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New York City

New York the epicenter of art, a city which is house to over 8 million people, where more than 800 languages are spoken is one of the most happening cities in the world. A trendsetter in dining, fashion and shopping it is truly an irresistible city in the United States that never sleeps and bursts with energy, people and culture. New York consists of five boroughs namely Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and the Staten Island making it one of the densely populated megacities in the world boasting art galleries, museums, award-winning restaurants attractive natural and man-made attractions, jaw-dropping skyscrapers and bright neon light streets which attract nearly 50 million people every year to this fast-paced and culturally diverse city where everything seems bigger, bolder, noisier and faster.

Things to see and do

New York is simply one of the most visited cities on planet earth which has something for its every visitor. If you are heading to the Big Apple for the very first time then here are the key attractions of that you just can’t afford to miss. You can soak the atmosphere of the city by just walking on its streets where you can come across its neighbourhoods from the Upper East Side and Soho to the happening and lively Chinatown. There are plenty of places that you can visit free such as Time Square, Grand Central Station, New York Public Library, St. Patrick Cathedral etc. If you miss a little bit of peace in this happening city then you can get an escape at the Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park etc where lots of activities, concerts and exhibition were taking place throughout the year that you can enjoy. From high-end shopping to hipster haunts of Brooklyn to neon lights of Broadways to endless exciting offers across the crowded aisle of Manhattan, everything about the city is full of fun and life. If you love visit museums and art galleries, then do visit the Museum of Modern Art, 9/11 Memorial Museum and New York Botanical Garden etc. So hurry! Pack your bags now and get fascinated by the diversity of this beautiful place.

How to reach

By Plane:- There are more than a hundred air carriers travelling to NYC from all corners of the world. Air travellers to New York city may arrive at John F.Kennedy International Airport (JFK), La Guardia Airport (LGA) both in Queens or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey. La Guardia primary serves domestic destinations and flights to Canadian and Caribbean destinations whereas Kennedy and Newark airports serve both domestic as well as international destinations.

By Train:- NY is mainly served by two major railway stations Midtown: Grand Central Terminal on the east side and Penn Station on the west side. Grand Central is served by Metro-North Railroad and Penn Station is served by Long Island Rail Road, Amtrak and NJ Transit.

By Bus:- In New York there are a number of affordable and convenient bus lines to travel from all corners of the United States and some parts of Canada which include Concord, BoltBus, Greyhound and Megabus.

Which airlines fly to New York from the UK

There are various airlines that offer flights from the United Kingdom to New York City which include British Airways, Iberia, Delta, American Airlines, KLM, Air France, Virgin Atlantic etc. British Airways, Virgin, American Airlines, Delta Air India, Norwegian and United are among the carriers flying directly to NYC. Flights depart from some of the major cities of the UK which include London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburg, Glasgow and Belfast.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit New York depends on the purpose of your visit.

  • The best time to visit NY is from April to June and from September to early November when the weather is quite pleasant and mild.
  • The cheapest time to visit is on weekends from mid-January to the end of the February
  • Best time for Honeymooners is May, June and then September and October
  • Best time for sightseeing is April to June and then from October to early November
  • Best time for nightlife is year around

Where to stay

You can select from the wide array of accommodations in the New York City. If you are going for a short break then you surely want to stay close to the main action in Manhattan. These days the Meatpacking district is the main hub of nightclubs, wine bars and fashion designers where you can find many luxurious hotels to stay. Best luxurious hotels to stay is Park Hyatt and Mandarin Oriental whereas best boutique hotels in the city are Library Hotel, The Crosby Street Hotel and if you like to stay at the cheap hotel the best ones are The Skyline Hotel New York and Travel Inn at the Midtown Manhattan.

Best eat outs

With thousands of restaurants and bars filling the New York Street there is no lack of inspiration when it comes to eat over here. The Chinatown district in Manhattan is known for its authentic restaurants. The city is quite famous for its bar scene where you can indulge in the bohemian vibe of Greenwich Village to exclusive cocktail bars on the Upper East Side. Apart from this, there are various cheap eats as well where you can try like Joe’s Pizza at Carmine Street, the authentic Mexican Joint Tortilleria Nixtamal, 47 Avenue, Tartinery at Brookfield Place, Vesey Street, City Kitchen, 8 Avenue etc are among the best eating joints in the city.

Getting around the city

Get a MetroCard, as there is three to choose from depending on how often you will use it. Buses are the cheap mode of travel over here but you must have a Metrocard. You can even get a day pass and ask for a free transfer if you are jumping from one bus to another. You can even opt for a yellow taxi; it is paid for by the meter. If you like boat trips then take a boat around Manhattan to see the skyline of the city or can also get a free ferry over to Staten Island that passes through some of the major attractions of the city.

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Useful tips

  • New York City has so much to see and with a City Pass, you can save money while exploring its cultural, historical and famous sights.
  • If you love shopping then browse the antique markets in Chelsea.
  • Do have your Metrocard ready to swipe and know how to use it.
  • Do use your feet, subways, buses, and trains for faster and cheaper travel in the city.
  • Mind your city etiquettes.

 

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