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This guide is a slightly abbreviated version of our full New York City Guide. Visit the full guide to learn more about the New York and find tickets for events in the city.

New York City skyline

About New York

Since the British claimed Manhattan from the Dutch in 1664, New York City has grown into one of the central cities in the world for economic activity, cultural exchange, the arts, and tourism. It is the host to some of the world's most critically acclaimed theater productions, is a frequent stop for artists and bands, and is called home by at least one team from every major professional sports league.


New York has been a haven for the arts since the 18th century. Theater expanded throughout the 19th century and the first musical was performed in New York in the 1850s. Broadway rose to prominence in the early 20th century and has been dominant in the theater world ever since. New York theaters host some of world's best known productions, with everything from the works of William Shakespeare to modern productions such as Wicked.

New York is also a major setting for many bands and artists, due to its central location in the northeast United States. Carnegie Hall was the location of The Beatles' second concert in the United States in 1964 and Shea Stadium was the location of their first 1965 tour date, as well as the first major stadium concert ever played. Since then hundreds of acts have come through New York every year.

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