New York City is not Manhattan only
When people visit New York City, their stay is mostly limited to Manhattan with its Empire
State Building, the Broadway or the World Trade Center. But Manhattan is only one out of five
boroughs which belong to NYC. The other four are not necessarily less attractive and are Queens,
the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Visitors used to be deterred from going e.g. to the Bronx
or Brooklyn for fear of crime. But today such fear is no longer justified.Today it is safe to
visit all five boroughs.
It lies east of Manhattan and has many sights which are worthwhile going to. In the Queens
Museum of Art there is a giant scale model of NY composed of accurate details of all the
boroughs. It has a million individual structures and features new buildings like the World
Trade Center. Then there is the NY Hall of Science or the American Museum of the Moving
Image (http://www.ammi.org) which is part of the
Kaufmann Astoria studio complex.
Although the idea of jazz conjures up New Orleans or Kansas City, Queens has been home to Ella
Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong or Dizzy Gillespie.
2. The Bronx:
You would not only go to the there because it is the setting of Tom Wolfe's Bonfires of the
Vanities, but also for the following reasons:
- the zoo (Wildlife Conservation Park) spreads over 265 acres and is considered by zoologists
as one of the best in the world. Among other features there is the Congo Gorilla Forest, a
40m dollar home to two dozen gorillas. In the Himalayan Highlands you will find the endangered
species of snow leopards. There is also a digital counter that records the rate at which tropical
forests are disappearing (almost an acre every second).
- NY Botanical Garden which features the largest Victorian glass conservatory in the US.
- Worth visiting is the newly and magnificently restored Grand Central Station.
Like any city, Brooklyn has its run-down, neglected neighborhoods, but it is also home to many
artists and musicians, who live in Dumbo, New York's newest acronym which stands for
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The ten blocks (old warehouses and defunct factories) between
the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges have become home to more than 350 artists. Brooklyn hosts
the most vibrant art scene in America. It has Brooklyn Museum, NY's second largest museum
and number 7 in the country. It reveals the country's finest collections of American painters
with works by John Singer Sargent, O'Keefe or Bierstadt.
4. Staten Island:
If you take the free ferry from Battery Park to Staten Island, you'll pass the Statue of
Liberty, Ellis Island (the receiving station for millions of European immigrants from the
turn of the century) and Governors Island.
Having arrived there, you are obliged to visit The Sung Harbor Cultural Center which
constitutes a collection of Greek revival, Beaux Arts and Italianate buildings in 83 acres
In the center of the isalnd is the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art with the
largest collection of the country's art and artefacts outside China.