Monthly Archives: September 2012

New York, the City that moves the World


When we talk about a city that is home to artists, songs, and perhaps one of the best known worldwide, we are referring to New York City. Undoubtedly the big metropolis has something different and special that even Frank Sinatra in his famous melody called New York, New York affirmed “I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps,” because in fact it feels like being there. Everything is movement in the city, nothing is static, so that little by little has left a mark becoming a reference for entertainment, fashion, cultural movements, and especially tourism. To get there is to find an urban nucleus that catches the traveler between big skyscrapers, huge avenues, and endless places to eat, shop and enjoy life like a New Yorker.

The city consists of five districts each of which coincides with a county: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. But certainly Manhattan is where most of the iconic places for travelers, such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Rockefeller Center, the theater district around Broadway, the financial center around Wall Street, American Museum of Natural History, as well as Times Square, and Fifth Avenue where much of the commercial movement is located.

Unlike other locations New York is made to be traveled by public transport, in fact its use is the highest in the United States. It has the largest fleet of hybrid buses or equipped with compressed natural gas of the country, as well as some of the first hybrid taxis of that nation.

A good option is to get around by metro, as it is quite practical. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For $ 2.50, you can use the system throughout the city, plus unlimited MetroCard cards allow the user to use the system plus unlimited buses within a fixed period; where you can choose between seven days ($ 29) or one of 30 days ($ 104).

From the heights

A particularly daring way for the more daring is to enjoy the privilege of hopping on a helicopter and sighting from all its splendor Manhattan and its surroundings. There are companies dedicated to offering packages according to the length of time (individual or group) so that each one lives the experience adapting it to its budget. The plans vary according to the areas that fly over.

To get to the heliport you only need to take the metro and get to Rector Street, identifying the train with number one on the red line; or take trains four and five (green line) and get to Bowling Green station. While the nearest station is South Ferry (on the red line), it is under repair due to Hurricane Sandy, which left it visibly affected, so it is out of order. The most economical package starts from the $ 150 which allows for about 15 to 20 minutes to have views of Lower Manhattan, Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Ferry Terminal to Staten Island, Hudson River and part of Midtown. Flights leave approximately every 15 minutes and are available all week until 5:45 pm

To fly it is necessary to have an updated identification and comply with the security protocols. Photographers and amateurs will enjoy visuals that can only be seen when you are from the heights.

Visit to the park

With more than 25 million users a year Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States. While everything looks very natural the space was completely designed and designed by the architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to become a kind of vegetable oasis.

With an extension of approximately 3.4 square kilometers, it has extensive valleys, lagoons, bridges, hiking, a theater, castle and even a zoo. The main attraction for young and old is the Wollman Rin skating rink. From October to April you can ice skating and the rest of the year on the track. It is in operation every day of the year, all day. The price ranges from seven dollars per person in winter to four dollars in summer.

In the park you can find caricaturists and musicians who show their work to residents and tourists, giving that bohemian touch to space. In turn as a place so crowded and famous worldwide, it is common to run into filming teams performing scenes of music videos, movies and even television commercials. The most famous square Bethesda Terrace and its “Angel of the Waters” is by par excellence the favorite environment for this purpose.