Nestled on the East Coast of the United States, between New Jersey and Long Island, New York City is the nation’s most populous city, and plays an influential role in several sectors of the global economy. Often referred to by its nickname, the Big Apple, New York traces its roots back to the 1600s, when the area was explored by European settlers. The city’s placement on New York Harbor quickly made it a powerful economic force, a characteristic it still retains today. In addition to the more than 8 million residents, New York City welcomes some 50 million tourists each year.
New York City, the Freedom Tower stands highest in the Skyline; Staten Island Ferry approaches.
New York City at night, The Empire State Building center lit in green.
New York City overlooking the MetLife Building.
New York City skyline with The Empire State Building in center.
The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan, New York City.
Soaring above the city at 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center is America’s tallest building. The 2.6 million square foot building is now and will likely forever be New York’s most notable landmark. Thousands of visitors come daily to the WTC Memorial and Visitor Center.
A camera, top left, sets its always watching eye on Times Square. Times Square is one of the most desirable area for advertising, with its famous electronic screens and striking billboards.
One of over 34,500 uniformed New York City Police Officers responsible for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City.
The first settlement established in what is now known as New York was New Amsterdam, created in 1625. The settlement was subsequently surrendered to the British in 1664, who promptly renamed it New York. The city would go on to experience several highs and lows, serving as an important center for the slave trade. New York was also the site of several battles, with the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War taking place in 1776.
59th Street and Park Avenue, the 35-story, 1929 building that houses Trump Park Avenue. Park Avenue and The Upper East Side are synonymous with elegant, upscale living.
The digital building-boards from which the famous ball drops in Times Square. The Times Square ball drop is one of the best-known New Year’s celebrations internationally. It is attended by at least 1 million spectators each year who come from all over the world.
A helicopter N410TD flies over New York City just after takeoff from the Port Authority Wall Street Heliport.
In the 19th century, New York served as one of the United States’ primary immigration ports. Large numbers of European immigrants flooded to the city, quickly driving up the population of the community. The influence of these immigrants can still be felt through various neighborhoods in New York City today, with many districts exhibiting unique cultural characteristics of the residents who established them. The city’s Ellis Island, built in 1900, would later become one of the nation’s most celebrated ports of entry.
An NYPD Police SUV in New York City, outside the World Trade Center Memorial.
An NYPD Police vehicle in New York City, outside Times Square.
The Chrysler Building, an Art Deco style skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan in the Turtle Bay area at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.
The city of New York is recognized the world over, with sights such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge clearly giving New York a feel all its own. While the high-rise buildings of New York are arguably the most famous structures in the city, the rows of townhouses found dotted throughout various neighborhoods of the city are also integral to the city’s identity. The city’s Central Park is also celebrated for its enormous size, in addition to the landmarks scattered throughout the area.
The memorial which remembers the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. Names etched also include those who perished in Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, as well as the bombings of February 26, 1993.
The Memorial consists of two massive pools set within the footprints of the Towers with the largest man-made waterfalls in the country. The two memorial pools, roughly about an acre in size, are lined with granite panels.
The Empire State Building (left), a 103-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.
In addition to the beautiful atmosphere of the city itself, tourists and residents alike flock to the unique attractions found throughout every area of New York. The bright lights of Broadway from the prominent Great White Way, one of the world’s best-recognized theater districts. The 40 theaters forming part of this district are responsible for generating more than $1 billion annually, with millions of spectators coming to the musicals and plays. Much of the theater district is found within and next to Times Square, an icon it its own right.
The MetLife Building, a 58-story skyscraper located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Terminal.
Headquarters of JPMorgan Chase on Park Ave in New York. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the largest U.S. bank.
The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River connecting Lower Manhattan in New York City.
Various neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs of New York and Long Island draw crowds each and every day. Many of these neighborhoods include immigrant-centric boutiques, restaurants, and shops. Manhattan’s Chinatown is the largest enclave of Chinese immigrants in the Western Hemisphere, and lies near Little Italy. Other China-towns can be found in Queens and Brooklyn.
Graffiti wall a few blocks north of Little Italy, in NYC.
The Subway Station at 42nd Street and Times Square, one of the largest and busiest subway stations in New York City.
The New York Harbor welcomes tourists who come to snap pictures of the Statue of Liberty, the statue soaring more than 300 feet above the waters. Originally given to the United States by the country of France, the statue symbolizes freedom, and for many years served as a beacon to the immigrants arriving in the country. The statue is one of the city’s most popular destinations.
A typical scene from Canal Street, Manhattan.
Mc Donald’s Midtown West in Times Square features hand-painted murals, a replica of the Statue of Liberty and an 80-square-foot diagram of the New York City skyline.
The Brooklyn Bridge is among of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States that stretches 5,989 feet over the East River connecting both boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City.
New York is an influential player in the entertainment, financial, and fashion industries. Many of the world’s largest companies have offices in the city, which serves as one of the global centers of business activity. Most of the nation’s media companies are either based in New York or have a large presence in the city, with many live television shows broadcasting to the nation from studios around New York. New York is also a popular shooting destination for television shows and films.
With its shimmering glass curtain walls and towering antennae, One World Trade Center soars a symbolic 1,776 feet skyward as America’s tallest building.
The opening of 7 World Trade Center in May 2006 marked a major milestone in the redevelopment of Downtown New York.
Wall Street is home to the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, the world’s two largest stock exchanges. The real estate sector is also particularly powerful in New York City, where commercial and residential property commands premiums that rival the world’s most expensive properties. New York is also home to a varied community of artists, designers, and musicians, all of whom contribute to the cultural identity of the city, whose impact can be felt across the world.
The NASDAQ MarketSite in New York’s Times Square, a state-of-the-art digital billboard that transmits live and taped market updates by leading TV and web-based networks.
Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica’s world-famous Charging Bull achieved overnight stardom after he dropped it off in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in violation of city permits. The sculpture rapidly became an international icon.
New York is a city unlike any other on the face of the planet. The unique mix of different cultures, neighborhoods, and individuals makes this concrete jungle a veritable phenomenon. From the tourists who flock to the city’s streets, to the residents who call New York City home, this incredible destination is always in motion, living up to its moniker, “The City that Never Sleeps.” This constant buzz of activity has allowed the city to remain at the forefront of innovation and development, a position it is unlikely to ever relinquish.