1. Architectural greatness.
If there’s a city in the world with a truly emblematic skyline, that is New York. The Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and, since a few years now, the One World Trade Center are some of the most recognizable skyscrapers in the world and can all be found in Manhattan.
2. It’s complex park system.
Despite being one of the biggest metropolises in the world, New Yorkers benefit from an extensive collection of city and state parks. The most known are, of course, Central Park. This oasis located in the heart of Manhattan is the favorite Sunday gathering place for families, as well as young people.
3. A vibrant, multicultural atmosphere.
With more than a third of the population of the city being foreign-born, New York is the biggest melting pot of civilizations in the United States. Some neighborhoods even changed their names to Chinatown or Little Italy, because of the high influx of immigrants.
4. Financial power.
Not such an appealing trait nowadays, but New York is still the home of Wall Street and some of the biggest companies in the world. The fate of lots of money and investment is decided in the city while the “exact hour” on the world’s financial market is given from here.
5. Fantastic monuments.
The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge – iconic places easily recognizable by anyone in the world, all located in the Big Apple. It’s hard to leave New York without one of the famous “I Love New York” caps.
6. Colorful street events.
Probably the world’s most known street parades take place every year in New York: the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving and Christmas parades. If you’re in town during the season, don’t miss them.
7. Great schools that mold brilliant minds.
Columbia, NYU, Julliard’s; they’re all located in downtown New York. Many of the world’s leaders, as well as great scientists and artists, took their first footsteps in this fantastic city.
8. An incredible art scene.
Apart from Broadway, which is a phenomenon in itself, New York has one of the biggest line-ups of art galleries and concert halls in the world, including the Guggenheim, Carnegie Hall, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.
9. A variety of restaurants for all tastes and pockets.
Because of its multicultural character, New York has built up quite a collection of different restaurants, from African to Italian to Persian and Chinese, some of them, among the best in the world.