Global Profile: New York City

| November 2, 2013
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Words by Andrea Love

H’lo!

A wildly diverse urban ecosystem, New York is a place like no other; a concrete jungle where lady liberty stands, dreams are made, and you’re likely to get food poisoning from a street hotdog. It’s an infinitely complex grid of culture, changing frequently and ever growing – a New York minute seems to rush by faster than any other place in the world. It’s almost like a giant movie set; there’s excitement wherever you turn, from screaming street vendors and bright lights, to impossibly tall buildings. We’re all used to seeing the Asians with their cameras out constantly, snapping away at everything in sight. In NYC, that’s going to be you.

It’s not dubbed the greatest city in the world for no reason. As the most populous city in the United States, NYC exerts particular impact upon areas like commerce, finance, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. A city of great triumph, most people don’t leave disappointed. The list of popular districts and landmarks is almost never-ending; there is something to suit all tastes. With glitzy cabaret clubs on one corner, Michelin star restaurants on the next, you’ll find that it’s easy to get lost amongst the crowds and skyscrapers.

At the core of the city lies Manhattan, a maze of streets lined with iconic buildings and tourist attractions. Also, Carrie Bradshaw lived there at 245 East 73rd Street. Other landmarks include the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and Central Park. If you’re one of those well-travelled folk, and you prefer to blend in with the locals of wherever you’re travelling to…just don’t. Embrace the feeling of being a googly eyed tourist in NYC. Buy one of those stupid Liberty hats and wear an ‘I love NY’ shirt. Let loose.

Times Square, labelled ‘the crossroads of the world’ is an intensely illuminated area of the broadway theatre district and one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the world. You’ll become well aware that this is the most visited tourist attraction in the world when you’re trampled over by a flash mob. Another incredibly popular landmark is Central Park, right in the middle of Manhattan. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, it is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in New York, playing host to an array of activities for even the most stubborn. Participate in horse carriage rides, boating, sporting games, and bird watching, or just stroll around the parkland scowling at the rich people on 5th avenue.

NYC is best discovered on foot, as experiences are at every turn. What better way to explore the profuse amount of culture than through your stomach? The eating scene is laden with copious choices, from your classic New York calzone to cou cou with flying fish.  The cuisine is inspired by the city’s immigrant history and is famous for bagels, cheesecake, and pizza. While restaurants are ubiquitous, there are more than 4,000 mobile food vendors lining the streets inviting you to try. Popular street food includes pretzels and hotdogs; however, many carts are immigrant-owned, so immerse yourself in the melting pot of gastronomy.

As the city that never sleeps, NYC is a tourist’s wonderland. We’ve all seen the sights on television screens; go and explore what the city has to offer. Where else can you get McDonalds delivered?

(245 East 73rd Street is fictitious; so don’t go looking for it)

Common terms you’ll hear in NYC

Flying rats

An affectionate name for a pigeon.

Schtupp

A Yiddish verb meaning ‘to have sex’.

Brooklynese

A dialect of speech spoken by those who grew up in Brooklyn. See, caaawfee.

Refudiate

An outrageous word made up by Sarah Palin.

Ah-ringe

How a New Yorker would say ‘orange’.

I’m walkin’ here!

As per Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy.

Ah Shaddaap!

Please, will you be quiet?

Ready to go?
Speak: English
Shop: American Dollar
Explore: MoMA PS1, Rockefeller Centre, Coney Island, Madison Square Park
Taste: Lobster roll, banh mi, pommes frites, kimchi stew, bagels,
Photograph: NYC skyline, 9/11 memorial, Brooklyn Bridge

 

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