The Great Metropolis

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New York, New York is the one and only crossroads of the world and converges to enjoy another slice of New York City Paradise.  

Where scads of people from everywhere on earth, who have gobs of time chose to visit celebrate and celebrate another day in The Greatest City on 🌍 earth.

While it might be a relatively young nation – founded in 1776 – the USA is steeped in attractions. But there is only one NYC, where there’s plenty to satisfy the curiosity of any traveler who wants to experience the great and the not-so-good aspects of living in a crowded city. Read on for a fascinating snapshot.

Did you know that around 40 percent of present-day US citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors back to NYC’s Ellis Island? A 27-acre isle, located at the mouth of the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey, welcomed around 12 million immigrants into America between 1892 and 1924, when it was the nation’s major immigration station. However, not all of those who entered were able to continue onwards to America. About 10 percent of new arrivals were kept there at a detention center for weeks or even months. 

The Statue of Liberty is yet another one of the most iconic landmarks on earth yet it wasn’t actually constructed in NYC. French historian Edouard de Laboulaye proposed the idea of building a statue as a gift to the USA to recognize the nations’ friendship and celebrate the end of slavery in America. The statue was built between 1876 and 1884 in France before being shipped to New York, where it was reassembled on a pedestal on a small island in Upper New York Bay.

A seminal part of the New York skyline, The Brooklyn Bridge was considered a triumph of engineering when it was built in the 19th century. Thanks to the innovative use of steel cables, it was the longest bridge in the world at the time, measuring 1,600 feet (488m) from tower to tower. The construction process took 14 years and cost the lives of at least 20 people, including its designer John Augustus Roebling.

NYC is the Best City in America for Sports Fans

The Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Rangers, Jets, Giants, Liberty… etc. #SPORTS

Pelham Park, Prospect Park, and Central Park are such iconic NYC attractions it’s hard to imagine the city without them. Yet up until the mid-19th century, these looked vastly different: They were home to a diverse community of Native Americans African Americans, German and Irish immigrants. In the 1850s the settlement, known as Seneca Village, was chosen to be the site of a new city park, and some 1,600 residents were forced to leave. Designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Central Park, the smallest of the three includes wooded areas, wide lawns, and lakes, plus some newer additions – two ice skating rinks, concert and theater venues, several monuments, and the Central Park Zoo.

But not everything in NYC is interesting and inviting. NYC homeless advocates say Mayor Eric Adams' street sweeps aren't working out

And the crime rate… Fofeaboutit. Man fatally stabbed during dispute in Greenwich Village…

If you're planning on visiting The Big 🍎 Apple for yourself, make sure you check local travel restrictions, as well as booking requirements and #COVID protocols before you come and play.