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Visiting New York City is sort of like déjà vu – countless films and shows are filmed here, so all the yellow taxis, hot dog vendors, and crazy Manhattan lights always feel strangely familiar. It's also home to the world's most famous skyline, dominated by the Empire State Building, an Art Deco masterpiece. 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 feel. Manhattan is home to hip neighborhoods like the Greenwich Village and SoHo, while Brooklyn has its Botanic Garden, the New York Aquarium, and the famous Coney Island boardwalk. A ferry from Battery Park to Ellis Island offers 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 take photos from all angles.

Broadway shows are second to none, featuring a variety of major musicals and plays. The enormous Central Park offers an oasis in the middle of all the busle, perfect for a peaceful stroll past its lakes, outdoor theaters, and ice-skating rink.

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

Tonight

From $141 per night

This weekend

From $531 per night

Next weekend

From $377 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
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Average weekend price $295 per night
Average weekday price $311 per night
Average stay 3 nights

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10

I love New York and all the biz but it is very expensive now...

June 18, 2024

I love New York and all the biz but it is very expensive now and especially in or near Times Square food and shopping in tourist store especially! Loved all the attractions Top of the Rock/ Empire State/9/11 museum is very poignant and must be seen/ bus tours and boat tours to Statue of Liberty etc/cycling round Central Park all fabulous. Best food in the diners we loved Carnegies and Brooklyn Diner.

Robert
Robert United Kingdom
8.0

New York is busy, crowded and just full of life.

June 18, 2024

New York is busy, crowded and just full of life. It was great to experience the nature of what New York is all about. Lot's of places to eat and lots of museums and places to visit and experience. Loved New York broadyway! if you're into musicals or theatre highly recommend for you to watch something. Loved the comedy shows too. The subway does get a big confusing but it gets easier once you get the hang of it. Not the cleanest city and not the best to get around by car. As an Aussie there are a few things that makes you think twice about visitng USA again. The first would be the exchange rate and second would be the tipping culture. We don't tip in Australia so to tip at a starbucks of 18% is honestly outrageous. Why am I tipping someone who are just simply doing their job? Happy to tip if the service was exceptional but this is just your standard daily job task. I get the standard wage may be low and they rely on these tips but it's hard to grasp the concept. Sure, there's an option not to tip but we heard thats not the etiquette. Since we are not from a tipping culture we dont know any better.

Kevin
Kevin Australia
10

I love the energy of the city!

June 16, 2024

I love the energy of the city! It is important to be close to Times Square to access theatre and the arts. We loved the food at Angelina's on Broadway. I also have a special fondness for Sarabeth's Kitchen. Our walk through Central Park was wonderful as the weather was perfect!

Rhonda
Rhonda United States of America
10

A must see city in the US, always busy no matter where you...

June 16, 2024

A must see city in the US, always busy no matter where you go so plan out a basic schedule of places to see and be sure to use google maps, even if you get lost just hook up to any Starbucks, McDonald’s or any fast food places WiFi to get you back on track. Encourage anyone to make use of the subway so easy to understand, tap on pay plus pretty cheap and run all hours. If you plan on going to museums then try to limit bags because it’s a bit like going through the airport and they will wand you, don't be rude they just take security seriously. Most of all be prepared to walk absolutely miles to maximise your trip, you might get the odd character on the subway but just keep to yourself and enjoy your trip

Gary
Gary United Kingdom
10

The distances are so vast, that even if we began using the...

June 16, 2024

The distances are so vast, that even if we began using the subway our first day, we walked 20-26 thousand steps every day for 10 days. Tap your regular credit card on every bus and subway without first making any "deal", and you still don't pay more than any other rebate! Maks 34 dollars a week.

Alsos
Alsos
10

The variety of activities available in this amazing city is...

June 14, 2024

The variety of activities available in this amazing city is beyond impressive. Our short trip included walking the High Line, taking a tour at the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, checking out Chelsea Market and the West Village as well as seeing two shows. We packed in a lot in 3 days!

Denny
Denny United States of America

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