made object in Central Park. This was commissioned by an Egyptian pharaoh in 1.450 BC and eventually given to the US by the Egyptian government in 1880.
The Bow Bridge is the second oldest cast-iron bridge in America. With a length of 60 feet (about 18 m), it is also the largest as well as oldest bridge in Central Park. The romantic bridge is a trendy place for marriage proposals and also the location of numerous Hollywood movies.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
The Statue of Liberty, the landmark of America, is a MUST during your visit to New York. Lady Liberty was given to the USA in 1886 as a gift from France and represents a symbol of hope and freedom. She holds in her left hand a stone tablet on which is carved the date of July 4, 1776 – the day on which the Declaration of Independence was signed. In the crown is the observation deck. Tickets for it are in great demand, and it is worth booking them online in advance.
Dumbo stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass and is a trendy neighbourhood on the Brooklyn Bridge.
The special thing about Dumbo Street is the impressive view through the facades of two brick buildings directly onto the Manhattan Bridge. As an additional eye-catcher, the Empire State Building is framed by pillars. For influencers and Instagrammers, this is the hotspot par excellence.
How do you get to Dumbo? Either you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, or you take the subway to Clark Street or High Street.
Tip: On weekends, the photo hotspot can get pretty crowded. Get up a little earlier, and you’ll have enough time to take the perfect shot.
WHICH MUSEUM SHOULD YOU DEFINITELY VISIT IN NEW YORK?
New York is home to some of the best museums in the world. We were particularly impressed by the Guggenheim Museum. The building is an architectural masterpiece and was founded in 1939. New Yorkers often jokingly refer to the building as a snail, as you move around the building as if you were in a snail shell. Over four floors, you travel through one of the world’s finest collections of 20th-century art. The Guggenheim Museum is also a prevalent filming location for many famous movie blockbusters. Will Smith chased alien creatures down the spiral ramp here in Men in Black.
Other impressive museums: Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO STORE IN NEW YORK?
New York is known as the absolute fashion metropolis. On the famous Fifth Avenue, you can find famous stores like Louis Vuitton or Chanel. Do you want to buy some cool designer pieces, but don’t want to spend so much money? Then head to one of the shopping outlets outside Manhattan. If you want to feel like a real local, check out a flea market, there you will not only find antiques or old clothes but also young designers & artists who offer their own creations for sale.
Macy’s, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Brooklyn Flea Market.
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WHERE TO EAT IN NEW YORK?
What is a typical New York meal? You must first think of hot dogs with sauerkraut, burgers and sugary doughnuts. In any case, street food has its charm, but New York offers so much more and is a true paradise for gourmets and foodies!
In hardly any other city can you eat as diverse and extraordinary as in the Big Apple. Italian, Mexican, Japanese, American – the gastro scene of New York has only the best to offer in every cuisine.