A Walk through the New York Parks and Public Gardens – An Invitation to Relaxation

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Far from being only a “concrete jungle”, with the glass and steel skyscrapers dominating the line of the horizon, New York City is also seen as an oasis of relaxation by the locals and tourists who come to enjoy the beautiful view the great number of public gardens and parks here offer.

Here are some of the most known such places, a stroll through their peaceful, shaded alleys being the best way of chasing worries away, at least for a few hours.

Central Park – With a surface of more than 840 acres, it is the biggest recreational place of this time in the city and the first that was created according to the principles of landscape architecture. The luxuriant vegetation and the sweet perfume of flowers make it the favorite outdoor refuge of the people in the city during the hot summer days. However, the view of the Central Park in winter is also fabulous.

New York Botanical Gardens – Spreading on about 250 acres, this public garden is famous by the fact that it includes a part of the old forest existing in the city before the first groups of Dutch colonists came and settled on this territory. The 12 separate, themed botanical gardens forming the complex offer a unique perspective on the evolution of the flora in the region.

Battery Park – Its location, at the top part of Manhattan Island, allows you to fully enjoy the view offered by the Statue of Liberty, one of the most famous New York landmarks. A trip with the ferry takes you to Ellis Island, the place where the immigrants stationed on their way to the city.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – The traditional Japanese garden from here attracts thousands of visitors every year, with its atmosphere inviting to meditation. From the total surface of 52 acres of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a significant part is covered with more than 1,400 varieties of roses from all over the world, grouped as the thematic Cranford Rose Garden.

The History of New York City – The Reflection of the American Society Evolution

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New York City is on top position in the US when it comes to the number of inhabitants, with more than 8 million people living here, also having one of the greatest surfaces from all the American cities. Looking back at its history, these are two performances that were very hard, if not impossible to imagine four centuries ago, when it was established.

The settlement of New Amsterdam, as it was named by the Dutch colonists who came on this territory, numbered almost 5,000 souls at the first census made here, in 1698, 75 years after it was founded. Four years later, an epidemic of yellow fever struck the settlement, reducing the number of its inhabitants to half.

After the British took control over the region, the name of the small town was changed to New York, mainly because most of the new colonists came from the arid county of York in England, driven here by the poverty back home.

The successive waves of immigrants who settled here, but also the fact that black slaves were used as labor force led to a rapid growth of the population, the 1800 census indicating that almost 80,000 people lived here by that time.

The great famine striking Ireland in the early 1860′s increased the number of inhabitants even more, people coming from this country replacing the freed slaves as a cheap and very productive labor force. A great number of immigrants proved to be talented entrepreneurs or ingenious inventors, helping the city to become the financial and industrial power it is today.

In the 2nd and 3rd decade of the 20th century, New York took the supremacy as the most populated metropolis in the world, overthrowing London from this position. This period in history also marked a great development of the cultural life of the city, the apparition of jazz music and the increased popularity of cinematography being two of the most important moments.

The tragic events from September 11th, 2001 had a devastating impact on New York, from all points of view, but the city found a way to recover from its wounds and move forward, as it always happened throughout its agitated history.

The Boroughs of New York City – A Symbol of the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

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The city of New York, affectionately nicknamed “the Big Apple” by its inhabitants, is the most populated city of the US, featuring an amazing mosaic of ethnics, people from all over the world coming and settling here in the hope of a better life.

Since 1624, when it was established for the first time by the Dutch colonists, New York expanded continuously, the current administrative organization of the city consisting of 5 boroughs, each of them having the statute of a county and a different population structure.

Bronx – It is located at the northern extremity of the city, being inhabited mainly by blacks and Hispanics. It is also known as the place where the hip-hop and rap currents started, initially just as musical trends, but gradually turning into an urban culture phenomenon. The greatest metropolitan zoo, not only from US, but from the whole world, spreading on a surface of more than a square kilometer, the Bronx Zoo, is also located here.

Queens – Situated on Long Island, it has the greatest surface of the five boroughs, and it is inhabited by a great variety of ethnic groups. One of the things Queens is known for is that, here, the average income of the Afro-Americans is higher than that of the whites. The stadium of the New York Mets baseball team and John F. Kennedy International Airport are situated in this borough.

Manhattan – The fact that the headquarters of important financial institutions, famous companies and international organizations are located here makes Manhattan the heart of New York City, the other four boroughs being often referred to as “the outer boroughs”.

Brooklyn – It is seen as the center of the cultural life of the city, with an impressive number of historic buildings that confer it a distinctive architectural landscape. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an impressive number of Jews came from the Russian Empire and settled here, fleeing from the persecutions of the Tsarist and Bolshevik regimes.

Staten Island - The Verazzano-Narrows Bridge connects this borough with Brooklyn, and the Staten Island Ferry ensures the transport to Manhattan. This borough is visited by millions of tourists every year, attracted by the Statue of Liberty and by the possibility to explore the trails of Staten Island Greenbelt.