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New York

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.

Festivals in The City That Never Sleeps.
Festivals in The City That Never Sleeps

New York is the most culturally diverse city on the planet, so you would expect some fantastic festivals on offer. And you will not be disappointed. Celebrating the best of the Big Apple’s multiculturalism – The Afropunk Festival brings alternative black music to Brooklyn’s streets on 27 and 28 August. Ice Cube, TV on the Radio and Janelle Monae headline the festivities. Then, from 2 to 4 September (Labor Day weekend in the USA) fans of dance music will be heading to Randall’s Island Park for the Electric Zoo Festival. Featuring some of the best names in electronic dance music, including Tiesto and Bassnectar, this is perfect for a weekend in Manhattan.

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The month of June is festival season, from jazz to punk and beyond, you’ll find something you like. Don’t miss Museum Mile, when fifth avenue comes alive with children’s games and exhibitions. Then at the end of the month it is Pride, with parades and parties galore. So expect a month of fun in New York.

1–7 June
blue note jazz festival.

1–7 June

Starting June on a musical theme is the fifth annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, which showcases the best of New York’s superb jazz scene. Taking place over different venues, including the Blue Note Jazz Club and the BB King Blues Club, you’ll see some of the finest acts in Jazz from 1 to 30 June.

The Governors Ball takes place on Randall’s Island Park, between Manhattan and Brooklyn. From 3 to 5 June you can see some amazing acts, including Kanye West, The Strokes and Beck, to name a few. Add to that some epic food stalls and plenty of craft beer, and you have a pretty good start to a summer of festivals.

8-14 June
jazz age lawn party.

8-14 June

Head back in time at the Jazz Age Lawn Party which takes place on Governor’s Island over the weekend of 11 and 12 June. Thousands of fans of the roaring 20s enjoy the classic age of jazz, chic speakeasies and dancing the Charleston at this exclusive weekender – so book early to avoid disappointment.

First held in 1978, the Museum Mile Festival is a night of discovery for New York’s residents and visitors alike. The nine museums on Fifth Avenue, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, are open to the public for free on 14 June. With live bands and entertainment and activities for children, this is a wonderful evening out.

15-21 June
philharmonic in the park.

15-21 June

The spectacular Philharmonic in the Park sees the world-famous New York Philharmonic Orchestra play to the crowds on the Great Lawn in Central Park between 15 and 22 June. Expect big crowds, sublime music and awe-inspiring fireworks to mark the finale’s crashing crescendos.

The largest art parade in the US, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade brings thousands of artists and extroverts to Brooklyn’s famous Coney Island. A colourful celebration of the summer solstice, artists dress as mermaids and sailors to create a fun, family-friendly carnival on the 18 June.

22-30 June
city pride.

22-30 June

New York is one of the most forward-thinking cities in the world, and its NYC Pride events make sure future generations do not feel the discriminations of the past. Celebrate the continuing movement 24 to 26 June starting with the parade at Pier 26 at Hudson River Park. Expect fabulous costumes and a party to remember as the festivities continue until early in the morning.

Manchester favourites The Stone Roses play Madison Square Garden in their only date in North America in 2016. Taking place on 30 June, and supported by Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, this promises to be a brilliant once-in-a-lifetime show.

Find out what's on in New York this July

New York leads the way with the Fourth of July celebrations, and the city’s summer line-up of outdoor events gets into full swing. From laid-back rock to classical crescendos, the city is pumping with music throughout July. And not to be missed are the renditions of Shakespeare’s finest works in Central Park.

1–7 July
macys day parade.

1–7 July

Where better to celebrate Independence Day than in the Big Apple? Kick off the festivities on 4 July by hopping on a ferry to Staten Island, for the Travis Parade. Expect a sea of red, white and blue as flag-waving, costume-adorned spectators and participants fill the streets - starting from East Service Road at 12.30 pm.

The day culminates with a crescendo of exploding fireworks as the spectacular Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display lights up the skies above Manhattan to a rousing musical score. Featuring performances from a host of star names including Kelly Clarkson and Ed Sheeran.

8-14 July
annual pleasantville music festival.

8-14 July

Hailed as ‘New York’s backyard jam’ – the Annual Pleasantville Music Festival is a laidback, family-friendly rock festival featuring top acts, as well as activities to keep little ones entertained. So bring a picnic blanket to Westchester Medical Center (accessible by train from NYC) on Saturday 9 July and settle down for a day of world-class rock.

Then tuck into a veritable feast of arts at the Lincoln Center Festival, from 13 to 31 July. Combining ballet, opera, Shakespeare and much more into one superb showcase – the festival is a must for discerning culture vultures.

15-21 July
shakespeare delacorte theater.

15-21 July

Make a splash at the City of Water Day on 16 July, when the city toasts its waterfront with a day of aquatic fun on Governors Island. Boat tours, kayaking, paddle-boarding and a children’s activity fair are just some of the attractions on offer at this fantastic free event for all the family.

The top-notch complimentary events continue with Free Shakespeare in the Park from 19 July to 14 August. In the leafy setting of Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, relax and enjoy Troilus and Cressida – the Bard’s epic tale of warriors and lovers, set in ancient Greece.

22-30 July
lincoln Center's mostly mozart festival.

22-30 July

For 50 years, the Lincoln Center has been paying homage to Austria’s celebrated son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with the annual Mostly Mozart Festival. This year’s extra special anniversary event features famous artists, world premieres and festival debuts – from 22 July to 27 August.

Uniting poets and poetry lovers across the city, the New York City Poetry Festival celebrates the art form with two days of readings and workshops by 250 exhibitors. For little poets, there is also a children’s festival – in the verdant setting of Governors Island from  30 to 31 July.

Find out what's on in New York this August

New York in August brings summer heatwaves and glorious sunshine, so leave the air conditioning behind and experience outdoor events all over the city. From Central Park to Coney Island’s beaches, you’ll find something fun for your evening’s al fresco escapades.

1 – 7 August
garbage play in central park.

1 – 7 August

On the 1 August, British rockers Garbage play at the brilliant SummerStage in Central Park. Tickets are sure to go quickly for this, as it will be a great show in the warm summer, evening sun. Check out Shirley Manson and the gang’s electronic pop stylings on this one-off show.

It’s your last chance to see the Radio City Music Hall presented New York Spectacular on 7 August, which follows a family’s unforgettable day out in the eponymous city. Starring the cherished Radio City Rockettes, this is one show not to be missed.

8 – 14 August
all american drive in.

8 – 14 August

Go back in time to an All American Drive-In for a selection of classic films. Head to Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island on the 8 to 13 August to experience a nostalgic treat for all the family – drive in, sit back and enjoy.

Last chance to see the fantastic Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, which finishes 14 August. With over 170 exhibits discussing the disparity between hand-made haute couture and machine-made ready-to-wear garments, this is not to be missed.

15 – 21 August
hudson river park’s blues BBQ.

15 – 21 August

The brilliant New York Fringe Festival has its 20th anniversary this year, so you should expect an exceptional line-up of plays, solo shows, comedy and more. Taking place from 12 to 28 August in venues all over Greenwich Village, you will laugh, cry and see the comedy stars of the future.

Head uptown to Pier 97 in Chelsea to enjoy Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ on 20 August. This is a new location for the barbecue since outgrowing its former home, so expect some of the city’s best soul food alongside some of its best blues musicians.

22 – 28 August
brooklyn comedy festival.

22 – 28 August

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival has become a big name in the worldwide comedy circuit. From 22 to 28 August you can see up-and-coming comedians alongside established names at various venues across Brooklyn. Go and see the next generation of comedy stars.

For 40 years, the streets of southern Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach have come alive for the Brighton Jubilee, and 2016 is no different. Taking place on the 28 August, with street vendors serving fantastic food, great bands and a lot of revellers – 125,000 last year –this is a party not to be missed.

29 – 31 August
curious incident of the dog in the night time.

29 – 31 August

The biggest event in US tennis has its opening night on the 29 August through to 11 September. Venture to New Jersey’s USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to see if Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta can defend their titles. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Why not go and see a Broadway show? It is your last chance to see The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time which ends its celebrated Broadway run on 4 September. Visit the Ethel Barrymore Theater on 31 August to see this multiple award-winning play, based on Mark Haddon’s brilliant thought-provoking book.

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Midtown Manhattan

If New York is the Big Apple, then its core has to be Midtown, where you will find the essential city experience. Home to the iconic Empire State Building, grandiose Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station’s majestic architecture, this is Manhattan as you imagine it. Stay at the luxury InterContinental New York, with panoramic views of the bright lights of bustling Times Square. Shopping options are in great supply with Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s on the doorstep, and you can find some great bargains at Century 21. Don’t miss out on MoMA, where you can also eat fantastic gourmet cuisine at The Modern.

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