Urban tales have it that the Big Apple is the sweetest and the most electrifyingly fascinating city on earth. It is safe to safe that most travelers dream of visiting, if not immigrating to, New York. And why not? It is arguably the best city in the world in terms of almost everything: lifestyle, fashion, food, attractions, arts, popular culture and high culture, and more.
Setting of countless films and TV shows and novels, subject of numerous documentaries, and celebrated in various songs, the Big Apple has always inspired splendid dreams in throngs of settlers and visitors alike.
Since its beginning, the city has been a doorway to the United States. From the late nineteenth century to mid-twentieth century, the iconic Statue of Liberty standing proudly over the harbor was the first New Yorker to welcome shiploads of hopefuls from different parts of the world, with torch held up high as a sign of enlightenment.
New York is home to around 22 million people, making it America’s most populous city. It is a true melting pot where almost 170 languages are spoken. About 40% of its residents are born from outside the city. New York has five Burroughs: the trendy Manhattan, culturally diverse Queens, distinctive Brooklyn, stately Staten Island, and the revitalized Bronx.
The mass of humanity in the city practically lives on top of each another, particularly in the lofty Manhattan. Its skyline is dominated by competing skyscrapers (some of the tallest buildings in the world) like the Empire State Building. Tragically, the Twin Tower collapsed following terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. New York also has a very high concentration of tall residential buildings.
New York is largely powered by the frenzied dealings at Wall Street, calling the shots in much of the trade and commerce in the world. In addition, this megacity also plays a major role in international relations since it houses the United Nations Building.
The Big Apple is one huge arts and culture hub. The amazing array of differences has impregnated the environment with many significant American cultural movements. For one, New York is well-known for giving birth to the Harlem Renaissance in visual art and literature, jazz and hip-hop, Tin pan Alley Music, and the New York School of abstract expressionism.
The city is also associated with the best in performing arts as Broadway continues to tickle the interest of packs of theater buffs. The arts and culture, unmatched entertainment, mad dealings, busy business scene, and highlife or otherwise in New York’s other landmarks—Museum of Modern Art, New York Stock Exchange, Times Square, Central Park, and Madison Square Garden—has earned it the moniker “The City that Never Sleeps.”