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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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|Most popular time to visit||October–December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||US$10 = £7.36|
|Average weekend price||£205 per night|
|Average weekday price||£215 per night|
|Typical stay||3 nights|
We spent each day venturing out to a different area of the city. First day was Times Square (very touristy, a lot going on, but a must-see for every first-time visitor), day two Greenwich Village (quaint, small shops, cafes), day three was Chelsea (Chelsea Market and High Line park are must sees), then SoHo (Little Italy, China Town, shopping, packed sidewalks, quintessential New York) for our last day. Each area has it's own personality, each of us in my group had a different favorite area. ****We were there mid-January 2022- Masks were required EVERYWHERE. Every hotel, restaurant, store, and museum has security at the door and will ask for your vaccination card and ID upon arrival. If you are not fully vaxxed, you will not be doing much in the city.
This was my first time spending more than a day in NYC. We had a lot of sightseeing to do. Most of our trip was a walking tour of Manhattan. Buses and trains were easily available, but we seldom needed to use them. We loved all the diverse food choices and easy access to great restaurants. Being there for Christmas and New Year's was interesting. Great to see all the decorations and displays.
Love the attractions in the city. The food is good and the people are really friendly. Security and police officers are the best and very helpful. The architecture, history, museums, shows and culture makes New York City a magical place!
We had a great time - of course our time in NYC was so easy as my daughter and her husband live in Harlem and led us all over New York and the subway system. Getting around was easy with them. Loved the fact that you can just tap your credit card on the subway.
There’s a tremendous amount of walking and very few subway stations are equipped for handicapped people. While prices are much higher than home, we were almost always able to find affordable options. The pageantry of the City at Christmas was breath-taking.
The reason New York can feel like you’re leaving the U.S. is that there is so much diversity represented in the city, from the food and restaurants to the interactions with people you’ll have around every corner. New York is very much in a league all of its own, that doesn’t feel like the United States.
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