There are few cities that have so much to offer like New York City. While it is made up of five different boroughs, the most famous is Manhattan, which is where arguably most of the sights and sounds that tourists enjoy are located. This is truly a city that offers something for everyone. If you enjoy art, there are plenty of museums. If you enjoy history, there are even more museums. If you enjoy international cuisine, you will find restaurants ranging from the good and simple to the fancy and expensive. Plus, there is that added buzz in the air, not unlike a vibration, which permeates almost all of Manhattan. Limousines and cabs rushing madly down the streets, people walking hurriedly, or perhaps lazily, going to work or shopping, or just checking out the cities sights all come together to create an inimitable feel to the place. You too can be part of the action.
Is Art Your Thing?
Few cities in the world can boast the art collections that New York possesses. Perhaps first and foremost is MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art, which is located smack in the centre of Manhattan. Here, you will find art from almost every culture and era. They are justifiably famous for their collection of Impressionist art, but you will find amazing pieces from Africa, the Orient and even South America. There is a small charge to get in, but it is money well spent, and there are even several cafés and restaurants where you can take a break between your tours. But MOMA is not the only art museum in town. The Frick Collection is housed in the former home of a famous industrialist. Smaller and more intimate than MOMA, it has an outstanding collection of both Renaissance masters and Baroque masterpieces. Although it too has a cover charge, many consider it the best small art museum in New York City.
The Grand Buildings
After the attacks of 9/11, the most famous skyscraper is the Empire State building. An icon of Art Deco architecture, it is almost 100 years old and yet is constantly maintained in impeccable condition. If you go all the way up to the top, over one hundred floors above ground, on a clear day you can see not only all of New York, but even some of the neighbouring states, such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In the last year, an impressive memorial has been built on the site of the Twin Towers, known as the 9/11 Memorial. Located in lower Manhattan, it is worth a visit, if only to reflect by the two fountains that have been constructed where the buildings used to be, giving one a good sense of the extent of the tragedy that occurred on that fateful day.
Viva the Nightlife
If there’s one thing that isn’t missing from New York, it is restaurants, bars and pubs, which can be found practically all over Manhattan, as well as the neighbouring boroughs. Some are modern and trendy, while others are styled to transport you back in time. Obviously, there are far too many to mention, but if you want one that is perhaps unique, the Empire Room in the Empire State building is a paragon of Art Deco architecture, as well as an excellent place to spend several hours relaxing. Visiting any of these locations does not have to be complicated. There are New York Tours which will allow you to choose exactly how you want to spend your day, taking you conveniently to see exactly what you want to visit.
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