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New York City is somewhere that feels familiar before you even visit. Countless films and TV shows are shot here, so when we see the trademark yellow taxi cabs, the hot dog vendors or the dazzling lights of Manhattan, there's a strange sense of déjà vu. It's also home to what is arguably the world's most famous skyline, dominated by the Art Deco marvel of the Empire State Building. Constantly reinventing and setting new trends in fashion, food and art, the city is also a major hub for finance and trade, with the famous Wall Street at its core.

The city is split into the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island, and each has its own unique character. Manhattan Island is home to the trendy neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo, while Brooklyn features a Botanic Garden, the New York Aquarium and the famous Coney Island. A ferry from Battery Park to Ellis Island offers a great opportunity for some incredible views of the city, before reaching the fascinating Immigration Museum. You'll also sail past the iconic Statue of Liberty, with plenty of time to snap photos from all angles.

The city's Broadway shows are second to none, with a variety of major musicals proving the pick of the bunch. The giant green oasis of Central Park offers a perfect spot for a peaceful stroll, as well as featuring lakes, theatres and ice-skating rinks.

New York is served by three major airports: JFK, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia, with public transport options available at each one.


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This weekend

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Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency US$10 = £7.86
Average weekend price £214 per night
Average weekday price £227 per night
Typical stay 3 nights

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First Time visit to New York City in summer.

25 June 2019

First Time visit to New York City in summer. Central Park was the best, visited the Park every day. My visit to the Public Library was a highlight, don't miss the free library tours at 11h00 and 14h00.

Andre South Africa

Visiting the art museums.

25 June 2019

Visiting the art museums. A wonderful city for walking, including Central Park. And I met so many wonderful kind, generous and friendly people. Such a magical place. A perfect city to visit as a single female traveller. I felt comfortable and safe throughout my visit.

Anonymous Australia

Dirty and so over filled with tourists aimlessly looking for...

25 June 2019

Dirty and so over filled with tourists aimlessly looking for things to do - Prepare to line up at anything worthwhile doing and once you’re their prepare to be let down by the grottines of the attraction . The I don’t give a crap attitude of the locals let this city down and food really begs to given an overhaul in taste and presentation. All in all , New York should be called Old York with emphasis on Old

Anonymous Australia

A wonderful place to visit.

24 June 2019

A wonderful place to visit. There is always plenty of things to do! This time we visited Brooklyn Heights and Harlem to see how ordinary people live. Soho /Tribeca is always a good choice for shoppung - have to mention Supreme store.

Anonymous Finland

I spent 6 days there in total which was enough time to see...

24 June 2019

I spent 6 days there in total which was enough time to see everything I wanted too including a show and a baseball game. But it also gave me time to not have the rush and to go back to places I particularly enjoyed visiting. I would recommend getting the NY Pass if you want to go round a lot of museums and attractions, and wait until its on offer, I was much cheaper than buying the tickets separately and made queuing much quicker.

Abigail United Kingdom

We rented Citibikes and rode the Green Line to Battery Park,...

24 June 2019

We rented Citibikes and rode the Green Line to Battery Park, amazing! Had Lunch at Pier One, great location, and sites to see! Yes, we found it easy to get around! Ride a bike and walk to really explore the city and you will find unexpected gems.

Heidi Canada

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