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 £60 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 £46 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 £20 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 £23 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||January–March|
|Local currency||US$10 = £7.95|
|Average weekend price||£168 per night|
|Average weekday price||£176 per night|
|Typical stay||3 nights|
Too much smell of marijuana in Times Square!! Ridiculous! Was there with my daughter. Would have stayed longer if that was not so obnoxiously prevalent. Are there no limits? Apparently not. Won’t return to Times Square. Possibly not NY at all.
Big city, busy and lots of people. Be prepared to walk and walk some more. People cross streets without regard to red light. Cross at your own risk. Central Park was nice and peaceful. Piles of garbage on the road, smell was awful at times. People were eager to help with directions. Food is expensive, 20% tip is customary and sometimes added to bill. Subway is efficient.
Loved 6th Avenue in Chelsea - variety of shops, lively but not mid-town crowded. Got a fantastic "green tea" pedicure at Clover Nails (435 Park Ave), nicely passed time between end of work day and time to meet friends for dinner.
New York City's great potential is limited by the high crime rates which seem to be the result of state and city officials' attempts to empty jails and defund the police. NYC visitors have to be constantly aware of their surroundings for the sake of personal safety. A financial executive was shot dead in the subway the day we left. The alleged assailant had 19 prior arrests. Crime seems to be the natural result of insufficient funds and police staffing. Unfortunately, the local and state government wants to defund the police and then wonder why crime rates explode! The Democratic party's social experiment is failing and discouraging tourism in NYC.
I really liked NYC. Overall the people are friendly. Of course with any big city, staying there cost a price. At minimum with cheap accommodations, you should prepare for about $100 minimum per day for other costs.
Always worth a visit but remember, like all big cities Newyork will always have a certain amount of street crime . See the sights ( well worth seeing ) but remember personal safety. The Edge at Hudson Yards , The One Vanderbilt , The One world observatory are must-dos IMO.
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