Category Archives: North America

For four decades, the Empire State Building on 34th Street, built in 1931, was the tallest building in the world with its 102 floors and 381 meters (no top), until in 1972 it was expanded to include 411 meters high, 110-story, approximately 840,000 square meters of office space Twin towers of the World Trade Center was surpassed; the latter were destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. After 30 years of stagnation – also due to the global economy – a new generation of skyscrapers is under construction, some of which are supposed to extend well over 500 meters. The newly ignited competition for the tallest building in the world has recently focused not only on the USA but also on the Arabian Peninsula, China, Southeast Asia and Russia.

After the World Trade Center was destroyed, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York with its mast, which was originally intended as an anchorage for zeppelins. It has since been replaced by the One World Trade Center. Erected on the site of the collapse of the WTC (“Ground Zero”), it is now the tallest building in the USA at 417 meters (541 meters with antenna).

Finding your way around Manhattan is easy, as the city plan is extremely regular, especially north of 14th Street. The “Streets” are the cross streets that are numbered from 14th Street in the south to 193rd Street in the north. With a few exceptions, the “Avenues”, which are also numbered, are the longitudinal axes that run at right angles to the streets. The resulting checkerboard pattern is typical of American urban planning.

Another typical feature is the diagonal taken over by the Spaniards – here Broadway – which, as the main thoroughfare, crosses the checkerboard pattern. Broadway is New York’s longest thoroughfare. “The Great White Way” owes its international reputation to the theaters that have been playing here since 1735. There are over 40 Broadway stages between 40th Street and 53rd Street, plus the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. The attraction of Broadway is also demonstrated by the many hotels between 34th and 60th Streets. This part of the city is also home to the United Nations headquarters, the most important political administrative institution in the city.

Fifth Avenue is the central axis of Manhattan and divides the island into an east and a west part. It’s dead straight to 143th Street in Harlem. On Fifth Avenue the street numbers start in both directions; the designation East or West indicates whether a house is to be found on the east or west of Fifth Avenue. For more information about the continent of North America, please check

Honduras Geography and Climate

Honduras is a Central American state bordering Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. The country has a shorter coastline in the south towards the Pacific Ocean and a coast in the north towards the Caribbean Sea. The country was formerly known as Spanish Honduras and the name was used to distinguish between Honduras and Belize which… Read More »

Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, Cuba

CAYO COCO Cayo Coco is one of the most popular islands among travelers in the Jardines del Rey (“Gardens of the King”) archipelago off the northern coast of Cuba. It is the fourth largest island in the country, with an area of ​​more than 350 km². The island got its name due to the numerous… Read More »

United States Literature – Modernism

The poem The need to renew language through the creation of communicative models capable of measuring themselves against a reality in profound and rapid evolution is the need that unites all those who recognize themselves in the modernist movement, starting with G. Stein, expatriated to Paris in 1903, who with E. Pound represents, especially at the… Read More »

United States Struggle for Independence

The Peace of Paris of February 10, 1763 had decided, after a long war, whether North America was to be French or English. With the expulsion of the French from Canada and the Mississippi valley and its tributaries, and of the Spaniards from Florida, a vast field opened up to the colonial action of England.… Read More »

United States Economic Activities

According to the 1950 census, 18.3% of the population was employed in agricultural activities (including forests and fishing), 33.5% in industries (including construction), 18.8% in transport, communications, etc., 1.7% in extractive industries, 21.4% in commerce, public services, etc. In January 1959 the Census Bureau calculated the labor force at 70,027,000 individuals, of which 67,430,000 employed… Read More »

Mexico City Economy and Attractions

Economy and well-being The Latin American Tower (182 m) is one of the tallest buildings in Latin America and is a symbol of the economic development of the Mexican capital and of the nation. The Federal District has been, for much of the history of independent Mexico, its main economic center. In the 19th century,… Read More »

Guatemala Travel: in the Heart of the Maya World

Living traditions, colorful cityscapes and gigantic Mayan temples – that’s Guatemala. If you walk through the lively towns, the colorful costumes of women and men waft towards you. Do you hear the different Mayan dialects? With a little practice you will notice the differences. If only a panoramic view of one of the volcanoes would… Read More »

St Lucia Attractions

Castries is one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean. Surrounded by hills, the large harbor is always busy. Castries is one of the most important ports for many cruise lines docking in Pointe Seraphine. In Castries you will find the great Derek Walcott Square, where a Roman Catholic cathedral from the 19th century… Read More »

Nova Scotia, Canada History

NOVA SCOTIA According to zipcodesexplorer, Nova Scotia is a Canadian province located in Eastern Canada on the Atlantic Ocean. Important cities include the capital Halifax and Sydney at Cape Breton. Nova Scotia is Latin for “New Scotland” and is located north of New England (English for “New England”). Nova Scotia’s motto is: Munit Haec et… Read More »

Prince Edward Island, Canada History

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province. The province is an island. Charlottetown is the capital. Prince Edward Island has about 140,400 (2009) residents, and covers about 5,680 km². TIMELINE: 1534 – Jacques Cartier, a French sailor, arrives on the island. 1603 – The island is named Ile Saint-Jean by Samuel de… Read More »