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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.

Tonight

From £126 per night

This weekend

From £487 per night

Next weekend

From £286 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
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Average weekend price £167 per night
Average weekday price £175 per night
Typical stay 3 nights

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10

We had the right location to be able to walk, max around 25...

24 May 2022

We had the right location to be able to walk, max around 25 to 30 minutes, to any location we looked forward to experiencing. This included Broadway shows, Times Square, 5th Ave shopping, access to tour buses (on-top) and many other entertainment and sight-seeing locations. In four days, we did almost all that we wanted to do. We choose to Uber most to several of our places but realizing the cost could be prohibitive, our location choice gave us the walk option to help lower costs. Look at reviews of restaurants before you go and mapping out where they are relative to your stay will help save considerable time to put towards other events.

Anonymous
10

Not sure what I can say about New York City.

24 May 2022

Not sure what I can say about New York City... We visit frequently, this time for a theater and dining weekend. The shows were excellent (Wicked and Rise NY) and the dining was awesome (Wolfgang's).

LarryH52
LarryH52 United States
10

Great restaurants, great night life (depends on the area you...

22 May 2022

Great restaurants, great night life (depends on the area you stay), big city so you'll have to be in shape or take the public transportation or being rich and go with Uber/taxi, very expansive, great parks and museums (you can spent at least half a day in every museum and park - metropolitan and the City public library in brayent park ), very easy to travel and navigate Go to summit one Vanderbilt - new exciting view point There is everything - search online or ask people on stores and in restaurants for what you seek and have a great city adventure

Panker
Panker Israel
8.0

If you can, this city is a must!

21 May 2022

If you can, this city is a must! Everyone should get a chance to experience New York and it's magic. It is an amazing metropoli where you can get a glimpse of the United States at a fast - very fast - pace. Worth a trip for US nationals and foreigners alike. Stay at a central location so you can walk places. While New York's transportation system is very efficient, I feel it's best to experience New York walking from one place to another, that's how you get to see the city. Definitely invest on a city tour to give you context of what you are looking at.

Escudero
Escudero United States
8.0

The main spots to visit in New York are its museums and...

20 May 2022

The main spots to visit in New York are its museums and Broadway shows. Besides this, New York has attractions you can find anywhere else, but with something special there. The building are huge; there are unique places to eat (like Eataly); some streets are nice to walk (like SoHo). The public transportation system works flawless. Metro and bus are enough to reach any part of Manhattan and its surroundings. Always check for events ocurring during the week (e.g. Time Out tips).

Eduardo Freitas Aguiar
Eduardo Freitas Aguiar Brazil
10

The Metropolitan Opera, Bill Charlap at Birdland Jazz Club,...

19 May 2022

The Metropolitan Opera, Bill Charlap at Birdland Jazz Club, The Summit at One Vanderbilt, Keen´s Chop House, Sunset Harbour Cruise with Circle Line, a violin concert at Carnegie Hall (Stern auditorium), Hot Dogs at Nathan´s in Coney Island. Hamilton, the musical. Apfelstrudel at Cafe Sabarsky. Kandinsky at Guggenheim Museum, The Highline. MoMA. Need I say more about the greatest city in the world?

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Sicilybound Austria

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