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Things to do in New York

When it comes to things to do in NYC, you will be blown away by the amount on offer. The choice is staggering. You can eat pretty much any cuisine in the world, go clubbing with the in-crowd and absorb culture through every pore.

The rooftop bars and cafés here are fantastic, enjoy cocktails listening to jazz, or drink steaming cups of coffee while a poet recites new work. Shop for designer labels at the plethora of shops, or peruse Picassos and Gaugins at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Take a stroll over the illustrious Brooklyn Bridge, and browse for bargains at flea markets in Williamsburg. So get ready to take it all in with flights to New York.

Not just skyscrapers…

Lake in Central Park.

New York City isn’t just towering skyscrapers, luminous billboards and numerous shopping outlets, there are many green spaces too. When you need a break from shopping or sightseeing enjoy a bit of respite in one of the city’s parks.

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Central Park view.

Central Park

The most famous of all is Central Park which contains a lake, zoo, castle and museum. During the summer months visitors can also enjoy the Central Park SummerStage which offers free and paid shows of music, theatre and dance.

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New York dining

With over 20,000 cafés and restaurants in the five boroughs, you are sure to find something you want. From traditional pizzerias to upmarket eateries, New York caters to the full culinary spectrum. If you can think of a cuisine, then you will find it. Michelin-starred bistros, famous hot dog stands and gourmet steakhouses are competing for your attention on every corner.

New York at night.
New York nightlife

New York is famous for its nightlife, from live jazz clubs and comedy circuits to legendary music venues like the Apollo Theatre. Make your way to the Lower East Side for buzzing bars, or head to Meatpacking District for exclusive nightclubs. Don’t forget to venture over to Brooklyn, as this is the hippest place to be seen on nights out.

Shopping.
New York Shopping

In New York “shop ‘til you drop” takes on a whole new meaning. Visit flagship stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, find designer labels on Fifth Avenue and see stunning jewellery at iconic Tiffany & Co. Make the journey to Make the journey to the Meatpacking District and Soho for haute couture fashions. Or journey to Brooklyn for superb flea markets. You can even ask your hotel’s concierge about personal shoppers.

A New York art exhibition
New York Culture & Museums

New York’s galleries are renowned around the world, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim being two of the best. MoMA and the Whitney are equally fascinating. But for something different, try the El Museo del Barrio, which hosts summer concerts. The Natural History Museum has to be seen to be believed, it is testament to New York’s prowess as a cultural city.

The Statue of Liberty
New York attractions

Manhattan’s awe-inspiring skyline is even better from above, so head to the observation decks of the Empire State Building and ‘Top of the Rock’. Tour the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or ferry over to Governor Island. Babe Ruth’s home Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is a fun day out, and Central Park has everything you need in any season.

The New York skyline
Secret New York

Stylish and sophisticated, New York is full of great bars and trendsetting night spots. The secret(ish) speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell) is accessed through a hot dog restaurant’s faux-telephone booth. The Maison Premiere in Brooklyn serves absinthe and oysters, surprisingly a match made in heaven. And don’t miss out on a visit to The Dead Rabbit – an Irish bar par excellence.

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Visit the Hamptons

If the New York streets are becoming a bit claustrophobic, then a trip to the Hamptons may be the remedy. In just one and a half hours, either by train or by car, you can be sat on sandy Ponquogue Beach supping a cold beer. The Hamptons is known for its surfing, hiking and fantastic seafood restaurants – especially the local clam chowder – perfect for a relaxing break away from the bustling city.

Experiences in New York

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Empire State Building Tickets – Observatory and optional skip the line tickets
View from the Empire State Building in New York

No visit to New York is complete without witnessing the awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama from the top of the Empire State Building. From 1,050-feet up on the Observatory of this iconic building, the vista will take your breath away. Gaze at the shimmering golds of New York at sunset and behold the spectacular sight of the illuminated city by night. Save your valuable holiday time and beat the queues by opting for a special Skip the Line Ticket or Express Pass.

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