New York, New York

The City That Never Sleeps

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New York, New York

Nalin Kim, international reporter

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The city that never sleeps. New York City, the biggest city in the United States, has its own particular vibe emanating from tall buildings, neon-lit advertising, and even just the sound of yellow cab taxis speeding down the main thoroughfares. This past spring break, I traveled with a friend to New York, just the second time in my life I have had the opportunity to take in the panorama of this remarkable mix of people and historical landmarks.

The Museum of Modern Art was the first destination on our trip. It features a huge collection of art, and some of these are very famous art pieces that everybody knows worldwide such as The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso, and Water Lilies and Agapanthus by Claude Monet. Sculptures, paintings, architectural renderings, and even photography can be viewed in close proximity. Artists from many eras and different countries are represented here. Be forewarned, it takes three hours to see everything thoroughly, and it closes at 5:30 p.m.

When the night arrives, the city takes on a whole new character with many wondrous places to go and see. The 360 degree night view from the Empire State Building is breathtaking. The main deck, the 86th floor, offers a panoramic view of the city. Times Square at night is a must stop destination for all travelers. This is where people would say New York City is the city that never sleeps. The street boasts big digital screens, crowds of people from around the world, and various stores and restaurants. When I stand up on the red stairs in the middle of the Time Square, I feel alive in the city.

Of course, the terrorist acts of 9/11 will never be forgotten. The 9/11 memorial is located where the world trade center once stood. Beautiful flowers adorn the memorial. Reading the names on the memorial leaves one with a feeling of sadness. The One World Observatory, built after the attack, is located next to the memorial as a tribute to remember the day. I would say it is worth the time and effort to go up to the observatory since it offers a quite different view of the city as compared to the view from the Empire State Building. However, if you are more interest in the events surrounding 9/11, I would recommend visiting the National September 11 Memorial and Museum since the inside of One World Observatory only shows remnants of World Trade Center and documents of the event.

Despite being an urban city of millions of people, New York has many parks where one can relax from the hustle and bustle of city life. A feeling of peacefulness is achievable in the middle of this fast-paced city. If you go to New York, don’t miss the opportunity to see and visit some of these historical landmarks and cultural centers.