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A city of firsts, a place where things begin and thrive, and then become fashionable everywhere. From arts and fashion to music and food, the world relies on New York for inspiration. With our flights to New York you can start exploring straight away.

For first timers, Manhattan will seem like the busiest and brightest place in the world, packed with things to do in New York and places to see. But once you’ve seen the iconic sights and ticked off Times Square and Central Park, perhaps venture out into Manhattan’s less iconic areas. Explore the distinct neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village or Tribeca. Browse boutiques in the Meatpacking District or rummage through flea markets in Chelsea. Then visit Harlem, home to great jazz clubs and soul food. Escape Manhattan and you’ll find other areas similarly teeming with artists, musicians and foodies. Brooklyn has many exciting restaurants and bars, especially Williamsburg’s hip pop-up bars. Coney Island’s fun fair and boardwalk cafés excite the child in all of us. And Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo bring millions of visitors each month. Don’t be afraid to indulge your curiosity and head off the tourist trail, as you are sure to find something new and exciting.

Find out what's on in New York in January

It’s cold in January but the holidays aren’t over yet. There’s sledding in Central Park, bargain hunting at the sales and at Broadway week – and not-such bargains at stunning antiques fairs. With so much to tempt you, make sure you don’t stick to your resolutions.

1-8 January
NYCC show floor.

1-8 January

On New Year’s Day go on a mad dip in the water at the aptly-named Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day swim off Coney Island.

On Friday 6 January catch the camel train at the Three Kings Day Parade, organised by El Museo del Barrio. Local children dress in traditional Nativity garb to lead the kings through the city, surrounded by floats and music. There may even be a real camel or two. Later that day, visit the Frick collection- on the first Friday evening of every month entry is free. See a masterpiece painting: Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene before it returns to California on the 22 January.

9-15 January
NYC-NYCWFF.

9-15 January

For those with their eyes on the prize, sales shopping starts in early January. Swan around at Saks Fifth Avenue and collect America’s coolest brands at a discount, Clover Canyon, Elizabeth and James or native New Yorker Marc Jacobs.

No Pants on the Subway Day, announced in December, happens in early January every year. It’s the biggest of New York’s famous flash mob invasions: ride the subway and see commuters in their suits, ties… and boxers. Photographs encouraged. Participation is completely open to all, too…

16-22 January
Open-House.

16-22 January

Mid-January is all about Broadway Week, with 2 for 1 tickets on hit theatre. Look out for participating shows. See Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The Disney film scales up its score and cast for a huge colourful family musical. It’s a whole new year, after all.

Have a snow day at Winter Jam, with the help of machine-made snow. Cancelled last year due to actual bad weather, this year on 21 January, grab a sled and head to Central Park for skiing tuition, snowball fights and a cosy market.

23-29 January
Dog-Parade.

23-29 January

January means Antiques Week, with five shows of marvellous treasures over two weeks. The Winter Antiques Show in the Park Avenue Armoury is the most prestigious. Be in the seat of good taste, and rub shoulders with the rich and discerning. From 22 to 29 January.

In the last week of January, keep your eyes peeled for meal deals- it’s New York’s bi-annual Restaurant Week late Jan to Feb (dates to be announced) and some wonderful restaurants dish up discounts. Last Summer Palm Court at The Plaza and modern Japanese revelation Zuma both participated. Then hear Copenhagen’s hippie commune pop group Lukas Graham singing their frank, beautiful songs at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 28 January.

30-31 January
Halloween-Parade.

30-31 January

Get all fired up watching ice hockey in a sports bar or at home stadium Madison Square Gardens- the New York Rangers have a game on the 31 January. Or, the same night, get your drama from Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera with a world-class performance of the Bizet tragedy.

Find out what's on in New York this February

February in NYC is often time to wrap up warm and find fantastic exhibitions in cosy museums and galleries. Everything from fashion and funk to craft beers and wildlife, you’ll find something perfect for your trip. Don’t miss Valentine’s Day on the 14th, when New York comes alive with love and romance.

1 – 7 February
Masterworks Unpacking-Fashions.

1 – 7 February

Last chance to see Masterworks: Unpacking Fashions which finishes on the 5 February at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See incredible designs which have been amassed over the past seven decades of the Costume Institute’s creation. Expect to see 60 of the most iconic fashions from the 18th century onwards.

Super Bowl Sunday, which is 5 February in 2017, should be declared a holiday, as the number of parties in bars and clubs is off the scale. Find yourself a party and enjoy the game with new-found friends. Teams to be confirmed, but Lady Gaga is tipped to be performing the half-time show.

8- 14 February
Sunset Boulevard The Musical.

8- 14 February

Based on the unforgettable Billy Wilder film of the same name, Sunset Boulevard: The Musical comes back to Broadway for 16 weeks only. Glenn Close stars as the tragic and eccentric heroine, Norma Desmond, in this story of the dark side of Hollywood stardom. The show opens on 9 February at the iconic Palace Theatre on Broadway.

Valentine’s Day brings more than romance to the streets of NYC, so book a seat at the risqué Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular. This sizzling burlesque show will get your pulse racing at the Highline Ballroom on 14 February.

15 – 21 February
Red Hot Chili Peppers.

15 – 21 February

See Californian funk-rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers on The Getaway Tour from 15 to 18 February. Taking place at the famous Madison Square Garden, playing songs from the new album and some greatest hits, this is one not to be missed.

Also at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Max Beckmann in New York exhibition looks at German expressionist artist, Max Beckmann, whose work was branded degenerate and confiscated by Nazi Germany. This exhibition, which ends on the 20 February, considers the work he did while living in NYC after his self-imposed exile.

22-28 February
New York Wild Film Festival.

22-28 February

The fourth annual New York Wild Film Festival takes place from 23 to 26 February and features some of the best wildlife documentaries and films of recent years. From exploration and conservation to adventure and environmental studies, the body of work will be impressive.

And to end the month on a high, NYC Beer Week happens across the city at various venues between 24 February and 4 March. You’ll be able to enjoy craft beer from across the five boroughs and beyond, with ten days of special events, tap takeovers and celebrations, this is the best place to try New York’s favourite beers.

Find out what's on in New York this March

The snow begins to thaw, and the days get a bit brighter – and with the longer days come lots of new attractions, plays and exhibitions. March brings the end of the winter sports season and the biggest St Patrick’s parade in the world – wrap up warm and enjoy NYC’s spirit.

1 – 7 March
Art-on-Paper.

1 – 7 March

Starting the month with a fantastic art event, the third annual Art on Paper takes place at Pier 36 in the Two Bridges neighbourhood. From 2 to 5 March, see photography, drawings, paintings, and even sculpture all made from paper – expanding the boundaries of the medium.

A trip to New York would be incomplete without visiting the famous Madison Square Garden. See the New York Rangers take on the Montreal Canadiens at a thrilling ice hockey match on 4 March. Famed for its fights as much as its sport, grab a beer and a hot dog and enjoy a raucous night out.

8- 14 March
Regina-Spektor.

8- 14 March

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, is one of the finest plays of the 20th century and deserves a great cast. Showing at the Belasco Theatre this season, starting 9 March, it stars two-time Academy Award Winner Sally Field. This will be a sell-out show, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Head over to the iconic Radio City Music Hall to see the idiosyncratic Regina Spektor, whose new album ‘Remember Us to Life’ is a big hit both in the US and across the pond in the UK. One of the stars of the New York anti-folk scene, this is not to be missed.

15 – 21 March
Coffee-Tea-Festival.

15 – 21 March

The biggest and best St Patrick’s Day parade in the US, the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade sees hundreds of thousands of people don green to celebrate their Irish heritage. On the 17 March, make sure to head down to Fifth Avenue to join the party and watch the procession.

If the partying gets a bit too much, then head over to the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC on 18 and 19 March, across the bridge in Brooklyn. You’ll be amazed by the choice available at the Brooklyn EXPO Center, from the 100-plus tea tastings to delicious cakes that go alongside.

22-28 March
Fidelio.

22-28 March

Throughout March, make your way to the New York Botanical Gardens to see their fantastic 15th annual festival of Orchideae.The Orchid Show: Thailand celebrates the rich and diverse culture of Thailand’s orchids, whose lush climate is ideal for the cultivation of these beautiful flowers – with over 1200 native species it is a big show.

Starting on the 16 March until April, the Metropolitan Opera brings to life Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera. Sung in German, with subtitles in English, this tale of freedom and courage is an inspiring and impassioned fight against injustice.

29-31 March
The-Photography-Show.

29-31 March

The Photography Show at the brilliant Pier 92 exhibits photography through the ages, from pioneers to contemporary stars, sourced from the world’s best 100 fine art galleries. The show takes place over 30 March weekend, and is not to be missed.

Finally, one of the biggest events in college sports takes place at Madison Square Garden on 30 March – the final of the National Invitational Tournament. The best basketball teams of colleges across the country are invited to play, culminating in a final of epic proportions. See the NBA stars of the future at this always highly-anticipated event.

Places to eat around the world ( in New York )

Everybody knows you can get any type of food in New York. From bagels and brunch to pizza and soul food, these are among the best places to go in NYC. Spread throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, don’t miss out on these culinary pleasures.

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