New York, New York is the self-proclaimed capital of the world, and its 8 million residents can tell you exactly why that is. This is where the legendary Yankees call home, where the lights on Broadway never go down, and where every street corner smells of hot dogs and pretzels. Towering skyscrapers form the hub of American business by day, and the pounding beats of legendary clubs keep the city up all night.
New York City is comprised of five boroughs: Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Manhattan’s Upper East Side district is heavy with museums across from Central Park. The Midtown district includes the theater district. As you move south, trendy SoHo and TriBeCa are just west of historically ethnic enclaves Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. The Financial District/ Wall Street is at the tip of Manhattan.
The Statue of Liberty, long a symbol of hope for immigrants, stands at the entrance to New York Harbor. Ellis Island is accessible by the same ferry to the Statue of Island and was the processing point for millions of immigrants from 1897 to 1938. Guided tours of both sights are available. The site where the World Trade Center once stood is sobering. Construction of a memorial just completed and is open year-round.
In Midtown is the monumental research library built in the style of a classical temple, the New York Public Library. It has the world’s seventh-largest research library and an enormous reading room. Behind the library, Bryant Park features free summertime cultural events like classic film screenings and live comedy. Also in Midtown is the United Nations headquarters, and guided tours are available. Times Square is located at the intersection of 42nd Street, 7th Avenue, and Broadway, is the epicenter of New York City and filled with restaurants, cafes, shows, and theaters. The final must-see sight in the city has to be Central Park with its 58 miles of pedestrian paths lined by 26,000 trees.