New York Tourism
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New York Tourism needs many articles to be described. I will try to summarize it in one article mentioning the most important sites to be visited when arriving to New York City.

I came to New York for the first time in 1959 as a teenager on my way from Cuba to Israel. I remember my emotions when I saw Times Square or the Empire State Building for the first time.

The Amazing Skyline of Manhattan at night

The Amazing Skyline of Manhattan at night

Top Five New York Attractions

I was fortunate to travel to New York so many times that I lost count, with my wife, with the children and grandchildren and every time I felt the same awesome respect for this city which is the dream of millions in the world and no wonders why for many it’s called “America” like there is nothing behind its borders.

New York made of five boroughs namely The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island is the most populous city in the United States and its Metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world

New York City Tourism cannot be accomplished in a few days. I will mention my Top Five List of New York City Attractions that will leave you with the desire to come back and back again.

The one and only Times Square in New York City

The one and only Times Square in New York City

Times Square

Times Square located on the crossroad of Broadway and Seventh Avenue from 42nd and 47th Streets has been called “The Crossroads of the World",  "The Center of the Universe"  and the "The Great White Way” is an important crossroad in Mid-Manhattan  center of entertainment, cuisine and tourism of the Great City. It is the # 1 of Tourist Attractions in the world with about 39 million visitors a year according to Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Called in its early days Longacre Square and renamed Times Square for the skyscraper built by the New York Times on 42nd Street. This building now called One Times Square is famous for the Time Square Ball Drop on the roof on every New Year’s Eve.

In a temporary basis the area between 42nd and 47th streets were converted in a pedestrian mall with the traffic diverted. I say temporary because only in February 11, 2010 it became permanent.

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Central Park in Mid-town New York City

Central Park in Mid-town New York City

Central Park New York

This is a public park in Mid-Manhattan originally opened in 1857. Today is the most visited urban park in the United States and today it is a national landmark as of 1962.

It had a history of ups and downs during all the year, but now is the venue for cultural affairs, park festivals, sports, and passive relaxation.

It is also considered the lungs of New York due to the abundance of vegetation in a city otherwise converted in a mole of skyscrapers and pollution.

On October 23, 2012, hedge fund manager John A. Paulson announced a $100 million gift to the Central Park Conservancy, the largest ever monetary donation to New York City’s park system.

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Empire State Building forever a New York's main attraction

Empire State Building forever a New York's main attraction

Empire State Building

For many years since its completion in 1931 it was considered the tallest building in the world, and then it led way to the Twin Towers and many other buildings in Malaysia and the Gulf Emirates.  But for New Yorkers the Empire State Building will always be # 1

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.  Its height to the roof is a total of 443 meters. It is name for the nickname of New York State

Today is an office building, which by the way, I visited several times during my business trips. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986 and listed in 2007 as one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.

When you visit the Empire State Building make sure you go up in one of the fastest elevators to the observatories at the 86th and 102nd floors.

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Museum of Modern Art known as MoMA in New York

Museum of Modern Art known as MoMA in New York

Museum of Modern Art

Also known as MoMA New York is located on West 53rd Street in between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Mid-Town Manhattan. It is recognized as the most influential Museum of Modern Art in the world. It offers collections of Modern and Contemporary Art including works of design, architecture, painting sculpture, photography, film and electronics.

Its beginnings were humble on a six-room space on Keckschere Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in 1929. It eventually moved to the new building later during the first half of the century.

The museum gained international recognition with successful and famous Picasso retrospective of 1939–40. The Rockefeller brothers Nelson and David were very influence in the moving to the new venue on 53rd Street. The Rockefeller family has remained very active with MoMA until today.

A fire in 1958 destroyed part of the second floor and with it valuable pieces of art. During the years it kept expanding until 1997 when it was decided to remodel the whole museum and Japanese Architect Yoshio Taniguchi was voted among another ten to do the work. It was completed in 2006.

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Statue of Liberty at the entrance of the Port of New York

Statue of Liberty at the entrance of the Port of New York

Statue of Liberty

The location of the Statue is an immense neoclassical statue built on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor. It is called in French “La Liberté éclairant le monde”. The statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, as a gift of the French People to the People of the United States. It depicts a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman Goddess of Freedom, bearing a torch and the table evoking the law, called Tabula Ansata. It welcomes immigrants arriving to the Land of Opportunities.

Only the torch baring arm was first exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 and then left at New York’s Madison Square Garden between 1876 and 1882.

The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe's Island. The statue's completion was presided over by President Grover Cleveland.

After September 11, 2001 it was closed for security reasons and reopened again in phases from 2004 to 2012.

Map of New York Tourism

Map of New York Tourism

For more information visit New York City Official Tourism Website

images for new york tourism

nyc at night by dmitri avdeev
times square by manuel cañon
central park by carol highsmith
enpire state by david shankbone
moma by besanez
statue of liberty by derek jensen

all courtesy of wikimedia commons

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