New York City

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About New York City

The Author
Local New Yorker and journalist who has reported from a dozen ...

First-time visitors to New York City often say they feel like they’re in a movie. To be sure, New York’s famous skyline and bustling streets are seared into the world’s collective consciousness by countless films and TV shows. Who doesn’t know the frantic flashing lights of Times Square, the Art Deco spire of the Chrysler Building, the elegant soar of the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty’s beckoning torch?

But there are few places where life gets more real than New York City. For 400 years, New York’s unique siren call—promising endless potential and limitless diversions—has lured people from every corner of the planet, walks of life, classes, races, religions and occupations. With some 800 languages spoken in its five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island), New York is the world distilled—a live lab experiment in how so many who are so different can live, work, play, dream and create in the same place. That diversity reflected in the city’s unparalleled range of food, music, media, arts, architecture, business and fashion—and the massive global influence it wields. Surrounded by three rivers (the Harlem, the Hudson and the East), New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, with only one borough attached to the mainland of the U.S., New York is a global port city.

Famous for sublime bagels and Michelin stars, Financial District skyscrapers and tony Brooklyn brownstones, Lincoln Center and Yankee Stadium, a billionaire mayor and too many homeless, Broadway musicals and off-off-off-Broadway experimental theater...we could go on and on...New York offers a canvas as rich, complex, challenging and thrilling as the world we live in.

New York asks a lot—it’s intense, complex and sprawling, with no small amount of attitude and a fast pace that amps you up until it tires you out. It can turn from sophisticated to ferocious in a block. But with so much to offer, it returns it all in spades. And all you have to do is hit the streets. Start walking (fast, please!). Get into the flow. Leave Manhattan. Ride the subway. Pick a neighborhood. Drop cash in the local shops. Eat street cart food (skip the hot dogs). Walk more! Stand out, join in or be anonymous. You can be whatever you want here—even if it’s just for a few days.




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