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New York, New York Part 1

New York, also known as the “city that never sleeps” is a home to the highest skyscrapers, well-known companies, organisations and renowned museums. Its stunning contemporary architecture is envied by the whole world.

New York was founded in 1614 by the Dutch on Manhattan Island. Today it is one of the most densely populated places in the world, with one square kilometre per 10 thousand people.

Times Square

Times Square is one of the most famous urban squares in the world, it is located at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue. It is recognised for its staggering number of ads, which along with the fast development of technology, are becoming brighter and more colourful.

Times Square is also a place for the most famous New Year’s Eve party in the world. Every year millions of people come here to celebrate.

The latest addition to Times Square is a new ticket booth for the local theatre, located at its northern end – Duffy Square. It is a glass structure in the form of stairs, which serve as a public resting area.

UN Headquarters

New York’s UN Headquarters were built in 1952 by architects – Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. The 154m high skyscraper is now one of the inherent elements of the Manhattan skyline. This simple glass building, which is a symbol of Modernism, is to go through an extensive renovation at the cost of $1.87 billion.

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

One of the most famous works of Frank Lloyd Wright, who for a long period of time was obsessed with  designing a building with a spiral structure. Although it was originally planned for a parking facility, he managed to recreate his idea in a museum. This forms a very attractive space inside of the building, but because of the sloping floor, all the images seem to hang crookedly. Nevertheless, the New York Solomon R Guggenheim is one of the most emblematic museums in the world.

Empire State Building

A skyscraper that needs no introduction. Built in 1931, it is an icon of the 20th century architecture and one of the symbols of New York. It is currently the 15th tallest building in the world (432m high) and the 3rd tallest in the USA, after Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and Trump Tower. It is located on 5th Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Street – in the heart of Manhattan.

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