New York City
Founded by the Dutch in 1625, the former capital city of the United States, New York City, is the most populous city in the United States of America with a 20.4 million metro population.
The densely populated city of New York is comprised of five boroughs - Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, and is served by three major airports, John F. Kennedy International (JFK), LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International.
Located at the mouth of the Hudson River, on the edges of a natural harbor, much of the city itself is built on the three islands of Manhattan, Long Island and Staten Island. With easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, the city is one of the major ports on our planet.
Manhattan (specifically Midtown Manhattan) is linked by an extensive series of bridges, expressways, parkways and tunnels. Millions of people travel in and out of the city each day, so extensive traffic jams are commonplace.
If you visit this remarkable city (and you should) take one of the 12,500 yellow cabs, or utilize the 24/7 New York City Subway system, the largest in the world with over 450 stations placed throughout the metro.
A look inside New York City's historic Public Library.
Korean language food sign in lower Manhattan; I've no idea what it says but the food was tasty.
The famous Harry Winston jewelry store on 5th Avenue.
Paul Manship's gilded statue of the Greek legend of the Titan Prometheus, is featured prominently in the sunken plaza at the front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, a part of Rockefeller Center between 48th and 51st streets in New York City. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. See how it shines here.
The underground Apple store on 5th Avenue at 59th in New York City is one of Apple's largest, with a spiral staircase and elevator capped by a glass cube. It's a very busy store and lines are common.
New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex is a dynamic, interactive and educational journey for all ages. The museum's mission is to honor the country's heroes, educate the public and inspire the youth. Located at the new Pier 86 park facility, this NYC attraction boasts 30 restored aircraft, a submarine, and a British Airways Concorde jet! Billed as "The Most Inspiring Adventure in America'" the Intrepid Museum is an informational, must-see tourist site, so don't miss it.
Tour buses are a great way to see the city, and on beautiful days they are always packed, but really worth doing.
The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry service operated by the New York City Department of Transportation that runs between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island. Today the Staten Island Ferry annually carries over 19 million passengers on a 5.2-mile (8.4-km) run that takes approximately 25 minutes each way. Service is provided 24 hours a day, every day. Each day approximately five boats transport about 75,000 passengers during 104 boat trips. Over 33,000 trips are made annually. Note for Photographers: the ferry provides some great views of the city.
Federal Hall, built in 1700 as New York's City Hall, later served as the first capitol building of the United States of America under the Constitution, and was the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States. It was also where the United States Bill of Rights was introduced in the First Congress. The building was demolished in 1812. In its place the Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street was built in 1842 as the United States Custom House, on the site of the old Federal Hall. It is now operated by the National Park Service as a museum commemorating the historic events that occurred there. Don't miss visiting this place.
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