Mention The Big Apple, Gotham or the City that Never Sleeps and most people know you are referring to New York City.
While some people think Manhattan is synonymous with New York City it's actually only one of five boroughsthe others being the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Islandthat make up NYC.
The last three decades have seen New York experience dramatic urban renewalits now as safe and clean as it was in the 1950s. NYC, with its remarkable diversity, is a desirable place to live and visit.
In addition to the more than 8 million people living in five boroughs, over 30 million people enjoy a New York City vacation each year.
Whether you live here or are planning a visit, this on-line vacation travel destination magazine was designed to make your stay more fun and memorable.
Use the blue column menu to the far right for a photo and history tour of New York City including pages listed below.
The Empire State building is once again the tallest building in NYC, until the Freedom Tower is completed, and the buildings observatory is at the top of most visitors list of places to see along with The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) is another popular skyscraper top observation deck. The Flatiron Building was one of New York's first and continues to be one of its most recognizable skyscrapers.
Times Square, New 42nd Street & the Broadway Theater District are now a must see family oriented entertainment spectacular. A must visit for the whole family while in Times Square is Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
The Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest and most fascinating of the bridges connecting the island of Manhattan to other shores. South Street Seaport, just south of the Brooklyn Bridge is where New York history began. More recent history was recorded at Ground Zero while history is constantly being made at the United Nations. NYC Street Names reflect the City's history also.
New York has dozens of beautiful parks many of which are being connected in an 'Emerald Necklace' around Manhattan. Central Park is probably the best known of NYC's parks. Another popular destination is Fort Tryon Park with The Cloisters as its crowning jewel.
New York's Manhattan borough is home to some of the oldest and finest Colleges & Universities in the United States.
Brooklyn is a New York City borough with plenty to see and do; Brooklyn Heights is full of history and has great views of Manhattan (the New York Transit Museum is here), visit the Brooklyn Museumone of the largest in the U.S., or the Brooklyn Children's Museumthe first children's museum. Coney Island has year-round attractions. In addition to the famous beach there is a fishing pier, KeySpan Park—home of the Brooklyn Cyclones—and the New York Aquarium.
There is a lot more New York City to tour in the column to the right.
Our maps of Manhattan and Central Park open in a separate window so you can easily switch between the map and our other information. You can’t begin your visit to NYC until you get there from the airport — I recommend GO Airlink NYC for transit from JFK, LaGuardia or Newark.
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