All of New York is easily accessible by subway. The New York Aquarium next to Brighton Beach is popular with kids of all ages. New York City in a nutshell Population: 8,200,000 people Language: The official language is English. Some 170 languages are spoken in New York City. Approximately one-third of the city's population is foreign-born. No single country or region dominates; among the largest countries of origin for modern immigration are the Dominican Republic, China, Jamaica, Guyana, Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia and Russia. Currency: USD, 1 euro = 1.30 US dollars Area: 1,214.4 square kilometres Time zone: GMT -5 Boroughs include: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island Airport: Finnair flies to John F. Kennedy Internal Airport, which is located about 19 kilometres from Lower Manhattan. The airport is served by bus, train and taxi. The flat fee for a taxi ride to mid-town Manhattan is $45 (about 35). www.panynj.gov Bronx Manhattan E a sR t Hudson River Long Island Sound the area to create an indoor and outdoor amusement park district. This will eventually transform the storied summertime attraction into a bustling year round entertainment and shopping destination. After a nostalgic look around, proceed along the boardwalk past the New York Aquarium (Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, www.nyaquarium.com) towards Brighton Beach. Built in the late 19th century to resemble Brighton in England, the area used to be a New York beach resort. Now it's home to Russian immigrants, many from Ukraine thus its nickname: "Little Odessa." You'll see pre-war apartment buildings by the sea and notice that the signs of kiosks and cafés are marked in Cyrillic. Stop at Café Volna for perogis and tea, and the sweet lady serving you will most likely speak only Russian. Marvel at the grandiose Restaurant Tatiana next door: at night this elegant venue turns into a large-scale nightclub with live entertainment. In addition to the language, the rich culinary culture of that region is alive and very much present here. On a sunny day, you may want to create your own picnic to be enjoyed by the sea. Brighton Bazaar (1007-1011 Brighton Beach Avenue) food market offers an astonishing selection of pickles, breads and prepared foods ranging from blinzes and vareniki (stuffed dumplings) to Moldovan salad, raw herring and Chicken Kiev. Café Bakery La Brioche (1069 Brighton Beach Avenue) is equally bountiful with its cakes, cookies and other pastries. THE UNITED NATIONS OF NEW YORK New York is a city composed of a mix of architectural styles and world cultures. To experience this in a nutshell, go to Hell's Kitchen in midtown Manhattan and walk along 9th Avenue to experience the so-called United Nations of New York. Here you'll see a showcase of ethnic restaurants and stores from around the globe. Finnair flies nonstop to New York daily as of March 29. ive r Queens Upper N e w Yo r k Bay Brooklyn Staten Island Lower N e w Yo r k Bay Atlantic Ocean 30 BLUE WINGS MARCH 2009
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