What is it like in New York, USA?

I'm visiting there in July for the 1st time, I have never been to the USA before. I'm from Barcelona so very used to the buzz of big cities, but I presume New York and Barcelona will be very different.

If you live there or have been, what is it like? What would you recommend for tourists?

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  • 10 years ago
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    New York City, the largest city in the state of New York, is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, and certainly the most ethnically diverse in the country. We have people from all over the world, from Asia to Australia to South America. We have different cultures and different religions. People began immigrating here, because New York City holds the world famous Statue of Liberty, and immigrants believed that a new life in America awaited them, full of opportunity and liberty.

    Aside from our ethnic diversity, we have almost everything. We have a forest, a mall, the most skyscrapers of any United States city, several beaches from Queens to Brooklyn to Staten Island, the fourth largest boardwalk in the world, an amusement park, and over three-hundred miles of trains. We're also the most unique city in the United States, as we have five counties, housing one of the five boroughs. Richmond County, New York County, Bronx County, Queens County and Kings County house, in order, Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. All of this is in the 303 square miles of the city, making us the most densely populated major city in the United States.

    There is an abudance of things to do in the city of the New York, and you will never have a dull moment as long as you're visiting. Go visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, two landmarks of New York City. To get there by the ferry, you need to purchase round-trip ferry tickets at Castle Clinton National Monument in Lower Manhattan. Ferries from New York operate on a loop, stopping first at Liberty Island and then at Ellis Island before returning to Battery Park, New York.

    Directions to get the ferry dock:

    http://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/publictransp...

    Go visit the Empire State Building, one of the many landmarks of our city. It is located at 350 5th Avenue. To get there by MTA subway, take the 1, 2, or 3 (Seventh Avenue Lines), A, C or E (Eighth Avenue Subway) to 34th Street/Penn Station. Or take the B, D, F, N, Q, R or Path to 34th Street/Avenue of the Americas.

    Go to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, located at 234 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th. To get there by subway, take the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, or S to 42nd Street, Times Square, the A, C, or E to 42nd Street, which will empty out at 8th Avenue, or the B, D, F, or V to 42nd Street, which will empty out at 6th Avenue. To get there by bus, take the M6, M7, M10, M16, M20, M27, or M104 to Times Square. This is standard $2.25 fare. For express buses to Madame Tussauds, which are $5.50, from Staten Island, take the X1, X6, X7, X9, X17J, X22, X30, or X31 to the Staten Island Ferry, and take the 1 train from there to 42nd Street. From Queens, take the X51, QM1, QM2, QM2A, QM3, QM4, QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM22, or QM24. From the Bronx, take the BxM2.

    Go to the New York Hall of Science in Queens. To get there, take the 7 train to 111th street station, and walk three blocks south. There are many ways to get to the 7 train. The easiest is by taking the A, C, E, N, Q, R, 1, 2 or 3 to 42nd Street, Times Square, or the 4, 5 or 6 to 42nd Street, Grand Central Terminal. Or, you can take the E, G or M to 45 Road – Court House Square, and transfer to the 7 there. You WILL need to use your MetroCard to transfer. Or, take the E, F, R or M to 74th Street, Broadway, and transfer there.

    Go walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, which is, if I'm correct, which I might not be, is the oldest structure in the city. If not the oldest structure, the oldest bridge. To get there, and walk across it, take the 4, 5, or 6 to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop. Another option would be to take the J, M, or Z to Chambers Street.

    Go visit Coney Island, the home of the world famous Cyclone roller coaster. The amusement park will be closed, especially in the winter time, but the aquarium is open year-round, and sometimes the pier is open, so you can get some snacks -- they have fantastic corn dogs on the pier. To get there by train, take the D, Q N or F train to Stillwell Avenue, which is the last stop. This takes about 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan, and sometimes longer, depending on where you are coming from.

    Go visit the South Beach-Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk in Midland Beach, right off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. It is two-and-a-half miles long, and has some long, beautiful stretches of beach. In addition, it’s very easy to get to. To get to South Ferry station in Manhattan, take the 1 train to the last stop, or take the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green and walk. The Staten Island Ferry is free of charge, and it takes about fifteen minutes to get from Manhattan to Staten Island. From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal take Bus S51 to Father Capodanno Boulevard and Sand Lane. Or, if you have a car, take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the Verrazano-Narrows, and follow the signs to Father Capodanno Boulevard, which will take you right to the beach and boardwalk.

    Go for a ride on the Circle Line. There are numerous different cruises – one is the Full Island Cruise, which takes you around Manhattan on a three-hour cruise. The Semi-Circle Cruise sets sail on a two-hour cruise down the Hudson offering a stunning panoramic of the famed New York skyline and a close-up view of Lady Liberty. The Liberty Cruise turns 75-minutes into a quick and inspirational way to see New York’s highlights from the water. There is also a Harbor Lights Evening Cruise, which allows you to view the hotspots of New York City from the water at night. Then, there is The Beast. It’s a boat that travels at forty-five miles per hour down the river to the Statue of Liberty. Both cruises are fun and informational, and are a great way to kill some time if you don’t have anything to do.

    Here is the Circle Line schedule:

    http://www.circleline42.com/site/scheduling_pricin...

    Circle Line special events:

    http://www.circleline42.com/site/browse.aspx?group...

    Go to visit some museums. There are so many, that listing directions to all of them would be a waste of your time and my time, so instead, I will give you a list where there is a list of all the museums of New York City. You can pick some that sound interesting, and then you can find directions to that place, either from the website, or from Google, simply by typing in "directions to" and insert the museum you would like to go to beside it.

    "Museums in New York City"

    http://www.ny.com/museums/all.museums.html

    “New York City Zoos and Aquariums”

    http://gonyc.about.com/od/zoosaquariums/Aquariums_...

    "Top 25 New York Boutiques"

    http://nymag.com/visitorsguide/shopping/boutiques....

    “Top 25 New York Shopping Destinations”

    http://nymag.com/visitorsguide/shopping/destinatio...

    “Shopping in New York City”

    http://gonyc.about.com/od/shopping/Shopping_in_New...

    "Best New York Boutiques" As voted by customers

    http://newyork.citysearch.com/bestof/winners/2009/...

    "The Top 100 Boutiques in New York"

    http://www.luckymag.com/sites/cityguides/new_york_...

    “Best New York City Picks”

    http://nymag.com/bestofny/food/

    “The Best Restaurants in NYC”

    http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/restaurants-ba...

    “New York City Attractions”

    http://www.lovetoeatandtravel.com/site/us/ny/attra...

    “Things to do in New York City”

    http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2737284-new_...

    Note: Maps of New York City are at every newsstand, and newsstands are all around New York City. Also, for transportation, there are maps in subway cars and on subway trains, and there are also maps in buses. The maps at bus stops are usually just for the bus route.

    Sources:

    http://www.esbnyc.com/tourism/tourism_maps.cfm

    http://gonyc.about.com/cs/attractions/p/brooklynbr...

    http://www.coneyisland.com/tourism.shtml

    http://www.circleline42.com/site/default.aspx

    http://www.newyorkpass.com/ny-madame-tussauds.asp

    http://www.madametussauds.com/NewYork/Default.aspx

    http://www.madametussauds.com/NewYork/PlanYourVisi...

    http://www.si-web.com/Recreation/SouthBeach.html

    http://www.nysci.org/

    http://www.nysci.org/visit/1428642/directions

    http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/sevenlin.htm

    Source(s): I have lived in Manhattan my entire life, and after seventeen years, there are still things that I have yet to see.
  • 10 years ago

    Well I don't live in the city, but I visit all the time. The city is VERY busy, and they don;t lie when they call it the "City That Never Sleeps".

    I would definitely recommend you see the Empire State Building, Central Park, the MET and the Museum of Natural History. Chinatown is pretty awesome, but make sure you go there during the day with other people, as it can get dangerous at night. I've never been to Little Italy, but I've heard they have some of the best pizza in the city. The Bronx Zoo is a beautiful zoo, and there's of course Coney Island. Beyond that, just walking around the city and taking in the sights is a wonderful thing. There's always something fun to do and see. Just make sure to try a lot of the local ethnic food (Anything from Middle eastern to Thai to Ukraine)

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Do you mean New York state or New York city? I'm going to assume you mean NYC since you're talking about "big cities".

    Well, I went there on vacation a couple years ago (definitely the best vacation I've been on). We stayed in NJ right by the border and just came over every day.

    What it's like depends on what area you're in. In uptown Manhattan, it's just like how you'd imagine it. People everywhere, bright lights, lots of sounds, overall awesome. Then in downtown it's a lot of offices and businesspeople and less touristy. I don't know about the other burrows, but none of them are quite like Manhattan. They're still big city-ish though. There are a million things to see and places to go to.

    I'd definitely recommend it. It was so much fun! See the tourist destinations you can, but it's also just as fun to walk the streets, take the subway, etc.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    New York is really nice :) I've lived here my entire life.

    I would visit New York City, as there are so many sites to see. It is very busy there, not so much as you move into the suburban neighborhoods.

    Sites:

    - Broadway play

    - shop

    - Statue of Liberty

    - museums

    - clubs

    - restaurants

    - Chinatown and Little Italy

    - Central Park

    - Empire State Building

    - Bryant Park

    - beaches

    - Bronx Zoo

    - Times Square

    Other Things To Do Outside NYC:

    - horseback riding

    - amusement parks

    - Woodbury Shopping Center

    - Hamptons

    - Niagara Falls

    ...etc.

    Have fun! :)

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  • I never lived in New York but I visited there so many times with my family. New York is so beautiful and alive. It's noisy and when it's night, it still feels like it's day there. I think you should visit these places

    - Statue Of Liberty

    - Ellis Island

    - Coney Island

    - The Empire State Building

    - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    It's huge. Have you ever been to London? It's a bit like that, just with the amount of people and the size and everything. There are tons and tons of things to do.

    http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-amer...

    Because there are different parts of it (boroughs) it's hard to explain exactly what it's like.

    By the way, don't listen to Raine. There are PLENTY of other interesting places outside of NYC. She's being a stereotypical New Yorker who thinks that it's the only nice city in the US... So annoying.

  • Pamela
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    4 years ago

    Yes, of course you can. However, you can't easily come here to live. You would need a visa... a WORK or STUDENT visa as you can't stay in the USA on a tourist visa. So either you come to New York for work or studies.

  • 10 years ago

    I've lived in New York for most of my life. I suggest going to New York City if you're a tourist. Everywhere else is boring.

  • 10 years ago

    I live in New York, and it's really nice. you just have to be careful in the city. you should see a broadway play or visit times square. it looks so pretty at night (:

  • Gaby
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    I've lived in NY all my life. I live about 25 minutes away by train from NYC. I suggest going there, because its really fun. Go to Times Square and just walk around. Its lots of fun there.

  • 10 years ago

    July 1st! hell yea that means youll be there for fireworks? New york city is huge man. All i gotta say is smoke a lot of weed, drink a lot of beer, and eat the food of the city! enjoy your stay!

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