New York

New York Destination Guide

New York City is geographically the largest city in the state of New York, and the most densely populated major city in America. Historically it is known as one of the main gateways for immigration into the United States of America partly because of it being located on a large natural harbour on the Atlantic coast.

The city is divided into five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, and many of the landmarks across the city have become well known around the world such as the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and Wall Street.

There are over 28,000 acres of municipal parkland in New York City, the most famous of which is Central park in the heart of Manhattan. It was first opened in 1957 and was 770 acres, but this was expanded later to 843 acres which is its current size. It is visited by around twenty five million visitors every year. In 1963 it was designated as a national historic landmark. As well as all this parkland, the city has 14 miles of public beaches stretching along its edge.

The Bronx is the northern most borough of New York City, and is home to the New York Yankees. Apart from a small section of Manhattan known as Marble hill, the Bronx is the only borough of the city that is almost entirely part of the mainland. Places to visit here include the New York Botanical gardens, and the Bronx Zoo which is the largest metropolitan zoo in the country and spans 265 acres. The Bronx is also considered to be the birthplace of both Rap and Hip Hop music.

Manhattan, the most densely populated of the five boroughs is home to most of the city’s skyscrapers, and of course Central park too. It was of course here that the world famous World Trade Centre and Towers stood until September 11th 2001. The plans to reconstruct this area are well under way now, and the memorial to all those who died can of course be seen here too.

Brooklyn sat on the western tip of Long Island only became part of New York City in 1898. It’s known as a place of cultural, social and ethnic diversity. Coney Island which was established in the 1870’s can be found here, and it was one of the earliest amusement parks in the country. The Brooklyn museum which opened in 1897 and is the nations second largest art museum can be found here. Its permanent collection houses more than 1.5 million objects which range from ancient Egyptian pieces to contemporary art. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum can also be found here. It was opened in 1899 and was the first museum dedicated to children.

Queens is the largest of the boroughs geographically, and is home to the New York Mets. It annually hosts the US Open tennis tournament, and is home to two of the three major airports that serve the New York metropolitan area – LaGuardia Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport.

Staten Island the most suburban of the boroughs is connected to Brooklyn by the Veranzano-Narrows Bridge, and to Manhattan by the Staten Island Ferry. The Staten Island Ferry is one of New York’s most popular tourist attractions because of the views that it provides of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbour where millions of immigrants landed between 1892 and 1954.

Getting to New York from the UK is easy with cheap flights to New York (Newark and JFK) operating daily from London and main other UK airports.