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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 September

New York stands resolute this month – from fashion to film, food to festivals, this city is a hive of activity, determined to show the world what fabulous hosts they are. Daytime temperatures are balmy, carnivals are in full swing and the mood is upbeat and positively resilient.

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Summer on the Hudson.

1-7 September

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week takes place from 4 – 11 September at the Lincoln Center. You may not fulfil the guest list credentials, however you can still join the style-conscious and fashion forward, by picking up the latest trends as they emerge on Fifth Avenue.

Experience a different side of New York with Summer on the Hudson. Take the family along to West Side County Fair at Riverside Park South & 68th on 7 September from 1 to 6pm. The kids will love the carnival rides and the impressive aerialists, while live bands and the greenmarket stalls vie for your attention.

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8-14 September

Brooklyn Academy of Music 2014 launches its Next Wave Festival on 9 September, featuring 30 theatre, music, dance and film productions, plus 13 music concerts from Nonesuch Records.

Each September, New York City continues its tradition of remembering and honouring the victims of the World Trade Center attacks. 911 Memorial hosts concerts and fundraisers throughout the month or you can book tickets to visit the eight-acre 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.

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Coney Island.

15-21 September

Enjoy a foodie night on the North Plaza of Union Square Park from 6 to 10pm on 18 September. Watch local chefs prepare signature dishes, while you sample microbrews or pair wines, listening to music at Harvest in the Square.

Named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, Coney Island Film Festival screens close to 100 innovative films from 9 - 21 September. Soak up the atmosphere in the heart of the boardwalk, at 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn. Book early to avoid disappointment as many nights sell out.

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Museum Day Live.

22-30 September

It’s worth planning ahead if you’re looking for things to do in Manhattan on 27 September – from 1 August download and print a free ticket for two people to visit any of 27 New York City museums free of charge, courtesy of Museum Day Live.

Come rain or shine, one of the city’s biggest and best street fairs – the 40th Annual Atlantic Antic takes over Brooklyn on 28 September. Atlantic Avenue fills with multiple stages playing host to jazz, rock, R&B and more, storytelling and pony rides occupy the kids and cuisine from every corner of the globe satisfies all tastes.

Find out what's on in New York this October

Temperatures have dropped and crowds have dispersed – leaving film buffs, architect enthusiasts and comic fanatics to thrive, before Halloween takes hold and puts on a frighteningly good show.

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1-7 Oct.

1-7 Oct

The New York Film Festival takes place from 1 to 12 October. See classics by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and full-length feature films including Howard Brookner’s Burroughs: The Movie, Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America.

Starting on the 7 October and running until 11 November, Lincoln Center hosts the White Light Festival. Showcasing world-class performances and films with a focus on music.

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8-14 Oct.

8-14 Oct

From 11 to 12 October gain access to many places and spaces that are usually closed to the public. Architecture open house invites you to visit the best of the city’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings in New York.

Fans of comic books, animation, sci-fi, manga and more will enjoy a meeting of minds at the Pop culture convention. The exhibition from the New York Comic Con takes place from 9 to 12 October at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan.

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15-21 Oct.

15-21 Oct

The annual Oktoberfest is an experience not to be missed on the 19 October. Sample sausages of every kind, washed down with copious amounts of beer at the Garden at Studio Square in Queens. Tickets sell out fast, so be quick.

All budding scientists should attend the Family party at the museum on 21 October. The American Museum of Natural History offers a host of activities from digging for gems and peering into microscopes to speaking to museum scientists in the flesh.

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22-31 Oct

Get into the Halloween mood with free entry to Pumpkin Fest at Central Park Bandshell on 26 October. There’s a haunted house, Harry Potter-style quidditch matches and pumpkins to carve and take home.

Join The Village Halloween Parade on 31 October along 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street from 7pm to 10:30pm. The theme this year is ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ so dress up for the occasion if you can and enjoy the long list of entertainment.

Find out what's on in New York this November

November in New York welcomes the beginning of the holiday season. As the city gets ready to embrace the magic of December, parks and monuments begin their transformation into winter wonderlands. You’ll find plenty of opportunity to sip cocktails and sample winter beers and wines in preparation for the Thanksgiving celebrations at the end of the month.

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1-8 November

November in NYC begins with the TCS New York City Marathon. On 2 November this world-famous run begins in Staten Island and travels through all five New York boroughs before ending in Central Park. Grab a spot along Central Park to cheer on the finishers.

On 7 November the Radio City Christmas Spectacular arrives at the Radio City Music Hall. Enjoy 90-minutes of festive-infused entertainment with dance, fireworks and a flying Santa. The show runs until 31December, so book your tickets before you go. Winter in Bryant Park also kicks off in November, as 125 boutique-style shops and an ice skating rink transform the park into a whimsical winter wonderland.

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9-15 November

9-15 November

From 5 to 9 November New York’s Comedy Festival brings big-name comedians, sketch and improvisational comedy and panel discussions to venues across the city. Catch one of America’s most loved comedians, Bill Cosby on 9 November at Carnegie Hall.

Sample craft beers and enjoy hearty food at the Winter Beer Festival in the Armory on Lexington Avenue on 14 and 15 November. Or tantalise your taste buds with 250 wines and light hors d’oeuvres at the NYC Autumn Wine Festival which will be held at the Conrad New York on 15 November. Attend an afternoon or evening session and celebrate fine wine and food, accompanied by live jazz.

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16-22 November

16-22 November

As December approaches, holiday markets begin to pop up over NYC. Visit the Holiday market at Grand Central from 17 November, where you’ll find 76 micro-boutiques hidden inside the terminal building. Or pick up wonderful keepsakes at the Union Square Holiday Market from 20 November, where more than 100 red-and-white booths will fill Union Square Park for the 19th annual holiday market.

In the evening sip a cocktail under holiday lights as model trains run around a miniature New York at The New York Botanic Garden’s Holiday Train Show from 7 to 10 pm on 21 and 22 November.

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23-30 November

23-30 November

You’ll be blown away by the extravagance of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – watch as larger than life floats, marching bands and flamboyant performers make their way down Central park West and 6th Avenue on 27 November.

From 28 November you can catch The Nutcracker at the Lincoln Centre. Thought of by many as an NYC holiday tradition – the old-fashioned costumes and festive spirit will charm you, while the choreography and Tchaikovsky music will have you captivated. Tickets go on sale 21 September so don’t miss out.

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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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