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ew York, New York. The Big
Apple. Gotham. Celebrated in
song, stage and celluloid, New
York is one of the world’s great
Last month saw the 15th anniversary
of the first nonstop Cathay Pacific Air ways
flight, now a daily occurrence. This 15-hour
journey is the easiest way to get to New York
and enjoy its allure.
The iconic skyscraper canyons – and most
of the tourist attractions – are in the borough
of Manhattan, one of five that make up the city
of New York. More than 1.5 million people are
packed into Manhattan’s 60 square kilome-
tres, making it more densely populated than
Hong Kong Island.
Europeans settled Manhattan roughly
south to north, so the oldest structures are in
Lower Manhattan, home to Wall Street and
the Financial District, Batter y Park and the
South Street Seaport.
Fateful events in modern history have
changed the shape of Lower Manhattan. The
Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors last
month after a closure caused by damage from
Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Mean-
while, the old World Trade Centre twin towers,
destroyed by terrorists in 2001, have been
replaced by the 541-metre One World Trade
Centre, which is now the tallest building in
the western hemisphere. The interior of the
building is not yet finished.
The Lower East Side, once a centre for
Jewish immigration, is still dotted with deli-
catessens and diners ser ving kosher food.
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum cel-
ebrates immigration to the area between the
1860s and World War II.
New York’s Chinatown – one of the largest
diasporas of its kind in the world – continues
to attract Mainland and other Asian arrivals
and has spread north into what were once
pockets of Italian immigrants and their
Honnus Cheung, Institute member and Travelzoo Asia Pacific CFO, heads to
the east coast of the United States to visit the city so nice, they named it twice
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