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New York

New York is known as the city that never sleeps and little wonder, with so much to see and do in this glittering metropolis. The Big Apple is instantly recognisable from its appearances in countless movies, and you will feel like a film star on a New York holiday.

Marvel at the city’s towering skyscrapers. Browse its famous museums then take in a Broadway show. Shop ‘til you drop on Fifth Avenue then sip cosmopolitans in a trendy Manhattan bar. Whether on a city break or longer holiday, we guarantee that you will want to be a part of New York.

New York

Find out what's on in New York this April

Festival fever takes hold of New York this month, with movie fans spoiled with two major film festivals. The city is also flying the flag for eco-awareness at the Green Festival, and talking travel at NY Trav Fest. Meanwhile, there’s egg-hunting antics and it’s Bonnet Parade time for Easter.

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1-7 April

Gaze in wonder at thousands of sweet-smelling blooms arranged in elaborate displays, as the New York Botanical Garden presents The Orchid Show: Chandeliers from 1 to 19 April. A colossal star-shaped chandelier of orchids will be the centrepiece of this stunning exhibition in the Garden’s striking Victorian-style glasshouse.

The floral finery continues when the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival marches into town on 5 April. New Yorkers don their best bonnets for this centuries-old family event.

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8-14 April

Enjoy a taste of Scotland in the heart of the Big Apple, as the New York Tartan Day Parade makes its way up 6th Avenue on 11 April. Listen to the rousing bagpipes and cheer on the thousands of kilt-clad marchers and dancers.

Then little ones can meet the Easter Bunny on 12 April, at The Great Downtown Egg Hunt in Tribeca. Face-painting, games and of course, egg-hunting, are all part of the fantastic family-friendly fun taking place from 2-4pm at PS 89 (201 Warren).

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15-21 April

A must for film buffs – the Robert De Niro-founded Tribeca Film Festival sees hundreds of independent films showcased at venues across the city from 15 to 26 April. Alongside screenings of feature-length, short and narrative films, there will be panel discussions with celebrities, workshops and live music.

Alternatively if travel is your passion, grab a ticket for the New York Travel Festival, on the 18 and 19 April. With workshops and speakers from around the globe - the NY Trav Fest aims to unite and inspire like-minded travel lovers.

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22-30 April

A mecca for the health- and eco-conscious, New York’s Green Festival comes to Javits Convention Center from 24 to 26 April. Shop for eco-fashionable clothing and organic body care products. Browse the abundant green-living exhibits, then enjoy a drink in the sustainable beer and wine garden.

Then if you missed the Tribeca Film Festival, fear not – the Soho International Film Festival offers another chance for cine-fans to indulge their passion. Celebrating, and providing a platform for, films from around the world, this 8-day festival is from 30 April to 7 May at Village East Cinemas.

Find out what's on in New York this May

New York has a spring in its step this May – with the Five Boro Bike Tour, the dance parade and Shakespeare in the Park getting everyone in the mood for summer. Whether it’s sporting occasions, fantastic festivals or unique events at world-class venues – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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1-7 May

Take in the cityscape and greenery of New York on Sunday 3 May as you spectate (or maybe even take part in) the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. The route begins near Battery Park, moves up through Manhattan and makes a circuit of the boroughs before winding up at Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth for festival-style celebrations.

Grab your chance to catch the New York Spring Spectacular™ showing at Radio City Music Hall until 3 May. Starring the Rockettes®, Laura Benanti and Derek Hough.

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8-14 May

New York Botanical Garden’s Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party on 9 and 10 May sees Daffodil Hill decorated with dancing, games, food trucks, casual picnicking and live music from 11am to 5pm.

Van Gogh Irises and Roses exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens on 12 May, coinciding with the 125 year anniversary since the blooming of the flowers that captivated his attention and strokes were put on canvas. This will be the first time all four paintings, two of irises and two of roses, have been reunited since the artist's death.

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15-21May

Look out for venues taking part in The Manhattan Cocktail Classic between Friday 15 and Tuesday 19 May. With nearly 100 ticketed events across five days, you could find yourself at a drink-slinging workshop, tiki tour, bar crawl and mixology lecture.

Feel the rhythms of Dance Parade on 16 May, as the procession passes through the streets of New York, whilst moving through the history of dance –with African beats, sultry salsa and urban street dance to name just a few. Beautifully crafted floats and live music make this an experience not to be missed.

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22 – 28 May

Sailors descend upon NYC for Fleet Week up until 26 May, a weeklong celebration that has been running since 1984. Don’t miss the opportunity to tour some of the visiting vessels, watch the ship parade and listen to musical performances by sailors and marines.

NYC Memorial Day on 25 May is not just an excuse to hit the shops in search of a bargain, it’s also time to reflect and honour soldiers and veterans who’ve served for their country. You can show your respects at the annual Memorial Day Parade on 26 May, starting at 87th Street and Third Avenue.

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29- 31 May

Enter the virtual ticket lottery or try your luck to see whether you can pick up a voucher on the day to attend Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. This treasured New York summertime tradition sees Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston return in The Tempest – one not to be missed.

Brooklyn Film Festival ramps up from 29 May, showcasing Brooklyn as a centre for cinema and promoting independent filmmaking. Or for the young and young at heart pop along to KidsFilmFest taking place on 30 May at indieScreen in Brooklyn.

Find out what's on in New York this June

With the warmth of summer just around the corner, New Yorkers get set to embrace the finer weather with plenty of outdoor activities. June welcomes larger than life parades, a variety of musical events and plenty of opportunity to soak up the unique New York culture.

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1-7 June

From 5 to 7 June Randall’s Island Park will be home to the Governors Ball Music Festival, a three-day outdoor music festival which welcomes Drake, The Black Keys, Florence + the Machine, Bjork and Lana Del Rey. Visit the mixology tent and food trucks at the Food & Shade Oasis, before kicking back in the picnic area and trying your hand at the lawn games.

The 11th annual Tour de Brooklyn takes place on 7 June and sees cyclists tackle 20 miles of Brooklyn's finest biking.

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8-14 June

On 9 June, between 6 and 9pm, the museums that call Fifth Avenue home (82nd-105th Streets), open their doors for free and welcome you to enjoy the festivities of New York’s Museum Mile Festival.

NYC Midsummer Night Swing arrives in NYC from 12 June until 12 July. Summer spirits are running high at the Lincoln Centre, as this outdoor dance party hosts 15 themed nights – which include swing, salsa, tango and rock ‘n’ roll.

Pit masters from New York and beyond descend on Madison Square Park for the annual, lip-smacking, Big Apple Barbecue Block Party on 13 and 14 June.

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15-21 June

See a procession like no other as the Mermaid Parade brings floats and marchers to the streets of New York on 20 June. Admire the flamboyant costumes, which celebrate ancient mythology and aquatic themes, as it passes along Coney Island’s Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.

Listen to the collaborative jazz sounds of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall from 19 to 23 June. To celebrate the continued success of Cheek To Cheek, Bennett and Gaga will be joined by a full orchestra, as they showcase their onstage chemistry through spectacular vocal duets.

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22-30 June

Between 23 and 28 June you can join in with the NYC Pride festivities. With the PrideFest street fair and the march both taking place on 28 June.

The Central Park Summerstage welcomes British rock band The Kooks on 24 June. Having achieved global success with their breakthrough album In/Inside Out in 2006, their catchy pop-rock sounds are bound to get you singing along. They’ll be joined by Australian group Atlas Genius and the alternative sounds of Joywave.

New York neighbourhoods

Aerial view of Downtown New York.

Downtown Manhattan

Cool, quirky and wonderfully diverse, Downtown Manhattan is a multicultural melting pot and the epitome of cutting-edge style. Soho’s high-end boutiques are a must for shopping on luxury holidays, or head to Chinatown for imitation-designer labels and kitsch souvenirs. While you’re there, sample delicious dumpling soup at Joe’s Shanghai restaurant or tuck into tasty traditional pizza at Little Italy. Stay at the elegant Ritz-Carlton New York hotel and benefit from enviable views across the harbour to the Statue of Liberty.

Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan

On New York breaks, head to the Big Apple’s core of Midtown Manhattan for the essential city experience. Here you will find the iconic Empire State Building, majestic Grand Central Station and the sparkling Chrysler Building. Stay at the InterContinental New York hotel for excellent proximity to the bright lights and buzz of Times Square. Be sure to visit world-famous department stores Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s for some serious shopping. Dine at Marriott’s The View restaurant for stunning 360-degree city vistas.

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Soho & Tribeca

For fine art, antiques and luxury purchases, head to trendy Tribeca and neighbouring Soho. A centre for style populated by wealthy fashionistas, it offers excellent shopping and dining options. The area segues between the Financial District and the laidback bohemia of the West Village, with an array of boutiques catering to retro-industrial chic. The luxurious Trump Soho hotel is a perfect base for exploring stylish Soho. Tribeca feels more residential but still attracts the ‘in crowd’ and the odd celebrity.

Aerial view of the Meatpacking Disctrict

Meatpacking District

Colourful and eclectic, the Meatpacking District is an epicentre of New York activity. On the West Side of Manhattan, the district is a hub of fashion, design, food and culture. Creative sophisticates live and work alongside meatpacking businesses in this buzzing community. Visitors come for the lively atmosphere and wide variety of quality bars and restaurants. Stay at the deluxe Hotel Gansevoort in the heart of the District and watch the sunset while sipping cocktails in its stylish rooftop bar.

New York weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • 14°Apr
  • 20°May
  • 25°Jun
  • 28°Jul
  • 27°Aug
  • 26°Sep
  • 21°Oct
  • 11°Nov
  • Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 94
  • 97
  • 91
  • 82
  • 81
  • 84
  • 107
  • 109
  • 86
  • 89
  • 76
  • 91
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 7
  • 8
  • 10
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5

New York’s top shopping neighbourhoods

New York shopping.

Former FHM fashion director Gary Kingsnorth picks his favourite areas to shop in New York City

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