3.4 miles from city centre
Lower Manhattan – also known as ‘Downtown’ – has a complex fabric of energetic neighbourhoods. Visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located at the World Trade Center at Ground Zero. Nearby, you’ll find the legendary New York Stock Exchange. As night falls, the bars and restaurants of Soho, Tribeca and the Lower East Side are electric.
Places to stay from £33 per night
3.7 miles from city centre
From farming community to gritty artist enclave in the 1960’s, today’s Tribeca is one of the city’s most exclusive addresses – and home to many celebrities. Hudson River Park and Washington Market Park provide Tribeca’s lungs, while the areas gastronomic delights provide the heart. Tribeca hosts the annual Tribeca Film Festival in Spring.
Places to stay from £65 per night
3.2 miles from city centre
The bohemian origins of this neighbourhood ‘South of Houston Street’ have given way to gentrification – the charming cobbled streets are now lined with boutiques, trendy cafes, restaurants and a range of eclectic art galleries. Celebrity and supermodel sightings can’t be avoided, so it’s a great place to mingle with the famous and fabulous.
Places to stay from £61 per night
1.9 miles from city centre
Chelsea retains many of its 19th century landmarks. You’ll find eclectic art galleries hidden amongst the rows of townhouses. The High Line Park – which runs along a defunct elevated railway line – is popular with locals. Chelsea Piers is a massive sports and entertainment complex, while Chelsea Market is loaded with gourmet food shops.
Places to stay from £26 per night
0.9 miles from city centre
A midtown hotel is the perfect launch pad to New York City’s ‘Big 5’ – the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the New York Public Library. Cultural connoisseurs should head to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), take in a show at Carnegie Hall or find inspiration at the American Folk Art Museum.
Places to stay from £26 per night
Upper West Side
1.2 miles from city centre
This is the city’s epicentre of arts, culture and academia. You’ll find the impressive Cathedral Church of Saint John in Morningside Heights and the American Museum of Natural History – plus 60 blocks of theatres and restaurants. On weekends, walk the 4-mile strip of Riverside Park, or dine at one of the trendy cafés with outdoor seating.
Places to stay from £31 per night
New York City is somewhere that feels familiar before you even visit. Countless films and TV shows are shot here, so when we see the trademark yellow taxi cabs, the hot dog vendors or the dazzling lights of Manhattan, there's a strange sense of déjà vu. It's also home to what is arguably the world's most famous skyline, dominated by the Art Deco marvel of the Empire State Building. Constantly reinventing and setting new trends in fashion, food and art, the city is also a major hub for finance and trade, with the famous Wall Street at its core.
The city is split into the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island, and each has its own unique character. Manhattan Island is home to the trendy neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo, while Brooklyn features a Botanic Garden, the New York Aquarium and the famous Coney Island. A ferry from Battery Park to Ellis Island offers a great opportunity for some incredible views of the city, before reaching the fascinating Immigration Museum. You'll also sail past the iconic Statue of Liberty, with plenty of time to snap photos from all angles.
The city's Broadway shows are second to none, with a variety of major musicals proving the pick of the bunch. The giant green oasis of Central Park offers a perfect spot for a peaceful stroll, as well as featuring lakes, theatres and ice-skating rinks.
New York is served by three major airports: JFK, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia, with public transport options available at each one.
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|Most popular time to visit||October–December|
|Cheapest time to visit||June–August|
|Local currency||US$10 = £7.69|
|Average weekend price||£136 per night|
|Average weekday price||£140 per night|
|Typical stay||3 nights|
COVID has made NYC inhospitable and almost unbearable. Strict quarantine rules for 39 states have made outsiders unwelcome. Harassment and fear of others abounds worse than ever before. We will not be returning ever!
Lots to see and do. Getting around on the subway was quick and easy. Get a reduced price for Broadway shows , at office behind Times Square steps. We went up The Rock at night, and Empire State during the day. Shopping at Century 1 is a must!....
I'm not sure what I could possibly say about New York that hasn't been articulated better elsewhere. New York has no shortage of cafes and restaurants - which is why reviews really help. Check out the recommended dishes and times - there's a lot of helpful information out there. The musicals and the theatre scene are INSANE. I have watched atleast one musical every single time I've been and I would recommend it to everyone. I've also been lucky enough to catch a play or two which were also excellent. The thing, though, is there are SO MANY storytellers in New York. Lots of customizable tours, free walks, food tasting walks, everything. Every neighborhood has its own history and cool things to offer. Walking around is fun but you'll save a lot of time with a bit of planning. Also, definitely reserve if you ever want a table for lunch or dinner, no matter what the day. There's usually an integrated option on your Google Maps app. The atmosphere in the city is a bit different than when I visited in 2017, and before, though. I suppose that's to be expected with everything the world is going through.
This time I chose Chelsea...a Holiday Inn. Very good location. Near subway, within walking distance to Penn Station and big shops. They had problems with the elevators so I used the stairs from the 4th floor. Breakfast was small but good. Coffee terrible. Ate a nice kosher but expensive meal at Mr Broadway which is an upscale Deli. I was able to walk to most places except to Ground Zero.
I live here and am dealing with water damage to my apartment so must stay in hotels. Using it as an opportunity to see my city through others eyes. It is sad enough being here with a government that seems determined to kill it off, but until they get their act together I cannot honestly encourage a visit unless for a specific purpose that is actually available. Those that go the extra mile and are smart will be around, as these are the times that cut the chaff from the wheat for the tough survivors. Until then I'd wait until the current administration is out of power. When level heads reign you will hopefully see the city that can be the Best in The World rise again.
Like no other city in the world. Excellent number and variety of bars and restaurants. Very conscious of Covid safety measures. Visible police presence, as there has been since 9\11. Police were polite and vigilant. The atmosphere was pleasant and I felt safe. New York is generally expensive, but there are bargains to be had if you look. It is gradually reopening.
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