Multicultural, multiethnic New York is called the "melting pot" of the United States for a reason. Since its founding in 1624, there has been a constant flow of immigrants from Western and Eastern Europe, China and Africa.
Each new generation of new Americans contributed to the architecture and urban environment. "Black" Harlem, "Caribbean" Brooklyn, Chinatown, Filipino Woodsight - these are all ethnic colorful areas of modern New York.
The visiting card of the metropolis is the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan and the legendary suspension bridges known to every person on earth. It is impossible to imagine New York without these symbols. The city has long become the quintessence of the most current events, the center of world fashion, a powerful financial outpost of the most ambitious state on the planet.
What to see and where to go in New York?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
Statue of Liberty
The most famous symbol of the "stronghold of democracy" in the United States, a monument that embodies the freedom and independence of the state. The statue was presented to America by the French and originally served as a sign of friendship between the American and French peoples. The monument was recognized as a monument of world importance in 1984. From the observation deck of the statue, a panoramic view of New York, the harbor, islands and suspension bridges opens up.
District of Manhattan
A prestigious administrative district of New York, where the main financial offices and cultural institutions of the city are located. Here are the famous Broadway, 5th Avenue, Central Park, Wall Street, Times Square. Manhattan is literally "stuffed" with sights. Even a week is not enough to get around it and linger in every interesting place, despite the relatively small size of the area.
The largest railway station in the world. Trains run on 44 platforms and arrive from all over the United States, the annual passenger flow exceeds the mark of 60 million people. The architecture of the station complex is identical and beautiful, so the building has repeatedly become a backdrop for filming films. The station is located in Manhattan and is one of the main attractions of the area.
The most popular and picturesque New York park, sandwiched between 8th and 5th Avenues. It appeared in the middle of the 19th century, the landscape architect F. Olmsted worked on the project. The park almost immediately became a favorite place for citizens for picnics, walks, and sports. Office clerks relax here at lunchtime, mothers with children lie down on picturesque lawns, couples in love ride boats on the lake.
An area where you can feel the spirit of the city, touch its traditions and history. The place got its name from the New York Times newspaper, which placed its office here back in 1904. Times Square is a territory where famous shops, cinemas, hotels, restaurants (including the legendary Hard Rock Cafe), music halls are located. The area is full of people 24 hours a day.
Fifth Avenue Street
The main "artery" of New York and one of the most expensive streets in the world, it is sometimes called the "world showcase". Fifth Avenue divides Manhattan into east and west. The street is known for the fact that there are boutiques of the most famous designers, prestigious private apartments and expensive hotels. For more than a hundred years, the place has been a symbol of prestige and American luxury.
The longest and one of the largest streets in New York (more than 50 km long). The street crosses Manhattan and the Bronx, reaching the outskirts of the state. The Broadway skyscrapers house the offices of the largest American and world corporations, and the famous "Broadway theaters" are also located here. At the intersection with 42nd Street is Times Square.
Habitat of a large Russian community in New York. The street bears the unspoken name "little Odessa" because of the large number of immigrants from Ukraine. Settlers from the former USSR began to arrive here after the collapse of the country in search of better living conditions. Brighton Beach attracted people with low rental prices, good transport interchanges and fast connections to other parts of the city.
High Line Park
An unusual public garden in Manhattan, which is located on the site of an abandoned railway line. It appeared thanks to the efforts of enthusiastic architects R. Hammond and D. Joshua. They collected donations, developed a project and turned a nondescript place into a real oasis among the stone jungle. The High Line is located at a height of 10 meters above the ground, in 2009 it became the second most visited city attraction.
The park is located in Manhattan. Its main feature is the lawn, which is the largest green "space" in this part of the city. The park has Wi-Fi, which allows students and office workers to come here with laptops and work or study in the fresh air. Nearby is the building of the New York Public Library. The park regularly hosts concerts, film festivals and fashion shows.
Skyscraper Empire State Building
The tallest building in the city (381 meters), the third tallest in the United States. The skyscraper is a popular monument of New York architecture; first of all, all city guests flock here. The tower is used as an office center for various companies; more than 20,000 people work here daily. At the top, there is a television tower that distributes television and radio signals from local channels throughout the city.
A 319-meter high-rise in the East of Manhattan, once owned by the Chrysler automobile company. The skyscraper was built in the Art Deco style by architect Van Allen. The top is decorated with massive rounded arches, which are crowned with a sharp spire. In general, it seems that the whole structure is floating in the air. The building is considered one of the most stylish skyscrapers in the world.
A building built during the Great Depression at the expense of billionaire D. Rockefeller Jr. The construction provided thousands of jobs, which helped the economy a lot in times of global unemployment. The place is known for the fact that the city's main Christmas tree is installed annually inside, which is brought as a gift by another benefactor. There is also an ice skating rink in the center of the complex, open from October to April.
The construction of an unusual shape, nicknamed "Iron". The design really resembles an iron, as it has a sharp frontal angle and facades diverging in different directions. A completely new perspective opens up from different sides - it looks like either a column or a ship. The height of the building reaches 82 meters. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Consulate of the Russian Empire was located in the Flatiron Building.
The Brooklyn Bridge
Suspension bridge over the East River connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn. The length of the bridge is more than 1800, the width is 26 meters, the maximum height above the river is 41 meters. The engineering structure has been a symbol of US technological progress for more than 130 years. And one of New York's most iconic landmarks. Walking along the Brooklyn Bridge for a tourist is like performing a sacred rite, without which a visit to New York cannot take place.
Bronze Bull on Wall Street
A huge statue of a bull in front of the New York Stock Exchange. The bronze figure of an attacking bull embodies the very spirit of the place: the aggressive competition of stock market dealers, the ruthless struggle for a place in the sun and, as a reward, a resounding financial success and a luxurious life. There are always a lot of tourists in front of the statue. Everyone wants to capture themselves in front of an imposing figure or rub their horns to attract good luck and money.
Memorial dedicated to the memory of the victims of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. The complex is installed on the site of former skyscrapers that collapsed as a result of an air assault. Waterfalls fall into two large foundation pools, oak alleys are planted around. Memorial plaques are fixed on the parapets, which lists all the names of those who died that day. There is a museum next to the pools.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The main museum in New York, which houses one of the largest collections of works of art. It was founded in 1870 at the expense of patrons-businessmen. Until now, the gallery exists on private funding and does not use public funds. Thanks to its rich collection, the museum is on a par with the Prado in Madrid, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and the Louvre in Paris.
New York Public Library
Founded in 1895. The majestic library building is a national architectural monument. The ceiling height of the luxurious main reading room is 15 meters. At the entrance to the library are stone sculptures of lions. The library stores more than 15 million books, as well as more than 30 million other media - videos, maps, photographs, manuscripts. The use of the library is free.
Museum of Sea, Air and Space "Intrepid"
Historical Naval Museum on the banks of the Hudson. Its main exhibit is the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid - Fearless. Its command cabin, hangars and crew quarters are offered for inspection. Also on display at the museum are the Cold War diesel-electric submarine USS Growler, the British Airways Concorde supersonic aircraft, and the Enterprise training shuttle built specifically for NASA.
The museum was founded in 1928 with the assistance of the Rockefeller family. It is one of the most visited - about 3 million visitors annually. The museum's galleries feature iconic and iconic avant-garde paintings by Salvador Dali, Malevich and Monet, Picasso and Warhol. In total, the museum presents more than 150,000 works of sculpture, painting, photography, design and architecture. The museum building occupies 6 floors.
The art museum, founded by collector Henry Clay Frick, is located in his Manhattan mansion. The collection exhibits works by Goya, Titian, El Greco, Rembrandt and other artists of the 14th-19th centuries. The gallery also presents sculptures, furniture from France of the 18th century, Limoges porcelain. After the death of the collector, the heirs continued to collect the collection and increased it by almost a third.
Solomon Guggenheim Museum
Located on Fifth Avenue in a modern cylindrical building. The museum's collection is an extensive collection of works of contemporary art. The gallery was founded by businessman Guggenheim, who made his fortune in gold mining. For a long time he collected works by Mondrian, Kandinsky, Léger, Chagall and other authors. The philanthropist opened the first gallery in a rented apartment in Manhattan, in 1959 the museum got its own building.
Prestigious music scene in New York. Together with La Scala (Milan) and the Vienna Opera, it is the top three opera venues in the world. Brilliant and incomparable Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas, Montserrat Caballe, Placido Domingo and Fyodor Chaliapin performed here. The Metropolitan Opera is visited by hundreds of thousands of spectators every year. For everyone, the official website broadcasts the best productions.
madison square garden
New York City Sports Arena, home of the famous New York Knicks basketball team and the New York Rangers hockey team. The site is always filled to capacity during various competitions. In addition to sporting events, music shows, circus performances (Cirque du Soleil comes here on tour), public worship and political performances are held here.
American Museum of Natural History
The second (after the Metropolitan Museum) in importance and significance of the city museum. The naturalist A. Bikmore is considered to be the founder. In addition to numerous exhibits, the museum is famous for its grandiose library, which contains almost half a million volumes that describe expeditions to almost all distant corners of the planet. In addition to the expositions, visitors can go to the planetarium or watch an educational film in the IMAX cinema.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
19th-century neo-Gothic Catholic cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Considered the most beautiful in the New World. The building looks quite unusual among the skyscrapers and shopping centers of the modern city, but stands out against the background of the "stone jungle". The cathedral was built to cater for the religious needs of Catholic immigrants, as the small church no longer accommodated everyone.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
The temple is located in Manhattan and is the fourth largest Christian cathedral in the world. Refers to the Protestant Church. The Committee to raise funds for construction in 1925 was headed by the future US President F. Roosevelt. The temple was opened in 1941, but construction continued anyway. The cathedral covers an area of two football fields and can simultaneously accommodate five thousand people.
It is a national historical monument. The cemetery is located in Brooklyn, in a beautiful large park with four ponds. It is considered a good place for walking and relaxing. Graves and crypts are located randomly - between dense trees. You can hear the birds singing, and fountains murmur on the ponds. Several crypts are located in the hillsides, offering a beautiful view of Manhattan.
Former immigrant reception center that operated until 1954. Now the island houses a museum of the history of immigration. Ships with immigrants from Europe arrived here. Customs officials interviewed people, tested them for literacy, and issued entry permits. In some years in the middle of the 19th century, the flow of people reached a million people a year, until the authorities introduced a quota system.
A peninsula in South Brooklyn, formerly the largest entertainment center in the United States. There are amusement parks and ocean beaches. Families with children are happy to spend weekends at Luna Park and Dreamland attractions. The 1920 Ferris wheel is still in operation today, it is a symbol of Coney Island. The park has an aquarium.
Macy's mall in Manhattan
A large and well-known store of the American distribution network Macy`s. Here you can buy almost any goods - from knick-knacks to massive furniture and designer items. Every year, a colorful parade is held here in honor of the national Thanksgiving holiday. A procession is organized with the participation of artists, huge dolls and Hollywood stars. At Christmas, shop windows are decorated with bright garlands.
One of the most famous five-star hotels in New York, located on Fifth Avenue. The hotel has been operating since 1907. In "Plaza" there are not only hotel rooms, but also private apartments. The building was equated with architectural monuments, but free access for tourists is prohibited, as they can accommodate guests. The price for a hotel room is quite "democratic" - from $ 700 per night.
Staten Island Ferry
Free passenger service with regular service between Staten Island and Manhattan. Ferries carry up to 70,000 people a day. A river walk is a great opportunity to admire the Statue of Liberty from the water and take spectacular photos with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. Many tourists take advantage of this opportunity, so the ferry is always crowded.
Taxi New York
The yellow taxi is famous for many films and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. A huge number of cars constantly run along busy streets, which have the exclusive right to pick up passengers on the street. The yellow taxi does not work on call and is found mainly in Manhattan. Cars transport more than 200 million people a year.