New York City, NY, USA

New York City: Like No Place Else

NYC's natural topography offers a vast variety of unique experiences.

"Few other cities on earth — if any — have been celebrated more widely or memorably onscreen than New York." — NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is building "The World," a man-made assortment of islands, from dredged sand in the Persian Gulf — each island representing a country in the world. It’s a great idea but it’s hard to think it could ever be better than NYC — a world history lesson meets entertainment fantasy comprised of dozens of natural islands that evolved naturally into an international cultural mecca over the past 400 years.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment. From the midnight jugglers on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village to the Mexican opera star performing for free at noon in Central Park, it’s easy to see why people call New York "the city that never sleeps" and why many consider it the entertainment capital of the world.

Where else can you find such a wide assortment — Broadway; world-class film and TV studios; film and TV productions being shot 24/7/365; news media; Internet companies; music events at large venues like the Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden; and intimate clubs hidden behind unmarked doors in up-and-coming Williamsburg or Greenpoint in Brooklyn? NYC is a place to see the biggest, established stars as well as the soon-to-be international stars before they get their big break.

For sports enthusiasts, there's professional baseball, football, basketball and ice hockey; the U.S. Tennis Open in Queens; and the world-famous New York City Marathon — an annual fall entertainment sport spectacle unlike any other with tens of thousands of participants from every continent running through every borough.

Waterfront. When thinking about the glittering crystal ball dropping in Times Square on New Year's Eve, a roaring baseball game at Yankee Stadium, or a concert on the great lawn in Central Park attended by 50,000 people, it’s easy to forget sometimes that NYC is actually a seaside town with countless bays, harbors, rivers, channels and creeks sprawled out between New York Harbor, Long Island Sound, the East and Hudson Rivers and the mighty Atlantic Ocean.

Comprised of a series of unique islands and a myriad of small and large waterways, New York City allows developers to stretch their imaginations. The incredible, natural topography offers a vast variety of unique experiences, such as the Russian dinner clubs on the Atlantic Ocean in Brighton Beach in Brooklyn; the planned billion-dollar movie studio that will overlook Manhattan on the East River in Queens; the Colonial-era South Street Seaport restaurant and performance complex near Wall Street; the Upper West Side Boat Basin where locals live on houseboats; and the Bronx's quaint City Island with marinas and docks that is one of New York’s best-kept secrets.

Ports. The Port of New York/New Jersey is one of the largest and busiest port complexes in the United States. The majority of cargo come in and out of Port Elizabeth and Newark in New Jersey, but a few large terminals operate in Brooklyn and Staten Island. The New York Container Terminal is strategically located on Staten Island near Goethals Bridge and occupies a 187-acre tract that is readily accessible to major truck routes and is equipped for on-dock rail service connecting to the North American rail network. Cargo also enters NYC via ports in Sunset Park and Red Hook in Brooklyn.

In addition to its commercial role, New York Harbor also boasts one of the top 10 cruise ports in the U.S. From New York City, passengers can cruise year-round to the Caribbean and voyage to the Northeast, Canada, Bermuda, England or around the world. In Manhattan, renovations to the New York Cruise Terminal will allow for greater capacity and the ability to host the world's newest and most prestigious ships. In Red Hook, Brooklyn, the new state-of-the-art Brooklyn Cruise Terminal services Cunard and Princess Cruise lines and serves as the home port to the luxurious Queen Mary 2 and the Crown Princess.

Urban adventure. A juxtaposition of waterfront parks and pavement, kayaking and cobblestones, beaches and bodegas, NYC is a vibrant, breathing tableau. Every street corner is a scene to take in with all the senses. Where else but NYC can one spend the morning marveling at the natural spectacle of one of the world’s largest bird sanctuaries at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, and the afternoon in the Hearst Tower atrium in Manhattan on 57th Street, standing beneath a three-story waterfall sourced from the collected rainwater falling on one of the world’s greenest skyscrapers?

New York City, despite being an archipelago, is a wonderful testament to the slogan: "No man is an island."

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