New York

New York City isn’t the capital of USA and it isn’t the capital of New York State, but residents of the «Big Apple» consider their city to be the capital of the globe. It is because New York is the home of the United Nations and the largest investment market in the world.

When the first immigrants came to this land, they bought Manhattan Island for only $24 from the local Indians. Then, they founded one of the first colonies there. And now when people in New York talk about New Yorkers, they are usually speaking of people, who live in Manhattan.

New York has five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. The Bronx is famous for its zoo. Manhattan is the center of New York City. Nearly 1 million people live here, but over than 5 million come here to work from all parts of the city every day.

The main street, Broadway, is also here. And there are a lot of other famous streets which known worldwide. Wall Street is famous for finance. Madison Avenue means advertising, and Fifth Avenue is famous for world-class shopping. There is a famous crossing called Times Square. It’s famous for the Theatre district, there are more than thirty theaters there, and every evening there are plays on stage.

Central Park is also there. There you can see people walking their dogs, having a rest or playing games. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the most famous art museum in New York. It has a great collection of art from all over the world and is located in Central Park.

There are a lot of famous neighborhoods on Manhattan. Greenwich Village is famous for some poets and writers, who have written about it. SoHo is an enclave of artists. Harlem has a priceless musical heritage. And China Town with its main street, Canal.

Most of New York’s skyscrapers are located on the island of Manhattan. There are such buildings as the Art Deco Chrysler Building. The twin towers of the World Trade Center used to be here, and were destroyed in the tragic 911 terrorist attack on America. One of the most famous buildings in the world is the Statue of Liberty. It was built in 1886. It was a present from the people of France.

Millions of immigrants continue to arrive in New York, when they first come to America. When you come to New York by sea, the first thing you’ll see is the Statue of Liberty, America’s symbol of freedom!