Having a population of 22 million, New York is the largest city in the United States and ranks currently fifth in the world after Tokyo, San Paolo, Mexico City, and Seoul. With its unrivalled collection of world class theatres, museums, media outlets and corporations, New York is regarded as one of the global centers of culture and finance. It houses the main headquarters of the United Nations, which makes it one of the most influential cities in the sphere of international politics. With its plentiful sites and attractions New York is always full of visitors, eager to experience the "city that never sleeps". New York holidays are seen as a perfect chance to move closer to the world of beauty and majesty. It is here that you can enjoy world-famous musicals of Broadway, extensive arts collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and fabulous shops and restaurants of Manhattan. For most people, New York is associated with Manhattan, which is referred to as the city, while the other boroughs are known as the outer boroughs. Manhattan is separated from other boroughs by the Harlem River, the Hudson River, and the East River. One of the main attractions here is Broadway, which runs the entire length of the Island of Manhattan. Not far from it is the Times Square, full of themed parks, restaurants, hotels, as well as the major TV Studio for ABC and numerous movie theatres. In addition, it is a well-developed business district. While on New York holidays, you may be confused by such terms as midtown, downtown and uptown, which refer both to directions and locations. Uptown means to the north from where you are at the moment, while downtown implies to
the south. However, midtown, downtown and uptown are also regarded as parts of the city.
Whether these are your first New York holidays, it will be impossible to see the entire city. Even if you live your whole life here, you'll still make amazing discoveries every day, since the city is enormous and constantly changing. Nevertheless, some of the sights must be visited by all means, like the Statue of Liberty, which is perhaps the most recognizable icon of the United States, representing liberty and friendship between nations; Brooklyn Bridge, considered to be one of the oldest suspension bridges in the nation; Central Park, famous for concerts and recreation areas, housing such world-famous attractions as Central Park Zoo and Metropolitan Museum of Art; Rockefeller Plaza, featuring the
Skating Ring and the Christmas Tree; the 5th Avenue with its glamorous shops and boutiques; the Empire State Building, declared as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. There are also some new places worth visiting, including the Museum of Art and Design, Time Warner Center, and the Columbus Circle. Enjoy your New York holidays in the shopping area with such famous department stores as Macy's and Bloomingdale's and trendy boutiques in Greenwich Village and NoLiTa. There are a huge number of restaurants within the city, representing each possible cuisine and type of cooking. Among those worth visiting are Little Italy for Italian and Chinatown for Chinese food. Inexpensive bars and cafes can be found in Greenwich Village. The fastest and the cheapest way to travel in Manhattan is by subway.