The Big Apple, although neither the capital of the USA nor New York State itself, is often considered the world’s capital as it is the home of the United Nations. Countless significant business and trading organisations make New York one of the most iconic centres of global power and finance, while hundreds of first-class museums, galleries and performance venues make it one of the world’s most important cultural centres.
The city is divided into five boroughs: Manhattan Island in the middle, The Bronx to the north on the mainland, Queens and Brooklyn to the east on Long Island, and Staten Island and Liberty Island to the south west. With its population of 1.6 million, Manhattan is the most densely inhabited borough. The area is loosely divided into the downtown, business centre, midtown, cultural centre and uptown regions, and contains most of New York’s skyscrapers. New York is also home to many of the finest restaurants in the United States.
The citywide Subway system is the longest in the world but, with so much to see on Manhattan, comfortable walking shoes are a must.
New York Districts
The Financial District, located at the southern tip of Manhattan, is home to major financial institutions and numerous office buildings. Famous sights include the New York Stock Exchange, the Woolworth Building and Wall Street, as well as Battery Park, Trinity Church, and the Statue of Liberty across the water on Liberty Island. A serviced apartment in the Financial District would be perfect for a professional who wants to be in the corporate centre.
Some of New York’s most iconic landmarks can be found in Midtown East, such as the Chrysler building, the Rockefeller Center and the United Nations. Another of these is Grand Central Terminal, one of the most famous train stations in the world and a tourist attraction in itself. A serviced apartment in Midtown East would be perfect for someone who needs easy access to different areas of the city.
Chelsea is well known as the centre of the New York art world, with numerous galleries and studios throughout its streets. Keen shoppers can visit Barney’s CO-OP department store and Chelsea Market, which offer designer brands, boutiques and gourmet dining experiences. After dark the area is one of New York’s most popular clubbing spots. A Chelsea serviced apartment would suit anyone who wants to enjoy the buzz of the city.
Union City lies across the water in New Jersey, just a 20 minute drive from the Financial District via the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. Its close proximity to Newark Liberty International Airport also makes it a great place from which to travel to other destinations. A Union City serviced apartment is ideal for those who want Manhattan on their doorstep but don’t wish to stay in the city itself.