NEW YORK THINGS TO DO
From spectacular food and brilliant bars to sightseeing and shopping, New York offers everything you’d hope from a city.
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.
Spend the spookiest night of the year in the city that never sleeps. Whether you’re exploring the city by foot on a candlelit ghost tour, or picking up the perfect costume at NYC Comic Con, you’ll find the perfect event in our Halloween Horrors list.
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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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soak up the unforgettable panoramic views from the Empire State Building.
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