New York Sights to See
New York, New York
Nearly 40 million tourists from around the world travel to New York
City annually. What they find when they get there is a bustling metropolis, alive, yet dense with
museums, parks, theaters, shops, famous buildings and inhabitants as diverse as themselves.
Far from its sometimes mythical image, New York is one of the safest
large cities for tourists anywhere on the globe. It has the lowest
crime rate of any major American city. For a city with over 8 million
inhabitants and a population density over 26,000 per square mile
(Manhattan is nearly 67,000 per square mile), that's remarkable.
Divided, more or less by geographical boundaries, the city is composed
of five boroughs: Manhattan,
Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. Each has its distinct
identity and is chock full of things to see and do.
Year round, New York weather ranges from envigorating to mildly uncomfortable.
Winters can be cold, but there's rarely snow. Spring and Fall bring
pleasant temperatures and moderate rain, but the rainfall rarely lasts
more than a couple of hours at a time. Summers are typically humid and
can reach the high 80s or more. (Fahrenheit, high 20s Celsius.)
The Bronx, Staten Island and Queens generally contain fewer attractions
for tourists, though there are exceptions, such as the famous Bronx Zoo
and the New York Botanical Garden.
Staten Island is primarily suburban, but the Ferry ride to and from
Manhattan is a treat for those who like the Atlantic Ocean breezes.
Both baseball and tennis can be found in spring and summer in Queens.
Brooklyn is home to several justly world-famous parks and museums and
is only an hour away via the modest-cost, easy-to-navigate subway. The
art museum alone is worth the trip and don't forget to visit
historical, but still popular, Coney Island.
Most of the major attractions are in Manhattan, a cigar-shaped island
about three miles wide by 22 miles long. Easy to navigate even for the
newcomer, almost all the streets run either North-South or East-West.
From the East River (FDR Drive) there's 1st Avenue, through Fifth
Avenue along the mid-section to 12th Avenue running
North-South along the Hudson River. From about 12th Street (not 12th
Avenue!), the streets increase in number as you travel north.
So, if you're at 42nd Street, walk 17 short blocks north and you'll hit
Columbus Circle at 59th Street. A little farther and you'll find
Lincoln Center, a large center for music and theater and dance
Travel prices, as they are with most destinations, tend to be higher in
the prime season of mid-spring to early fall, but the great thing about
New York is it's terrific year round.
Skiing trips in winter are available by traveling a few hours upstate
by train, and late Fall is still mild enough to enjoy the leaves in Central
Park as you stroll through the Zoo.
There are far more things to do and see than anyone could in just one
trip, so plan several visits. Just be ready to move fast, because New
York is one big beehive of fun!
Sights to see in New York include:
The CBS Building
Empire State Building
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