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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.

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Festivals in NYC

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 22 and 23 August. The line-up is still to be announced but expect some amazing acts. From 4 to 6 September (Labor Day weekend in the USA) fans of electronic music will be heading to Randall’s Island Park for the Electric Zoo Festival – where Chemical Brothers and Alesso are headlining.

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Find out what's on in New York this August

The summer season never fails to sizzle in the Big Apple and true to form – this month’s line-up of events is a scorcher. From blues music festivals and jazz lawn parties, to championship tennis and movies in Central Park – it’s all happening in August.

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1-7 August

Join in the family-friendly fun when the Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival comes to Jamaica Avenue, Queens on Sunday 2 August. This all-day event showcases the multicultural cuisines, crafts and musical talents of the Queens population.

Then from 7 to 16 August, the Harbor Lights Theater Company brings a Broadway classic to Staten Island, with its staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Gypsy at St George Theatre. Sing along with unforgettable numbers including Everything’s Coming Up Roses, in this celebrated musical based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee.

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8-14 August

Watch the thrilling race action as over 170 teams from around the world compete at The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. This fantastic free event, on 8 and 9 August, also sees an entertainment extravaganza of live music, dance, martial arts and more.

Then, calling all theatre lovers… Don’t miss North America’s largest multi-arts event – the New York International Fringe Festival, from 14 to 30 August. More than 200 international companies will perform at multiple venues across the city as part of this superb showcase for both new and established artists.

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15-21 August

Journey back to the Roaring Twenties at the Jazz Age Lawn Party,  from 15 to 16 August on Governors Island. Dress as a fop or flapper, learn to dance the Charleston, browse the vintage items for sale and sip cocktails on the lawn.

Then soak up the vibrant sights and spirit of the India Day Parade on Sunday 16 August. Watch nearly 40 floats and over 20 marching groups and bands make their way along Madison Avenue, as part of this annual event celebrating America’s Asian-Indian community.

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22-28 August

Spend a day lazing in the sunshine and enjoying the sounds of the USA’s greatest blues and roots musicians, at the Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival on Saturday 22 August. Combined with tasty fare from New York’s best barbecue restaurants, this is the perfect complement to a summer’s day.

Or settle down with your picnic and watch a movie under the stars (free of charge) from 25 to 29 August, as part of the famous Central Park Film Festival. Film details to be confirmed.

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29-31 August

Discover New York in a completely different way, by competing in the XPLORE New York City – Urban Adventure Race on 29 August. Race to various city locations, solving a series of clues to win a cash prize in this exhilarating, super-size scavenger hunt.

Then grab tickets to see Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and many more top tennis names vie for the winning title in the 2015 US Open, at Arthur Ashe Stadium from 31 August to 13 September.

Find out what's on in New York this September

Daytime temperatures are balmy, carnivals are in full swing and the mood is upbeat and positively resilient as New York welcomes September. From fashion to film, food to festivals, this city is a hive of activity – beginning with the festivities of the Labor Day weekend.

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1-6 September

Book tickets for Electric Zoo, which takes place from 4 to 6 September. This electronic dance-music festival brings top acts and 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend.

Experience a different side of New York at Summer on the Hudson, an annual outdoor arts and culture festival. Take the family along to Riverside Park on 6 September from 1 to 6pm for an eclectic mix of entertainment – from music concerts to dance performances and movies under the stars. The kids will love the carnival rides and the impressive aerialists, while live bands and market stalls vie for your attention.

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7-13 September

Soak up the sights of the annual West Indian-American Day Carnival on 7 September. This seven-hour Brooklyn carnival invites you to celebrate the sounds and style of the Caribbean, through colourful costumes, reggae and calypso music and traditional cuisine.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week takes place from 10 to 17 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.

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14 -20 September

The Coney Island Film Festival screens nearly 100 innovative short films from 18 to 20 September. Soak up the friendly atmosphere in the heart of the boardwalk, at 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn. Book early to avoid disappointment as many nights sell out.

See German-American marching bands, floats, dancers and walkers in traditional costumes in the Steuben Parade on Fifth Avenue on 19 September. Then enjoy German beer, food and live music at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park for the Steuben Parade Oktoberfest.

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21 -27 September

It’s worth planning ahead if you’re looking for things to do in Manhattan on 26 September – from 1 August download and print a free ticket for two people to visit any of 93 museums in New York state free of charge, courtesy of Museum Day Live.

Come rain or shine, one of the city’s biggest and best street fairs – the 41st Annual Atlantic Antic takes over Brooklyn on 27 September. From 12 to 6pm, Atlantic Avenue fills with multiple stages playing host to jazz, rock, R&B and more. Let storytelling and pony rides occupy the kids and delicious cuisine from every corner of the globe satisfy your taste buds.

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28 - 30 September

Book tickets to see folk favourite Ben Howard at Radio City Music Hall on 28 September. This Mercury Prize-nominated guitarist is famous for his understated emotional live performances – having enjoyed huge success in both the UK and US with his debut album Every Kingdom.

Or lose yourself in the smooth sounds and crooning vocals of Irish singer-songwriter Hozier on 29 September. You’ll be wowed by the simplicity and intimacy of Hozier’s shows, as his soul-infused-rock sounds captivate audiences. Hit song “Take Me to Church” received a nomination for Song of the Year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, and was performed by Hozier and Annie Lennox during the show.

Find out what's on in New York this October

October sees the Autumnal season begin, and with it a mesmerising change in New York’s foliage. Take a walk through Central Park to see the wonderful colours of fall. The Big Apple is still very busy in October, with plenty of festivals, art shows and new plays at the theatres happening all over the city.

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1-7 October

The New York Film Festival has, since 1963, brought new and inventive cinema to the Lincoln Center. This year is no different, so between 25 September and 11 October, the festival includes panel discussions, filmmaker chats, and of course screenings of Avant-Garde films from around the world.

With a cinematic start to the week, the BBC’s Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on 7 October. Star of the show Michelle Gomez, who plays villainous timelord Missy, hosts these performances. Expect mesmerising music alongside the Doctor’s most feared rivals, such as Daleks and Cybermen. Not to be missed.

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8-14 October

Now a feature in every major city, New York’s Comic Con is the biggest on the East Coast. Taking place at the Javits Center, in the heart of Midtown, on 8 to 11 October. This fun weekend of comics, cosplay and meeting of celebs will entertain the whole family.

Celebrating Italian-American culture and of course, the ‘discovery’ of America, the annual Columbus Day Parade held on Fifth Avenue plays host to 35,000 marchers. Add to this the crowd of one million and you have got a big party on 12 October. Expect music, dancing and singing in traditional Italian-style.

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15-21 October

Thanks to the late great chef Josh Ozersky, you can find all the meat you can eat at this great festival – Meatopia. Hosted by his friend and fellow carnivore Michael Symon, this wonderful day of bbq, braising and burgers will have your mouth watering. Taking place at Pier 91 on 18 October, this is a meat-lover’s paradise.

Taking place 13 to 17 October all over Manhattan and drawing over 120,000 people to its 35th year. CMJ Music Marathon is a force to be reckoned with in New York’s music scene. Not just a music festival, but a series of seminars and panel discussions on the future of the industry in over 70 different venues.

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22-28 October

On 28 October, the Statue of Liberty celebrates her 129th birthday – she was given to the United States of America in June 1885 and dedicated in October 1886. If you want to celebrate with this huge lady, then head over to Liberty Island, and bring a lot of cake.

New York’s most famous film fan and influential auteur Martin Scorsese has lent his name to a great collection of film art at the MoMA, to keep cinema culture alive for generations to come. These 34 works from the Scorsese Collects exhibition can be seen until 25 October, from European art house to film noir classics.

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29-31 October

It’s your last chance to see Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life at the New York Botanical Gardens, which finishes 1 November. The exhibition is the first to explore Frida Kahlo’s appreciation of the natural world. A rare display of more than a dozen original paintings awaits, all featuring plants and animals of Frida’s famed garden at her home in Casa Azul.

And last but not least, the infamous Village Halloween Parade takes place on Saturday 31 October starting at 6th Avenue and Canal Street in Greenwich Village. This is one of the most creative and spooky public events in the world, with over 53 bands, hundreds of puppets and dancers all dressed up in their finest Halloween costumes.

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.

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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

Six useful apps for visiting New York

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From tracking down sample sales to suggestions for activities based on the weather, make the most of your time in NYC with these must-have apps.

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