Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Photography by Joao Lucas Ferreira

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is an ornamented Neo-Gothic style Roman Catholic cathedral in the heart of New York. The Cathedral is the biggest gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the US and has been recognized throughout its historical past as a pre-eminent center of Catholic life in the country.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and a parish church, positioned on the east side of 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan, directly across the avenue from Rockefeller Center.

"Fortitude" lion guarding New York Public Library entrance. Photography by Paul Speed

The prominent stone lions guarding the entrance of the New York Public Library were sculpted by Edward Clark Potter, an American sculptor best known for his equestrian and animal monuments.

They were originally named Leo Astor and Leo Lenox, for the two private libraries that formed the collection’s core. In the 1930s they were nicknamed Patience (on the left or south) and Fortitude (on the right or north) by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. He chose these names because he felt that the people of New York would need to possess these qualities to see themselves through the Great Depression.

Night on East River, New York City

The East River is the waterway that runs through the Heart of New York City.

It’s not actually a river, but the tidal strait that divides the island of Manhattan and the Bronx on the North American mainland from Long Island (incl. Queens and Brooklyn boroughs) . It connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end.

Rockefeller Center (Rockefeller Plaza)

Rockefeller Center is a complex of nineteen commercial structures covering 22 acres between 48th Street and 51st Street in New York City. Built by the Rockefeller family members, it is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between 5th  Avenue and 6th Avenue.

The Rockefeller Center complex was constructed during the Great Depression, providing much wanted work for New Yorkers, as well as reflecting the art deco styling well-liked during the period.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

New York City Taxi-Cab

The taxi-cabs of New York City are a widely recognized symbol of the city. Taxi-cabs are accredited by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and are operated by private companies. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is a New York City government agency that is responsible for the more than 13,000 taxi-cabs working in the NYC.

Medallion taxi-cabs, the familiar yellow cabs, are the only motor vehicles in the city allowed to pick up individuals in response to a street hail.

Taxi-cabs are equally adored and hated by New Yorkers. They serve as a fast and easy means of transportation across Manhattan, a route not amply served by the NYC subway. The disadvantage with having an abundance of cabs is the traffic that results. Most traffic-jams in midtown are speckled with many of the over 13,000 yellow taxi-cabs that service the NYC.

Riverside Church

The Riverside Church in New York City is an American Baptist and United Church of Christ church, well known for its complex Gothic architecture, which includes the world’s biggest tuned carillon bell. The Riverside Church is located between 120th St. and 122nd St., in Morningside Heights between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue.

The tallest church in the United States and the 26th tallest in the world, it was described by The New York Times as “a stronghold of activism and political debate throughout its 75-year history … influential on the nation’s religious and political landscapes.”

The church received New York City Landmark status in 2000.

United States flag under the sky of New York City. Photography by Guglielmo Losio

5th Avenue is an important thoroughfare in the heart of Manhattan, in New York City.

5th Avenue starts at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and runs northwards through the heart of Midtown, along the eastern side of Central Park, where it forms the boundary of the Upper East Side and through Harlem, where it terminates at the Harlem River at 142nd Street.

Statue of Liberty Monument at Night
Silhouette of the Statue of Liberty monument at night

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal monument on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, created by the French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886.

The statue, a gift to the United States of America from the men and women of France, is of a robed woman figure symbolizing the Roman goddess of liberty, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata upon which is written the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet.

The statue has become an symbolic representation of liberty and of the United States of America.