New York City: If You Can Make It Here …
By Nida Sophasarun
New York City
Many people go to New York City (“the Big Apple”) with the intention of making it big (1). While the talented and lucky few are successful, most are sidetracked (2) by the hustle and bustle (3) of the city, its bright lights, and that indelible (4) Yankee (5) attitude. International, diverse, cultural, and chock-full (6) of character, the city alone houses the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building, Times Square, and skyscrapers galore (7)—all unabashed (8), unapologetic symbols of America.
There’s never a shortage of things to do in New York City, and because of the grid layout of the streets, navigation is easy. If you love art, hail (9) a cab to “Museum Mile,” located on the Upper East Side. The Metropolitan Museum (“the Met”) has a permanent Egyptian exhibit, while the spiral exterior of the Guggenheim Museum, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, hints at the trappings (10) of modern art inside. There’s also the MoMA’s (Modern Museum of Art) permanent collection, which includes paintings by Picasso, Monet, and Mondrian. The American Museum of Natural History displays dinosaur bones, and hands-on, interactive (11) exhibits.
For Broadway musicals and off-Broadway plays, head for the Theater District. If music is your thing, the Carnegie Hall hosts a slew (12) of classical performers; the Blue Note in Greenwich Village accommodates the world’s best jazz artists; and punk rock bands hole-up (13) in East Village dives (14). Shopping can literally be done everywhere in Manhattan, but for famous stores—Tiffany, Cartier, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel—go to Midtown. For some green space, cyclists and in-line skaters like Central Park, which covers 843 acres and 50 blocks up the middle of Manhattan.
1 making it big phrase to be successful (make a lot of money, be famous, etc.)
2 sidetracked verb to go off course, distracted
3 hustle and bustle noun loud and energetic activity
4 indelible adjective permanent, impossible to erase
5 Yankee noun people who live in the northern states of America; (also the NYC baseball team)
6 chock-full adjective as full as possible
7 galore adjective in great numbers
8 unabashed adjective not disguised, proud
9 hail verb to call out in order to catch the attention of
10 trappings noun characteristic signs
11 interactive adjective involves people and computers working together, with information being passed in both directions
12 slew noun large number
13 hole-up verb to take refuge as if in a hideout
14 dives noun small and dirty bars or nightclubs