New York City – Still Number One and Growing
New York City has long been known as the Gateway to America, going as far back as January 1, 1892 when immigrants first made their way via Ellis Island. To this day New York remains one of the most desired destinations, which is evident by a recent survey conducted by Time Out Worldwide.
Having polled 34,000 participants, New York was named the # 1 destination in the world based on culture, diversity of neighborhoods, food, drink and nightlife. Not only is it on the top of the list for first time visitor, but many tourists return to explore areas off the beaten path. Brooklyn and the Bronx have seen an increase in tourism, with tours specifically highlighting neighborhoods and attractions in what is known as the “Outer Boroughs”.
The Bronx offers visitors the original Little Italy, Arthur Avenue, home of countless restaurants, pastry shops and made famous by the movie “A Bronx Tale” starring Robert De Niro. The Bronx is also home to the New York Botanical Garden, founded in 1891 and known as an iconic living museum and the Bronx Zoo comprising of 265-acres of park land and naturalistic habitats.
Brooklyn has also seen an influx of foreign visitors which is evident by the number of new hotels popping up in many of the neighborhoods along the east river. After experiencing all that Manhattan has to offer, many curious tourists are making their way to Coney Island, a beachfront destination and home of Luna Park featuring the famous Cyclone rollercoaster, street performers and sideshows. Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre waterfront park that has lush gardens, rolling hills and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. There are many riverfront restaurants to dine at while watching the sun set behind Manhattan.
Not to be outdone, Manhattan continues to expand its offerings to tourist and residents alike. Hudson Yards is the newest neighborhood with over 100 shops, restaurants and 14 acres of public plazas and gardens. Pier 55, a futuristic floating park, built on pods, is currently under construction and will ultimately be a 2.4-acre park, cultural and music event space rising out of the Hudson River. The park is due to be completed in 2021.
As you can see, New York is the city that never sleeps and is always coming up new venues so returning visitors have new experiences each time.