There is a reason why New York is considered by many to be the greatest city of the world: the world-class theater, celebrity chefs and residents and spectacular art museums are just a few examples. Here are seven more reasons why the Big Apple is like no other place on earth.
Winner of the prestigious "World's Best Bar 2016" this tri-level pub-meets-cocktail-bar is a time capsule of both Lower Manhattan and Irish heritage. Named after a notorious 19th century gang of Irish-Americans who roamed the nearby streets, it offers a downstairs taproom complete with sawdust-covered floors; the upstairs cocktail bar boasts award-winning bartenders making perfectly-balanced cocktails.
Open in one form or another since 1837, Delmonico’s is New York City’s first fine-dining restaurant. The iconic steakhouse was the first to serve dishes like eggs Benedict, baked Alaska, and lobster Newburg hosting dinners for the likes of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. Today, you'll still have a plush experience with old-school opulence thanks to white tablecloths and an attentive staff.
The High Line is the only 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park greenway in the world, created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan. Boasting year-round cultural and family programs, art installations and shopping, this park is a masterpiece of architecture and agricultural innovation. The park is almost completely supported by the “Friends of the High Line” who raise 98 percent of the High Line's annual budget.
This $3.9 billion “bird in flight” commemorative structure serves as a connection between 11 different subway lines and the PATH rail system; it's the most expensive train station in the world. The “Oculus” serves as the centerpiece of the World Trade Center with seasonal art installations, restaurants and more than 500,000 square feet of new retail including Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos and Turnbull & Asser.
The first pier in the area appeared in 1625 when the Dutch West India Company founded an outpost here. Today it features some of the oldest architecture in the United States and the largest concentration of restored early 19th century commercial buildings including original mercantile buildings, sailing ships and the Fulton Fish Market. The Seaport District marries New York City’s rich history with modern malls featuring food, shopping and nightlife, all with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge.
A gift from France; a Roman goddess; with a broken chain at her feet, Lady Liberty is an icon of freedom and cultural diversity. No other city has this beacon of hope and opportunity for all. The statue was built in France, shipped overseas in crates and assembled on the completed pedestal on Liberty Island. The statue's completion was marked by New York's first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland.
At 82 years old The Village Vanguard is the city’s oldest jazz club. There is no other place on the planet where so many greats have played for so many years: Miles Davis, Woody Allen, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and more. The acoustics and perennial purity of this intimate jazz room has made it legendary, though it still remains un-landmarked.