When and how did New York City come to be called “Big Apple” has been one of the most frequently asked questions. There are many answers to it and there is history involved. Whatever the many answers may be, I like this one a great deal: In the 19th century, “big apple” meant an object of desire and ambition.
That may still be what New York City is all about, today, in the 21st Century.
September 11, 2001, is a day most of us remember. This was the date that New York City suffered the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the United States. The City is still in the process of being rebuilt and infrastructure updated. Freedom Tower is built on the site of Ground Zero. It is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan and it is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world.
Coupled with the City’s hardware is the spirit of the people, the hope and ambition that make Big Apple desirable.
The Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States, is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. It is a must-go attraction in New York.
Wall Street – an eight-block-long street in Lower Manhattan – is very busy during the week, but when we were there on Sunday, there were mostly tourists. What is the #1 tourist attraction in the financial district? The Charging Bull! The feeling of ambition.
If you are in a retail or food business, Time Square should be your dream location. It is one of the most popular commercial intersections in the world with more than a-third-of-a-million people passing through it every day. We were there late in the evening and it was still crowded, busy and exciting. The feeling of desire.
Guess what I have also accomplished in this New York trip of mine? I attended the “Ear Care and Hearing Health” seminar at the United Nations organized by International Federation for Peace and Sustainable Development. Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, was the keynote speaker.
And, more … I ran into Gene Simmons of KISS on 55th Street and 5th Avenue.
New York, a city that offers something for everyone.
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