Landmarks Tourism

New York City’s Top Ten

New York’s millions of visitors have been polled, outlining the top ten attractions for a first-time tourist. They are:

1. The Statue of Liberty

2. The Empire State Building

3. Central Park

4. The Brooklyn Bridge

5. Times Square

6. The Chrysler Building

7. The World Trade Center Memorial

8. Grand Central Terminal

9. Fifth Avenue

10. Rockefeller Center

Personally, I’m surprised that Grand Central didn’t make it higher on the list, and that the museum of natural history didn’t make the top ten at all. What do you think?

Landmarks Tourism

A Closer Look At Some of NYC’s Biggest Attractions

The Big Apple, also known as the Capital of the World, is a city filled with numerous museums, galleries, and other attractions. It is the site where great tragedies took place and also triumph: a place where our ancestors first stepped onto American soil. These are two of the most important historical events, and these landmarks can all be found in New York City. NYC is a city of many wonders, be it man-made or natural. If you happen to visit the Big Apple, you will see what sets this city apart from all the other cities in America.

Tourism in New York City has always been thriving with about 47 million tourists coming each and every year. In fact, there were over 50 million visitors to New York City in 2011 alone. The most number of visitors to New York according to NYC and Company were from the United Kingdom, followed by Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, and France above all others. There is actually no distinct tourist season for New York, but there are slight peaks during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. Because of the number of tourists visiting the Big Apple, it also has one of the highest hotel occupancy rates in the United States.

Cost of Living Expenses

Cost of Living in New York City

New York is notorious for it’s high cost of living, but just how does it compare to other major cities in the US? Recent data shows that, in general, the cost of living in New York is 291% higher than the national average. It’s also 66% more expensive than Phoenix, 50% more than Miami and 53% more than Chicago!

What about salary considerations? Often when a city has a high cost of living, pay is necessarily scaled up so that menial workers can afford to live there. Well, according to the Department of Labor, the minimum wage in New York is $7.25 per hour, which certainly would be difficult to live on for an independent adult.

As a higher end example, the average medical¬†assistant salary in New York comes out relatively high at an average $66,000 per annum. The national average is $64,000. That $2000 difference is probably not going to go far when we’re talking in terms of a 290%+ cost of living. Interestingly, workers and industry observers are noting that salaries have not been scaled up in recent years as much as they were in the past, even in the boom years leading up to 2007.