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.
B: Broadway- Broadway Theatre is considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world. With legendary productions such as The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Cats, this theatre is one of the most popular attractions in New York city.
D: Doughnuts- Doughnuts are a big thing in New York. It did not come out of the blue that we always are under the impression that cops eat doughnuts all day: did you ever watch NYPD? If you visit the city and you want to eat a good doughnut than check out this guide for the best doughnuts in New York.
E: Empire State Building- The Empire State Building was named one of the seven wonders of the modern world. This building is a key symbol for New York City and we all remember it clearly from famous classics such as King Kong, Independence Day and Sleepless in Seattle.
F: Fashion week- New York Fashion week is the most exciting event of the year for all fashion lovers out there. Twice a year (in February and September) famous and upcoming designers, gather around in Bryant Park in order to present their upcoming collections.
G: Guggenheim Museum- An art museum, educational center, exhibition platform and more bits and pieces, all devoted to showcase great work of the 20th century and more. This amazing museum is a treat for every visitor, regardless of having a passion for art.
H: Hot dog- After visiting New York, the thing which you probably will remember best are the hot dog stands everywhere. For only two dollars, you will be able to enjoy a mouth-watering sausage with your favorite topping.
I: I Love NY T-shirts– These shirts are famous all over the world!
J: JFK airport– John F. Kennedy International Airport is located in Queens County and it is the 12th busiest airport in the world. In 1964 The Beatles arrived on this airport in order to attend their first American press conference. The rest is history…
K: (New York) Knicks- The New York Knicks are the national basketball association team for New York. The team is one of the best in the world in the famous NBA league.
L: Liberty Statue- The famous Statue of Liberty is the main symbol of New York City. The statue was a gift from the French people to United States and it represents the Roman goddess of freedom. Liberty Island, where the statue is located, is probably the most visited attraction in the city.
M: Manhattan- Filled with legendary spots to visit such as Time Square, Central Park, Wall Street and Brooklyn Bridge, this over-populated borough is the biggest and most vibrant of New York.
N: New York Times Magazine- Published since 1851, this American newsletter is known all over the world and has won the famous Pulitzer Prize 104 times!
O: Opera- The Metropolitan Opera in New York is a must-see attraction. It is America’s largest classical music organization, and annually presents around 220 opera performances. Most of the people call the Metropolitan Opera: “The Met”. Aside from brilliant sound system and extremely high-standard productions, famous artist such as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti are regular performers there.
P: Public Library- New York Public Library is a wonderful place to visit even if you are not a major book fan. This magnificent library is one of the biggest in size in the United States and the largest research library in the entire world. The interior design looks as if it is a royalty property: vintage, elegant and classic.
Q:Queens- Located on the west side of Long Island, Queens borough is known to be the center for Jazz music in America. Amazing artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and of course Louis Armstrong, all come from that area.
R: Rockefeller Center- For a local New Yorker, a winter cannot be complete without a fun spin on the huge ice rink in front of the Rockefeller Center. If you come to visit around summertime, check out the observation deck on top of the GE building: you will be blown away by the amazing panoramic views over the Empire State Building and Central Park.
S: Sex and the City- I have been waiting for this one! How can you not fall in love with Carry, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte? These four girls brought light, laughter and fashion to women from all over the globe. If you are a Sex and City fan, you simply MUST take the tour to see all the locations where the series were filmed!
T: Times Square- Times Square is an extremely popular spot to visit. For many of you, when you think about Times Square, you immediately get associations with New Year’s Eve and the ball drop. For others, Times Square is just a huge street with flashy billboards and millions of people. No matter what Times Square means to you, it is absolutely great!
U: Upper East Side- If you never watched “Gossip Girl” in your life, chances are you never heard about the Upper East Side either. This ridiculously rich area, maintains one of the highest prices per square foot for housing in the United States! So if you ever wondered where all the rich people of America come from, this is your answer.
V:Vanilla Sky- Vanilla Sky is an American psychological thriller that was filmed in New York City. The lead actors in it are Tom Cruise and Penélope Cruz and we don’t want to tell you what it is about so you can go and watch it yourself! Just to make you more curious, the movie is bizarre, romantic and erotic. One thing is for sure: you won’t stop thinking about it!
W: Wall Street- Wall Street is the financial district of New York City. The reason this place is so well known, (even for people who have no clue what is actually in there) is because of all the movies that were made on Wall Street (Money Never Sleeps, Wall Street).
X: X-mas- If you want to experience a true Christmas feeling, New York City is the place to be for you. Colorful lights everywhere, a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the city and “sales” signs on every shop. If you’re lucky enough to stay in town till New Year’s Eve, than it would be smart to put some money aside, the party entrances are so expensive!
Y: Yankees- The New York Yankees is a professional baseball team based in the borough of the Bronx, in New York City, New York. Joe DiMaggio, one of the most talented baseball players in the world, was also famous thanks to his marriage with Marilyn Monroe.
Z: Zoo- As much as you imagine New York as a busy, vibrant and fast-moving city, it also has a quiet side to it. The city has six different zoos in it! So if you ever get tired from all the noise and people, just pick one of these zoos and enjoy a relax day in the nature.