New York City is located in the state of New York in the United States of America. New York City is made up of five boroughs: Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan. The city is a total of 468 square miles and it is home to over 8 million people. New York City is also one of the world’s most popular places for tourists to visit. The city’s nickname is “The Big Apple,” which is fitting because there is so much to see and do in NYC!
New York is renowned for being both historic and progressive. It has a rich history—much of which is preserved through museums that are open to the public—and an ever-changing landscape that constantly incorporates the newest and best technology to make the quality of life in NYC as grand as it can be.
Needless to say, there are many wonderful places to go and things to see in New York City. Below is the first of four lists in a series that documents a few of the more remarkable aspects of NYC.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic symbols of New York. The Statue of Liberty was given to the City of New York as a present from France in 1886. The Statue of Liberty looks like a woman who is wearing a robe and a crown. In one hand she is holding up a torch and in her other hand she holds a tablet inscribed with the words:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of you teamming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
These lines are from a poem called “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus. The Statue is made of bronze and it used to be a brownish-gold color. However, over a century of standing in New York Harbor has made the statue turn a sea green color from all the salt in the water! The Statue of Liberty has its own island that tourists are encouraged to visit by ferry. It is even possible to climb up to the statue’s crown. Years ago it was possible to climb up to the torch but that is no longer allowed because of safety regulations.
The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is another world-famous site in New York City. It was built between 1929 and 1931 during the Great Depression so its construction helped a lot of people get jobs. From 1931-1970 the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world at a height of 1,250 feet! The Empire State Building gained international fame due to its appearance in the 1933 film “King Kong” that featured the huge gorilla climbing the skyscraper! One of the most interesting things about the Empire State Building is that its roof is embedded with thousands of LED lights and the colors of these lights can frequently be changed in honor of holidays and events in the city or the wider world.
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is the most famous bridge in New York City. Built in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is 276 high and 1595 feet long. It connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan and can be crossed by car or on foot. In 1972 it was awarded the title of being a “Natural History Engineering Landmark.”
Rockefeller Center is a section of mid-town Manhattan that is famous for the enormous Christmas tree that is displayed there ever December. Many television stations, including NBC, have their headquarter offices in Rockefeller Center. In the winter the public is invited to skate in the Rockefeller ice rink, located in “The Sunken Plaza,” underneath the famous golden statue of the Greek Titan “Prometheus.” Radio City Music Hall is also in the vicinity of Rockefeller Center. Opened in 1932, Radio City Music Hall is most famous for a troop of precision dancers called “The Rockettes.” Since the opening year, the Rockettes have appeared on the Radio City Stage every year. At present, the Rockettes and Radio City are most beloved for the annual and hugely popular show titled “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.”
New York City taxicabs are bright yellow cars and vans that make it easy to transport people around the city. Taxis can be flagged down by hand and, for a fee, they will bring passengers to one part of the city to another. The canary yellow taxis are called “Medallion Taxis” and have been in operation since 1912. Today there are over 42,000 taxis in New York City!