25. NEW YORK
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25. NEW YORK Location, History, People, Places of interest, Other New York City, also referred as New York or The Big Apple, is a city where nations, languages and beliefs are all mixed together. The “city that never sleeps” is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the US. More than 8 million people live here, making it one of the largest cities in the country.It is even one of the largest cities in the world (after Sao Paulo, Seoul, Mexico City, and Tokyo). The city is made up of 5 boroughs – Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens.The current mayor of New York is Democrat Bill de Blasio, who was elected on November 5, 2013. What was for me really interesting is that just 51 % of New Yorkers speak only English at home. The others speak many languages such as Spanish, French, Russian and many others. Let me tell you briefly a history of New York. At the begging of 17. century, the Dutch West India Company sent 30 families to live and work in a tiny settlement on “Nutten Island” (today’s Governors Island) that they called New Amsterdam. Fewer than 300 people lived in New Amsterdam when the settlement moved to Manhattan. But it grew quickly, and in 1760 the city surpassed Boston to become the second-largest city in the American colonies. In 1664, the British seized (sízd) New Amsterdam from the Dutch and gave it a new name: New York City. What it’s very interesting is a fact that New York City served as the capital of the United States from 1785 to 1790. Now let’s move on to famous and exciting places of interest in New York.Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Manhattan known not only for its beauty and history, but also for its artistic programming. About 100 concerts usually classical, but sometimes popular music, are performed there each year. Another overwhelming place isThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, the “Met” as it’s popularly known, is one of the most important art institutions in the world. Also located in Manhattan, it contains more than 2 million works of art from a variety of artists, including classical European, modern American, Egyptian and Islamic. Obviously, you can’t pass without visitingthe Statue of Liberty. Itis a colossal sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan. The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France. For me an unusual place in New York isCentral Park.In the middle of the skyscrapers and lively city, there is an amazing nature park. Today, Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States as well as one of the most filmed locations in the world. As I said before, New York is famous forskyscrapers, such as the Chrysler Building and the Empires State Building. The latter is the tallest building in the city since the World Trade Center was destroyed in the 2001 bz terrorist attacks. New York is known for its sights, but for its natives as well. At leastTom Cruise, Theodore Roosevelt andBarbra Streisand were born here. To be a bit nationalist, Miloš Forman, film director, screenwriter, actor, and professor lives near to the central park. Unfortunately, I have never been in NY. But I would like to, because I’m curious about its atmosphere, how huge New York is in reality and of course I would like to visit the Statue of Liberty, because it’s a miraculous piece of art.