About New York

Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential center of art, culture, fashion and finance.

Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential center of art, culture, fashion and finance.  Situated on one the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island – all consolidated into a single city in 1898. New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States with as many as 800 languages spoken, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world. It is often called "the city that never sleeps." In fact, Times Square at midnight seems more vibrant and active than most other cities at noon. New York has many tourist attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations headquarters, the Empire State building and over 300 museums. It is renown for its wide variety of entertainments including the world famous Broadway theaters. There are over 30,000 restaurants in New York City plus countless bars and clubs. If you like big cities and lots of excitement, the Big Apple is a great place to visit.

Of all the unique seasons to visit New York, the pre-holiday season in November is one of the most magical. Some of the classic and most loved things to do during this time of year:

-The Metropolitan Museum of Arts for the Neapolitan creche figures

-Ice skating in Central Park or at Rockefeller Center, where you can always watch the skaters from the Rock Center Cafe

-See the famous holiday store windows of Lord & Taylor, Saks, Macy's and Barneys

-Go to the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall

-Explore the Christmas market at Bryant Park

-Go watch and even join with the singers in the human Chorus Tree at South Street Seaport

While this is a special time of year for the city, this month is already showing a winter chill with temperatures averaging between 5-14°C, dress as warm as possible – layers are highly recommended!