Our Powerhouse Journey Around the World has reached its final destination. We have traveled 4,817 miles from Rio de Janeiro to New York City, USA.
New York is the most populous city in the United States and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world. It is also the home of the United Nations Headquarters. The city of New York spans an area of 468.9 square miles.
Despite being the most populous city in the United States, New York is consistently ranked in the top ten safest cities in the US. However, with any city that welcomes millions of visitors each year, you should always be aware of swindlers and pickpockets, especially around the most popular tourist attractions.
Some of these popular attractions include Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and The Empire State Building.
Times Square is famous for its huge digital billboards, with its bright lights. It is known as the hub of the Broadway Theater District, a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. Times Square is the world’s most visited tourist attraction that welcomes around 39 million visitors each year.
Standing at 305 ft, The Statue of Liberty is the most recognized landmark of New York. The statue was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and was a gift from the people of France to the United States. The statue represents the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas, and remains the universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
Central Park is in the Manhattan area of New York City, and is the most visited urban park in the USA. The 843 acres park was opened in 1857, and welcomes around 37.5 million visitors each year. Central Park offers many things to do including, a walk through its gardens, ice-skating in the winter, catch and release fishing, and a visit to the Central Park Zoo and Wildlife Center.
One of the most famous landmarks in the world, The Empire State Building is a 103-story skyscraper in Manhattan. With a height of 1,454 feet, it was the tallest building in the world for almost 40 years. You can experience stunning views of the skyline of New York City from its Observatory.
When visiting any of these tourist attractions, always use common sense to keep yourself safe. One particular scam is with strangers taking money from visitors, saying they have just been robbed, or left their wallet in their offices and need money to get home. Be aware that pickpockets and swindlers work in teams, with one causing a distraction, while the other pickpockets you. As always apply Powerhouse Self-Defense’s rule of PROI: PREDICTION of misplaced situations, that is being aware of anything that appears out of context. RECOGNITION of potentially harmful behavior. OBSERVATION of your surroundings. Look for street signs and landmarks. Know exactly where you are at ALL times. INTUITION: Trust your gut and when in doubt, both feet out!
2012 NEW YORK CRIME STATISTICS (According to City-data.com )
EMERGENCY SERVICES NUMBER: 911
NEW YORK FUN FACTS:
1. New York City was the Capital City of the USA from 1789 to 1790.
2. Manhattan was originally known as New Amsterdam, which referred to the southern tip of Manhattan, a Dutch trading port.
3. Central Park is larger than the principality of Monaco.
4. The Federal Reserve Bank on Wall Street contains vaults that are 80 feet beneath the bank and holds about 25% of the world’s gold bullion.
5. Approximately 790,000 companies operate in New York City.
OUR POWERHOUSE JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD HAS COME TO AN END. WE HAVE CIRCUMNAVIATED THE WORLD WITHIN 80 DAYS AND HAVE TRAVELED 37,988 MILES. WE STARTED IN ATLANTA (USA) AND TRAVELED TO LOS ANGELES (USA), SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA), BANGKOK (THAILAND), ISTANBUL (TURKEY) COPENHAGEN (DENMARK), LONDON (ENGLAND), VENICE (ITALY), LAGOS (NIGERIA), CAPE TOWN (SOUTH AFRICA), RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL) AND FINISHED IN NEW YORK (USA).
WE HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THE JOURNEY! SEE YOU SOON! A TOUT A L’HEURE! VI SES SNART!
Jennifer Riis-Poulsen is the Founder & CEO and also a 2nd degree black belt, who formed Powerhouse Self-Defense as a response to the ever-increasing statistics on emotional and physical attacks on females each year. She made reducing these statistics a mission and personal goal and has set out to develop a comprehensive, HOLISTIC personal safety and empowerment program focused on awareness and powerful techniques to build courage and confidence. For more information visit http://powerhouseselfdefense.com