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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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New York is home to a number of sports teams from all of the major leagues. Baseball is represented by both the Bronx-based New York Yankees, which is the city's oldest still-residing team of any sport, and the Queens-based New York Mets. The other leagues are represented by at least one team apiece, including the Giants and Jets in the NFL, the Knicks in the NBA, the Liberty in the WNBA, the Rangers in the NHL, and the Red Bulls in the MLS. The city will gain a second NBA team when the nearby New Jersey Nets move to Brooklyn prior to the 2012-2013 season.

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New York offers a full range of dining options, from upscale, expensive restaurants, to any number of fast-food chains. The city's position as the crossroads of the world, fueled by waves of immigration that continue to this day, means that it has a very eclectic choice of cuisine. Food from almost every culture is represented in New York, making it one of the few places in the world someone can find any kind of food they want.

The restaurants listed below are just some of the restaurants from which visitors can choose:

  • Rockaway Taco – Queens
  • Al di la Trattoria – Brooklyn
  • Joy Burger – Manhattan
  • Rory Dolan's – The Bronx
  • Beet Thai – Brooklyn
  • Krolewskie Jadlo – Brooklyn
  • Joe's of Avenue U – Brooklyn

Thanks to Andrew Hickey of The Brooklyn Nomad for these suggestions!

Other activities

New York City provides many attractions for visitors other than live entertainment. For example, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building are popular destinations for visitors wishing to see the two historic structures and a bird's eye view of the city. The city is home to dozens of museums, parks, and other open spaces. Other popular destinations include the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo (both are within The Bronx Park).

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From buses to subways to taxis to ferries, New York provides many options for getting around the city. Options include the New York Subway, the city-run bus system, the taxi service, privately-run pedicab and dollar bus services, personal vehicles, and walking.

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We cannot possibly cover everything in this guide or the full version. New York is simply too big! So if you have any tips, favorite places to go or eat, or other suggestions about traveling to New York, post them below!


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zain said...

awesome tips! thanks

September 29, 2011 at 7:45 AM