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What once Rome was, now is definitely New York City. It is known as a city that never sleeps and is the most visited city in the United States. According to statistics, the “Big Apple” is annually visited by about 45 million tourists. A little known fact is that New York City was the capital of the United States at the end of the 18th century, but it lasted a very short time, only one year.

New York is primarily a cosmopolitan city, where races, nationalities or religion are not important. On the streets you can hear dozens of different languages. According to the data, more than 40% of the population older than 5 years, knows some other language in addition to English.

New York is primarily a city of culture. Here you will find some of the most interesting tourist destinations in the world. 


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Top Places to visit in New York

Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest and longest bridges in the United States; it stretches over the East River and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. The construction of this bridge lasted from 1869 to 1883 and was the first suspension bridge built with steel wires.Brooklyn Bridge is 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) in length, and until 1890 was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

The designer of this monumental bridge was John Augustus Roebling who did not live long enough to attend the opening of the bridge. Today, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the world’s most beautiful bridges and one of the largest engineering endeavors of the 19th century.

It is definitely one of the most popular sights of New York City. Quite a few Indian movies have been shot here. A walk across the bridge is a must do activity.

 


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The Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty in New York
The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the New World, is located on the island of liberty or Liberty Island in New York Bay. 

Americans received this magnificent statue from the French in 1885, in celebration of 100 years of independence. The giant statue was disassembled into 350 parts, then packed in 214 crates and shipped by boat to New York. The designer of the statue was Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. The famous sculptor also created the statue of the Marquis Lafayette for city of New York, which is now located on Union Square. The internal frame for the Statue of Liberty was designed by the famous Gustav Eiffel.

The statue represents a young woman in a dress and robe, who in her right hand is holding a torch. In her left hand she holds a book, tabula ansata, upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom, “July IV MDCCLXXVI” i.e. July 4, 1776. The woman is wearing a crown with seven spikes. Each spike symbolizes one of the world’s seas.

Visitors can buy grounds only, pedestal or crown tickets. It is recommended to make reservations in advance by visiting the website. It’s a very unique experience to go inside the crown for wonderful views on New York City and Hudson River. Another way to enjoy the magnificent monument and the city skyline is by taking the Staten Island ferry. It can be boarded at Whitehall Terminal (4 Whitehall Street New York NY 10004)


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Times Square

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A night shot of Times Square
Times Square

Times Square is definitely the most famous intersection in Manhattan. It is formed by crossing of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and extends from 42nd to 47th Street. It got its name in the early twentieth century, when the daily newspaper “The New York Times” moved into the skyscraper now known as One Times Square. Before that, the square was named Longacre Square. In the mid seventies this square was a quite dangerous poorly lit place and was not advised to stay out on the streets after nightfall. This “dark age of Times Square” is now ancient history and now you can find lively night life till the wee hours of the morning.

Times square is considered to be the center of the global entertainment industry. It is home of many Broadway Shows. You can score a good priced ticket for the same day show at various ticket booths on the square.


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Wall Street

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New York Stock Exchange at Wall Street
Wall Street

Wall Street is a major street in Manhattan in New York City. It is one of the major centers of economic life in the United States. It stretches east from Broadway to South Street on the East River, through the historical center of the Financial District. It was the first permanent headquarters of the New York Stock Exchange. In time, the name Wall Street became the name of all area surrounding this headquarter. Several important financial institutions are stationed in buildings that are located on this street. Among them are: NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX, NYMEX, and NYBOT.

Wall street is also the home of the Charging bull sculpture. The bronze statue has been featured in many Indian movies and a very popular spot to get your picture taken.


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Empire State Building

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Night shot of the Empire state building taken from across the bay
Empire State Building

 

If you want to visit one of the most popular tourist sites, the Empire State Building is probably the safest choice. The view from the 86th floor is breathtaking. You get a 360 degree view of the New York City. Surely you will not be the only ones visiting this magnificent building, so be prepared to wait in line. To avoid the crowds, perhaps it would be best to come at half past eight in the morning or at lunch or dinner, from Monday to Wednesday. Tickets are expensive, but really, what you see is worth every cent invested. 

The building is lit up with different colors to honor the special occasion or someone. To check today’s lights, visit their website. To get a nice night view, you can take round trip to Staten Island aboard the free Staten Island ferry. The views from the decks of the ferry are breathtaking, something not be missed.


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Mandirs and Gurudwaras

Hindu Temple of Las Vegas

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Steps leading up to the front entrance of the Hindu Temple of Las Vegas
Hindu Temple of Las Vegas

The Hindu Temple of Las Vegas is located not far from the strip. The construction completed in 2001 and the temple is celebrating it’s 14 year anniversary. The is temple is a place of worship for devotees of both Hindu and Jain religion. It is open everyday and hosts daily aartis and other festivals. The schedule and more information is available on the temple website.


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Malibu Hindu Temple, Calabasas

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White stone entrance of the Malibu Hindu Temple in Calabasas with beautiful carvings.
Malibu Hindu Temple, Calabasas

Malibu Hindu Temple is located in the city of Calabasas near Los Angeles. The temple was built in 1981 and is visited by devotes from world over. This temple is home for many priests and daily Aartis are preformed at fixed times. Many festivals are celebrated on the premises along with other cultural events. All the information can be found on the temple website.


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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Los Angeles

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Front of the magnificant BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Los Angeles
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, LA

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a located in city of Chino Hills, not far from Los Angeles. The temple has a very beautiful building just like any Akshardham temple. The temple is visited by many devotees from the world over. Many festival celebrations and cultural events take place here. All the information of the hours, Aarti timings and other events is available on the temple website.


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Akshardham Temple, New Jersey

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Front of the Akshardham temple in New Jersey
Akshardham Temple, New Jersey

Akshardham temple in New Jersey is dedicated to Swaminarayan. When completed, it will be the biggest Hindu temple in the world. Anyone familiar with the Akshardham temples knows how they are built with intricate carvings. The will span 162 aces with multiple buildings. The temple opened to public in 2014 and the construction will complete in 2017. More information about the temple can be found on their website.


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New York City

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What once Rome was, now is definitely New York City. It is known as a city that never sleeps and is the most visited city in the United States. According to statistics, the “Big Apple” is annually visited by about 45 million tourists. A little known fact is that New York City was the capital of the United States at the end of the 18th century, but it lasted a very short time, only one year.

New York is primarily a cosmopolitan city, where races, nationalities or religion are not important. On the streets you can hear dozens of different languages. According to the data, more than 40% of the population older than 5 years, knows some other language in addition to English.

New York is primarily a city of culture. Here you will find some of the most interesting tourist destinations in the world. 


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