New York, New York isn’t this everyone’s favourite city? Whether it’s admired from near or afar, through the magic of TV and movies mainly, NYC has captured hearts and minds the world over. This city boasts discos, theatres, night clubs, globally renowned districts, world famous hotels and many iconic landmarks such as The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, Central Park and Times Square. It is one of the most important cities as a centre of trade and finance.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN NEW YORK
- The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States to mark the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The museum and ten-story pedestal are open for visitors, but are only accessible if visitors have a "Monument Access Pass", which is a reservation that visitors must make in advance of their visit and pick up before boarding the ferry.
- The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has one of the most popular outdoor observatories in the world, having been visited by over 110 million people. The 86th-floor observation deck offers impressive 360-degree views of the city.
- Central Park is a public green space in the heart of Manhattan. It contains several lakes and ponds, walking tracks, two ice-skating rinks (one of which is a swimming pool in July and August), the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, a large area of natural woods and an outdoor amphitheater which hosts summer festivals.
- Times Square is a major commercial intersection at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. It is another of New York’s iconic images and the site of the annual ball drop on New Year’s Eve. The area is buzzing with bars, restaurants and shops and full of illuminated advertising boards.
EATING OUT IN NEW YORK
Like many cities there are many choices, multi-ethnic districts in addition to grills and diners typical of the city. The options are endless. It's best to avoid tourist areas like Little Italy and Times Square if you want to enjoy the best value. Some hip areas to find great New York restaurants at budget-friendly prices are Chinatown, the East Village, and the Lower East Side.
GETTING AROUND IN NEW YORK
The main way to navigate the city is by the subway, taxis and buses are over ground options. The city is served by two airports Newark and JFK. The AirTrain JFK connects passengers directly from the city to the latter airport.
TOP TIP FOR NEW YORK
Avoid the queues for trips to Liberty Island, unless you really want to view ‘The Lady’ from up close. An alternative, from which you can admire the stunning Manhattan skyline, is to step aboard the Staten Island ferry. The five mile journey takes about 25 minutes each way and is now free of charge.