Vibrant and often frenetic, the Big Apple has a palpable energy that captivates millions of visitors each year. Rich with historic landmarks_Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building_New York also boasts some of the world's finest museums and restaurants and is the unofficial U.S. center of finance, fashion, publishing, and the arts. From its founding in 1653 as New Amsterdam, the city has welcomed people of everey nationality. recent pushes to crack down on crime and clean up the city have helped from tourism flourish.
Source:National Geographic. Available at: www.nationalgeographic.com/destinations/New_York_City/