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The cosmopolitan city of New York is situated on the East Coast of the USA in a federal state that shares its name with the city. In terms of surface area, it is the largest city in the United States, around 8 million inhabitants live here. To differentiate between New York State and the town, the addendum "City" is added. Every year, around 50 million visitors travel to the city, which has numerous tourist attractions to offer. It is the cultural centre of the USA with more than 500 galleries, 200 museums, 150 theatres and 16,000 restaurants. It was the building of the Erie Canal that gave rise to its global reputation today given that such an important seaport was able spring up in the East of the USA.
The international airport John F. Kennedy International Airport is used by many airlines from Germany and the EU. Depending on the journey time, you will pay 300 euros for a ticket. From the airport you need between 25 and 30 km to reach the district of Manhattan. You can cover this distance by subway, shuttle bus or by taxi. You will pay a fixed price of 52 US Dollars for a taxi journey to Manhattan, and this will be increased with the tunnel charges.
New York is divided into 5 urban districts. The largest district in New York is Queens. This is where most of the inhabitants live, more than 2.2 million people, and in terms of surface area it is larger than any other city district. Queens lies in the West of the island Long Island and it has belonged to the city since 1898. It is in this district where the two large airports are located and among them is New York International Airport. The district of the Bronx is the only district that is located on the mainland. It has belonged to New York since 1874 and it is located in the North of the municipal area. This is a multicultural district. Around 41% of the population was born outside the USA.
The most well-known landmark in New York is of course the statue of liberty. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom and independence. In the year 1886, the French donated the structure to the USA. The statue of liberty is 102 metres in height and it weighs more than 250 tonnes. If you want to climb the statue, you can only go up 10 of the 22 levels with a lift and the rest must be done on foot. On the lookout platform, the view over Manhattan will reward you for your efforts. In order to reach the statue of liberty you need to first travel by boat which sails from the southern end of Manhattan. Especially in the summer months you will have to expect long waiting times here.
TheEmpire State Building is also a landmark of New York. It is located on 5th Avenue / 34th Street. The skyscraper is 443 metres high and it is divided by 102 floors. It was completed in the year 1931 and for 40 years afterwards, it was the highest building in the world. If you want to take a look over the city, you can visit the lookout platform on the 86th floor and for which you will pay 32 US Dollars. You will pay 52 US Dollars up to the 102ndfloor.
The Broadway with its 20 km in length is the longest road in New York and it is the by far the most well-known worldwide. The Times Square cuts across Broadway and it is a magnet for many tourists. Numerous shops and restaurants can be found here. That was by far not all of the tourist attractions in this cosmopolitan city. The Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge or the World Trade Centre are also well worth a visit.
The largest museum in the USA can be found in New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Artis located on 5th Avenue/ 82nd Street. The exhibition comprises several million exhibits and for that reason you should factor in a day for your visit although you will definitely not have seen all of the exhibition pieces by the end of the day. A large part of the museum deals with Egyptian art such as pyramids, mummies and similar. The American art work, whose history and significance take place in our modern times, is also presented here with exact precision.
TheGuggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue/ 89th Street is smaller than the Metropolitan Museum but it has nearly as many visitors. The reason for this is the architectural style of the building itself. On the inside, it is laid out in a spiral shape. It displays several works from well-known artists such as Picasso or Van Gogh but there are also some rare works.
There are approx. 40 theatre buildings around Broadway. It is thus also described as the Theatre District. Numerous world renowned musicals such as „the Phantom of the Opera“ or „Cats“ celebrated their premieres at Broadway before they went on to establish international fame.
In New York you will find something to eat on every corner. You should not pass up a hotdog which you can simply eat in your hand. If you want to get something good to eat, you should visit the Peter Luger Steakhouse. It is located in the district of Brooklyn and it is one of the best restaurants in New York. Every day you can expect to find a diverse range of steaks here.
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