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New York - You Profess to Hate it, But Inside You Love it

Experience the breathtaking sights and sounds of the Big Apple by stepping into New York City (NYC).

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Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge in the city is a breathtaking and liberating experience. You can witness the Manhattan skyline by walking on the bridge.

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Experience the breathtaking sights and sounds of the Big Apple by stepping into New York City (NYC).  With unique attractions, world-famous museums, exotic cuisines and restaurants, ethnic neighbourhoods, theaters, skyscrapers and modern architecture, and who can forget Broadway, there is always plenty to see and do in New York.

 
Experience Manhattan's vibrant multicultural diversity, and famous landmarks and attractions. Visit Times Square, Chinatown, SoHo, Little Italy, Harlem, the Museum Mile, Rockefeller Center, South Street Seaport and more!
 
Drive past Columbus Circle, Lincoln Centre, the Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, Central Park and Fifth Avenue.  From Battery Park, enjoy the view of Lady Liberty in all of her majesty.  
 

When in NYC, do as the New Yorkers do! 

 
For an action filled day in the town, you will need to purchase a Metro Card to explore the island of Manhattan and a one-day Fun Pass, which gives you access to unlimited use of the New York City's subways and buses for one day. 
 
When you've had enough of Manhattan's tall buildings and bustling crowds, Greenwich Village offers a great respite with its calmer, more manageable feel. Nestled between townhouses are secret courtyards and compact gardens. From Dylan Thomas who infamously drank himself to death at the White Horse Tavern to Bob Dylan who has actually penned ‘Greenwich Village’ into many of his songs, this area is renowned for being the hub for artists, writers and musicians. 
 

Explore NYC history...

 
One of New York City's most popular tourist attractions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes more than five million visitors annually! The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and special exhibits offer glimpses into history - from ancient embalmed pharaohs and Greek sculptures to Tiffany Stained Glass and Rembrandt Paintings. Some of the other museums that you can visit are Ellis Island Immigration Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art and Museum of the Moving Image.  The New York Historical Society harbours artefacts that reveal much of New York's history, including Tiffany lamps, decorative objects, paintings and furniture.
 
Constructed in 1911, the New York Public Library has beautiful Beaux-Art architecture and an impressive book collection. It also features temporary exhibits on a variety of topics, and free guided tours to appreciate the library's architecture, history and artwork.
 

Enjoy the view...

 
How can you be in NY without visiting the Empire State Building where Meg Ryan meets the love of her life – Tom Hanks - in ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, or where Cary Grant waits for Deborah Kerr in ‘An Affair to Remember’! As winter sets in, the Wollman Skating Rink is open for ice skating and during the summer, it is converted into the Victorian Gardens Amusement Park... The Wollman Skating Rink features in several movies, including Love Story, Serendipity and Autumn in New York. 
 
Madison Square Garden is NYC’s multi-purpose indoor arena with the latest in sporting facilities, and till date remains as the NBA’s favourite destination. The Theatre at ‘The Garden’ is most often completely booked, be it a finale reality TV show or a celebrity rock concert. 
 
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge - one of New York City's iconic landmarks - is a breathtaking and liberating experience. Try walking across the entire span of the bridge and view the emerging Manhattan skyline. Located along the Boardwalk near Brooklyn's Coney Island, the New York Aquarium - NYC’s only aquarium - educates visitors about aquatic ecosystems and preservation advocacy.  If you would like a view of the NY Harbour and the Statue of Liberty, take the Staten Island Ferry from Lower Manhattan, which is absolutely free of cost!
 

Food, glorious food!

 
Your stomach may be craving for kosher burgers, hot corned beef on rye or chopped liver, look no further than one of New York City's best delis - some popular ones are Katz's Delicatessen, Stage Deli, Ben’s Delicatessen and 2nd Ave Deli - to fulfil your hunger pangs. For low-budget dining out, you can check out options such as General Greene, Benoit, Pepe Rosso to Go, Pio Pio, Chennai Garden and ChikaLicious.
 

Stroll, feed the birds or just enjoy a picnic in Central Park!

 
To spend your afternoon like a ‘real’ New Yorker, have a picnic in Central Park. You can shop for picnic goodies at the NYC Market and chill out with ‘yummylicious’ food and drink in the Park... Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn are two popular places to picnic and watch interesting people. Central Park is also famous for its free summer concerts and musical line-ups, quaint carousel rides and Shakespeare in the Park productions. With acres to explore, Central Park is a wonderful place for aimless wandering and escaping from the concrete jungle. Row a boat in the Park’s picturesque lake. Take time to enjoy both the intensely manicured areas of Central Park, as well as the wilder places, like The Ramble.
 

Raise the curtains – have a drink!

 
Attending a Broadway musical should definitely be on your ‘must-do’ list. The usual popular shows are the Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Chicago and Mamma Mia.  New York City is well-known for its vintage and contemporary bars. From the sophisticated Four Seasons to casual Old Town Bar and Grill, there is a NYC bar worth visiting for everyone. Some of the popular and affordable bars include Old Town Bar and Grill – established in 1892, it retains its classic charm with pressed tin ceilings and the oldest operating dumbwaiter in New York City; Peter’s Tavern – opened its doors in 1864 and is longest continually operating bar with nightly specials on its menu; Bemelmans Bar - one of NYC’s classic piano bars; and the King Cole Bar the ‘Bloody Mary’ was born.
 

Study @ New York

 
For an international education, there’s no better place to study in than NY. The City has almost eight million students from different ethnicities studying at his various educational institutions. Most head to University to pursue the American dream...and in NY, the dream can definitely become real!
 
It is well-known that New York is home to prestigious and historic Ivy League Schools: Cornell University and Columbia University. Those wishing to pursue higher studies in New York can choose from a wide range of public colleges and universities available within two systems - the State University of New York (SUNY) or the City University of New York (CUNY). The SUNY system includes the University at Albany, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University, with more than 60 technical, community, undergraduate colleges and universities. There are also over 70 deemed private universities located within the state.
 
CUNY is the third largest public and urban university system in The United States. It comprises seven community colleges, 11 senior colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College, the Graduate School and University Centre that grants doctorates, the CUNY School of Law, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.
 
High quality international education, restaurants in every street corner, world cuisines, exotic cultural communities and plush designer luxury cobbled together from all over the globe... this can be found only at NYC!
 Image source : www.nyhabitat.com
 

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