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New York Introduction


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New York City has always been a city of superlatives: largest, tallest, trendiest, best. It's also one of the world's most dynamic places. The skyline seems to be ever-changing, and exciting new restaurants and shops continue to pop up in unexpected neighborhoods. First-time visitors and natives alike will experience variety at every turn.   Click here to see the full New York travel guide on Travel42 »

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New York Geography


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When most people think of New York City, they think of Manhattan, a skinny island about 13 mi/21 km long and just over 2 mi/3.5 km across at its widest point. Manhattan is bordered on the west by the Hudson River and on the east by the East River (which is actually a tidal estuary rather than a true river). The Harlem River defines the northern tip, and New York Bay, which leads out to the Atlantic, is at the south end of the island.   Click here to see the full New York travel guide on Travel42 »

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New York History


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Ships have been crucial to the city's development since Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano landed on Staten Island in 1524. Henry Hudson, an Englishman employed by the Dutch East India Co., was the first European (in 1609) to set foot on the island now known as Manhattan—the Dutch named the place Nieuw Amsterdam. They went on to buy it from the native population at a now infamous bargain-basement price (supposedly worth about US$24 in today's dollars). Rule over the colony changed hands between the Dutch and English three times, until England won final possession in the late 1660s. By 1700, some 7,000 people lived in the city now called New York.  Click here to see the full New York travel guide on Travel42 »

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New York Sightseeing & Things to Do


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There's more to see in New York City than ever before, and all five of the city's boroughs have things to offer.  Click here to see the full New York travel guide on Travel42 »

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New York Nightlife


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The city that never sleeps boasts more nightlife than most cities will ever dream of: topflight jazz, reggae, rock 'n' roll, salsa and blues clubs, friendly Irish pubs, neighborhood bars and even clubs that encompass all of the above under one roof. Most stay open and lively on weekends until 4 am, and until 1 or 2 am during the week. We recommend you call ahead to check that venues are open and operating as usual. And don't forget to include Brooklyn in your planning—much of the city's music scene has shifted there.  Click here to see the full New York travel guide on Travel42 »

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New York Restaurants & Dining


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At fine restaurants in New York City, it's often possible to enjoy the same divine cuisine at lunch as at dinnertime—for much less money. At the hot spots you've heard or read about, it's advisable to make dinner reservations one or two months in advance, particularly for weekend nights. Many restaurants now allow you to make reservations through their websites or through http://www.opentable.com for no additional charge.   Click here to see the full New York travel guide on Travel42 »

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