New York, New York (so good they named it twice), has the formidable reputation of being one of the most exciting cities in the world. The spectacular skyline of Manhattan, although tragically redefined after the World Trade Centre disaster, remains distinctively recognisable.
King Kong�s favourite, the Empire State Building, has dominated the skyline for more than 70 years. Boasting 102 storeys and standing 1472 feet tall, including television antenna, it is still ranked amongst the tallest buildings in the world, and visitors welcomed to the 86th floor may enjoy visibility of up to 80 miles on a clear day, but on an average day it is likely to be between 10 and 20 miles.
However, the most enduring of America�s symbols has to be the Statue of Liberty
. On her pedestal she is 305 metres high, holding a torch and clutching a stone tablet inscribed with the Declaration of Independence.
Since 1886 the statue has served as a symbol of freedom to all.
Positioned on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, the statue was one of the first landmarks visible to immigrants in search of the American Dream, and it was thanks to those early immigrants that the city boasts such a variety of ethnic neighbourhoods from Chinatown to Little Italy.
Where else but New York, New York could you find such a marketplace of cultures and contrasts? From artsy SoHo and Tribeca to Wall Street, Fifth Avenue to Spanish Harlem.
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