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Gigi describes New York as ‘a city that will really blow your mind…like going on holiday for the first time’. Compliments don’t come much higher than that, and New York City occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of people the world over. You might have already travelled to New York, you might have seen it on television, or you may have only been to York and wondered what was so new about it…
With that in mind, here’s a chance to test your knowledge of the Big Apple. Are you an expert, a novice, or totally clueless? Good luck!
The Big Apple, New York City, is well known throughout the world for its skyscrapers, its shops, the unique atmosphere of its neighborhoods, from Manhattan to the Bronx, from Brooklyn to Queens, for the shows on Broadway, and for the thousands of movies shot in its streets.
Yeah yeah yeah….but New York is also home to some of the most amazing museums, from the MoMa to the Guggenheim Museum. Of course, if you have enough time, it’s worth visiting all the New York museums, but if you are in New York City just for few days, we would like, with this article, to help you to decide where to go and what to see.
American Museum of Natural History
Let’s start with one of the most famous museums in NYC, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). It’s located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan on one side of Central Park and is one of the largest museums in the world. The AMNH comprises 25 buildings for a total of 46 permanent exhibition halls. The collections contain over 32 million examples of taxidermy, fossils, gems, and natural specimens of every description.
From time to time I’m quite sure that you, like me, are just surfing the Internet trying to find some inspiration for your next trip; perhaps you’re looking for something that can leave you speechless, breathless, and completely astonished.
Some travelers base their decision on a friend’s experience, some of them search for images in Google to find something interesting, some may browse the travel blogs. My chosen method, however, is to search for amazing videos on YouTube and to draw inspiration from there. Having some experience in this, I really would love to share with you these fantastic videos about some destinations I think you shouldn’t miss.
All of these videos are made using a technique called ‘Time-Lapse’: recording whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that which will be used to play the sequence back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster (and thus lapsing). Okay, this is the theory; let’s enjoy the videos now!
New York is probably the most photogenic city when it comes to set locations for movies and TV series. There is something about this city which is so sexy, mysterious, interesting and intriguing, that any script writer or movie director simply cannot resist.
Cult series such as “Sex and the City” and “Gossip Girl” became a huge success thanks to vibrant set locations and memorable background views. Legendary movies such “Vanilla Sky” and “Kramer vs. Kramer” made us all fall in love with New York over and over again.
We decided to dedicate this post to this amazing city for giving us some of the greatest TV shows and movies ever made. I present you here my favorite New York set locations of all times:
Ophidiophobics might be relieved to find that all Dublin hotel rooms boast a distinct absence of snakes in their bathtubs. How can we be so sure? The banishment of serpents from Ireland was one of the many great services to tourism performed by the legendary St. Patrick way back in the 5th century. Hence, the freedom to wash without fear is ritually celebrated in the form of Lá Fhéile Pádraig (St. Patrick’s Day), and is one of Irelands’ most popular exports. Particularly prevalent in Western Europe and the north-east USA, you don’t necessarily need to be on the Emerald Isle to indulge in such a worthy celebration.
You could, for instance, visit the centre of Catholicism itself. Rome’s St. Patrick’s Church, near Villa Borghese, opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1911 and is the place to first confess your sins and be purged before hitting the town for some serious celebration. Rome’s Annual Celtic Ball – a black tie event comprised of a champagne reception followed by dinner and dancing – will be held in Corsia Della Donne. Alternatively, you could participate in the ‘all-you-can-drink’ pub crawl for EUR 20, with a good helping of Irish dancing and singing thrown in. A few Irish pubs to try are Druids’ Den near the Colosseum, Flann O’briens in Via Nazionale, and Sholars Lounge near Piazza Venezia.
There are so many things to see & do in New York City. The “Big Apple” is a destination full of excitement. If you visit the city for the first time, you might get a bit overwhelmed with all the fast moving people and speeding yellow cabs. Aside from endless options to keep yourself active, New York is full with history and symbolism. In order to arrive prepared enough for your holiday, do some homework and read our “New York A-Z Dictionary”, to get some extra knowledge about this impressive city:
A: Alicia Keys- This talented singer was born and raised in the “Hell’s Kitchen” area of Manhattan. Alicia is (together with Jay-Z) the voice behind the huge hit:”Empire State of Mind”, which is dedicated to the city.