ZINVO's Favorite Destinations: New York City
In our continuing series of ZINVO's Favorites where we explore the world's best cars, cities, and fashion, we make a stop at what's been called the greatest city on earth, New York City. A metropolis filled to the brim with creative energy, we get inspired by ideas just walking the streets. Read on to find out what we love so much about NYC and why it's one of our favorite destinations.
A city known by many names, New York City has been called the City That Never Sleeps, nicknamed the Big Apple, and rightly named the Economic Capital of the World. This Empire State city was created and molded by millions of creative hard working overachievers making it the pinnacle modern city. A city that every city aspires to be. A city that attracts dreamers and inspires big ideas, if you can survive it.
Almost 8.5 million New Yorkers are crammed into 5 boroughs, so building up was and is the only option. New York was one of the first cities to perfect the art of building high into the sky. Its skyscrapers cover the skyline resembling an endless iron and glass forest. Sky living is the norm for many New Yorkers, but they also enjoy their streets, and most importantly their parks.
New York started building skyscrapers in the 1920s, and it was a race among some to build the best and tallest. The Chrysler Building is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and it was built and paid for by Walter Chrysler himself. It was the tallest building in 1930 until the Empire State Building surpassed it in 1931.
Not only has The Empire State building been featured in so many movies and television shows, it remains an enduring symbol of the city today. It was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and was the world’s tallest building for 40 years until the World Trade Center towers were completed in 1970. However, after the unfortunate destruction of those twin towers, the Empire State Building was once again the tallest building in New York City until One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) was completed in 2012.
One World Trade Center was designed by the firm that designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. It stands at 1,776 feet tall, a reference to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The final cost of construction was almost $4 billion, making it one of the most expensive buildings at the time.
It's not surprising New Yorkers are so beautiful and fit—they walk everywhere! And it's no wonder they do because the streets of New York are the most entertaining in the world. Just walk and see where fate takes you. With our awesome Blade Silver in tow, we explored the best of the city's streets.
From Broadway to Times Square to Little Italy to China Town to Hell’s Kitchen to Greenwich Village and beyond, there is no shortage of entertainment, food trucks, street vendors, restaurants, jazz bars, comedy clubs, and hole-in-the-walls that will feed your stomach and soul. These streets are filled with stories old, new, and still untold.
Bridges and Parks
There are almost as many bridges in New York City as there are skyscrapers. They are the bloodline of the local economy allowing people and commerce to come and go freely. The bridges of NYC are dependent on masterful engineering and striking design—something we strive for when developing our ZINVO watches. The network of bridges support the hustle and bustle of the city and are an integral part of what makes New York so efficient. In 2015, the George Washington bridge carried over 100 million vehicles per year, making it the busiest bridge in the world.
But with all the stress and high-octane living that New Yorkers have to endure, their parks offer a beautiful and silent sanctuary. Central Park, which is built on 843 acres in the middle of Manhattan, is brilliantly designed to drown out all the noise from the city. The urban jungle is replaced by trees slowly blowing in the wind, serene ponds, beautiful wildlife, and endless space to relax, meditate, exercise, and play.
If you love city living, then you’ll love New York City. But more importantly, if you love traveling and being alive, New York will be an adventure your soul will never forget.