MANHATTAN – THIS IS WHERE THE HEART OF NEW YORK BEATS
Those who visit New York are rarely interested in the whole city. Most tourists come to visit just one district – Manhattan.
New York. The metropolis in the east of the USA is not only the dream destination of many USA travelers. Rather, it is the dream destination of all people who love city trips and who like to get lost in the “urban jungle” between skyscrapers and rushing traffic, between cafes and shops, between galleries and theaters. If you fly to New York, you have to be prepared for opposites. Because of the United Nations based there, New York is often referred to as the “capital of the world”, but at the same time it is not even the capital of the state of New York. Rather, this honor goes to little Albany. And anyway: Those who visit New York are rarely interested in the whole city. Most tourists come to visit just one district – Manhattan.
“Small” part of the city with large houses
With around 1.5 million residents, Manhattan is only the third largest district in New York. Staten Island and the Bronx are slightly smaller with 0.5 and 1.3 million residents, but Queens and Brooklyn are much larger with 2.2 and 2.5 million residents. But none of these districts can match Manhattan in terms of fascination. Because only in Manhattan can visitors from all over the world find what New York looks like. Here you can on Broadway and stroll down Fifth Avenue for the luxury shops and art galleries. The economic well-being and woe of the world depends on what happens on Wall Street, and the “Moma” (Museum of Modern Art) has a decisive influence on the cultural direction. But above all, the world-famous skyscrapers are in Manhattan; those buildings that give Manhattan its unmistakable silhouette.
You have to see Manhattan from above from at least one of these skyscrapers if the trip to New York is to be “complete”. Of course there are “Skyscrapers” elsewhere, but New York has the oldest and also the most charismatic. The “Metropolitan Tower” with its 52 floors, for example, is considered to be the world’s oldest skyscraper, the “ Empire State Building ” can be admired in countless movies and the “Woolworth Building” is said to be the only skyscraper in the world that has been paid for in cash. The most emotional skyscraper is of course the “ One World Trade Center “, Which was opened in November 2014 for the first tenants. The building was built on the site of the former World Trade Center, which was destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The “One World Trade Center” is 541.3 meters high, making it the fourth largest building in the world. The height of the building is 1,776 feet, commemorating the year the American Declaration of Independence was signed.
Culture and shopping at its best
Manhattan is worth a trip all year round; also and especially in winter. When the lights on the huge Christmas tree in front of the Rockefeller Center are lit, the time for “Christmas shopping” begins. The department stores and also the smaller shops then outdo each other with opulent decorations and atmospheric events. Speaking of events, winter is also exactly the right season to enjoy Manhattan’s great cultural institutions. Around 40 musical theaters beckon on Broadway alonea music-loving audience. Anyone who is more interested in serious music than with U should treat themselves to a ticket for the “Met”. The Metropolitan Opera, as this institute is officially called, is world famous for its productions and the quality of its artists. And with 3800 seats, you can certainly grab a ticket spontaneously. Incidentally, there is a point of sale for Broadway theaters right in Times Square where tickets for the current day’s performances are available. The long queues in front of the counter are a clear identification.
Just like the music theaters, the most important exhibition venues for the visual arts in Manhattan are of the highest world standard. Sometimes it is downright refreshing to switch down a level and visit the somewhat smaller, “lesser known” museums – they are really tough! A great example of this is “The Frick Collection” on Fifth Avenue. The industrial mogul Henry Clay Frick opened the house and its extensive art collection to the public after his death in 1919. Paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists such as Holbein, Tizian, Bellini, El Greco, Goya, Van Dyck and Jan Vermeer van Delft are exhibited in a setting that is almost unimaginably luxurious for a “normal” museum. This collection is definitely worth a visit.
Get some fresh air in Central Park
Manhattan has so much to offer that one could effortlessly spend the entire stay indoors. Theaters, museums, shops, restaurants. A trip to Central Park provides fresh air. If you don’t want to explore the huge area with its many attractions on foot, you can rent a bike or let yourself be driven through the park by horse and cart. If afterwards it can be a little more “open air”, then it is worth strolling through ” Little Italy ” or Chinatown. The two ethnic quarters are little cosms of their own in the middle of Manhattan. Super interesting!