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It’s original, it’s famous, it can only be: New York
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Feel the change of the season in New York this autumn. As Central Park turns 50 shades of orange, grab your reusable coffee cup and stroll around this big, brilliant and beautiful city. Everyone’s experience of famous New York is totally original. Whether you want to tick off iconic sights from the bucket list, or explore the city’s best kept secrets, let British Airways take you there to see it for yourself – and make your own mark on Manhattan.
In a city with 20 million people, an abundance of festivals, hundreds of museums – one pair of eyes won’t seem enough. With the start of hockey and basketball season, get tickets and head to a local stadium to don that foam finger and soak up the all-American atmosphere. Time your holiday to New York to catch the Village Halloween Parade or Thanksgiving Day Parade for a city showstopper. When the evening draws in, catch a Broadway show, then head out to a rooftop bar for the best city views of the skyline at night.
First-time visitors will jaw-drop in awe at the famous landmarks that mark the streets of Manhattan. From the Empire State Building, to Grand Central Station, check out our list of top things to do and feel like a city slicker in no time. Regulars will always find something new: whether it’s the latest rooftop bar opening in Midtown, exploring the newest venues around Hudson Yards or hitting up the city’s best farmer’s markets. Then there’s the city’s five boroughs. We'll take Manhattan – and then Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island for afters.
There’s almost too much to see. No wonder people return time and time again, New York changes with the seasons and everyone’s New York experiences are different. But New York isn’t just a state of mind: it’s also a state – and a beautiful one at that. Niagara Falls, Vermont, the finger lakes and the Catskill mountains are all within reach when you hire a car and leave the city. What are you waiting for? Book your flights for your next amazing holiday.
Want some more inspiration before you go? Read up on our five most fascinating facts about New York. Find out what makes this one of the greatest cities in the world.
There are over 800 languages spoken in New York. The Jewish population is the largest outside Israel, the Polish population is the largest outside Poland – and if you happen to meet 38 Americans, chances are that at least one of them will be from New York. These chances increase if you’re standing in Brooklyn.
The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building rank among the USA’s most beloved pieces of architecture – and the Flatiron Building is still fondly regarded as an architectural curiosity. But the iconic New York skyline is constantly evolving. It now includes a skyscraper with no windows, and the new One World Trade Center – which has the sixth tallest tower in the world.
Baseball is a real New York sport. The Yankee Stadium has been home to the sport’s biggest heroes: Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio among them. But it isn’t the only activity that's well-represented in the city. The New York Marathon is one of the world’s biggest races, and Queens holds the US Open, one of tennis’s major tournaments.
New York loves its parades and pageantry. The city holds the world’s largest St Patrick’s Day Parade – you’ll see seas of green frothing in the street every year on the 17 March. Not to be outdone, Coney Island holds a Mermaid Parade in June. It’s smaller (fewer people can claim mermaid ancestors than Irish ones) but just as fun. In June, PrideFest marks one of the USA’s largest Pride festivals, and in November you’ll see the enormous balloon floats of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
This city cares about coffee – New Yorkers drink, according to some claims, seven times as much of the stuff than the average American. But they might love their food even more. Cheesecake, pizza, pastrami, bagel, pretzels: all had their recipes perfected in NYC. What’s more, the Bloody Mary, eggs Benedict and Waldorf Salad were ‘invented’ here. What a brunch that makes!
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