New York is the main financial and cultural center and most densely populated city in the United States. The city is generally called New York City or City of New York to differentiate it from the State of New York, of which is part but not capital; Albany is the capital of the State of New York. New York is today’s largest hub for finance, media, fashion, research and technology; often described as the capital of the world, NYC has also been selected as the headquarters of the United Nations. NYC rises on one of the world’s largest natural harbors; the city is comprised of 5 districts or Boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, which were originally combined in one city in 1898. A diversely and culturally riched city, New York offers an incredible variety of activities; many famous Museums and Monuments welcome more than 50 million visitors every single year.
Trying to decide what to do when you visit NYC? Start with this list of New York City's most popular attractions to get started planning your trip to the Big Apple. Popularity naturally brings crowds, but these attractions are all popular for a reason -- they're all pretty great. Here are the top ten:
- American Museum of Natural History
- Central Park
- Ellis Island Immigration Museum
- Empire State Building
- Grand Central Terminal
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Museum of Modern Art
- The Statue Of Liberty
- The Brooklyn Bridge
- Staten Island Ferry
Where to Stay
Most first-time visitors panic and ask "what is the best and most convenient area to stay in?" There is no one best area to select in New York City. The public transit system takes tourists safely and cheaply to about 95% of tourist attractions, 24 hours a day, 7days a week, 365 days a year. It really depends on what kind of lodging you need, your budget and what you want to do and see while you're here. Some neighborhoods are more residential, and some are more commercial. Some, such as Times Square, are teeming with tourists. Some, like the Upper West Side or Chelsea, attract fewer tourists.
How to Reach Your Hotel
Public Transportation from JFK airport: Take the quick and easy AirTrain. Consult the New York City Subway Map to determine the best connections to take to get to your destination. $2.50 subway fare (available 24 hours). If you return to JFK via subway, make sure to take the A train marked Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park, NOT Lefferts Blvd. Taxis: $52 flat fare (plus tolls) to any Manhattan location. Taxis are available outside of every terminal and there is typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi. Super Shuttle: Available 24 hours a day, this shuttle provides door to door service for your party. Fares are $15 - $19, depending on destination. No reservations are required to get from the airport to your destination, but they are required for your return trip to the airport.