In the 322 square miles that make up the city, there are over 8 million people who call it home. It is considered to be the most heavily populated city anywhere in the US. Over 1/3 of all the residents are foreign-born and you can find 150 languages being translated on any given day at City Hall. From Little Italy and Chinatown on the Lower East Side to the modern American scene on the upper east side, and a culturally rich artistic scene found on the upper west side and the lower east side around New York University, there is something for everyone.
The city of New York has long been a cultural melting pot for a century or more. It is easy for anyone to take a little time and walk around the streets of the city to see a wide range of culture there. Anyone who wants to experience cultures from around the world without having to travel to another country can simply go to New York and within a few blocks, you’ll find what you’re looking for. If for example, you wanted to travel to China but just couldn’t afford the trip, then you can simply and visit Chinatown. While it may not be exactly the same as traveling to China, it will give you the chance to try authentic Chinese food and the opportunity to shop for a variety of items from clothes to trinkets that are made in China. You could even practice your Chinese while enjoying your time in that part of the city.
Toward the end of September, there is a festival called San Gennaro in Little Italy. Lots of authentic Italian food will be available during the festival. St. Patty’s Day has a parade on 5th Avenue and there’s also the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Regardless of the culture you’re most interested in, your likely able to find it somewhere in the city. There are lots of people who just simply enjoy the diversity of the city by taking an outside table at a sandwich shop or coffee shop and just watch what’s happening all around.
It really isn’t hard to see the diversity found in New York City and in fact would be difficult not to see it. So anyone who enjoys those type of activities will find the city to be one of the perfect places on the planet. Throughout many parts of the city are musicians, dancers, mimes, and other entertainers that are freely entertaining the crowds on the street. You may also run into the occasional movie star in a restaurant or at Grand Central Station.
There is the famous Broadway plays as well as excellent Off Broadway plays. There are comedy clubs and Radio City Music Hall as well as Madison Square Garden, the Apollo Theater, and the Roseland Ballroom. New York City is a 24-hour city that millions love.