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City Focus: New York

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New York was rated as the World’s Best city for Business, Life and Innovation by the Atlantic News in 2011. New York has a vibrant culture of work and lifestyle with urban, entrepreneurial and commercial environment. New York is all about attracting the fresh talent, making the most of innovative ideas and taking initiatives. It is for this reason that it is known as the fastest city of the world. It is a city that never sleeps!

New York enjoys a wide variation of climate throughout the year. Winter temperatures fall below freezing point in January- February, whereas June- August prevails summer like conditions. New York is attached to the Atlantic coastline making the city even more beautiful.  


Getting around

New York is the most populated city of the United States and most of the people travel by public transport. Therefore, it is no surprise that the city has a streamlined and well regulated public transport system. Public transport includes taxi, subway, buses, ferries and cruise. Taxi is available 24 hours in the city, but it can be an expensive option as the metered fare is $2.50, which increases 40 cents every fifth of a mile. The City’s rail and bus system is run by Metropolitan Transport Authority. Visit their website for exact train/ bus times and fare. It is the most eco-friendly and budget-friendly way to travel in the city. The trains and buses function 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so commuting by public transport would never be a problem.

New York has an extensive transport system in its water body with cruises, water taxis and ferries which connect New York to Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey.


Things to do

Being in the world’s busiest city, you wouldn’t run out of things to do and places to go. Sightseeing is a must do for the international students as the beautiful city has landmarks work witnessing including the Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, City Hall, Lincoln Centre, Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

There is a large number of free events in the city at all times including concerts, festivals and summer movies viewings which makes it great for students. New York is also known for its shopping and nightlife. New York is the home of all the big labels and brands. It’s a shoppers dream come true.

If you are a sports person, you are in for a treat. Baseball, bull riding, volleyball, wrestle mania, soccer and golf are among the most celebrated sports in New York.


Academic life

Dwelling in New York are the world’s best research institutes including Cornell UniversityNew York UniversityColumbia University and many more. There are over 150 educational institutes for higher education in the city and the study experience has much more than just academics to offer. There are many opportunities for getting work experience while studying, and training at multinational firms. Although, competition in the job market is fierce.


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