What makes New York City unique

New York City - The cosmopolitan city on the east coast

The third largest city in the world is the largest urban cluster in the United States and undisputedly still its number 1 metropolis. Nowhere in the world can you find such a cultural, ethnic and economic diversity as in New York City.

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Tickets for attractions and activities | Sights | Hotels, Apartments and Vacation Rentals | Neighborhoods of New York | Climate and Weather

New York City
Broadway | Brooklyn | Brooklyn Bridge | Bridges | Central Park | Chinatown | Ellis Island | Empire State Building | Airports | Statue of Liberty | Gardens | Harlem | Skyscrapers | Little Italy | Manhattan | One World Trade Center | Staten Island | Beaches | Times Square | Means of transport

This is where the term “melting pot of nations” applies most closely, but on closer inspection you will find that this merging is more of a separation and isolation in ethnic groups. The colorful mix of peoples in New York City is a prerequisite and guarantee for the unique cultural life. For centuries, the city was the gateway to the United States for immigrants. Blacks, Latin Americans, Chinese, Italians, Irish, Poles and Greeks form strong population groups, in some cases even with their own neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Little Italy.

The city at the mouth of the Hudson River includes Manhattan, Staten Island, part of Long Island, parts of the mainland and some islands in the harbor and Long Island Sound. The expanded metropolitan area also extends to parts of the states of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Almost only New York City with its 5 boroughs Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Richmond / Staten Island and the Bronx is of touristic importance.

Manhattan is undisputedly number one for tourists, whether they come from the USA or from other parts of the world. Anyone who is only briefly in the “Big Apple” should prepare for a long walk in order to see as much as possible. Up and down the entire Broadway once and the visitor has a first, very good impression of what this cosmopolitan city is all about.

The Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Times Square - what some people think is the epitome of New York may not matter to the next visitor. This is exactly where the fascination of the city lies. It has to offer everyone the ultimate in exactly what interests them most. If you study the history of European emigration, you won't get past Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty. Anyone who warms up to the Western economic system will get very hot at the sight of the Nasdaq treadmills in Times Square and the stock exchange building on Wall Street. If show business is the secret passion, then there is no increase for the musical theater on Broadway.

Politically interested people are drawn to the United Nations building, shopaholics stagger ecstatically through 5th Avenue and architecture enthusiasts are amazed at what has been created at “Ground Zero”. New York, New York!

If you want to fly cheaply from Europe, you have two airports to choose from. In addition to New York's JFK Airport (JFK stands for John F. Kennedy), Newark in New Jersey can also be approached. The transfer only takes slightly longer compared to the sometimes much cheaper tariffs. Newark can be the first choice, especially when it comes to departure. The flights to Europe almost always leave in the late evening. On a clear day, you can say goodbye to New York with a fascinating view of the skyline.

Soho is one of the most interesting neighborhoods in New York. This district has galleries and beautiful shops, cafés and restaurants, which often set international trends. The cupcakes, for example, started their triumphal march through the entire western world from here. And currently it is the New York bagels that are sloshing across the Atlantic into European snack bars. In fact, the city itself is also extremely open to outside influences, from other cultures. This is evident not only in the gastronomic scene, but also in art. One of those addresses that no New York visitor should miss is "Momo" - the Museum of Modern Art. Here, not only are the exhibits world-class, but also the way they are presented (not to mention the museum shop which could be ruinous with weak natures).

By the way: The use of cell phones in cinemas, theaters, concert halls or other public performances is prohibited in New York City and is punishable by a fine of $ 50. It does not matter whether the person concerned is called or telephoned on their own initiative. Important information for a visit to New York City has been compiled in English on the following website: “Plan Your Trip to New York City in 10 Steps”. Notes on the questions: what is the weather like and what is going on in New York City when is available - in English - the website "New York City Month by Month" from gonyc.about.com.

Tickets for attractions and activities

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Tourist Attractions

Broadway runs diagonally through Manhattan, from the southern tip at Battery Point, past Wall Street and One World Trade Center, through the SoHo neighborhood, past the Empire State Building and the Times Square theater district to Central Park.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island:
You can take a ferry from Battery Park in Manhattan or Liberty State Park in New Jersey to Liberty Island. The ferries leave every day from 8.30 a.m., long queues are the norm. From July 4, 2009 the crown of the Statue of Liberty will also be open to visitors again after almost 8 years. A steep spiral staircase with 171 steps leads to the crown. Initially, 30 tourists per hour should be allowed access to the crown (3 groups of 10 visitors per hour). Ferry and entry permits can be booked online in advance for a fee.

Empire State Building:
Erected in the Art Deco style, it is still “the” skyscraper in the city, even if it is only 381 m high. On the 86th floor there is a glazed viewing floor, for which you can buy a ticket (US $ 29.00) under this link, which can be redeemed at any time. The big advantage: you don't have to queue!

The Empire State Building has an observation deck on the 102nd floor. There is a display board in the ticket office that shows the current visibility. The most interesting is a visit in the dark with a view of the sea of ​​lights.

One World Trade Center:
The two silver-shining twin towers of the World Trade Center at Church St. between Vesey and Liberty St. were among the tallest in the world. On September 11, 2001, both towers were victims of a terrorist attack (2 hijacked passenger planes flew into them) and were completely destroyed. Around 3,000 people lost their lives in the process. At the beginning of November 2014, the newly created “One World Trade Center” was opened for the first tenants at the same location. With a height of 541.3 meters, it is the fourth tallest building in the world.

The viewing platform was also opened. There are also restaurants, shops, bars and an exhibition on the history of New York on floors 100, 101 and 102. At a height of 380 meters, the “One World Observatory” offers a grandiose 360-degree view of the world metropolis. Around three to four million visitors are expected each year. Tickets can be obtained from 30 euros.

United Nations:
Near the East River, the United Nations Buidlung, the building of the United Nations, rises into the sky as an impressive colossus made of glass and steel. There are 45-minute free tours of the United Nations building. You can take a look into the halls in which the Security Council and the General Assembly meet. - A security check must be carried out beforehand. There are numerous works by important artists in the UN building (e.g. the Chagall windows in the foyer). The in-house restaurant has a lovely view of the river. The gardens by the river with their works of art are also worth a stroll.

South Street Seaport:
The old port of Manhattan is only used for tourism today. Sailing ships, restaurants and galleries are moored at Pier 17. The South Street Seaport Museum has history.

Fifth Avenue:
The most famous street in New York after Broadway runs between Midtown and 57th Street and is one of the prettiest New York promenade, which is particularly ideal for window shopping. All the famous names in the world can be found on this shopping mile between 34th and 59th streets: Tiffany’s, Sak’s, Cartier, Steuben, Takashimaya and so on and so forth. If you have the change, you can easily get rid of it here. For the average consumer, questions about prices are more of a horror trip. On Fifth Avenue, between the monumental New York Public Library, which opened in 1911, and Central Park after Cartier, to the north is the Trump Tower, the grand tower of the former building lion, with its imposing five-story foyer made of orange marble, falling waterfalls and numerous boutiques. Bergdorf Goodman behind Tiffany’s has designer boutiques and F.A.O. Black fulfills every toy wish. The Plaza Hotel at the Grand Army Plaza is the comfortable place to gain new strength for further explorations (if you lack the necessary “moss”, you should at least let the - publicly accessible - toilets work on you). If you have the most famous shops around 5th Avenue as your destination, you will get an overview on the New York Shopping Walking Tour Map.

American Museum of Natural History:
An excellent science museum, the largest on earth, with Rose Center and Hayden Planetarium. The collection comprises more than 30 million objects, from the skeleton of a dinosaur to the largest sapphire, the "Star of India". The highlights of the exhibition are the Hall of Ocean Life on the ground floor, the Hall of Mexico and Central America with pre-Columbian artefacts and the African Mammals Hall on the first floor.

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
The art museum on the east side of Central Park is one of the most famous museums in the world, the dimensions are a little intimidating. As in the Louvre or the British Museum, several visits are necessary to get an overall impression. It is advisable to set priorities during a tour. Main attractions are the American Wing, the Astor Chinese Garden Court (a reconstruction from the Ming Dynasty), the Japanese Section, the Egyptian Temple of Dendera and the Rockefeller Wing with primitive art. The large rooms present not only paintings and sculptures, but also decorative art, furniture, weapons, costumes and ancient treasures. The most important information for a first visit is compiled by about.com: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On April 20, 2007, the MET opened a museum within a museum: a new presentation of Hellenistic, Etruscan and Roman art (Greek and Roman Galleries) in the Lamont Wing at the south end of the main building. The centerpiece is the Leon Levy and Shelby White Court, which was renovated for $ 250 million. The architect Kevin Roche raised the original wing by one story and put in huge windows. The frescoed bedroom from the Villa Boscoreale buried by Vesuvius, the so-called "badminton sarcophagus", whose reliefs show Dionysus with satyrs and maenads, and an Etruscan bronze chariot with depictions of the life of Achilles, which was assembled incorrectly for decades, are particularly beautiful was.

Museum of Modern Art:
Best Museum of Modern Art in the United States at Rockefeller Center. To avoid queuing, you can buy a ticket here in advance (from US $ 23.55). An approximately three-hour tour gives a complete overview of the art of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The spectrum ranges from van Gogh's “Starry Night” to Picasso's “Desmoiselles d'Avignon”. On the second floor a room with Monet’s water lilies and on the fourth floor a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House. From the inner courtyard, the sculpture garden, you have a beautiful view of the nearby skyline; There is also a cafe here. www.moma.org/ The entrance fee has increased dramatically. Instead of the previous $ 12 entrance fee, $ 20 will now be charged, the highest museum entrance fee in New York so far. The reason for this is the cost situation of the museums, which have been complaining of a decline in visitors since September 21, 2001 and its consequences. Falling income contrasts with increasing expenses. According to the museum, admission prices only cover 15 to 17 percent of all expenses. MoMA grants free admission every Friday, the ticket office is closed between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., so everyone can enter free of charge. Young people and children up to the age of 16 are admitted free of charge, but only if they are accompanied by an adult. Incidentally, of the roughly 1,200 art museums in the USA, only about 42 percent are supposed to charge entry fees at all. The most important information for a first visit is compiled by about.com: What to See at The Museum of Modern Art.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

The "Ellis Islands National Museum of Immigration" presents the history of immigration to the United States. Ellis Island has been open to the public as such since 1965, and as a museum since 1990. For many years the island was the seat of the immigration authorities for the state and the city of New York. Between 1892 and 1954, around 12 million immigrants passed through the island, which is now mainly owned by tourists. Would you like to visit the island and the museum? This way.

Rockefeller Center:
A complex of 21 skyscrapers with the sculpture of the “golden Prometheus”, which hovers over the sunken, flag-decorated Sunken Plaza. The Sunken Plaza is a lively meeting place, a cafe in summer and an ice rink in winter. In the Rockefeller Center you will find underground shopping malls, the Radio City Music Hall with 6000 seats and the TV station NBC. The tallest building is the RCA Building. The “Christmas Tree Lighting”, with which the Christmas season starts, is famous at the beginning of December. The site was leased from John D. Rockefeller in 1928. He commissioned the architect Raymond Hood with the development of the area, who realized this between 1932 and 1940. With the skyscrapers soaring into the sky, a city emerged within the city. Five more skyscrapers were built between 1947 and 1973; today there are 21 interconnected skyscrapers. The latest attraction is the Rockefeller Center's observation deck, which has reopened after 19 years: Top of the Rock, the most beautiful vantage point in town. In order to avoid waiting times, you can use this link to secure a ticket for the top-of-the-rock viewing platform in advance (from US $ 29.00). The view is most spectacular at night. The observation deck is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to midnight. Admission is $ 14 for adults and $ 9 for children ages six to eleven.

St. Patrick's Cathedral:
With a tower height of almost 101 meters, St. Patrick's Cathedral directly opposite the Rockefeller Center looks shy, but it is the tallest Catholic church in the USA. The exterior is based on the high Gothic style of Cologne Cathedral, while the interior is primarily based on French sacred architecture. The windows were imported from Chartres and Nantes; the rose window above the portal measures 8 meters. The inside of the nave is 110 meters long. Dedicated to the Irish national saint, St. Patrick, the church was built from light marble in 1858-1888. In the interior, the vaults of which are supported by strong marble columns, there is room for 2,500 people. Inside, the main altar spanned by a canopy and consecrated in 1942 and numerous side altars are impressive. The figure of the founder of the order of the "Sisters of Charity", Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774 - 1821), who was canonized as the first American woman, is remarkable. The sound of the main organ is generated by more than 9,000 pipes.

Whitney Museum of American Art

The “Whitney Museum of American Art” opened in 1931 with around 700 works of art, now there are around 20,000. In 2015 the museum moved to a new building designed by Renzo Piano in the Meatpacking District, which cost nearly 700 million US dollars. You can see installations, video art, photographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings and prints. But the “Whitney Museum of American Art” also has a lot to offer from the outside; its architecture is special.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:
A museum with impressive architecture thanks to the spiral-shaped construction by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, north of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park. Many visitors compare the Guggenheim Museum to an oversized snail shell, others recognize it as a huge white flower pot. Visitors begin their tour at the top and walk down a spiral ramp. The museum goes back to the collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim.The industrialist opened a small museum with contemporary, avant-garde art as early as 1939. Today the Guggenheim Museum has one of the largest collections of European art of the 20th century. Works by Klee, Manet, Renoir, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Braque and others will be shown, in particular 210 works by Wassily Kandinsky.

Museums in New York City (Website):
A directory of the many museums in New York, organized by neighborhood, exhibition category, or alphabetically.

Skyscraper Museum:
At the southern tip of the Battery Park City Quarter is the Architecture Museum, which is dedicated to the large vertical buildings.

New York City Police Museum:
The police museum has been open to the public since February 2002. It shows, among other things, famous criminal cases and ways of combating drugs.

Grand Central Station:
New York's main train station was built in 1853 as a station for suburban trains and is now not only one of the busiest squares in the city but also an attraction in itself. The underground area between East 42nd Street and Park Avenue covers around 30 hectares. Every day around 250,000 people flow through the main hall with the clock tower (clock with a diameter of 3.65 m) in the middle. There are numerous, even unusual, shopping opportunities and a variety of restaurants on two levels. The train station is open daily from 5.30 a.m. to 1.30 a.m., the shops usually from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. A comprehensive traveler guide for Grand Central Station in English can be found on the about.com website.

Museum of Arts and Design:
In September 2008, the Museum of Arts and Design opened at Columbus Circle on the southwestern edge of Central Park. The house shows craft, art and design on 5,000 square meters.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York:
On November 24, 2008, a branch of the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” from Cleveland was opened in the SoHo district. The exhibits include Bruce Springsteen's "1957 Chevy" and Elvis Presley's motorcycle jacket. The exhibition has meanwhile been closed again, there are only certain tours left.

Circle Line:
A three-hour boat tour around Manhattan provides a good overall impression of the island and the metropolis. The explanations are in English.

Roosevelt Island Tram:
You get a completely different view of the city when you ride the cable car in New York City. That sounds unusual for this city, but it is possible and should not be missed when visiting the city. In 1976 the cable car was established as a means of transport for people working in Manhattan on the island and the train has now carried 30 million passengers, including many tourists. North of the Queensboro Bridge it starts right on the East River. You can't miss the station (TramPlaza is 59th Street and Second Avenue). The journey takes 4.5 minutes and is up to 30 feet across the East River. With a small red bus you can explore the island, which costs just another 25 cents. 5 parks and 6 historical sites await the visitor on this pure residential island.

Guided city tours (Walking Tours, Official Website):
Gray Line New York is one of the traditional providers of bus tours through New York (including hop on - hop off bus tours). Self-guided audio tours have also been part of the program since 2010. For $ 14.95 there is an MP 3 player with headphones and four preset tours (One World Trade Center / Financial District; Central Park / Columbus Circle / Strawberry Fields; Chinatown / Little Italy and Flatiron District / Madison Square Park). The MP3 players are available at the Gray Line Visitors Center, 777 8th Avenue, or at the City Sights Tour Visitors Center in the Madame Tussauds lobby in Times Square.

NYC Heritage Tourism Center:
At the southwestern tip of City Hall Park Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat / Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. If you are interested in the historical background of New York City, the Heritage Tourism Center offers exhibitions and verbal and written information free of charge guided tours for everyone Tuesday from 12 noon through Lower Manhattan. The tour lasts around 90 minutes and visits St. Paul's Chapel and Newspaper Row, among others. The City Hall can be visited on Wednesdays at 12 noon, which is otherwise not open to the public.

New York in 3 days:
Tips for visiting New York City within 3 days are available in English from the city's official tourist website.

Real New York (Website):
Real New York helps German-speaking visitors to experience the city more like a New Yorker. City tours off the beaten track, holiday apartments, help with getting married and learning English, shopping tours.

CityPass visitor program:
The CityPass visitor program is available in the tourist metropolises of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Hollywood. This allows you to visit the 6 largest attractions in the city at a reduced price (approx. 50% discount on the regular admission, this discount also applies to seniors and children) and also has immediate access (bypassing the queues). The pass for New York can be purchased from the following link (from US $ 109.00). The CityPass allows you to visit six of New York City's top attractions for nine consecutive days.

Hotels, apartments and holiday homes

For hotels, apartments and vacation rentals in New York City, visit www.booking.com.

Neighborhoods of New York

About 1.5 million people live in Manhattan. Sights include Broadway and the Empire State Building. Wall Street is also in Manhattan. Other boroughs are: Greenwich Village, East Village, Little Italy, Harlem, Chinatown, Soho & Tribeca, Chelsea, Union Square and Civic Center.

The approximately 1.4 million inhabitants of the Bronx are predominantly immigrants. The structurally weak district has an above-average unemployment rate.

With a population of over 2.5 million, Brooklyn has the largest number of residents in any borough of New York. In recent years, Brooklyn has been discovered mainly by artists and creative people.

Queen is the largest district in New York in terms of area. Around 2.2 million people live there in the brick and half-timbered blocks that are so typical of Queens. Two of New York's airports (John F. Kennedy and La Guardia) are in the 2.2 million-strong district.

Staten Island:
Compared to the others, Staten Island is a very green part of the city. Many villas, parks and green spaces exist there. The more wealthy families settle here. 450,000 have now jumped on the bandwagon of the rich.

Climate and Weather

The city has only two temperature ranges: the summers are muggy, the winters bitterly cold. The climate in New York is considered extreme. The cold in winter is pleasantly dry, so walks in Central Park or ice skating in Rockefeller Center are still fun. The hot and humid summers, on the other hand, require stamina. Spring and autumn only give very short guest performances. Autumn can bring pleasantly mild temperatures and clear skies. The air conditioning systems in buildings are a particular source of danger in all seasons. The best travel times are the months May to mid-June and September to the end of October.