New York in pictures

Home to some of the world’s most famous attractions like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, New York is one of the most photographed destinations in the world. Here’s our pick of New York in photos as taken by our friends on Flickr.

Next week we head South and West and take a look at the best of San Francisco.

Once the largest stations in the world, Grand Central Station is America’s busiest terminal, serving commuting New Yorkers traveling as far afield as Conneticut. It’s also one of New York’s most beautiful Beaux-arts buildings, recently undergoing a massive restoration to restore it to its former glory.

Graffiti- or ‘writing’ as New York graff artists prefer to call it- first surfaced in the 1970s on the walls of subway trains, playgrounds and underpasses and is currently enjoying a bit of a renaissance. It also plays a big part of NY culture with regular exhibitions in New York galleries and museums. You can even go on NY graffiti tours.

New York is famous for its huge skyscrapers which provide great vantage points to see some of the city’s tallest buildings and top tourist attractions. The Empire State Building is the city’s biggest building standing at a massive 1,454 feet (443 meters).

Whilst great to look at during the day, New York’s amazing skyline is best viewed at night when you’ll see that the city truly never sleeps. From the viewing platform at the top of the Empire State Building you can look out across the whole city and see attractions like the Statue of Liberty lit up. Truly stunning.

Originally hailing from Cincinnati The Naked Cowboy is one of Times Square’s regular and most famous street performers. Playing songs, posing for photographs and performing poetry are among his party pieces- thankfully full nudity hasn’t featured… yet!

Ice skating in Central Park is one of New York’s most popular winter activities and has featured in many a Christmas movie from Elf to Home Alone. The park has two rinks open from November until the end of the March each year, offering skates, lessons and lockers for less than $20.

Sticking on the Christmas theme, the Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Center is an iconic and integral part of a New York Christmas. The tree, normally a Norwegian spruce, can be anything up to 27 meters tall and has been put up ever year since 1931.

The New York Public Library is one of the US’s most important research libraries and home to more than 44,160,825 items so there’s bound to be something of interest if you do decide to visit!

Like what you see? Then check out our blog on where to stay in New York, free New York art galleries, New York bars, cheap eats in New York, The New York Street Food Guide then book your New York hostel!

If you’ve got pictures you’d like to share with us join our Flickr group and get posting your images!

Thanks to French Miyoko, owlpacino, Allie_Caulfield, mastermaq, Chris Isherwood, geoftheref, andrijbulba & dawvon for the flickr images.

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