New York City is one of the most famous and most visited locations on earth. Being the most populous city in the United States of America, New York is a hotspot for celebrities, tourists, TV shows and films which do much to promote images from the city in media and subsequently influence foreigner’s perceptions of the location. For example, someone might never have stepped foot on American soil but be well aware of what New York City subways look like and where to find the Statue of Liberty!
New York City is considered to be a global power city that has a significant impact on finance, commerce, media, art, fashion, technology, research, education and entertainment. New York City is often regarded as being the cultural capital of the world—regaled for its art museums and theater district, usually referred to as “Broadway.” Furthermore, New York is home to the Headquarters of the United Nations and this makes NYC a center for international diplomacy; fitting since it is estimated that approximately 800 languages are spoken in NYC (it is the most linguistically diverse city in the world)!
With a history dating back hundreds of years, and a boom in immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, New York is a melting-pot of cultures, religions, and socio-economic conditions that make it an ever-changing and diverse landscape. Every year it is estimated that 50 million people visit the city to see its amazing sights! Given the amount of people in the city at any given time it is a good thing that NYC has such a diverse transit system—including intricate underground subway systems.
Below is a list of five of the most frequently visited places in New York City and some history and facts about each location.