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.
An international group of flags fronting the UN in NYC.
A small slice of the New York City skyline.
Since the 1920s, New York City's Madison Avenue has been synonymous with the American advertising industry.
The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tablet evoking the law upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.
One World Trade Center (center) is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The 104-story supertall skyscraper is being constructed in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, occupying the location where the original 8-story 6 World Trade Center once stood. At the time of its completion in late 2013, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest building in the world by pinnacle height, with its spire reaching a symbolic 1,776 feet (541.3 m) in reference to the year of American independence. I took this photo from a ship on the Hudson River.
The taxicabs of New York City, with their distinctive yellow paint, are a widely recognized icon of the city. These taxicabs are operated by private companies and licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. They are the only vehicles in the city permitted to pick up passengers in response to a street hail. There are some 13,000 + taxis in the city and they're very easy to find, except of course if it's a rainy day, then you will struggle to find one.
The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco style skyscraper in New York City. At 1,046 feet (319 m), the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It is still the tallest brick building in the world, albeit with an internal steel skeleton. The corners of the 61st floor are graced with eagles; on the 31st floor, the corner ornamentation are replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps, and this is one of those caps. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Described as "the world's loveliest station" by Travel + Leisure in its October 2011 survey, Grand Central Terminal is "the world's number six most visited tourist attraction", bringing in approximately 21,600,000 visitors annually. Grand Central Terminal (called Grand Central Station) in New York City, is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them.
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