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Midtown, which extends from 34th Street to Central Park South between First and Eighth Avenues, is Manhattan’s main business, commercial and shopping district. Many famous landmarks are here, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center. Other attractions include the United Nations, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Museum of Television and Radio, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
NewYork City Guide
Wether it’s your 1st visit or your 10th New york has always something new to offer. New York dynamic, crazy and mesmerising is the ultimate in urban cool and considered by many to be the most exciting city on the planet, the gregarious metropolis that is New York exudes a unique brand of magic and a bold confidence – here everything is possible and anything can happen. No other city even comes close in terms of culture, entertainment, business and commerce as The Big Apple.
Our guide offers the best in New York and we have included many of our favorite places.
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Winter Restaurant Week, many of the city’s best restaurants set low fixed-price menus corresponding to the year (e.g. US$20.03 for a three-course lunch in 2003), last week in Jan, various venues.
Manhattan Antiques and Collectibles Triple Pier Expo, Feb, Hudson River
Chinese New Year, new lunar year celebrations, early Feb, Chinatown
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, more than 2500 champion dogs compete (website: www.westminsterkennelclub.org), one weekend in Feb, MadisonSquareGarden
New York Flower Show, Mar, 90 and 93 51st Street and 12th Avenue
Art Expo New York, Mar, Javits Convention Centre
St Patrick’s Day Parade, Irish-American parade, 17 Mar, Fifth Avenue
Macy’s Flower Show, Apr, Macy’s department store, Herald Square
Tartan Day, 10,000 pipers and drummers march through city streets in celebration of Scotland, early Apr, Manhattan
Cherry Blossom Festival, the first signs of New York spring (website: www.bbg.org), mid-Apr, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Washington Avenue
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, culinary street fair (website: www.9th-ave.com), May, Ninth Avenue
DanceAfrica Festival, African and African-American dance festival, May, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Fleet Week, a nautical festival hosted by the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (website: www.intrepidmuseum.org), Memorial Day weekend, May, HudsonHarbor
Summerstage, free outdoor concerts, May–Aug, Central Park
Summer Restaurant Week, many of the city’s best restaurants set low fixed-price menus corresponding to the year (e.g. US$20.03 for a three-course lunch in 2003), one week in Jun, various venues
Heritage of Pride, annual lesbian and gay pride march, ending in street festival and dance party, late Jun, upper Fifth Avenue to the Village
Mermaid Parade, the city’s most informal and most lively parade with a nautical theme (website: www.coneyislandusa.com), late Jun, Coney Island
Fourth of July, annual firework display in celebration of American Independence, 4 Jul, over the East River
Mostly Mozart, music festival, Aug, Avery Fisher Hall
Bryant Park, free outdoor classic films (website: www.bryantpark.org), Aug, Bryant Park, 42nd Street
Feast of San Gennaro, extravaganza of eating, drinking and merry-making, one week in mid-Sep, Little Italy
Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, exuberant fancy dress procession, 31 Oct, along Sixth Avenue
Next Wave Festival, avant-garde dance and music festival, early Oct–Jan, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
New York City Marathon, early Nov, starts in Staten Island, finishes in Central Park
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York institution featuring huge hot-air balloons in the shape of cartoon characters, such as Snoopy, the Pink Panther and Betty Boop, Thanksgiving Day, Nov, 145 Street to 34th Street
New Year’s Eve, street party, 31 Dec, Times Square
Sightseeing Overview: Most tourists end up spending the majority of their trip on Manhattan and this is where most of the recognizable attractions are located. The remaining four boroughs are primarily residential – the Bronx to the north, Queens to the east, Brooklyn to the southeast and Staten Island to the southwest – although there is a sprinkling of worthwhile attractions located in them all, which will reward the visitor with time to explore. Almost completely flat and, for the most part, arranged on an easily navigable grid system, Manhattan itself is very easy to walk around, with the excellent subway system handy for the longer hops between attractions. Avenues run north–south and streets run east–west just with a few neighbourhood exceptions. Fifth Avenue is the city centre and the starting point and zero for all addresses (i.e. addresses increase the farther they are from Fifth).
The city is packed with things to do and places to see – each street and neighbourhood offers its own varied sights and flavours. The top attractions, like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, are renowned throughout the world but there are enough less heralded places to fill weeks of sightseeing.
Manhattan has several distinct areas that are worth wandering around, from the ritzy shopping and residential districts uptown, to the financial district of downtown, taking in the villages in between. SoHo is famous for its art galleries and shopping opportunities. Greenwich Village traditionally contains a literary and gay community and has the quaint bookstores and cafés to go with it. The young-and-hip East Village retains its edgy atmosphere, which is reflected in its quirky shops, record stores, nightclubs and drinking spots. Historical Lower East Side, once an immigrant neighbourhood, is now filled with boutiques and vintage shops, nightclubs and restaurants. Chelsea, with warehouse conversions mingling with more cutting-edge art galleries, is another gay-friendly neighborhood. Away from the city, Long Island and a number of city beaches provide an escape on hot and humid summer days.
Tourist Information: NYC & Company – Convention and Visitors Bureau
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 0830–1800, Sat and Sun 0900–1700.
Times Square Visitors Center
1560 Broadway, between 46th Street and 47th Street
Tel: (212) 768 1560. Fax: (212) 869 5667.
Opening hours: Daily 0800–2000.
The City Pass (tel: (888) 330 5008; website: www.citypass.com) offers a combined ticket to selected New York attractions, including the Metropolitan Museum (The Met), the Museum of Modern Art (currently honored at MoMA QNS), Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, American Museum of Natural History, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum and the Empire State Building Observatory. The pass costs US$38 (concessions are available), is valid for nine days and is available for purchase at any of the attractions or online, at the above address.
A city famous for its sartorial elegance and Bohemian chic, New York is a shopper’s paradise, hawking everything from the very latest designer fashions to flea market bargains in addition to foods and goods from every corner of the globe. Clothing is not taxed in New York and the bargains have got even better of late, as the US recession has led to widespread discounting on everything from electrical goods to designer fashion. (Read more on New York Cost of Living.)
The smartest shops are located on Madison Avenue, where most top designers have flagship stores. Nearby, Fifth Avenue is a magnet for the label conscious and well heeled. Standing at one of the most famous corners in Manhattan, Tiffany & Co, 727 Fifth Avenue, is an icon of the American Dream. Famous department stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Herald Square, Bloomingdales, 1000 Third Avenue, at 59th Street, and Barney’s New York, 660 Madison Avenue, at 61st Street, which is the trendiest of this retail crop. Both Macy’s and Bloomingdales now offer free ‘personal shoppers’ on request, to help navigate their huge ranges. The famous Ladies’ Mile, which, one hundred years ago, was the epicenter of uptown fashion, with department stores stretching from 14th Street for a mile along Sixth Avenue, is now a major discount centre. However, the spectacular Victorian buildings have been restored and stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Old Navy Clothing Co, Barnes & Noble and Filene’s Basement have spearheaded a revival of the historic shopping strip.
SoHo is the most European of New York’s neighbourhoods and its shops resemble those at Covent Garden, with high-end clothing outlets and shoe stores, make-up and beauty salons, art galleries and antiques shops, and modern furniture showrooms. The EastVillage and the Lower East Side harbour street fashion and cutting-edge young designers, with vintage shops, music stores intermingling with designer boutiques and eclectic outlets. Discount shops selling authentic American goods, such as Levi’s, are located throughout the city, particularly along Broadway, between Houston Street and 14th Street.
There are numerous markets to appeal to bargain hunters. The Annex Flea Market, known as the 26th Street Flea Market, on Sixth Avenue, made famous by Andy Warhol, is open on Saturday and Sunday from dawn to dusk. The best bargains are vintage clothing and fine linens. Many ‘green markets’, selling locally grown produce, freshly caught fish, desserts and breads, are located around the city, the most central of which is at Union Square, opening on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 0800–1800.
Shopping hours depend on the neighbourhood. Business areas, such as Wall Street, open as early as 0800, while shops in areas such as SoHo and EastVillage open late at 1100. Many stay open until at least 1900. Department stores are open 1000–1800 and 1200–1700 Sunday.
In New York, everything but life’s most basic necessities is taxable and the sales tax of 8.5% on all consumer goods – apart from clothes under US$110 – is one of the highest in the country. Visitors to New York are unable to claim a tax refund for goods purchased..
Whatever you want to do when ever you want to do it . New York is the city to do it in.
The cliché, ‘the city that never sleeps’, really rings true in New York and especially in Manhattan. This small island buzzes with nocturnal activity, from bustling neighbourhood bars, swank cocktail lounges and ultra hip nightclubs, where some of the world’s best DJs entertain the city’s ‘beautiful people’.
Home to Broadway, the once louche Times Square is enjoying a renaissance, with American theme restaurants, bars and cinemas attracting a huge tourist crowd. The EastVillage, from 14th Street to Houston (pronounced howston), east of Broadway, is famous for its local bars that stay open late and its small live music clubs, such as the renowned CBGB, a live music venue frequented by a young rock-and-roll set. The Lower East Side, an up-and-coming neighbourhood that borders the EastVillage at Houston and stretches south to Chinatown at Canal, offers a similar nightlife scene and vibe.
SoHo is the hip capital, with its chic nightclubs attracting artists, models and media types. The gay scene is centred around the bars of the WestVillage, which also offers a lively mix of jazz clubs. Gramercy, in the 20s on the east side, is the ‘new SoHo’ with velvet-rope cocktail lounges. Upmarket tastes are also catered for in the sophisticated lounges, clubs and cocktail bars in Midtown and the Upper East and Upper West Sides.
Entrance fees to some of the smarter nightclubs can be pricey and is cash only. The hippest clubs employ strict dress codes, only allowing the cool and the beautiful to break through the velvet ropes. The normal club closing time is 0400, although many are open all night. An ever-changing crop of ‘after-hours’ places offer entertainment until sunrise, however, alcohol cannot legally be served between 0400 and 0800 or after 2400 on Sunday. The minimum drinking age is 21 and checking of photo ID is mandatory. The average price of a beer is US$5–7, while the average price of a cocktail is US$10. A tip of US$1–2 is expected per drink.
Time Out New York (website: www.timeoutny.com) is a very good source of nightlife event information, published weekly and sold at newsagents and kiosks for US$2.99.
Bars: New York has a massive range of bars, with everything from neighbourhood dives and lively Irish pubs to slick jet-set haunts with DJs and dimly lit, cocktail lounges. Hip bars include the airline-theme bar Idlewild, 145 East Houston Street, East Village, Max Fish, 178 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, which fills with a young, T-shirt-and-jeans crowd, Serena, 222 West 23rd Street, Chelsea, a subterranean lounge in the cool and legendary Chelsea Hotel, as well as favourite of the ‘beautiful people’ Lotus, 409 West 14th Street, West Village. Double Happiness, 173 Mott Street, Chinatown, draws a funky 20-something clientele. At Hogs & Heifers, 859 Washington Street, West Village, on which the mediocre film Coyote Ugly (2000) was based, patrons toss their bra on the wall with all the others.
A more sophisticated lounge, the Campbell Apartment, Grand Central Station, Midtown, is hidden away in this busy rail terminal, serving top-class cocktails and first-rate Martinis. The refined, clubby bar in the Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, Midtown West, is known for its literary origins. For old-time New York, there is Chumley’s, 86 Bedford Street, West Village, or the White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson Street, West Village.
Casinos: Gambling is illegal in New YorkState.
Clubs: The New York clubbing scene is notoriously fickle and difficult to pin down, especially after former mayor Giuliani shoved many of the best promoters underground. Away from the cheesy mainstream venues, two consistently good spots are Centro-Fly, 45 West 21st Street, with its big-deal DJs, and Filter 14, 432 West 14th Street, at Washington Street, a newcomer that is successfully competing with the tried-and-true spots. Roxy, 515 West 18th Street, and Spa, 76 East 13th Street, get an appreciative gay and lesbian crowd. Luxx, 256 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is the centre of the city’s electroclash scene, which looks back to the electric 80s for contemporary inspiration.
Comedy: New York’s leading comedy venues, featuring top-line comedians, include Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, The Comedy Cellar, 117 McDougal Street, and Gotham Comedy Club, 34 West 22nd Street – dubbed the ‘best comedy club in Manhattan’. More off-kilter comedy is on offer at Surf Reality, 172 Allen Street, while new faces often appear at Stand Up NY, 236 West 78th Street.
Live music: The famous MadisonSquareGarden, Seventh Avenue between 31st Street and 33rd Street, Manhattan (website: www.thegarden.com), plays host to a number of rock and pop heavies, from Britney Spears to U2. CBGBs, 315 Bowery, between First Street and Second Street (website: www.cbgb.com), the king of American underground rock venues, was there to provide the stage for new bands such as the Ramones and Blondie during the 1970s. It does the same for similar acts today. The Bottom Line, 15 West Fourth Street, which showcases softer folk and blues acts, is another long-standing venue that saw the rise to fame of many of its musicians.
New York is also home to numerous jazz clubs, including The Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, and the Iridium, 1650 Broadway, which both reel in the best American and international jazz musicians.
New places open and others close all the time. Something hip today is gone tomorrow.
The ultimate symbol of the American Dream, Lady Liberty, standing majestically over New YorkHarbour, is probably the most famous landmark in America. The people of France donated the statue to the United States in 1886, to commemorate the alliance of the two countries during the American Revolution. It was the first sight of the New World to be seen by the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island, the country’s principal immigration centre in the early and mid 20th century. Visitors can climb the statue or take the lift.
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** The Statue of Liberty is scheduled to re-open sometime in Summer of 2004, however an exact date has not been decided.
Liberty Island, New York Harbour
Tel: (212) 363 3200.
Transport: Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry (tel: (212) 269 5755) from South Ferry at Battery Park to Liberty and Ellis islands; free 24-hour Staten Island Ferry (tel: (718) 815 2628) from Battery Park.
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 0930–1700, Sat and Sun 0900–1730.
Admission: Free; US$10 (return ferry trip).
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
The relatives of over 40% of families living in the United States of America passed through this historical immigration station, which operated from 1892 to 1954. Now a national monument and museum, the Ellis IslandImmigrationMuseum has over 30 galleries related to the American immigrant experience. Tours are also on offer, during which visitors will learn how ‘undesirables’ were weeded out and separated from their families in the Registry Room, after month-long ordeals on often over-crowded boats. For a US$5 fee, visitors can search the Ellis Island archives by computer in the popular AmericanFamilyImmigrationCenter for information on their ancestors.
Ellis Island, New York Harbor
Tel: (212) 363 3206.
Transport: Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry (tel: (212) 269 5755) from South Ferry at Battery Park to Liberty and Ellis islands (costing US$10 for a round trip).
Opening hours: Daily 0930–1700.
WorldTradeCenter – Ground Zero
In early 2003, the city selected Memory Foundations as an architectural design, by Studio Daniel Libeskind, to replace the 110-storey towers and surrounding buildings at the site of the former WorldTradeCenter. The new structure will integrate portions of a remaining slurry wall (strong enough to hold back the Hudson River). A slightly recessed public space, known as the bathtub, will provide the setting for a memorial and a museum. North of this area, a 541-metre (1776ft) spire, the ‘Gardens of the World’, will grace the skyline. Although the complex’s very existence will memorialise the tragedy that occurred here in 2001, each year on 11 September, the sun will shine without a shadow on the Wedge of Light piazza. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation – LMDC (see below) can provide more information on the decision and design.
The viewing platforms that once allowed visitors to pay tribute at the former WorldTradeCenter site, dubbed Ground Zero, are no longer in place. A simple viewing area at Liberty Street and Broadway allows for observation of ongoing work.
Lower Manhattan (on the west side)
Tel: (212) 962 2300. Fax: (212) 962 2431/33 (LMDC). Website: www.renewnyc.com
Transport: Subway 1 or 9 to Chambers Street or subway E to WTC/Chambers.
Opening hours: Daily 1100–1800.
Dubbed the eighth wonder of the world, when it was completed after 30-years of construction in 1883, John Augustus Roebling’s design remains a masterful feat of engineering. One of the world’s first steel wire suspension bridges – and at one time one of the world’s longest – links Manhattan to Brooklyn, over the East River. The bridge’s mile-long wooden promenade is open to pedestrians and cyclists and offers stunning views of the city.
Transport: Subway 4, 5 or 6 to BrooklynBridge or City Hall.
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours.
Empire State Building
Immortalised by Hollywood cinema – from King Kong and Fay Wray to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan – this stunning skyscraper is now once again the city’s tallest building. Completed in 1931, the 102-storey EmpireStateBuilding is a wonderful example of Art Deco period architecture and the observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors offer magical and spectacular views of the city; the 86th floor deck is open air. Each night, the top 31 storeys are illuminated with a color that reflects the season or holiday. Buy tickets in advance from there web site.
350 Fifth Avenue at East 34th Street
Tel: (212) 736 3100. Fax: (212) 947 1360. Website: www.esbnyc.com
Transport: Subway B, D, F, N, R, Q or W to 34th Street.
Opening hours: Daily 0930–2400.
Admission: US$10 (concessions available).
Built in 1932–40, the RockefellerCenter is a masterpiece of urban design. The best approach is from the ChannelGardens, opposite Saks on Fifth Avenue – a popular lunchtime haunt flanked with shops and services – to arrive at the focal point of the complex, the sunken plaza, used as an ice-skating rink in winter and an open-air restaurant in summer. Behind this, the sumptuous GE building dominates the scene with its Art Deco ambience both inside and out. The RockefellerCenter is home to NBC, RadioCityMusic Hall and Christie’s Auction House. NBC tours, lasting one and a half hours, are available and points of interest include the Today Show studio, the skating rink, the Prometheus and Atlas statues and the ChannelGardens.
Fifth Avenue, 47th Street to 52nd Street
Tel: (212) 332 6868 or 632 3975. Website: www.rockefellercenter.com
Transport: Subway B, D, F, N, Q, R, 1 and 9 to RockefellerCenter.
Opening hours: Daily 0930–1630 (tours run every half an hour). Admission: Adults US$10.
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 West 53rd Street, between Fifth Streetand Sixth Street, houses the most important modern art collection in the USA, covering a variety of media from the late 19th and 20th centuries, with impressive touring exhibitions. The museum is currently undergoing a massive regeneration project that will add much needed extra exhibition space by 2005. Its interim outpost, MoMA QNS, in Long IslandCity, Queens – an industrial district just over the East River – displays permanent collection pieces as well as visiting exhibitions, such as the Matisse Picasso show in a refurbished warehouse space. The subway trip is 10–15 minutes from Midtown.
33rd Street at Queens Boulevard, Long IslandCity
Tel: (212) 708 9400.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.moma.org
Transport: Subway 7 to 33rd Street, Queens.
Opening hours: Sat–Mon and Thurs 1000–1700, Fri 1000–1745 (extended during some shows).
Admission: US$12–20 (concessions available).
Soloman R Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum – a seven-storey conical building designed by US master architect Frank Lloyd Wright – is worth visiting if only for the building alone. Inside, it features an acclaimed collection of late 19th- and 20th-century art works, as well as touring exhibitions.
1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street
Tel: (212) 423 3500.
E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.guggenheim.org
Transport: Subway 4, 5 or 6 to 86th Street.
Opening hours: Sun–Wed 1000–1745, Fri and Sat 1000–2000.
Admission: US$15; concessions available; patrons may pay what they wish Fri 1600–1800.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Home to more than two million works of art spanning five millennia, ‘the Met’ is a cherished New York institution. It is the largest art museum in the western hemisphere and its collections are outstanding.
1000 Fifth Avenue, at 82nd Street
Tel: (212) 535 7710. Website: www.metmuseum.org
Transport: Subway 4, 5 or 6 to 86th Street.
Opening hours: Tues–Sun 0930–1730, Fri and Sat 0930–2100.
Admission: US$12 is suggested.
New York’s famous green lung, Central Park, is a magnificent city sanctuary situated in the centre of Manhattan. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, it opened in 1876 and now offers numerous recreational and cultural outlets. The BelvedereCastle – a stone castle built on Vista Rock in the middle of the park at the 79th Street Transverse – offers excellent views from its lookout, while the ShakespeareGarden, just west of the castle, contains flowers and herbs mentioned in the Bard’s plays. The Central Park Conservancy offers various free walking tours of the park. There is also a theatre and sports facilities, including tennis courts, ice rinks and lakes, in addition to the celebrated Central ParkWildlifeCenter. Considered to be one of the world’s most appealing small zoos, it has exhibits for each of the world’s major environments and houses smaller animals, such as monkeys and penguins. The Tisch Children’s Zoo, across East 65th Street, is a hands-on animal garden where petting domestic animals, such as goats and pigs, is permitted. The beautifully landscaped CentralGarden and Sea Lion Pool is flanked on three sides by a glass-roofed colonnade, making it accessible even in wet weather. It is considered unwise to visit Central Park after dark, except for events such as ice skating, carriage rides or Summerstage (see Special Events)..Buy some nuts and feed the squarrils.
From 59th Street to 110th Street
Tel: (212) 310 6600 or 360 2726 (walking tours hot line).
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Website: www.centralparknyc.org
Transport: Subway N or R to Fifth Avenue; or bus 4, 5 or 6 to 59th Street.
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours (park); daily 1000–1630 (visitor centre).
In the 1920s, a sportswriter for the Morning Telegraph named John Fitzgerald overheard stablehands in New Orleans refer to NYC’s racetracks as “the Big Apple.” He named his column “Around the Big Apple.” A decade later, jazz musicians adopted the term to refer to New York City, and especially Harlem, as the jazz capital of the world. There are many apples on the trees of success, they were saying, but when you pick New York City, you pick the big apple.
The Bronx: How Swede It is
The Bronx was settled in 1639 and is named for the Swedish settler Jonas Bronck. There are more than 60 landmarks and historic districts in the Bronx, including the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage on the Grand Concourse and the stately Van Cortland House Museum in Van Cortlandt Park.
Why Cabs Are Yellow
John Hertz, who founded the Yellow Cab Company in 1907, chose yellow because he had read a study conducted by the University of Chicago that indicated it was the easiest color to spot.
Where the Famous Go to Rest
Green-WoodCemetery, in Brooklyn’s SunsetPark, is one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries. With a spectacular harbor view and 478 acres filled with trees and flowering shrubs, Green-Wood is the eternal resting place of a who’s who of famous folks, including Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Morse, F.A.O Schwartz, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Charles Tiffany, and “Boss” Tweed.
Looking for Main Street?
You won’t find it in Manhattan. There is, however, a Main Street in each of the other boroughs and on Roosevelt Island.
A City of Islands
Manhattan and Staten Island are islands; Queens and Brooklyn are on the western tip of Long Island. So, of New York City’s five boroughs, only the Bronx is part of the mainland. However, there is an island that ‘s part of the Bronx and yet feels like a New England fishing village: CityIsland, a marine-related community offering fishing, boating, and a wide range of restaurants and snack bars.
Statue of Liberty Stats
The Lady in the Harbor is 101 feet tall from base to torch, 305 feet tall from pedestal foundation to torch. She has a 35-foot waist and an 8-foot index finger, and she weighs 450,000 pounds.
Did you know…?
There are 6,374.6 miles of streets in New York City.
Broadway’s Original Name was the Wiechquaekeck Trail. It was an old Algonquin trade route.
The Times Square Business Improvement District (212/768-1560) dropped a ball designed and crafted by Waterford Crystal for New Year’s Eve 1999.
The Verrazano-NarrowsBridge is so long – 4,260 feet – that the towers are a few inches out of parallel to accommodate the curvature of the earth.
New York City has 578 miles of waterfront. Some of the immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and went on to illustrious careers are: Irving Berlin, musician, arrived in 1893 from Russia; Marcus Garvey, politician, arrived 1916 from Jamaica; Bob Hope, comedian, arrived in 1908 from England; Knute Rockne, football coach, arrived in 1893 from Norway; and the von Trapp family of “Sound of Music” fame, arrived in 1938 from Austria. (Source: “Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty,” Statue of LibertyNational Monument and Ellis Island, 212/363-7620).
The Consolidated Edison electrical substation, built in 1975, has an illusionistic mural of the BrooklynBridge by Richard Haas on one side to help it blend in with its historic neighbor.
The Bronx is the only New York borough connected to the mainland.
Since the 1920’s, Queens has been the ‘home of jazz,’ the residence of choice for hundreds of jazz musicians, including such notables as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzy Gillespie (source: The Queens Jazz Trail Committee, 718/463-7700).
Built circa 1680, the Conference House (also known as the Billop House) was the site of a fateful meeting in 1776.
The British, represented by Admiral Lord Richard Howe, and the Continental Congress, represented by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge, engaged in an attempt to forestall the American Revolution.
The 2½ mile boardwalk at Staten Island’s SouthBeach (718/390-8000) is the fourth longest in the world.
The New York City Department of Transportation is responsible for approximately 5,700 miles of streets and highways and 753 bridge structures and tunnels.
The triangular shape of the Flatiron Building (an early skyscraper on 23rd Street) produced wind currents that made women’s skirts billow and caused police to create the term ’23 skiddoo’ to shoo gapers from the area.
The world’s largest gothic cathedral is the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (212/316-7540) – and it’s still under construction. Its first stone was laid in 1892.
The nation’s largest public Halloween parade is the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade (914/758-5519).
The New York Mercantile Exchange (212/299-2000) is world’s largest physical commodity futures exchange.
Macy’s, the world’s largest store, covers 2.1 million square feet of space and stocks over 500,000 different items.
The New YorkBotanical Garden (718/817-8700) is home to the nation’s largest Victorian glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a New York City landmark that has showcased NYBG’s distinguished tropical, Mediterranean, and desert plant collections since 1902.
The Panorama of the City of New York in the Queens Museum of Art is the world’s largest architectural model, containing 895,000 individual structures at a scale of 1 inch equals 100 feet.
The Sandy Ground Historical Society (718/317-5796) offers a look at the oldest continuously inhabited free black settlement in the nation.
The oldest schoolhouse still standing, built in 1695, is situated in HistoricRichmondTown (718/351-1611).
The country’s oldest municipal golf course, opened in 1895, is in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
Number of bird species in Central Park is 215.
Most Popular Baby Names in NYC
First in the Field:
The first children’s gardening program ever established at a botanic garden was begun at the BrooklynBotanic Garden (718/622-4433) in 1914.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (718/735-4402) is the world’s first museum for kids.
LincolnCenter for the Performing Arts (212/875-5000), America’s first performing arts center, held its first performance on September 23, 1962.
Babe Ruth hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium in the first game ever played there.
Opened in 1633 in the Market Field, which is now the financial district, was the first public brewery in America. Colonists loved their beer and often had a mug with their breakfast.
Only in New York City:
The Cloisters (212/923-3700), a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the only museum in America dedicated exclusively to medieval art.
The CaribbeanCulturalCenter (212/307-7420) is the only cultural organization in the U.S. that represents all of the diverse artistic expressions and traditions of the African diaspora.
New York City History:
In 1898, the five boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island – were incorporated into a single entity, known as Greater New York.
Ellis Island Immigration Station officially opened its doors to the world on Friday, January 1, 1892. Annie Moore, a 15-year-old Irish girl, was the first to be questioned in the immigration station’s second-floor Registry Room. (Source: “Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty,” Statue of LibertyNational Monument and Ellis Island, 212/363-7620).
From 1892 to 1924, 12 million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island.
The Titanic was scheduled to arrive at Chelsea Piers on April 16, 1912 at the conclusion of her maiden voyage. Fate intervened, and the “unsinkable” ship struck an iceberg and sank on April 14, 1912. Of the 2,200 passengers aboard, 675 were rescued by the Cunard liner Carpathia, which arrived at the Chelsea Piers on April 20th. (Source: Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, 212/212/336-6666).
Downtown NYC Fun Facts
Courtesy of The Downtown Alliance
Downtown Manhattan was the site of the nation’s first capital.
As late as the 1840s, thousands of pigs roamed Wall Street to consume garbage – an early sanitation system
Under the Dutch, Wall Street – where there really was a wall – was the city limit.
Author Jack London once lived as a hobo in City Hall Park.
Federal Hall National Memorial was the site of George Washington’s first inauguration.
The New York Stock Exchange is the world’s largest exchange.
New York City’s first theater was on Beaver Street.
Castle Clinton was built to defend he harbor against the British during the War of 1812.
Downtown’s only remaining philately business has been here over 65 years.
St. Paul’s Chapel is Manhattan’s oldest public building in continuous use.
Bowling Green is the oldest park in New York City.
Castle Clinton has functioned as an opera house, an aquarium, and a gateway for over 8 million immigrants.
The New York Stock Exchange has an annual trading volume of $5.5 trillion.
46% of leisure visitors to Downtown come from outside the United States.
When built, 120 Broadway’s EquitableBuilding cast a 7-acre shadow, leading to the creation of zoning setback laws.
200 ticker-tape parades have taken place in Lower-Broadway’s ‘Canyon of Heroes.
In 1664, the city’s tallest structure was a 2-story windmill.
Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton are buried in the TrinityChurch graveyard.
Legend has it that Peter Minuit paid $24 in trinkets to purchase the island of Manhattan from Leni Lenape Indians at Bowling Green.
The vaults of the Federal Reserve Bank on Maiden Lane store more than one-quarter of the world’s gold bullion.
The WoolworthBuilding – the ‘Cathedral of Commerce’ – was the tallest building in the world from 1913 to 1929.
Without firing a shot, the British seized control of Nieuwe Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664 and renamed it New York City.
Downtown was the shipping capital of the world in the 19th century.
The first ticker-tape parade celebrated the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.
Broadway began as an Algonquin trade route called the Wiechquaekeck Trail.
Master architect Cass Gilbert designed six Downtown buildings including the US Custom House at One Bowling Green.
A 7,000-pound bronze ‘Charging Bull’ mysteriously appeared one day in 1989 in front of the New York Stock Exchange – the bull is now at Bowling Green.
The BrooklynBridge was the first bridge to be lit using electricity.
The New York Stock Exchange began in 1792 when 24 brokers met under a buttonwood tree facing 68 Wall Street.
On completion, the BrooklynBridge was the world’s longest suspension bridge and the city’s tallest structure.
The trading area of the New York Stock Exchange is about two-thirds the size of a football field.
The New York Mercantile Exchange began as the Butter and Cheese Exchange in the 1750s.
J.P. Morgan’s former apartment on the 31st floor in 14 Wall Street is now home to a popular French restaurant.
Washington Irving, the great American writer, was born in 1783 at 131 William Street.
When it built its headquarters at 26 Broadway, Standard Oil Company was the largest U.S. corporation and its founder, John D. Rockefeller, was the wealthiest person in the world.
Phillippe Petit walked a tightrope between the rooftops of the WorldTradeCenter towers in 1974.
The northern façade of City Hall was left unfinished when the building was erected in 1803 – no one foresaw that the city would expand beyond Downtown.