Celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month With a Trip to New York
Last year, US President Donald Trump announced March as the official Irish-American Heritage month to honour the ‘tenacious Irish spirit’ and contributions the Irish diaspora have made to the United States. In a statement released at the time, Mr Trump said the month would celebrate ‘the tremendous role Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the development of our great nation.’ Irish-American Heritage Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the nearly 33 million Americans with Irish ancestry and their tremendous contributions to the betterment of our country.’
Here in the One4all HQ, we think there is no better way to celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month than a trip to the iconic city that never sleeps – New York, here’s our guide to the must-see sights.
Art & Culture
Natural History Museum
New York’s Natural History Museum first opened its doors in 1869 and since then has been renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections. It’s the largest natural history museum in the world and featured in 20th Century Fox’s fantasy-comedy The Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Founded in 1870, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums, where visitors can experience over 5,000 years of art. In 1948, the Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Met’s Costume Institute was established and has since become the ‘jewel in New York City’s social crown’ with celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Zendaya, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, and Billy Porter all gracing the red carpet in showstopping outfits that embrace the event’s ever-changing theme (2020’s theme is About Time: Fashion and Duration). A must-stop on every trip!
Even if you’re not a theatre enthusiast, treat yourself to a ticket to a show at the Broadway Theatre (known simply as Broadway). The theatre opened in 1750 and in its first years showcased many Shakespeare plays and musicals like The Elves, The Seven Sisters and The Black Crook. In more recent times, shows like The Lion King, West Side Story, Les Misérables, The Book of Mormon, and Wicked have been listed as the theatre’s best productions.
The Empire State Building
This 102 story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan is one attraction that should be on every New York City trip itinerary. At 443.2m, it stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years until the construction of the World Trade Centre’s North Tower in late 1970. As of 2020, the building is the seventh-tallest building in New York City, the sixth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the 45th tallest in the world.
Statue of Liberty
No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty. Designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, this colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island was a gift from the people of France to the United States. The statue is a figure of Libertas, a robed Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand and tabula ansata inscribed with July 4th, 1776 (United States’ Day of Independence) in Roman numerals in her left. A great sight that presents fantastic photo opportunities for your Instagram, what more could you want!
Featured in many TV series and Hollywood blockbusters such as Sex and the City, Fantastic Four, I Am Legend, Spider-Man, Enchanted, and Godzilla, the Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge, spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. In 1964, it was designated a National Historic Landmark due to its popularity among tourists, so walk along history and enjoy great views and photo-ops!
The most bustling square in the city, Times Square is an extraordinary commercial intersection, tourist destination and entertainment centre in Midtown Manhattan. With bright lights, illuminated signs, naked cowboys, and so much buzz, it’s not to be missed – so grab your selfie stick and experience this wonder zone.
Covering 843 acres, Central Park in Manhattan is one of the most iconic urban parks in the world. With 250 acres of lawn, over 9,000 benches, 58 miles of walking paths, 36 bridges and arches, 21 playgrounds, and 7 bodies of water, if you’re looking for a place to take a break from the crowds, this sprawling park is where to go. It’s also featured as the setting for many great movies – When Harry Met Sally, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and of course, Home Alone 2.
This post was written by One4all’s Graphic and Web Designer, Ola Dybul. If she’s not creating trendy social graphics, working on quirky photoshoots or designing brand assets, she’s off travelling the world, learning new cultures and traditions, and meeting new people. She’s been all around the world but is not ready to stop. Stay tuned for more top tips from this expert adventurer.
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