Coming to New York meant to be coming to a place seen an endless number of times – on mass media. One of these places well known is the Statue of Liberty in the harbour of New York. The statue made of copper was inaugurated in 1886 and is a present from the people of France. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
– Emma Lazarus
You can’t go to New York without having a traditional Lox bagel – a bagel with cream cheese (a “schmear”) and salmon. A good source for that is H&H Midtown Bagels located five blocks away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but be aware: they are huge (and tasty, of course). Did you know that the “beugel” originally came from Bratislava?
Using credit cards in New York City is really common. You can pay nearly everywhere by card, only if you want to buy some food from a food cart on the street it would be very useful to have some money in your pocket. The best way to get George Washington into your wallet is to use your credit card at one of the ubiquitously available Atomatic Teller Machines (ATMs).
Close to Madison Square Park you can find one of New York’s most impressive buildings and it is worth to get there, even if you can merely watch it from the outside. The Flatiron building has a triangular shape and uses all space available at this intersection (which isn’t much).
As one of the town’s landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River connects Manhattan with Brooklyn. Opened in 1886 it was the longest steel-wire suspension bridge in the world. Numerous pictures and movies include the bridge and it has even found its way into literature.
In need of some fresh air, sea water and sand? Coney Island (the name is derived from the Dutch original name, meaning “rabbit island”) was once really an island in the far south of Brooklyn. In 1940 the passage between this island and the mainland was filled up. Today lots of people come here to relax at the shore.
You cannot omit visiting the Empire State Building when being at New York, United States. I did so on my birthday and enjoyed the views on Manhattan lit by the morning sun. The 381 meters high building was for many years the highest building in New York – now the title has gone to the One World Trade Center.
One of New York’s sights you should definitely see by night is Times Square. It is named after the close-by building of the New York Times and features well-known huge advertisement screens, a lot of food carts and it is always a good place for people dressed like superheroes or naked cowboys to draw attention.
Travelling throughout the city that never sleeps is pretty easy – because it has one of the best subway systems in the world. You just need a network map (Google is your best friend) and a city map – pick the next metro station close to your destination and find a path through the jungle.