There are many nicknames for the City of New York such as ‘The City That Never Sleeps’, ‘Gotham’, ‘Metropolis’, and, of course, ‘The Big Apple’, but whatever you call it, the city is recognised as an iconic representation of America itself. With the impressive Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Broadway and Central Park being instantly recognisable, it’s almost as if you already know the city. New York is, in fact, the most populous city in the United States and there are an estimated 800 different languages spoken in the city reflecting the ethnic diversity of its population.
New York City has often been called the cultural capital of the world and is a world centre for entertainment and the performing arts and contains world-class museums. The city received a record 50 million tourists in 2011 and, with the choice of sights and attractions available, that number is set to increase.
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The major destinations for tourists within New York City are the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, luxury shopping down Madison Avenue and Fifth, the Statue of Liberty and, of course, Broadway Theater productions. Other places to visit include the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden and Coney Island. Depending on what dates you visit New York City, you may be able to witness some spectacular parades such as the St Patrick Day’s Parade or Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Eating out in New York City can be quite experience; with a variety of world cuisines available reflecting the city’s immigration history. Italian, Asian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern restaurants cater for every kind of taste, and of course hot dogs and pretzels are the staple street fare.
Summers in New York City are generally hot and humid with average July temperatures reaching around 25 °C (76 °F), whilst winters are cold and damp where temperatures could reach as low as -12 °C (10 °F). On average, the area enjoys 234 days annually with at least some sunshine.