York City Virtual Travel Guide
York, New York, Its a Wonderful Town. All images are expandable
Any attempt to define New York today recalls the Zen wisdom that you can't step in the same stream twice. The city is so mutable, so constantly changing, that it's almost impossible to get a fix on. Restaurants and nightclubs become trendy overnight, then die under the weight of their own popularity. (Yogi Berra had the perfect phrase for that very phenomenon: "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded.") Fashions, almost by definition, change in the time it takes to try on a pair of vinyl pants. Broadway shows, exercise fads, even neighborhoods are all subject to the same Big Apple fickleness. But within this ebb and flow lies the answer: No other place keeps you on your toes ite like New York City. Nowhere else is the challenge so tough, the pace so relentless, the stimuli so everchanging and insistent--and the payoff so rewarding. Simply put, New York never gets boring. Anything can happen here.
The city has a special magnetism--a charisma, if you will--that pulls in the intelligent, the creative, the determined, the overbearing, and the overblown from all over the world. Just about any language and any dialect is spoken here, from Mandarin to Brooklynese; no other dot on the map is quite so ethnically, culturally, socially, and economically diverse. This is the nerve center of world finance and trade. The international hub of advertising, publishing, entertainment, and fashion. The creative core for the arts. The top showcase for pure celebrity. And, now as never before, a huge magnet for travelers from all over the country and around the globe, in search of a brief glimpse of it all.
to the WTC tragedy, the city was in top form, its finest in more than
50 years. The economy is down because of recent events, and crime is
down. Everywhere you look, things are being refurbished and the city is
steadily improving. It has even become, believe it or not,
family-friendly--just look at the new peep show- and porn-free Times
Square. Few alive today have ever seen the city so friendly, so
manageable. New Yorkers love to wax nostalgic about the good-old,
bad-old days, but the fact is the city was starting to change its
|Airline||Airports||Best Info||City Guide||Cyber Cafes||Dining||Discounts||Emergency|