New York City, the largest metropolitan area in the world, is often referred to as the most influential cultural and financial city on Earth. Consisting of five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island – New York City, originally known as New Amsterdam, was founded by Dutch colonists in 1624. Today, the city, one of the most photographed in the world, is famous for its skyline, which displays a variety of architectural styles, from the saltbox Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House in Brooklyn, built in 1656, to the new incarnation of One World Trade Center, as well as the Gothic Revival Woolworth Building, the Art Deco Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, and the international style of the Seagram Building. The city is also associated with the expansive 843-acre Central Park, which includes the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, and the Jackie Onassis Reservoir.
Joe's Pizza in Greenwich Village, a New York City institution since 1975, was founded by Pino "Joe" Pozzuoli, born in Naples, Italy, the birthplace of pizza. A perennial favorite among New Yorkers and visitors alike, Joe’s serves what is known as "the quintessential New York slice," which is essentially a slice of thin-crust pizza topped with a bold tomato sauce and real mozzarella. Given the quick turnover, visitors are guaranteed a freshly baked slice, though they shouldn’t expect a seat since the tiny eatery has few tables. Joe’s pizza, however, can be enjoyed as most New Yorkers do, on the sidewalk. Joe's also serves Sicilian slices, traditional thick slices topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Toppings include pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, artichokes, mushrooms and eggplant, among others. Also popular at Joe’s are the calzones and salads.
New York City Guided Sightseeing Tour
There is so much to see in the Big Apple that it’s often difficult to know where to start. By scheduling a full-day sightseeing tour, visitors can be sure to check off a number of boxes at once. The tour by bus and boat stops at Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Wall Street, and the 9/11 Memorial, as well as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where guests can take pictures of New York City’s spectacular skyline. The six hour tour begins at Times Square before heading to Central Park West and the Dakota Building, the former home of John Lennon. After a stroll through Central Park and the Strawberry Fields, the tour continues past the Central Park Zoo, Plaza Hotel and Carnegie Hall. The second stop at Rockefeller Center affords views of St. Patrick's Cathedral and 30 Rock. Then it’s onto Madison Square Park to see the Flatiron Building, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, and the Empire State Building, before driving through Greenwich Village, Soho, Chinatown, and the Financial District. A stop at Wall Street is followed by a visit to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial. After lunch at the Fulton 55 Market, guests will board the Hornblower at Pier 15 for an up close view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Though it sounds like a music label, Legacy Records is in fact one of the best restaurants in New York City. During the day, the restaurant is home to the Easy Victor café, which serves delicious pastries and coffee. In the evening, chef Ryan Hardy oversees a Mediterranean menu that includes highlights such as razor clams with tarragon, saffron and espellette, and octopus with mint salsa verde and green ceci, as well as Block Island black bass, artichoke and squid, and dry aged beef ribeye, spigarello kale and chanterelles. The menu also features a number of pasta dishes and mouth-watering desserts, such as dark chocolate meringata and rhubarb poached in elderflower. The bar commanded by head bartender Jeff Bell specializes in custom made cocktails. Legacy Records also showcases an inviting decor, which was created by Ken Fulk using royal emerald greens, golds, and mahogany.
The best time to visit New York City is in the spring and fall when temperatures are mild. The city features innumerable art spaces, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. On Broadway, visitors will find the latest in stage dramas, comedies and musicals, while venues, such as, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera House, the New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic showcase the very best in music and performing arts. New York City is also a shopping mecca for the fashion-forward with hundreds of boutiques and exclusive department stores, such as, Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.