Your Destination Guide to New York City

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© Francisco Diez

It is bright. It is shiny. It is colorful and juicy, sweet and bitter, and you yearn for just one bite, only to inevitably realize that one will never be enough. Nothing sets your senses ablaze like the one… the only… Big Apple.

Like adoring but independent children determined to create their own identities, New York's five boroughs stretch across 305 square miles. The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island envelop nearly nine million people in their resilient, open arms, making this the most populous city in the United States. Here, where the term "melting pot" was coined, over 170 languages are spoken and roughly 40% of the population was born outside of the United States. Tom Wolfe said about New York, "Culture just seems to be in the air, like part of the weather," and this characteristic continues to attract the masses, as 26,403 people delightedly squeeze into each square mile.

The birthplace of such cultural movements as Harlem Renaissance, hip hop, punk, salsa, disco, hipster and Broadway, Gotham City consistently emits fashion and entertainment shockwaves throughout our global culture. On any given night, you can catch a world class ballet at Lincoln Center, where Julliard's finest are training to take the stage, stroll through Central Park to Summer Stage, or take in a symphony at Carnegie Hall. Good luck if you're in town for Fashion Week, the New York City Marathon or the Tribeca Film Festival. Between the gorgeous, the sweaty and the dramatic, sensory overload is inevitable. Hungry? From cheesecake to bagels to pizza, the city that never sleeps knows how to eat. Chefs worldwide light candles, dance under the moon and perform sacrificial rituals to earn the chance in front of an oven at one of New York City's eateries. Whether they're serving falafels or haute cuisine, this restaurant scene is the stage on which the culinary Olympics are played.

And if, by chance, you are a shopper…welcome home. The storefronts in Manhattan alone will be candy on the lips of your inner child. From the posh doors on 5th and Madison Avenues to the boutiques of SoHo, put on your comfortable shoes, and pack a snack and an energy drink. This could be a long day.

Proud to host all four seasons, New York's climate can range from 90 degrees in July to 10 degrees in January, with more moderate temperatures in September, October, May and June. There is no rainy season, but if you find yourself stuck in a downpour, one of many umbrella vendors will lend a helping hand. And if none can be found, duck into a subway and the 24-hour mass transit will zip you to your next locale.

So, pick it up. Have a bite. Have another. And just one more. It's enlivening your senses, invigorating your taste buds. Go ahead, devour it. It's New York City, and it wants you to.


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