Our guide to New York City

  • Guide to New York City

You're in the 'Big Apple' so where on earth do you start? Home to some of the world's most famous attractions, even listing them is exhausting. Times Square, Central Park, The Empire State Building, Macy's, Wall Street... and that's just Manhattan!

New York City is loud, brash and beautiful, just like its people, and if you've only got a few days here they'll be stuffed to bursting, so take note of our favourite things to do in the city that keeps on giving!

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The big hitters...

Times Square

The iconic beating heart of New York City, Times Square is best experienced at night when the neon billboards come out to play. Make sure you take a good camera!

Times Square

 

The Statue of Liberty

A symbol of national freedom, there's no doubt you're already familiar with the face of Lady Liberty. Take a boat trip to Liberty island to stand inside her crown.

Central Park

Rent a bike to make the most of this sprawling park including the zoo, the John Lennon Memorial and the FRIENDS fountain, and hire a row boat to see it from the lake.

Central Park

 

Grand Central Station

Much more than just a railway station, it's one of the most impressive displays of architecture in the city, and has featured in countless films and TV shows.

Top of the Rock

The 360 degree views from the top of the Rockefeller Centre are infinitely better than from the Empire State Building, and the elevator ride is worth the entrance fee alone!

View from Top of the Rock

 

The 9/11 Memorial

Immortalising the tragic events of September 11th 2001, the 9/11 memorial is a sobering reminder of one of the most important events in modern history.

Fifth Avenue

Don't leave New York without strutting your stuff on the biggest and best shopping street in the world. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous, and pick up a few bargains too.

 

An extra slice of New York...

The High Line

Originally an elevated road for freight trains, it's now been converted into a long park in the sky. Stroll along this green oasis and feel a million miles from the city.

New York High Line

 

Guggenheim Museum

Created by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim houses one of the best collections of modern art in the world... And the building isn't too bad, either!

Guggenheim Museum

 

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Little Italy

All this city action does wonders for your appetite so make sure Little Italy is on your hit list. For one of the best pizza joints around head to Da Nico, you may even spot a Hollywood star tucking into a slice or two as well!

Lower East Side & East Village

These are the areas to see and be seen! With awesome dive bars to grab a few bevvies from, this is grit meets glam, and amongst all the new pop up restaurants make sure you keep an eye out for original shops and cafes that give this area character!

Brooklyn Bridge

Here's a tip. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, never looking back until you're at the halfway point. The suspense is nearly too much to bear but those skyline views are worth it! Once you're across the other side, ready yourself for the ultimate city selfie!

Brooklyn Bridge

 

Greenwich Village

Known locally as 'the Village', this cooler than cool area is a brilliant spot for hipsters! Sip on coffee, dine in delicious restaurants, check out awesome galleries or join a street art tour around the neighbourhood to get a real feel for its creative vibe.

The list is endless, but one thing is clear – even a real New Yorker can't manage to see it all! There are so many activities to do and sights to see, you'll be spoilt for choice and be aching to return to the Big Apple as soon as you get home.

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