New York City Aerial Views

Stunning aerial footage of the New York City skyline at night.

Sites That Must be Seen in New York City

Empire State Building

Van Wagenen New York Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon in Midtown Manhattan.

Central Park

Van Wagenen New York Central Park

Central Park is the most visited park in the US with ~40 million visitors a year. The park spans over 800 acres in between Upper West and Upper East Side.

Statue of Liberty

Van Wagenen Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.  The copper statue was a gift from the people of France.

The Met

Van Wagenen New York Met Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as "the Met," is located in upper Manhattan and is the largest art museum in the United States.

The High Line

Van Wagenen The High Line

The High Line is a 1.45 mile long elevated linear park and walkway. It was created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan.

9/11 Memorial

Van Wagenen New York 9/11 Memorial

Two amazing fountains built in memory of the two world trade centre towers as well as an educational experience honoring the victims and examining 9/11.

New York, New York

Ryan Van Wagenen New York Brooklyn Bridge

Significance of New York for the Van Wagenen Family

Ryan Van Wagenen really enjoyed his nearly four years in New York City.  Ryan feels like the energy in New York is contagious.  He has never worked harder than when he was in New York, but yet still managed to have a really fun time in the city.  The culture promotes little sleep and a whole lot of work!


New York City is everything and more of what it is talked up to be.  New York City is the largest city by population in America.  It is also the most densely populated city in the states.  Which is a pretty great feature and allows people the opportunity to basically walk to accomplish anything that you need to.  It may be the most efficient city on earth!  New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capitals of the world.  The city also has a tremendous impact on commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, and sports.  It is tough to find something that cannot be done in New York City.


New York City has five boroughs or sections - Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staetn Island.  As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, which makes it the most diverse city in the world.  If New York City were a country, it would have the 12th largest GDP in the world.  Ryan Van Wagenen will never forget his time in New York and hopes to continue to visit as often as possible (ideally not in the winter).