Tourist Attractions in New York (III)

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Tourist Attractions in New York (III)

New York – it sounds like power, speed, and wealth. Although New York is not the capital city of the USA, no other city is a better example of the American way of life. Discover the most important Tourist Attractions in New York:


7. Tourist Attractions in New York: Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was built in the 1960s and is an exemplary cultural center. It is actually a complex consisting of individual buildings grouped around a plaza with a giant fountain. The three main buildings are the Metropolitan Opera, the Avery Fisher Hall with the Philharmonic and the New York State Theater. The frescoes by Marc Chagall in the foyer are an attractive detail of “The Met”. Experience the Lincoln Center on a guided tour, with a look behind the scenes.


8. Tourist Attractions in New York: Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal (often known as Grand Central Station) is a famous New York train station. The Art nouveau building, completed in 1913, was saved form demolition in the 1990s and comprehensively renovated. Today, alongside the underground platforms, there are also many restaurants, stores and a delicatessen market (Grand Central Market) in the basement of the building. The station has around half a million visitors per day. Don’t miss the famous brass clock and the arches decorated with constellation in the main hall. Free-guided tours (with a voluntary donation of USD 10) begin on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 pm at the information stand.


9. Tourist Attractions in New York: Ellis Island Immigration Museum

More than 12 million immigrants passed through the little island in New York Harbor between the years 1892 and 1954. For most of them it was a symbol of hope for a new beginning in the United States. The historic buildings of Ellis Island were renovated in the 1960s and have been open to visitors since 1990. The newly opened Immigration Museum is especially worth a visit, and tells the history of immigration with a short film and many original travelers documents. The Wall of Honor immortalizes the names of more than 500,000 immigrants who once became US citizens in the registry room. Ellis Island can only be reached by ferry from Battery Park.


Most Romantic Places in the World to Propose (I)

"Yes!" It's such a powerful word that it can bring men to their knees. A word that they hope to hear when that big moment arrives. To set the stage to pop the "M" question, here are some of the most romantic places in the world to propose, which help you both relax. These destinations will get her in the mood for romance and create memories that will last forever—till death do you part…


1. Most Romantic Places in the World to Propose: AYANA Resort & Spa —Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia

The spiritual intrigue of Bali, for many, is the appeal of this verdant Island of The Gods. Bali's diverse geographical offerings, from green rice terraces to long tropical beaches, ancient temples and volcanoes, provides the dream setting for any couple seeking to make that life-long commitment. Nowhere else on the island is the "I do" spot more perfect than on AYANA Resort & Spa Bali's private jetty. Perched 35 meters above Jimbaran Bay, AYANA Resort and Spa Bali enjoys majestic views and a secluded location. With a 290-room hotel and 78 luxury private villas in Bali, this is the most spacious and one of the most acclaimed Bali luxury resorts. For a completely indulgent romantic vacation, escape to the best villa in Bali, dine at lavish restaurants, take part in boundless resort recreation, or just relax in the five star hotel with no schedule except your next treatment at the Thermes Marins Spa and award-winning Spa on the Rocks.


2. Most Romantic Places in the World to Propose: Central Park— New York City

Amid New York City's 8 1/2 million people, where do you go to feel like you're the only couple on earth? You go on a carriage ride through Central Park, where plush velvet seats and the clip clopping of horses hooves provide the perfect setting for a romantic proposal. Add a bottle of champagne, some roses and, of course, the velvet jewelry box, and the Central Park carriage ride remains the classic, most romantic way to get engaged. A warm summer's night, when the sounds and sights of the busy city fade behind leafy foliage in favor of the sounds of crickets is another wonderful option. But don't resist taking a carriage ride during the winter; carriages come equipped with cozy lap robes and there's nothing quite like "getting snuggy in a buggy" with your loved one. Romance combines elements of tradition, elegance and natural beauty. The carriage ride through Central Park has been providing these for over 150 years and remains one of the world's most romantic places to propose.

Liberty Enlightening the World – The Statue of Liberty

Liberty Enlightening the World – The Statue of Liberty is situated on Liberty Island in the center of New York, Manhattan. The statue is a colossal neoclassical sculpture, designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.


The statue is a gift from France to the US. The statue’s female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. She carries a torch in her right hand and a tabula ansata in her left hand (a tablet evoking the law). This tablet contains the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.


The statue embodies the icon of freedom for the United States, a greeting message to immigrants coming from abroad. The inspiration for Bartholdi in designing Liberty Enlightening the World (The Statue of Liberty) was Édouard René de Laboulaye, a French law professor and politician who said that "any monument raised to American independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American people".


Liberty Enlightening the World – The Statue of Liberty was built in France, shipped in crates to the United States and assembled on Liberty Island, which was called Bedloe's Island at that time. Once the statue was completed, President Grover Cleveland held a dedication ceremony.


The statue has 151 feet height (46 meters). Torch's height is 305 feet (93 meters). The statue was dedicated to the United States in October 28, 1886, and it was restored multiple times: in 1938, between 1984-1986 and between 2011-2012.


More than 3.2 million tourists visited the statue in 2009. The Statue of Liberty or Liberty Enlightening the World is currently administered by the U.S. National Park Service. In past, the statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and by the Department of War until 1933.


Édouard René de Laboulaye said: "If a monument should rise in the United States, as a memorial to their independence, I should think it only natural if it were built by united effort – a common work of both our nations".


Bartholdi was also inspired by American history. In early American history, two female figures were frequently used as cultural symbols of the nation. A copper table beneath the huge figure declares: "it is a colossal statue representing Liberty".


The Statue o Liberty or Liberty Enlightening the World is open for public, but you need to pay for boat transport. The statue and Liberty Island were immediately closed for public after the September 11 attacks. Due to the US Federal Government, Liberty Island was closed for public during October 2013, but in the present, both Liberty Island and the statue are open for public.

Tourist Attractions in New York (II)

4. Tourist Attractions in New York: Central Park

Central Park in Manhattan stretches from Midtown to Harlem, from 59th to 110th Street. New Yorkers can enjoy every conceivable leisure activity in this enormous park, which was completed in 1876. The choice for sport enthusiasts alone ranges from cycling to skiing, from bowling to boating. Families can visit one of the two zoos on the southern Fifth Avenue or enjoy a picnic. The largest of the many green areas is known as the Great Lawn and plays host to free concerts in the summer. The carousel at 64th Street is also a popular attraction. In the midst of central New York it is possible to briefly escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.


5. Tourist Attractions in New York: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

What started out as eight prints and one sketch soon turned into the most important collection of modern art today. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York was founded in 1929 and offers a tour through 20th century art history with masterpieces from Van Gogh through to Miro, Kandinsky and Picasso, right up to Warhol and Rauschenberg. The building has been renovated many times since it moved to its current location in 1939 and the collection has only been accessible to the public in its entirely since 2004. Alongside famous paintings such as “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth, the MOMA also has, amongst other things, drawings, sculptures, photographs and films in its collection, which contain more than 150,000 works.


6. Tourist Attractions in New York: Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center is a 19-building complex consisting of offices, stores and restaurants, which was built in the 1930s. There are gardens situated in between the buildings, the most famous of which is probably the Lower Plaza. In the winter it is possible to go ice-skating at the feet of the golden Prometheus statue. A visit to the Art Deco buildings, in particular the General Electric Building, which is home to a giant shopping concourse, should not be missed. The individual buildings and their treasures are best explored on one of the guided tours, which take place every 2 hours daily from 11 am. The meeting point is the NBC Experience Store in the General Electric Building.

Tourist Attractions in New York (I)

1. Tourist Attractions in New York: Statue of Liberty

The famous statue in New York Harbor, officially called “Liberty Enlightening the World”, is a national monument and symbol of American freedom. The present from France to celebrate the USA’s 100th birthday was ceremonially unveiled in 1886. 

The lady, designed by the sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, weights 225 tons and stands 151 feet tall. The frame comes from Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower. Today it is possible to visit an exhibition in the base and the interior of the statue on Liberty Island. Only the observation deck in the crown is closed until further notice after the September 11th attacks. Liberty Island can be reached by ferry from Battery Park. The subway train 1 goes to South Ferry Station; lines 4 and 5 stop at Bowling Green Station. The M15 bus (South Ferry) also travels from the East Side; the M6 travels from the West Side from 57th Street to Battery Park.


2. Tourist Attractions in New York: Empire State Building

One of New York’s most famous buildings is the 443-meter-high Empire State Building, built in Art Deco style. The skyscraper, which in 1930 became the tallest building in the world after a construction period of just 410 days, is sadly once again one of the focal points of the New York skyline. The observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floor (at a height of 373 meters) offer spectacular views. The ride in the high-speed elevator is an experience itself. A helicopter ride with the New York Skyride simulator is even more exciting, and should especially appeal to kids. The building’s lobby hosts alternating art exhibitions and is also worth a visit.


3. Tourist Attractions in New York: Times Square

The most popular square in the city, Times Square, is situated at the intersection between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. The junction, which stretches from West 42nd to 47th Street is named after the Times Building (headquarters of the New York Times), the address of which is now 1 Times Square. Since 1907, it has also been home to the world famous New Year’s Eve party with the “ball drop” in which a giant crystal ball is lowered from the façade of the former Times Building. There are countless cafes, restaurants, hotels and business premises on Times Square. It is especially attractive in the evening, when the neon signs illuminate the surrounding buildings.

Most Expensive Streets in the World

Whether they have incredible views, or are located near fancy shops and restaurants, some streets are known to attract the wealthiest people from around the world. We’ve made a list of the most expensive streets in the world. Every billionaire who lives here owns a house worth 78 million dollars, on average.


1. Avenue Montaigne, Paris

This luxury street in the Champs-Elysees district is considered one of the most desired when it comes to high fashion. Harry Winston, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo are just few of the fashion houses that have stores here. It is also one of world's exclusive neighborhoods.

Average price per square meter: $26,000.

Who lived here: Marlene Dietrich (before her death in 1992)


2. Fifth Avenue, New York

This has been the final destination of the rich and famous for decades. We’re talking about the houses in front of Central Park, between 59th and 96th. Fifth Avenue is lined with prestigious shops and it’s consistently ranked among the most expensive streets in the world.

Average price per square meter: $28,000.

Who lives here: Bill Murray, Tom Brokaw.


3. Ostozhenka, Moscow

This street in downtown Moscow is the hallmark of Russian History, gastronomy and luxury. An apartment on five levels in a building on this street was sold for 48 million dollars, being the most expensive transaction in the area.

Average price per square meter: $29,000.

Who lives here: Alisher Usmanov


4. Romazzino Hill, Sardinia

This street and the neighboring area have been the playground of billionaires ever since the 1960s. In 2012, the Italian Carlo de Benedetti sold his villa, Rocky the Ram for 148 million dollars.

Average price per square meter: $32.900.

Who lives here: Saudi politician Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Alexei Mordashov, the Royal family of Qatar.


5. Chemin de Ruth, Geneva

Many of the mansions on this street have swimming pools, huge gardens and incredible views of the United Nations premises in Geneva. Five properties on the Chemin de Ruth were sold for more than $ 13 million each, between 2008 and 2010. It’s definitely one of the most expensive streets in the world.

Average price per square meter: $37,000.

Who lives here: the Peugeot family, the tennis player Henri Leconte, the skier Jean-Claude Killy.