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Bright lights, big city – it’s waiting for you

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With its world-class museums and galleries, unbeatable foodie credentials, and endless creativity flowing through its fashion, art and music scenes, New York City is the undeniable A-lister of the Empire State.

Taking a holiday to New York is a treat for all the senses, with its diverse jigsaw of boroughs and neighbourhoods waiting to be explored, from the moment you touch down in the city. Manhattan sits at the heart of it all, with an iconic skyline and a famous sight at every turn. First-time visitors will revel in ticking off those classic New York attractions made famous in films, while the island’s charming, culture-rich neighbourhoods provide a glimpse into New York experiences that locals love. But don’t miss out on the city’s other boroughs: cross the East River to Brooklyn for hyped-about restaurants and bars, head out to Queens to discover cutting-edge art, catch a Yankees game in the Bronx, or jump on the ferry to Staten Island and embrace lush parks, wetlands and hiking trails.

At the weekend, do as New Yorkers do and head out for brunch – or you could hire a car and zip up the Long Island Expressway to the celeb-studded beaches of the Hamptons, or for something more low-key, head to North Fork’s Greenport or Shelter Island. The Catskill Mountains are perfect for outdoorsy types, with rugged mountains, rivers filled with brown trout, and impressive waterfalls. The only question you have to ask yourself is: when are you going to visit New York?

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Exploring the curious with Jess Parr

Jess Parr, prolific blogger and BA cabin crew goes kayaking on the Hudson river, sips cocktails on a Brooklyn rooftop and brunches in the East Village.

New York is a brilliant combination of the new and the old. It has so much history and culture – and at the same time, everything seems so vibrant, new, and exciting

Jess Parr

Бортпроводник British Airways и автор блога о путешествиях

An architects perspective with Vishaan Chakrabarti

Author and architect Vishaan Chakrabarti talks design wonders of New York including the Guggenheim, the High Line and Madison Square Garden.

New York Insiders: Seasonal Tips


Summer weekends are the time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds, as most New Yorkers take off on weekend breaks, so you can see the city at a more leisurely pace without being caught in the fray. The down side is that many of the art galleries are not open in August – so do check before you come if there’s one you particularly want to visit.

- Lyn Slater, New York based fashion and beauty blogger

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My favourite part of the year is fall (autumn). Central Park looks especially stunning from above, if you are able to take a helicopter tour over New York. And if you can get out of the city and to head to the Catskills in upstate New York, peak ‘leaf-peeping season’ is late October.

– Dan Rookwood, US Editor of Mr Porter

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It sounds so cliché, but ice-skating in Bryant Park is an unmissable winter experience in NYC. It’s a little less touristy than Rockefeller Center, and the seasonal market surrounding the rink is superb.

Jess Parr, British Airways Cabin Crew and Travel Blogger

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There’s no better time to catch the High Line in full bloom. The blossoms in Madison Square Park are not to be missed. It’s also the perfect time to eat outside, even when it’s a little nippy. People are so desperate for summer to arrive that they usually start al fresco dining earlier than you’d expect. The Pavilion in Union Square Park and Shake Shack in Madison Square Park are two of my favorite casual outdoor spring spots.

- Vishaan Chakrabarti, New York based architect

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Exploring secret spaces with Lyn Slater

University professor and fashion icon Lyn Slater explores secret gardens in Central Park, gives the lowdown on New York’s independent bookstores and reveals the best place to get dessert in the city.

New York is fundamentally a place where people don’t ask you where you’re from – they ask you where you’re going. It’s future-oriented and it’s all about the energy you bring, not the lineage you arrive from

Vishaan Chakrabarti

New York based architect

Thrifty exploring with Casandra Rosario

Food blogger Casandra Rosario takes us on a thrifty tour of New York city. Uncovering where to eat and things to do to make your dollars work harder.

It’s impossible to ever get tired of New York’s incredibly diverse food options. Anything you want, we’ve got it covered.

Casandra Rosario

Local foodie and CEO of The Rosario Group

Finding hidden gems with Dina Scherer

Dina Scherer, a personal stylist living in New York uncovers the city’s hidden fashion boutiques and shares top shopping tips as well as exploring Times Square.

Our best foodie tips

Absolute Bagels Food

Voted the best bagels in New York by Time Out, we tend to agree. These chewy, delicious, hand-rolled boiled delicacies come with a great selection of schmears (creamy cheese spreads). Our recommendation is the scallion schmear with lox (smoked salmon) and cucumber, a true New Yorker’s bagel. Journey up to the Upper West Side on Broadway to sample these bagels, close to Columbia University. A student-staple, you will not be disappointed. As there is no seating inside, maybe sit in the nearby Riverside Park for a mini-picnic.

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Burger Joint

Supposedly secret – but often with queues – this quirky, 70s-inspired hole in the wall is inside the exclusive Le Parker Meridien. Behind a red curtain, down a corridor with a lively neon-burger, diners sit in a small room strewn with graffiti eating some of the best burgers in Manhattan. Juicy, char-grilled beef patties with a liberal amount of cheese, salad, and pickles all in a grilled bun. Crispy fries and thick milkshakes complete the experience. This is a cash-only joint, in keeping with the grungy theme, so visit a cash point before you arrive.

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Friend of a Farmer

Brunch in New York can be the most important meal of the weekend. With that in mind, head over to local favourite Friend of a Farmer in Gramercy Park for a superb hangover cure. Choose from farm-fresh, home-made dishes that will remind you of your grandmother’s cooking. From superb omelettes with spinach and mushrooms to crab eggs benedict, you will find something you want. The griddle specialities are especially appealing, as are the Bloody Marys. A small warning – get there early as it gets busy, which is always a good sign.

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Known as the first pizzeria in the US, Lombardi’s first opened its doors in 1905. Gennaro Lombardi, a Neapolitan immigrant, reinvented a humble staple dish into the massive worldwide phenomenon it is today. Smoky-based dough baked in a stone-baked oven, with his famous tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella await the eager diner. Signature toppings include Italian meatballs and pepperoni – a traditional treat. In the family since 1897, you know you are going to be well looked after when you walk through the doors.

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If you head out to the Hamptons while you’re in New York, take the train at Hunterspoint Avenue in Long Island City rather than battle the crush at Penn Station

Dan Rookwood

US Editor, Mr Porter

A local guide with Dan Rookwood

US Editor of Mr Porter, Dan Rookwood explores street food with his family, New York’s green spaces and where to go on date night.

They say New York is the city that never sleeps – and it really is. No matter what kind of a person you are, whether you’re a morning person or a night person, there will always be others working and up at the same time as you

Lyn Slater

New York based fashion and beauty blogger

New Yorkers tip between 18-20 per cent as a rule. An easy way to calculate this is to either double the tax on the bill or work out 10 per cent of the total, double it, then round down a bit. No need to get out the calculator on your phone

Dan Rookwood

US Editor, Mr Porter

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