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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.

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New York reviews

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10

We planned each day out ahead of time.

December 13, 2018

We planned each day out ahead of time. Different sections of the city each day. Take your patience and your assertiveness w you... going to need both!!! Sooo many people all in a hurry! I actually took a nap while on a hop on hop off tour! Expensive food and drink... just like Vegas! Made a rule that we couldn’t eat at an establishment we had at home!

Bugaboo
Bugaboo United States of America
10

One of my favourite cities to walk around - always buzzing...

December 12, 2018

One of my favourite cities to walk around - always buzzing and always something to do - wander away from the traditional tourist locations and you’ll find discover some great places - bars, restaurants, boutique shops, quirky characters etc

Anonymous Australia
10

There is no place like New York, especially at Christmas.

December 12, 2018

There is no place like New York, especially at Christmas. A must see. We really enjoyed the lights at night and felt safe on the streets. Rockefeller Center is amazing as well as the store decorations on 5th Avenue. Plenty of wonderful restaurants to suit every taste. Highly recommend visiting New York City.

Debra
Debra United States of America
10

New York is like no other place.

December 12, 2018

New York is like no other place. It is captivating. There is so much to do and see that unless you have an unlimited stay be prepared to visit again. It is a walking city so have comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk. It allows you to truly see all the neighborhoods have to offer. Enjoy!

Paul
Paul United States of America
10

I loved everything about it.

December 12, 2018

I loved everything about it. The subways make it extremely easy to get around. I’m glad I was somewhat in shape because there is LOTS of walking involved. There’s so much to see and experience. I’ll have to make several more visits to see and experience all this city has to offer. I will add that I’m not impressed with the taxis. It was impossible to get a taxi after my friend and I needed one after a long day of tours. We had to walk from 51st St all the way to 75th. This was our first night before we figured out the subway system. Once we got the subway down we had a great time. The Fairway Market is exceptional!! So many fresh ingredients like produce, cheese, fish, meat and olives. It makes grocery shopping something to look forward to.

Terri
Terri United States of America
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The lights, the excitement in the air, the always festive...

December 12, 2018

The lights, the excitement in the air, the always festive and lively people. We had a delicious dinner at Il Punto, we always skate - this year in Central Park. The kids did t want to wait in line to go to the FAO Schwartz store. The light show at Saks 5th ave is always a treat.

Margaret
Margaret United States of America

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