Discover The Big AppleWho doesn’t dream of discovering The Big Apple? New York has something to offer for everyone.
It is without a doubt that New York is one of the world’s greatest cities. Every year, the city’s appeal and energy draw millions of visitors from all around the globe to its five boroughs to witness New York for themselves, to be a part of the city that never sleeps. This is the city known for ‘Sex and the City’ and for its ‘I Love NY’ t-shirts, the city known for Wall Street brokers, for the Statue of Liberty as well as for its darkest hour during 9/11. Scorching hot summers and bitter cold winters make that even the weather is constantly on the move in the ever-changing city that is New York.
Whether you’re planning to stay for a longer period of time or just for a couple of days, you’ll notice that there’s always something new to experience, something exciting to do in this most extraordinary city. However, some things never change and yet remain timeless without becoming cliché. Go running in Central Park, grab a yellow cab in true Carry Bradshaw fashion or get your photo taken with the Statue of Liberty in the background. In addition, New York is without a doubt a city that offers continuous entertainment. Every night sees film and musical premieres, ballet performances, theatre plays, famous operas and fabulous parties at the city’s many venues. Street artists perform on the city’s pavements, mime artists and comedians perform on New York’s squares. Entertainment in New York is ongoing and often closer than you think.
A New York city break is more than just the trip itself, it is an experience in its own right! Everyone should visit New York at least once in their lifetime. The cheap dollar makes that New York is now closer than ever before. Think big, think New York!
HistoryManhattan’s original inhabitants were known as the Lenape or Delaware Indians. The Italian Giovanni da Verrazano ‘discovered’ present day Manhattan in 1524 but it was Henry Hudson, an Englishman employed by the Dutch East India Company, who charted the area in 1609.
The Dutch founded New Amsterdam in 1625 by buying the land from its original inhabitants paying them in beads and jewellery worth a mere 60 Dutch guilders (€27 or $30) at the time. Today it wouldn’t even buy you a square inch in New York…
In 1674, the Dutch traded the land that was to become New York for the land that was to become Surinam with the English. By doing so they forfeited any chance of becoming a possible world power and for Dutch to become a world language. The English changed the name from New Amsterdam to New York and under their rule the city underwent rapid change and expansion. In 1788, after a long war for independence, New York became the very first capital of the United States of America with George Washington as its very first president. Two years later Philadelphia would become the new capital of the young country.
During the 18th and 19th century, New York saw a large influx of immigrants hoping to realise the ‘American Dream’ in the country of infinite possibilities. These groups of people set up enclaves most of which still exist such as Chinatown and Little Italy.
At the beginning of the 20th century, technological advances meant that the development of New York gained even more momentum. This resulted in the construction of the first skyscrapers and in the development of New York’s famous subway system. The outbreak of World War I saw the United States, led by New York, become a key player in international politics. During World War II the city that never sleeps would take centre stage establishing its lead role on the world stage.
New York became an iconic city and a symbol of innovation. Large organisations such as the United Nations, the dominance of Wall Street and the world’s best art scene and fashion scene have given New York a leading role in the world. The city seemed invincible until the atrocious attacks on its famous twin towers on September 11th 2001 shook the city and its inhabitants to the core. However, the city’s decisiveness to carry on no matter what won New York a lot of admiration in the days and years following the attacks. It is deemed typical for the ‘City that has seen it all’.