• Jonathan Bastow

5 Reasons To Visit New York

New York radiates an energy like no other city I have ever been to. This is just one of the reasons I have now visited three times. As one of the world’s most popular cities, these are just 5 of the reasons why you should visit and love New York City.


The Landmarks are Legendary


New York is famous for its many well known landmarks which give the city a stunning skyline as well as a significant boost in tourism. Such landmarks include the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Flatiron building. New York also boasts some of the great sporting venues such as Madison Square Gardens, Metlife Stadium and Yankees Stadium. As one of the world’s most famous retail streets, Fifth Avenue runs down the side of Central Park and has designer shops such as Ralph Lauren and Tiffanys.




There is a Fantastic History


New York is built on a natural harbour and a series of islands which are now connected by some of the world’s most famous bridges. The bay is south of Manhattan and was the perfect place for a harbour and the Hudson River extended trade routes north of the city. After the British took control of the city and renamed it New York (from New Amsterdam), it became a major city during the formation of the United States. New York City served as the capital between 1785 and 1790, becoming the largest city in the country in 1790 after surpassing Philadelphia.


Central Park is a Breath of Fresh Air


Probably the most famous urban park in the world, central park offers a piece of quiet and elegance to the citizens. First built in 1857, the park has a size of 843 acres and sits in the middle of Manhattan between Fifth Avenue and Eighth Avenue. With an ice rink, boating lake, sports fields and multiple museums, Central Park is the perfect place to spend the day.




The Transport Network is Great

New York City has one of the most extensive transport networks in the world. The 24 hour subway allows access to any part of the city at any part of the day. The two main stations in Manhattan, Penn Station and Grand Central offer more distant journeys as well as a well organised and cheap Megabus and Greyhound service.


The Neighbourhoods are Unique


Whether it be for shopping, sightseeing, food and drink or business, New York has a neighbour which will accommodate you. For authentic cuisine head to high immigrant areas such as Chinatown, little Italy or Astoria. For designer boutiques and department stores wander down Fifth Avenue and cross the Brooklyn/Manhattan bridge to marvel at the skyline. For a calmer day out head to the east side of Queens or to Coney Island.




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