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.
One of many stage doors on Broadway in New York City.
The offical poster for Evita, starring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger, Broadway's first revival of this mutli-award winning musical. This production closed January 26, 2013.
The Exxex House Hotel and other buildings of size fronting the south edge of New York City's Central Park.
Musical theater is a large part of New York City, and Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical has sold over 100 million tickets to date, and has become the longest running musical in the history of New York City theater. If you get the chance, this is an affordable production worth seeing.
The Empire State Building (center right) is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. The Empire State Building has one of the most popular outdoor observatories in the world, having been visited by over 110 million people. The 86th-floor observation deck offers impressive 360-degree views of the city.
Wall Street is the financial district of New York City, named after and centered on the eight-block-long street running from Broadway to South Street on the East River in Lower Manhattan. Over time, the term has become synonymous with the financial markets of the United States as a whole. It is the home of the New York Stock Exchange, the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies.
Horse-drawn carriages are a unique and historical way to experience the beauty of Central Park in New York City. Horses are a symbol of a bygone era before the advent of cars, buses and trains, and it was during this time that New Yorkers got around from place to place on horseback or by means of horse-drawn carriage. As a result and over time, horses became iconic to the history of Manhattan. One of the best ways to get a taste of old-time New York is to take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the winding trails of Central Park. It's lots of fun, but pricey, so get a quote in advance.
I took this runway photo of a stunning model, and equally stunning gown during Couture Fashion Week in New York City in 2012. Couture Fashion Week has presented a series of couture and luxury fashion shows multiple times each year in New York City, Palm Beach, and other selected cities since 2003.
The headquarters of the United Nations is a complex in New York City that has served as the official headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1952. The United Nations has three additional, subsidiary, regional headquarters or headquarter districts; those are located in Geneva (Switzerland), Vienna (Austria), and Nairobi (Kenya).