http://www.mynewyork.co.uk/ -- The "Big Apple," the "City That Never Sleeps" really is true about New York.
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, which is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York City has a significant impact on global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, education, and entertainment. As host of the United Nations Headquarters, it is also an important center for international affairs. The city is often referred to as New York City or the City of New York.
Things to Do
Do what New Yorkers do: walk. Wander the angled tree-lined streets of Greenwich Village or the avenues of million-dollar townhouses on the Upper East Side. Art lovers should not miss the Warhols and Pollocks at MoMA or the comprehensive and essential Metropolitan Museum of Art. Outdoors, mingle with joggers and skaters in Central Park or smell the blooming flowers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Head to Battery Park for sunset views over the Hudson River, or watch the world below from the top of the Empire State Building.
New York City is a year-round destination. The temperatures in mid-September to October and May through mid-June make for the most comfortable visiting weather, but the excitement of the winter months and Christmas in New York make for an amazing visit as well. Summer in New York City can be hot and humid, with occasional tropical storms. Winters are usually cold, with occasional snowstorms, freezing rain and bitter cold winds.
Even with all the attractions and events in New York, nothing beats a day of shopping at the fine shops in New York City.
Couture designer shops line Madison Avenue, while the major department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's anchor Fifth Avenue in Midtown. Cutting-edge designers show their wares in the Meatpacking District, while high-fashion boutiques and cool housewares peak out behind the cast-iron facades of SoHo. Rummage through vintage clothing boutiques on the Lower East Side or sift through knockoff sunglasses, purses and watches on crammed Canal Street in Chinatown. Head to Greenwich Village to browse music stores and boutique food shops.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Times Square's bright lights shine on elaborate stage productions in Broadway 's theaters. Dress up for a classical concert at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. Lovers of soul head to Harlem's Apollo Theatre. The legendary Blue Note and Village Vanguard pack in jazz fans, while cutting-edge bars and clubs in Meatpacking District lure the beautiful people.
Restaurants and Dining
With small apartment kitchens and a culinary smorgasbord around every corner, it's no wonder New Yorkers eat out so much. Start in Chinatown for steaming Cantonese noodles or indulge in juicy steak at Minetta Tavern or Peter Luger's. Mix with celebrities at a fusion spot in Chelsea or tuck into a steaming bowl of mussels at a cozy Greenwich Village bistro. If you're on the go, grab a slice of pizza or a bagel with a schmear of cream cheese. For cheap, good, ethnic eats, hop on the subway to Queens or Brooklyn.
Most of the hotels are represented by the Hotel Association of New York City trade organization. The organization in 2009 has a membership of 245 hotels representing 69,587 rooms and 32,000 employees.
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