New York – Places of interests
Places of interest
Typical characteristic features of New York (and all major American cities) are the skyscrapers. They started to be built because of the lack of space and the high prices of land in the city centres. The first sights to attract visitors when approaching New York from the sea are the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline. The Statue of Liberty became a symbol of both freedom and the United States themselves. It also commemorates the French – American friendship – it was given to the USA by the people of France on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of American Independence. The Manhattan Skyline is a large number of skyscrapers on quite a small area.
The US financial world is located around Wall Street.
Before the terrorist attack, the World Trade Centre was a complex of seven buildings dominated by the 110 story high Twin Towers. They were the second highest buildings in the world (after the Sears Tower in Chicago). Some other interesting places are e.g. St. Paul’s Chapel – the oldest church in New York, Madison Square – named in memory of James Madison, the Empire State Building, which used to be the tallest building in New York, Chrysler Building – the seat of Chrysler automobile company, and Times Square where people traditionally welcome the New Year.
Central Park is the largest of all New York’s parks. It is dangerous to go there when it’s dark and it is the area where famous rock concerts take place.