So good they named it twice, New York lies within the state of New York, and is the most populous city in the United States. Culturally rich, with over 800 languages being spoken within the confines of the city, New York boasts significant influence over areas such as commerce, fashion, media, art, fashion and entertainment.
New York weather can become very hot and humid in the summer, as tropical air occasionally pushes northwards, with occasional bitterly cold blasts from Canada. As we saw with Hurricane Sandy, tropical storms can also impact the city during late summer and early to mid autumn.
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, there are a tremendous variety of attractions to see and things to do. The five boroughs of New York are home to some of the most famous landmarks in history; from the back drop of Hollywood films and hit TV Series to the iconic Statue of Liberty.
The sheer scale of the New York skyline is incredible. The buildings are tall, the streets are long, and there are thousands of people milling about. New York Skyline Top of the list of places to visit first should be a trip to the summit of either the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Centre, for an awe-inspiring view of the city from above. This perfect panoramic picture from over 100 stories high on either tower gives a view over New York like no other.Art and history connoisseurs alike will be at home wondering around New York's myriad of museums and galleries. 'Museum Mile' - a stretch of Fifth Avenue from East 82nd to East 105th Streets - is home to many of the world's most famous galleries and museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum, to name a few. Across Central Park you can find the American Museum of Natural History, which is well worth a visit and is family friendly.
Central Park itself is synonymous with the entertainment business. Many Hollywood movies and hit TV series have been filmed in and around this 843 acre runner's paradise. Populated by winding walkways and serene lakes, the park is equally as beautiful in both summer and winter. As you walk around you will notice many people playing sports on the luscious grass, and bikers cruising around the perimeter of the park.
Of course the other boroughs in New York have plenty to offer. Tours around the various areas of the city are popular, as well as taking the ferry out to Staten Island. Here you can take in the views of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. New York is bound to leave visitors wanting to go back again and again to experience everything this great city has to offer.
Last updated: 3 February 2015