New York Destination Guide
New York City is bold, brash and bright and one of the world's most visited cities. Home to the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park and countless other attractions, it's safe to assume the New York tourism industry is in no danger of petering out! There are barely enough hours in the day to explore all that this vibrant metropolis has to offer. Whether you're exploring Manhattan, crossing the bridge to Brooklyn, heading north to the Bronx, checking out Queens or maybe even sailing around Staten Island, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to experience one of the world's most exciting cities.
The list of attractions is long and most visitors find it best to concentrate on one particular borough. The island of Manhattan arguably contains the most things to do in New York, starting with Times Square in the heart of the Theatre District – also the home to Broadway. Nearby is Midtown, where you can enjoy spectacular views over the city from the top of the Empire State Building. Check out trendy Greenwich Village for quaint bars and atmospheric cafes before heading uptown to the famous Central Park. If you want to see the Statue of Liberty then you'll need to get off the island of Manhattan to do so. One of the best ways to view the towering neoclassical structure is on the Staten Island Ferry.
New York restaurants offer some of the world's finest dining but there's also plenty on offer for those on a budget. The city's street food is legendary, from hot dog stands to the ubiquitous bagel shops found throughout Manhattan and the outer boroughs. One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, the 'Big Apple' is also a great place to enjoy cuisines from across the globe. The Chinatown district in Manhattan is renowned for its restaurants but with migrants from virtually every corner of the globe, you don't have to look hard to find something to suit your tastes. New York is also famous for its bar scene, from the bohemian vibe of Greenwich Village to exclusive cocktail bars on the Upper East Side.
New York hotels can be expensive, particularly in Manhattan, but there are plenty of alternatives which don't have to break your budget. A stay across the East River in Long Island City is a great way to save money as the neighbourhood is conveniently connected to Manhattan by the Queensboro Bridge. Hotels in Brooklyn are slightly harder to come by, though you can still rub shoulders (and compare cardigans) with trendy hipsters and upcoming avant garde artists in vibrant Williamsburg.
As a global centre of fashion and commerce it's no surprise New York shopping is some of the best on offer anywhere in the world. Ritzy Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side is famous for its high-end boutiques, and it's a great place for people watching if you can't afford the high prices! Just as exclusive is Fifth Avenue in Midtown, with its wide range of exclusive designer outlets. The city is also famous for the sprawling Bloomingdale's and Macy's department stores which between them sell just about every range of goods and products available. Don't be intimidated by the range of choices on offer, simply do as New Yorkers do and dive in.
New York like a Local
With locals as famous as its dazzling cityscape, you should consider some quintessential walking tours once you've booked your New York flights. There are dozens of different tours available, many of which are run by locals with intimate knowledge of the city's diverse neighbourhoods. Specialist tours include visits to some of New York's best known rock music and jazz clubs, guided tours of the city's famous eateries and tours highlighting famous landmarks showcased in television shows such as Sex And The City and Seinfeld.