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.

1. Queens:
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.

3. Brooklyn:
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 of parkland.
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.

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