The metropolis New York City
Like Frank Sinatra already sang “I want to be a part of it, New York, New York”.
The city that never sleeps has something to offer for everyone and casts a spell on everybody in no time. Where Broadway crosses 5th Avenue and leads to Central Park, Time Square shines as the center of the Theater District while the Empire State Building offers a view over the impressive skyline, and dreams can and do come true.
New York City, the breathtaking metropolis on the east coast of the United States, is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It is a melting pot of diverse cultures and architectures, and its countless galleries, museums, theaters, parks, restaurants and attractions bring in millions of visitors each year.
Most cultural attractions are located in Manhattan. This district is the smallest in terms of area, but still the most densely populated. It is also the financial and artistic center of the United States.
The city, which is also called the Big Apple, is home to numerous skyscrapers, which decisively shape the skyline.
Among the most famous and distinctive highlights are the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Central Park.
Hardly any other city offers so much to experience as New York.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty – the landmark in New York Harbor, is intended to welcome immigrants and people coming home. Once a colossal statue designed by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and standing on Liberty Island, it was a gift from the French people to the United States and was inaugurated in October 1886.
The statue represents the robed figure of Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty.
“Lady Liberty”, as the Statue of Liberty is often affectionately called, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and symbolizes hope, freedom, and future. For millions of immigrants, the statue was the first thing they saw of the United States, and symbolized their dream of independence.
Standing on a massive base, the figure raises a gilded torch with her right hand and holds an inscription plate with the date of the American Declaration of Independence in her left. At her feet lies a broken chain, as a symbol of liberation, and on her head is a seven-pointed crown, symbolizing the seven seas and continents.
Times Square in New York City is located at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and is named after the Times Square 1 building used by the New York Times newspaper. It extends from West 42nd Street to West 47th Street and forms the center of Broadway. Broadway forms the theater district of Manhattan.
In addition to around 40 theaters, there are numerous cafés, fast food chains and souvenir stores around Times Square, as well as upscale restaurants, hotel chains, multiplex cinemas and the MTV studios. Sony and Vogue as well as the American technology exchange NASDAQ have also settled here.
Times Square is famous for its numerous neon signs. These brightly lit billboards are an integral part of the street scene and are now a fixed part of New York’s building regulations. Times Square is often referred to in the U.S. as The Crossroads of the World, The Center of the Universe, The Heart of the Great White Way – the latter is a term for the theater district around Broadway.
Central Park is the city park in the middle of the many skyscrapers of Manhattan, the green lung of New York, with millions of visitors a year. Nestled between the Upper East and Upper West Side, Central Park has been offering many people peace, shade and relaxation in the hustle and bustle of the never-sleeping metropolis for over 150 years.
It was initially built primarily to promote the health of New York’s population and improve social life in the metropolis, and is also the setting for numerous famous film scenes.
In 1963, Central Park was granted the status of a National Historic Landmark of the United States and was thus classified by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a site of special historical importance. Today, Central Park extends over a length of 4.07 km from 59th to 110th Street and 860 m wide between 5th and 8th Avenues. Among the most famous places in Central Park are the Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle and the Strawberry Fields with its Imagine Mosaic.