The city

New York City, officially the City of New York, is one of the biggest cities in the USA. The important role in media, education, entertainment, art, fashion, publicity and of course in the economy makes New York one of the most important cities of the world. It’s a really special city to be in. You will find a lot of different cultures and people in the city. New York is the place to be!

Peter Minuit bought the city from the Indians in 1614. He named the city New- Amsterdam. This was a trading post of the Netherlands. It were the British that took over the city in 1664 and New York was the capital city of the US through 1783 to 1790.
If you are interested in the history of your ancestors you can look in the registers on Ellis Island. Maybe you’ll find your last name in the register. Ellis Island was the place where all the European immigrants  arrived. They were hoping for a better life in the land of opportunities, the United States of America. You can imagine that there are a lot of European influences in New York. There is an Italian neighborhood, Dutch influences and of course the Irish parade of St. Patrick’s Day.
On Ellis Island arrived about 12 million immigrants out of Europe.

Now a days there are 5  big districts in the city.

The Bronx: Actually this is the birthplace of the rap and hiphop culture  and you will find the Yankee Stadium in this district.

Brooklyn: This district has the biggest population and is the only district outside of Manhattan that really has a center. On the other side of Brooklyn there is a long coastline with a lot of beaches and the famous Coney Island, one of the theme parks in the region.

Manhattan: This district has the highest population density and is known for the financial center, the skyscrapers and the big Central Park but also the offices of multinational companies. Besides that there are a lot of universities, museums and some other special places like Broadway and Madison Square Garden. Manhattan has 3 districts of his own, Lower, Midtown and Upper Manhattan.

Queens: Originally Queens was not a district but Queens consisted out of 5 small towns. These towns were founded by the Dutch. Queens has the biggest diversity of ethnicity. There are also 2 big airports in Queens: LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Staten Island: Staten Island is connected to Brooklyn by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and with Manhattan by the free Staten Island Ferry. This is also one of the most popular tourist attractions.

Things to do and to see in New York

-A really fun thing to do in New York is rent a bike and go cycling in Central Park. There is a great company called Central Park Bike Rentals. When you rent a bike you will get a map, a lock and a helmet for free. Of course you need to bring the helmet and the lock back when you return your bike. For more information about this company visit the website of Central Park Bike Rentals. Central Park is big enough to make a nice bicycle trip.

-If you really like art and museums you should buy the City Pass. You can visit the Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and The Museum of Natural History. There are some more museums that you can visit with this pass. If you buy this pass you will safe a lot of money. Make sure you visit The Museum of Natural History. This is a museum where you can see all kinds of animals, people from all over the world and also dinosaurs. The museum is really worth a visit.
The Empire State Building is also part of the city pass. You should go to the Empire State Building with sunset. Of course the sunset over the skyline of New York is beautiful but when you are there you should wait a while because New York at night, with all the lights, is really breathtaking.

-We can really recommend a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. You will have a great view over New York.

-Battery Park is a green park near to Ellis Island. Of course you should visit The Statue of Liberty. You can go to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with a ferry. You can find this ferry in Battery Park. There are also long boulevards.

-The subway is a great way to travel when you are in New York. The street artists that perform at the subway stations are really cool. If you have the time just watch a couple of artists. Maybe you will see one of them later on a big stage. For more information about the artists  visit the site of the subway for a schedule.

-There are a lot of different parks in the city. Big parks and smaller parks where you can relax and eat or drink something. Sometimes there are concerts in Bryan Park and there are a couple of different events in the park.

Coney Island

A special place in New York is Coney Island. You could see this area as a theme park but it would be wrong to call it that. You can find a lot of different attractions and rides but they are from separate owners. There are also a couple of events throughout the year. Besides all that there are plenty possibilities to go out for diner on Coney Island. This area in New York is really special and you really should visit it. For more information you can visit the website of Coney Island. Your trip to New York isn’t complete without visiting Coney Island.

Campgrounds near New York

The question is, is New York and a RV a good combination? Absolutely, it’s really cool to drive in your RV when you are heading to New York and it’s even cooler when you see the skyline of New York. There is 1 campground really near to the city but there is also an other campground that’s great. We will describe these two campgrounds on an other page on our site. You will also find two different links to the campgrounds on our other page.

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