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New York (New York City) is the most populous city in the United States and the second largest urban center in the Americas.
Tourism is one of the main economic activities in the city of New York, since it is crossed by 40 million domestic and foreign tourists every year. Among the main destinations include the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Broadway theater productions, museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden. It is also world famous Statue of Liberty (Statue of Liberty), which has a restaurant on the head with magnificent sea views.
Luxury shopping on Fifth and Madison Avenues are also an important attraction for the more affluent sectors. Another new attractions are four artificial waterfalls and impressive with a height of 30 and 40 meters by Danish / Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. These artificial waterfalls are located in the East River and can be seen from land and also from boats.
New York City is one of the world's leading centers of commerce and finance. It is considered a global city, given its global influences in media, in politics, in education, in entertainment and fashion. The artistic and cultural influence of the city is the strongest in the country. In this city is the headquarters of the Organization of the United Nations, which also makes an important point of international relations.
In New York City neighborhoods and buildings worldwide recognition are, like, the Statue of Liberty, located on the eponymous island, and Ellis Island, which received millions of immigrants who came to America in the late nineteenth century early twentieth centuries. Wall Street has been one of the leading global centers of finance since World War II and is home to the New York Stock Exchange. The city has also concentrated many of the tallest buildings in the world, among which are the Empire State Building and the new World Trade Center. New York has about 4,493 skyscrapers, more than any other city in the world. Surrounded mostly by water, residential density city and the high value of the land in commercial districts shewed him the largest collection of office buildings and residential towers in the world.
New York City is also the birthplace of many American cultural movements, including the Harlem Renaissance in literature and visual art, abstract expressionism (also known as New York School) in painting, and hip hop, punk and Tin Pan Alley.
It is estimated that in New York almost 170 languages are spoken, and 36% of its population was born outside the United States. With the meter running 24 hours a day and the constant movement of traffic and people, New York is known as "the city that never sleeps".
New York City has a humid continental climate resulting from the constant winds that bring cold air from inside the American continent. New York has cold winters, but the coastal location of the city maintains the slightly warmer temperatures in the interior regions, helping to moderate the amount of snow, whose average is 63.5 to 88.9 cm per year. The city has a temperate period lasts an average of 199 days between seasonal frost. Spring and autumn are erratic, and can range from cold and snowy to hot and humid. Summer is mild and humid, with temperatures (90 ° F) 32.2 ° C or more on average between 18 and 25 days each summer.
New York City has more than 113 square kilometers of parks and 22 kilometers of public beaches. Among its main parks are: The Central Park, 3.41 square kilometers (in a rectangle 4 km x 800 m), is located in Manhattan. It is the most visited park in the United States, with about 25 million tourists a year, and featured in numerous films and television shows, what also has become one of the most famous urban parks in the world. The park is managed by Central Park Conservancy, a private nonprofit, which has a contract with the Department of Parks and Recreation New York. Central bordered on the north by 110th Street, west to Central Park West Street, south to 59th Street and east to Fifth Avenue Park. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, that later created Brooklyn's Prospect Park. While much of the park looks natural, it has several artificial lakes, two ice rinks, and grassy areas used for various sporting activities.
Map of New York City