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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

What's on in New York in April 2014?

New York shines its follow spot on the arts this April, with the Tribeca Film Festival taking centre stage. Get in on the act and catch a screening, join in the Easter parades or grab the world’s attention with the biggest and best pillow fight.

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NYC Books.

1-7 April

Peruse your way through rare books at The New York Antiquarian Book Fair – taking place from the 3 - 6 April at The Park Avenue Armory. See spectacular flower arrangements from around the world at Macy’s Flower Show up until 6 April. Or head to Barclays Center on 4 April to catch Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz arena tour before it wraps up its North American leg. For various reasons this will get you in the mood for International Pillow Fight Day taking place in Washington Square the following day.

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NYC Baseball.

8-14 April

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness one of the fiercest rivalries in sports when the New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox at the Yankees Stadium on 11 April. The two teams have competed in Major League Baseball for over 100 years and are some of the most watched games each season. A lively basketball match between the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden is sure to be just as eventful on 13 April.

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NYC Open Ceremony.

15-21 April

The official opening night is of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men on Broadway is set for 16 April, although you can enjoy a sneak preview throughout April. This is also the start of Robert De Niro's Tribeca film festival where a host of screenings are taking place to mark the occasion. On 19 April The Museum of Modern Art presents its largest exhibition ever organised at the museum ­– Sigmar Polke 1963-2010. And as it is Easter, throw caution to the wind and don an extravagant hat for the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on 20 April along Fifth Avenue.

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Tribeca Film Festival.

22-30 April

Greenwich Street comes alive with storytellers and puppeteers on 26 April, while cast members on and off Broadway take to the stage at The Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair. From magical wands from Gazillion Bubble Garden to video-game-hacking workshops from the Museum of the Moving there is something for all ages. New York Fashion Week may have been and gone but The Museum at FIT hosts fashion shows year-round. One of its most talked about exhibitions is Trend-ology on 28 April - examining the phenomenon of fashion crazes over the decades.

Find out what's on in New York this May

If you’re wondering what’s hot in New York this May, then look no further. This carefully selected list of events means that you won’t miss out - from last chance to see shows, to energetic sporting occasions and things that see the whole community getting together and spirits running high.

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Boro.

1-7 May

Take in the cityscape and greenery of New York on Sunday 4 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.

It’s your last chance to see the Rockettes® in HEART AND LIGHTS™, which is showing until Sunday 4 May at Radio City Music Hall.

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Cocktails.

8-14 May

Stop by Charles James: Beyond Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from Thursday 8 May for a glimpse at the recently revamped Anna Wintour Costume Center. The first show to exhibit in the new space will be devoted to 20th-century American designer Charles James – who’s exquisite designs can often been found in the glossy pages of Vogue.

Look out for venues taking part in The Manhattan Cocktail Classic between Friday 9 and Tuesday 13 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.

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Dance parade.

15-21May

Feel the rhythms of Dance Parade on 17 May, as the procession moves 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.

Embrace the New Yorkers love for baseball at the Yankee Stadium, as the New York Yankees take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Memorial Day.

22 – 28 May

Sailors descend upon NYC for Fleet Week from 21 to 28 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 (26 May) is an exciting time to visit the city. The Memorial Day Parade is a must-see - as soldiers, veterans and members of the community come together. Attend a free concert by the New York Philharmonic at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine or take part in the Lower East Side Arts Festival – an outdoor event with live music, poetry and dance.

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Hayden Planterium.

29- 31 May

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles will take you back to the early 60s when rock & roll was re-energised by four lads from Liverpool. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966—the years that so called ‘Beatlemania’ ran rampant in America. See how the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture - including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music.

Don’t miss out on the spectacular Hayden Planetarium Space Show: Dark Universe, which ends on Sunday 1 June.

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. Enjoy movies beneath the stars, immerse yourself in vibrant celebrations and soak up the culture in New York this June.

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Shakespeare.

1-8 June

Shakespeare in the Park is a treasured New York summertime tradition – catch their interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing from 3 June to 6 July.

New York’s Museum Mile Festival is thought of as the city’s biggest block party. On 10 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.

On 9 June New York hosts a flamboyant parade to celebrate the 56th annual Puerto Rican Day.

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Summerstage.

9-15 June

During the months of June, July and August, Central Park Summerstage takes over Rumsey Playfield. This outdoor festival hosts an array of free-of-charge performances – that go on rain or shine!

Baseball fans will be aware of the famous rivalry between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. Why not experience the passion and enthusiasm first-hand at a Subway Series game.

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New York.

16-22 June

The American Black Film Festival arrives in New York on 19 June for four days of Hollywood Premieres, dynamic events, conversations and master classes.

Book tickets for The Book of Mormon at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

Or spend Friday nights between 21 June and 23 August watching free movie screenings on the pier at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum , which overlooks the Hudson River. Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and plenty of nibbles and wait for the film to begin at sunset.

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Pride.

23 – 30 June

Between 24 and 29 June you can join in with the NYC Pride festivities. With family movie night, Pridefest street fair and on 29 June, the march.

NYC Midsummer Night Swing arrives in NYC from 29 June to 17 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.

From June to August the Bryant Park Summer Film Series allows you to enjoy classic films under the stars at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Join the locals with a summer picnic, followed by a film.

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.

Flats in Soho, New York

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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