City of the Day: New York City April 10 2015, 0 Comments

New York City: along with being the city that never sleeps, it is also the most populated city in the US and a global power city due to its massive impact on media, art, fashion, entertainment, education, technology, research and finance. With 40% of New Yorks population living in the Big Apple its no wonder that the streets are always bustling about. A number of American cultural movements also started in New York such as the Harlem Renaissance, modern dance and the Beat Generation.

Back in the 60s disco music was flowing the streets of New York as the dance music movement was rising in popularity. Years later in the 70s punk rock took over the music scene with bands such as the Ramones, New York Dolls and even KISS emerging from the cities streets. The “new wave” style of rock developed a few years later and became popular at New York rock clubs around the city. Also in the 70s hip hop started gaining popularity from being played at block parties on the streets in the Bronx neighborhood. Classic hip hop artists such as Jay Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Wu Tang Clan, and Busta Rhymes produced multi platinum records at New York recording studios.

New York is also greatly known for its art scene as it is the global center for the  international art market. The Queens neighborhood is quickly growing as one of the main artistic hubs for New York with its ample warehouse spaces perfect for hosting galleries. Not only is the city well known for the many art galleries but it is also popular for its great displays of public art. The underground subway system has been known to host public art projects such as magnificent tile mosaics. The graffiti subculture also was very trendy within the city when it first began to flourish.

The creative energy flowing throughout New York is undeniable. Home to many renowned museums, theaters and acclaimed filmmakers New York is a mecca for inventiveness in the arts. One of the largest and most impactful art museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, is located in Central Park and brings in many guests each day. If you are a fan of theater what better place to visit than New York City?  With 39 large theaters throughout the city that are collectively called “Broadway” there is endless options for viewing pleasure. Or you could enjoy a classic New York movie from the comfort of your couch.  Although not as big as Hollywood New York is extremely well known for its film industry, making it the second largest film mecca in the US.

So as you can tell New York is the home to culture and entertainment abound. One of the most popular cities in the US it definitely lives up to its larger than life reputation. With sparkling  city lights to light up the night and starry eyed dreamers to fill the sidewalks New York is the perfect destination for those seeking excitement, entertainment and cultural experiences.