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. 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.
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!
There are many wonderful places to go and things to see in New York City. Below is the third of four lists in a series that documents a few of the more remarkable aspects of NYC.
The Freedom Tower
The Freedom Tower is currently the tallest building in New York City. The Freedom Tower stands 1,776 feet tall which is symbolic of the year 1776 when the United States of America was officially established. It stands on the grounds of what was once the World Trade Center, two buildings that were destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001. The Freedom Tower grounds include a memorial and museum dedicated to the memory of the World Trade Center and people are encouraged to visit.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16.5 acre complex of buildings that include the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and Philharmonic Hall. Since 1962 Lincoln Center has been a staple of New York arts and entertainment where several dozen shows are presented every year. The Metropolitan Opera House is particularly recognizable for its large glass windows that display two large murals buy the famous artist Marc Chagall. The opera house is also filled with beautiful chandeliers and displays of costumes and jewelry worn by famous performers in the past—which is probably why the opera house offers a guided tour to visitors. Lincoln Center is also home to the Revson Fountain, a “dancing” fountain that offers choreographed, five minute-long water shows every day.
Fifth Avenue is one of the most famous avenues to walk on in New York. It contains lots of expensive stores like Saks 5th Avenue and Tiffany’s Jewelry. FAO Swartz, one of the most renowned toy stores in the world, is also on 5th Avenue right next to a big Apple store! Fifth Avenue is also famous for the many museums built along its path as well as being a popular marching route for events such as the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Fifth Avenue also displays a beautiful crystal snowflake at Christmastime (as shown).
The Highline is a park that was built on 1.45 miles of elevated railway track. Called a “linear park” due to its elevated levels, Highline Park began as a community activist mission to turn over a mile of unused and outdated railway tracks into a beautiful park. The idea gained massive popularity and support by people who believed that the city would benefit from having more parks and greenery. In 2009 Highline Park was officially open to the public. Although it is still a work in progress and is expanding rapidly, the park already gets thousands of visitors every month!
The U.S.S. Intrepid
The U.S.S. Intrepid is a historic aircraft carrier that was built during World War II for the United States Navy. Today the vessel is known as the “Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.” Since its opening in 1982, this unique museum attracts thousands of visitors each and every year. At present the museum has an added bonus—the replica of a space shuttle! Brought to the museum in 2012, the space shuttle called the “Enterprise” is the prototype of the NASA orbiter. Visitors to the Intrepid are encouraged to take a tour of the space shuttle and get an idea of what these massive space explorers really look like!