New York is the largest city in America, it has about 8 million people. And the whole agglomeration has almost 24 million inhabitants. The city was founded in 1624 by the Dutch, and the first 40 years it was called New Amsterdam. Today, New York is one of the world centers of culture, politics, finance.
There are a lot of world famous attractions, which are only the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, not all of us can visit this metropolis. But we have already studied it well, thanks to a lot of movies, whose action is exactly where it happens.
Hollywood and formed the very image of a cozy, or even a dangerous city, which many believe. As a result, many fall in love with New York and come here, but only the existing ideas face a different reality. The most popular myths about New York will be discussed.
To avoid queues for the Empire State Building, you must come here before 11 am.
Skyscrapers are the business card of the city. The most famous in New York is the 102-story Empire State Building. For 23 years this building was the highest in the world, the building above it appeared only in 1972. Today, the skyscraper is a place of pilgrimage for tourists, because this is a cult place! It was at this time that King Kong climbed. Observation platforms here are on the 86th and 102nd floor, from where you can see an excellent view of the city. In the queue for a visit you can stand for several hours, it stretches for several blocks. But even if you come here earlier, you will not be able to save much time. Too much people try to use this cunning. It is better to buy tickets in advance, on the official website.
The best view from the Empire State Building opens from 102 floors.
It is logical to assume that the higher the climb, the better the view. However, the best overview opens just from the 86th floor, the coverage is all 360 degrees. But at the very top of the skyscraper, the site is narrow and the glass interferes with the survey.
In the city everyone takes a taxi.
There are yellow taxis everywhere in Manhattan, but this is not the best way to move. During peak hours with a wave of the hand it’s not so easy to stop the car, moreover, such a trip due to traffic jams can take much longer than on the metro. You can learn the city better if you walk on it, and public transport is an efficient, affordable and easy system.
In New York insanely expensive taxi.
But it’s hard not to agree with this. Especially the prices shock our tourists, whose salaries are usually much lower than American ones. The road from Liberty airport to New Jersey will cost $ 90-110, from Harlem to Times Square $ 20, if there is no traffic jams. But there is always an alternative. This is the metro, and two-story tourist buses Gray Line. With their help you can get to the right stop, and see the main city attractions.
The food in the city is tasteless and “cardboard”.
In this city there are a huge number of cafes, restaurants and simply fast food. With such a level of competition, it’s simply impossible to cook tastelessly. Even in a small diner will be served quite a good pizza. And in Chinatown the world of oriental cuisine will open. There are not only Chinese restaurants, but also Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean. Some even consider it New York as the gastronomic capital of the world. It is no coincidence that there are resources on the Internet ready to plan a trip to the most delicious places in the city. In the city there are many famous cafes “McDonald’s” and “Starbucks”. Having bought the second coffee, immediately feel like your own in the city. A breakfast at McDonald’s will cost only $ 5, which is an excellent budget option. And this food is quite not bad. In the same “Starbucks” in the menu there are yoghurts, and in other fast food you can find even porridge.
Harlem is the most dangerous area of the city.
This area of New York is one of the most famous.But the tourists are afraid of him, because it is believed that in Harlem live exclusively poor black Americans who hate white people. They say that there is a high level of crime, gunfire and robbery happen even in the daytime. Once the district was really restless, but lately the crime rate in the city has decreased, which affected the disadvantaged areas once. Now the city authorities fully control Harlem and order in it. The area underwent a modern trend in urban development – gentrification. City authorities are doing a lot of effort to update the affected areas. Here there are new hotels and restaurants, buildings are being renovated. Even the former president of the country, Bill Clinton, opened his office in Harlem. Currently, the area from which only a couple of metro stops to the Central Park, becomes the center of black American culture. It is home to artists, actors and musicians, jazz is heard, exhibitions are open. And the absence of numerous tourists is more likely a plus.
New York is just Manhattan.
This myth is generated by Hollywood cinema, which shows basically life in this area-island. It seems that some New Yorkers never ever leave the City limits. In fact, the district in the city is one of the smallest in the area, in New York itself there are also other borons besides it: Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.
In the Upper East Side, all women wear fur and diamonds.
This area of the city is considered by right one of the richest. That’s just the attitude to wealth has long changed. They do not boast of jewels, but American women themselves can be found in comfortable clothes for practicing yoga or sports.
Dating in New York is always romantic.
The cinematography shows how romantic can be joint horseback riding in the Central Park, boating there, dinner on the roof of the house, participation in Times Square in some flash mob. In fact, this is an embellished picture. Ordinary dates in New York are limited to a joint dinner and a trip to the cinema, so there is little time and space for romance.
In New York, people are not crowded.
From the films, it seems to us that there are not many people in the city, but there is a place for everyone. In fact, crowds of people are constantly present in New York. They are in parks, restaurants, shops and museums. And on weekends there is no need to talk about empty streets. So New York, like Moscow, was not rubber.
There is always a seat in the subway.
The films tell us that even at the rush hour in the subway car for the main character there is a free seat. And in general here – well-bred people, there are no beggars and boors. And in this case, the myth is inspired by the cinema. The metro is here, just like the usual big cities. There are jolts, and not every train can be able to sit down. Yes, and simple arithmetic dispels this myth. In a 10-car train there are 440 seats. Taking into account approximately 7800 flights a day, about 3.4 million people will be able to sit. And what about the other two million who also use the metro for statistics during the day?
In New York, everyone lives in large apartments.
Such a myth is created by Hollywood, who simply would not be comfortable with shooting heroes in tight rooms. In the films, we see that people live in apartments with a minimum of one bedroom. In reality, living together in a studio apartment is already considered for happiness. And property prices are high here. For the smallest apartment in New York, you can give, like a whole house in another state.
In New York, you can quickly find work and make a career.
With the main characters of films that’s exactly how it turns out. It seems that New York is a city of great opportunities, where the work itself will find you. But only in reality the labor market is in a deplorable state, and to reach the top of the career it is possible generally little. The competition among those who want to get a “lucky ticket” is unusually high.
In New York, everything is close to each other.
This impression consists of observations in the cinema for the residents of the city. In fact, not everyone has the capabilities of Spider-Man, his teleport or powerful leg muscles. And there is no other way to move quickly from the district to the district. The area of the city is half that of Moscow. And thanks to the movie, it seems that the parks in Brooklyn are located next to the streets of Harlem, the Empire State Building is very close to the cafe area of Nolita.
Crime prevails in New York.
From such a densely populated city with a large number of immigrants, one should expect a high level of crime. However, its level is quite acceptable. According to statistics, New York takes place in the second hundred in terms of crime among cities with a population of more than 100 thousand people. At one time, the city authorities took effective measures to make such a statement today a myth.
In New York, the best restaurants.
There are really many places in the city where you can eat. There are about 23 thousand of them. But not all of them are masterpieces of design ideas. Usually here in general the atmosphere of the institution and its style of attention is not drawn. But the attitude to the quality of food and service level is very close. But with this even in the smallest institution there will be no problems. Do not look for pathos in New York restaurants, then a small nondescript little restaurant can have a Michelin star. It’s just that in New York people are totally different about eating and sitting in a cafe. There are cafes in Chinatown, where you can taste authentic food literally for pennies. There is even a restaurant where the fee is charged only for the entrance.
In New York bad ecology.
Of course, the air in the metropolis can not be compared with the Alpine one. Nevertheless, there are a lot of birds and animals in New York, you will not see such a number in any other city. Probably, the myth of the “bad ecology” of animals is not frightening. People are happy to take pictures with birds and tame animals. In the ecological ranking of the largest cities in the world, New York ranks 10th, where as much as 7% of the city budget stands out specifically for environmental protection.
The main theaters of the city are assembled on Broadway.
To New York guests, it seems that Broadway is lit up with lights and signs, here all the city theaters are assembled. In fact, most of them are collected in Times Square. Those who fall into the local theater of tourists are surprised by the repertoire, which has not changed for years. But the performances still remain colorful and professionally staged.
In New York, they are not good for Russians.
For New Yorkers, the very formulation of such a question is strange. This is a multinational city, in which all are treated equally. People will start to react to those who behave inadequately, whether it be an American, a Chinese or a Russian.
Young single people can live in beautiful lofts.
Loft refers to a dwelling converted from an industrial premises. The word itself means “loft” word for word, in America so called the upper floors of warehouses, commercial premises. Films of the 1970s created a stereotype that young people, who found a permanent apartment, live in such premises. Remember at least a “Lonely White Woman” or “Ghost”. However, those times have long passed, today such spacious premises are sold at high prices, up to $ 10 million. This is not the best option for young creative individuals with material problems.
Every employee has a window with a view of New York.
Office staff should not rely on a high-rise office with a stunning view. Most often, a modern office is divided into sections, and many people work and make noise. This clearly does not allow you to enjoy beautiful views from the window, if they even exist.
High school students do not attend classes.
Following the logic of movies, high school students have so many classes that school attendance is of low priority. But in real life, without a good attendance of the school, it is not worth hoping to enter a decent university in the future.
In New York, crowds move in an orderly manner.
In films, we see how a star goes in a human stream. Everyone is moving quietly and as if happy to be part of the crowd. In reality, New Yorkers hate the crowded sidewalks, sweeping their anger at passers-by. Slowly going will push apart, and if there is a possibility – passers-by will be turned into an alley in order to avoid jolting. There is no need to talk about any purposeful movement of the masses in the city.
There is a lot of rubbish in New York.
In 1968, a garbage truck strike occurred in the city, as a result of which the city was mired in the waste of its vital activity. On the streets of New York there were whole mounds of trash. But much has changed since then. The city itself looks quite clean and in places even virgin. Authorities created pedestrian streets, cleaned rivers and parks. A large industrial agglomeration fell out of the dozen of the dirtiest cities in America.
There is a notable landmark anywhere in the city.
In the movies, you can see how the Empire State Building is visible in the heroes’ window, how they go for a walk to the Brooklyn Bridge, dine in front of the Washington Park arch, or fight the villains on top of the Statue of Liberty. This is done to prove to people that the film is being filmed in the present New York, and not in the film pavilion. It’s only in the city that you can spend the whole day and not see a landmark landmark. And the people of New York do not often look up.
On the roofs of the houses, romantic dinners are regularly arranged or gardens are planted.
It seems unimportant, what is the number of storeys at home, its roof can always be adapted to something romantic. Films tell us that there is no problem in order to organize dinner in New York at the height. That’s just worth considering that the case will have a shaky half-rotten staircase, and the legal issues of using the roof for personal purposes are ambiguous.
On public platforms, white guys like to play basketball in their spare time.
It’s not that interesting to watch how guys work on a running platform. In films where the action takes place in New York, in the background one can often see how white guys play basketball. It seems that they spend all their time there. However, this is a little unfair, given the important role that public sites, for example, Rucker Park, played in the fate of the greatest black NBA players. It is no accident that basketball is a game of blacks.
In New York, some are rude.
The residents of the city have a reputation for being rude, it seems that they are ready to bring any conflict to a scuffle. In fact, people in New York are generally polite, apologetic, will gladly show the way and hold the door until you pass. Do not believe the cinematographic stamps that need fights and inadequate people.
There is always a place on the beach where you can park.
From the films we know that there is always a place on the shore where secret agents or criminals can calmly meet. And from there you will certainly discover a beautiful view of New York. In fact, this place does not exist. There are very few places where the parking lot from the water will not be separated by a fence, highway, building or park. Since the city began to pay attention to its embankments, there were no empty and unscrpulous places, many of them have long since become private and protected.
In the event of a natural catastrophe, everyone will leave Manhattan.
And although New York has not experienced yet those cataclysms that filmmakers promise, over the past 15 years the city has received its portion of disasters. There were the famous events of September 11, and there was a hurricane Sandy. And in all cases, the inhabitants of Manhattan tried to leave the island as soon as possible. However, they did not get into the cars, but were chosen in a simple and logical way – they left on foot. This is logical, given the inevitable congestion
New York – an expensive city.
Real estate here is really expensive, which determines the prices for renting an apartment.But as soon as the hotel is outside the city center, prices are suddenly creeping down. And the city itself can be quite cheap. There are many free things here, including museums, botanical gardens, the Brooklyn Bridge. Broadway theaters have discounts, in the same museums there are free days for visits. For food in an elite restaurant have to pay, but you can always choose an inexpensive menu in an ethnic cafe. And to travel around the city you can quickly and inexpensively by metro, without wasting a taxi.
Metro is very confusing.
Color crossover lines, letter numbers – all this is capable of stalling. But with the subway map, many questions will immediately disappear. It is important to understand that there are lines, and there are routes. The first – 29, and the second – 25. The lines have names, and the routes have numbers and letters. Those tourists who do not manage to master this scheme can call from any station by a toll-free number and ask a question about the transportation options.
New York is a bustling and crowded city.
There are really a lot of places in the city where life constantly beats the key. For example, Times Square, where tourists constantly poke. However, lovers of solitude can easily find a quiet place. You can sit under a tree in the park, and every borough has quiet areas. Overcrowded on weekdays financial districts in the morning weekend will become unusually quiet. Soul of New York – Times Square.
When people imagine New York, then Times Square is its soul. But this landmark area is a tiny place in the heart of Manhattan. This is one of the most popular and frequented places in the city. But most locals try to avoid this by flashing lights, restaurants and billboards whenever possible. It’s like Disneyland surrounded by a real city. One can say with certainty that some tourists are walking and taking pictures in the square.