NY attractions

NY attractions

New York City is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. So it should come as no surprise that it’s also one of the most diverse. The city is known for its ethnic neighborhoods, as well as its status as the country’s trendsetter, making it difficult to define one specific “culture” of the Big Apple. As home to the most vibrant theater and fashions scenes in the country and a large contingent of schools and Wall Street on top of that, NYC also shelters a large gay community as well as many students, artists, fashionistas, writers, businessmen and so on.

NEW-YORK2Cool, cosmopolitan, crowded, constantly evolving … the Big Apple blends big-city splendor with small-town charm. Amid Gotham’s iconic landmarks and towering skyscrapers, you’ll experience a vibrant culture permeating each of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods and boroughs. Follow trendsetters to the East Village and Brooklyn to check out indie boutiques, iconic bakeries and trendy coffee shops. Afterward, peruse the racks of the sleek shops lining Fifth Avenue, admire the cutting-edge art collections at the MoMa and the Met, catch a memorable show on Broadway or sit down for a meal at the latest “it” restaurant.

As the most populous city in the U.S. — set at the forefront of food, fashion and the arts — NYC requires stamina. But don’t let the Big Apple’s frenetic sights and sounds intimidate you from soaking up its grandeur. Wander through the concrete jungle and you’ll discover roaring taxicabsFeatured1 pouring down bustling blocks, fast-paced pedestrians whizzing past on their way to marquee galleries and innovative cocktail bars and Times Square’s neon lights flickering at all hours. And yet, the city’s twinkling lights and chaotic corners also invite you to embrace every New York minute, explore every flourishing enclave and create your own urban adventure. There are virtually endless ways to occupy your time in the city that never sleeps, but before you leave, stop and look around — what’s here today will be transformed into something bigger and better tomorrow.

Fifth Avenue starts just north of Washington Square and goes all the way north up to 143rd street in Harlem. It is one of the world’s most expensive streets, especially the area between 49th and 59th street where some of the most prestigious stores can be found.

There are enough over-the-top shopping opportunities on Fifth Avenue to satisfy everyone’s taste.

Women will love browsing and buying at stores like the famous Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf-Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Emanuel Ungaro, Gucci, Ferragamo, and Versace. Men can check out Times_SquareBergdorf Men, the NBA Store as well as the famous Apple Store.

Looking for something shiny or sparkly? Browse the displays at Harry Winston – jeweler to the stars, Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany and Company, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Fortunoff.

Kids will love making their way through the stupendous displays at FAO Schwartz, one of the world’s largest toy stores.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is often considered the most important museum of its kind in the world. Its collection includes works from a wide range of celebrated modern artists, including Andy Warhol, van Gogh and Picasso.

New York’s famous Rockefeller family was largely responsible for the creation of the Museum of Modern Art. The idea for the museum was proposed by Abby Aldrich Rockeller, wife of John D. Jr. She enlisted the help of two dear friends, Lillie Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan, and together the ladies succeeded in opening the first modern art museum just a few days after the stock market crash of 1929.

Brooklyn-BridgeA few months later, thanks to the influence of Abby Rockefeller, the tiny museum was already achieving notoriety, garnering a loan of some very notable contemporary works, including paintings by van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Seurat. But because John D. Rockefeller loathed modern art, he refused to help fund the museum, so the location changed several times over the first ten years according to who was donating the funding.new_york5

However, by 1939, John D. came on board and donated permanent land for the museum, which still stands at the same site on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. MoMA continued to gain international attention and in the early years was host to many notable exhibits, including those by van Gogh and Picasso in the late 30s.

Broadway has been the home of New York theater for almost 150 years. Known as the Great White Way because the lights of its theaters burned so brightly in the early days of electricity. It’s one of New York’s most famous thoroughfares.

Seeing a blockbuster Broadway show is an essential New York experience. Along with the latest new hit shows, there are some famously long-running shows still showing on Broadway, including Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre, Wicked at the George Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, and Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden Theatre.

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