Although we had little time we tried to explore the best of this great town.
New York, also called jungle of concrete and known for its gardens and parks, is one of the metropolises in the world that boasts 14% of green.
Among the curiosities of this place are undoubtedly its bridges with their majestic architecture built in ancient times, when cars did not exist yet and there were wagons and carriages pulled by horses instead.
The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883 and was the largest suspension bridge in the world built with steel cables. 1825 meters long, it crosses the East River and connects Manhattan to Brooklyn. For its construction were spent 15 million dollars and its towers in Gothic style were for many years the tallest structures throughout the West.
The Manhattan Bridge passes through the East River and connects lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. The bridge was inaugurated on December 31st, 1909 and and is long 2089 meters. It consists of multiple lanes where the top level is reserved to transportation while foot and cycle crossing are in the lower level.
The Queensboro Bridge also known as the bridge of the 59th road, crosses the East River and connects Long Island City in Queens with Manhattan. The bridge was opened to the public on March 30th, 1909 and cost 18 million dollars. The bridge has two levels and offers an excellent view of the NYC skyline.
The Williamsburg Bridge 2,227 meters long, crosses the East River and connects the Lower East Side of Manhattan with Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was inaugurated on December 19th, 1903 with a total cost of 12 million dollars.
The George Washington Bridge, dedicated to the first President of the United States, is a suspension bridge overlooking the Hudson River, and connects the Washington Heights district of Manhattan in Fort Leey.
The bridge has a higher level with four lanes in each direction and a lower level with three lanes in each direction, for a total of 14 lanes of traffic and a length of 1450.848 mts.
The traffic is really impressive when you consider the 8 million inhabitants and more than 53 million tourists who visit every year this town.
Other than being a big metropolis it encloses eccentricities and oddities. Curiosities that this place keeps together with the great patriotism of its citizens. Many use to roam around with the flag of the United States of America on their car and out of the houses is not unusual to find flags flying as evidence of the great faith in this country.
To call a taxi just get on the curb and wave your arm to attract the attention of the driver. If you are able to whistle, that can be useful to recall these vehicles. There are about 13,000 cabs in New York and their yellow color was designed by Harry N. Allen, a businessman, who in 1907 decided to invest in public transport and trusted immediately that the yellow color was best visible from afar.
Obviously if you come here you can not to pay homage to the place where once were the two Twin Towers. Their horrible destruction, by terrorists, took place on 11th September 2001 and shocked citizens worldwide; now in their place are plaques in memory of the people died, photographs and two large headlights that illuminate the enormous void they left.
The time available ends with this last visit, and we leave behind a great memory, including historical or modern skyscrapers, in a place where once people looked for the great American dream that many of our ancestors have seeked here, in the city with many opportunities.
Just a reminder: you can move easily by the subway that has 34 lines and 468 stations. We found people willing to give you directions; of course, knowledge of English is essential to move with more confidence.
Have a nice trip!
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