New York City or "the Big Apple" is most typified by the diversity of its over 18 million residents and their cultures. It is every country's home away from home, where diversity works harmoniously together to make it the major financial, trade, communications and cultural center of the United States.

In the 17th century, New York’s lower Manhattan was first named Nieuw Amsterdam by its Dutch founders. The English in honor of the Duke of York later renamed it. It originally consisted only of the Island of Manhattan but was rechartered in 1898 to include the five (5) boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
  The majority of New Yorkers live in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, with their neighborhoods of brownstones and apartment buildings, while the lesser populated and greener Staten Island is dominated by single-family homes and town homes. There are many things to see and do in these boroughs where visitors can easily immerse in the vibrant life and culture. The character and personality of each neighborhood change every few blocks under the influence of the diverse ethnic population dispersed across its boroughs and representing the various African, European, Asian, Caribbean, and Arabian global communities.

Manhattan features the fast-paced business atmosphere, trendy store strips, and the bohemian Greenwich Village. Here you will find Fifth Avenue and the Midtown Shopping District, the world-class Broadway and the Theatre District, SoHo and the Artist's District, and the Wall Street Stock Exchange in the Financial District.

It is a shopper's paradise; you can find anything and everything in the many stores throughout the city with lots of added bargains. It has some of the world's finest department stores, glossy couture houses, fashionable boutiques, renowned antiques dealers, plus several Flea markets around the boroughs.
  New York is renowned for the finest selection of entertainment, museums and fantastic restaurants in the world. It features magnificent architecture, the world's greatest theatre district, world-famous galleries and museums, cultural events and famed landmarks in the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Flat-Iron Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, etc.

The average temperature in New York City ranges from 36-54 F in the winter and 60-70 F in summer. During springtime, the parks and botanical gardens in every borough burst into bloom, with daffodils, cherry blossoms, azaleas, tulips and other glorious flowers, bringing everyone outdoors to enjoy free film festivals, opera and other music performances, and beaches.. Winter can be quite cold but New York becomes magically beautiful after a heavy snow with all the Christmas decorations. You may even enjoy outdoor ice skating at one of the rinks in Central Park, Prospect Park, or Rockefeller Center.
  The 'city that never sleeps' has probably the most vibrant nightlife with always something to do. Whether you plan to hang in Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn or Manhattan, there are many trendy hangouts, several laidback lounges, classic jazz joints, and boîtes. Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn features several lively Hip-Hop and reggae spots. Brooklyn is also the place for rock and roll, with clubs in Williamsburg and Park Slope. Parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and ‘Spanish’ Harlem feature a number of Latin dance venues. There are plenty of weekly publications to keep you informed about the social scene.

There are also several major events and parades to see throughout the year, such as, St. Patrick’s Day, Greek Day, the U.S. Tennis Open, the Caribbean Day Parade, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, the New York City Marathon, New York Film Festival, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center in the fall.

Regardless of when you choose to visit, you will find lots to enjoy here.
  School Facilities  
  University Plaza LIU: Located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn since 1926, among commercial district, and Fulton Shopping center with its many stores. Easy access to the metro and buses to reach Manhattan and other New York City areas. The campus houses a student residence, library, computer centers, gymnasium, cafeterias, and several spacious classrooms with cooling and heating.

Blue Data Centre: is conveniently located in the heart of midtown Manhattan close to the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden with easy access to Times Square, Lincoln Center, United Nations, Broadway, Central Park, and Downtown Manhattan. There are computers available for free Internet access.

ALCC Centre: is centrally located in the heart of Manhattan, just across the street from Madison Square Garden and 10 minutes walking to Times Square. It is near all major subways, commuter trains and buses. Students have easy access to all of New York's many attractions: Central Park, Times Square, Broadway theaters, New York City's museums, and the Greenwich Village area.




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