If you’ve never been to New York, it can be difficult to appreciate just how different a place it is to the majority of cities that you find around the world.
It’s A Vertical City
Most cities are primarily two-dimensional. You walk out of the front door, and pretty much everything is on the same level. Yes, there might be a church steeple here and there, but for the most part, you do not have to strain your neck.
New York is different. At the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, something extraordinary began to happen. Instead of merely building outwards, some companies decided to go upwards instead. One of the first of these was the Woolworth building that went up in the 1920s. For the first time in history, economic might and technological know-how combined to create something fundamentally new – the urban skyscraper.
Over the following seventy years, the New York skyline boomed in line with the economy. There was a skyscraper building craze up until the 1929 Wall Street Crash which then died away until the mid-1950s when the boom got underway again. The oil price hike at the end of the 1970s led to a brief lull in construction before the economy returned to life in the 1980s. Since then, it’s been a practically unbroken story of development, with the city requiring ever more floor space on the island of Manhattan.
The Culture And Arts
But it’s not just the building that makes New York like no other place in the world. It’s also the culture too. Broadway shows NYC are famous all over the world for the range of performances and the quality of the acting. You’re often able to watch your favourite movies acted out live on stage with beautiful props and impressive singing.
Then there are the art galleries that pepper the city. Perhaps the most impressive is the Guggenheim. Here, on the periphery of Central Park, you can explore some of the most stunning modern pieces of art in the world, and get a sense of what’s happening at the forefront of the arts community.
The Food And Drink
Then there’s the food. New York is famous for its pizza and bagels. New York pizza originates from the Italian immigrants who came to the city early on in its life. These immigrants brought with them their pizza-making skills and creating pizza establishments across the city. While Little Italy remains the best place to visit, you can find shops in every major location, including times square.
Bagel culture also came out of the old world, blending a variety of European traditions into something delicious and, almost unique to the city. Katz’s Delicatessen is famous among New York commuters for its fabulous cream cheese and salmon bagel – perfect for when you need a meal in a hurry.
The Business Spirit
The heart of New York is its business spirit. It’s a testament to what people can do if the right incentives are in place. New York has generated more wealth in its history than any other place in the world.