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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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From £98 per night

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From £285 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
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NYC in the spring, fall (October) or Christmas is amazing!

28 May 2022

NYC in the spring, fall (October) or Christmas is amazing! Central Park early morning walks are beautiful. Best pastrami sandwich and rugala ever at Katz’s Deli. Beautiful orchid exhibit (spring) at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. 9/11 Memorial is a must. Best view of the skyline at the Brooklyn Bridge Park - night time or daytime. NYC bagels are the best ever. John’s Pizza on Bleecker Street is delicious. The Cecil Steakhouse has great food and then go to Minton’s Playhouse for some jazz. (Both in Harlem)

Cyndi
Cyndi United States
10

The city was much less intimidating than I would have...

28 May 2022

The city was much less intimidating than I would have imagined! I loved exploring different neighborhoods and iconic spots throughout the city. I saw 4 shows during my trip and each one was amazing, all in different ways! The subway is more confusing than it needs to be and I think I walked more than on any other single vacation ever, but this is one of my favorite places I have ever visited. Make time for some museums as well-there are so many to choose from!

Melbatacan
Melbatacan United States
10

I went to tour and went to visit friends.

28 May 2022

I went to tour and went to visit friends. Wanted to eat at certain restaurants and see certain galleries and museums. Couldn’t do it all in 4 days. Preferred SOHO to other districts. Brooklyn interesting. Worth a Ferry trip from Wall Street to Dumbo. 9/11 museum and the MET were highlights. NY has become more expensive since COVID. Restaurants recommended Chinese Tixedo, Wolfgang, Ruby’s for breakfast, Saddles is a great experience and try Caprice at Grand Central. Brandy Bar in Tribeca is actually an outstanding whiskey and brandy bar. Cabs better then Ubers. Traffic is a real problem so leave good time for travel to any venue. Restaurants are really pricey. Walk the High line.

Martin
Martin Australia
10

I had a business trip to NY and stayed mainly at the...

27 May 2022

I had a business trip to NY and stayed mainly at the Downtown near the World Trade Center. Always pleasure to be in the city. I love going to Eataly at the Westfield Shopping Center and have dinner. Many options if you love Italian food.

Eli M.
Eli M. Israel
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NOT GOOD bins were emptied at 3.

27 May 2022

NOT GOOD bins were emptied at 3.00 PM and the noise was terrible also streets dirty from spilled rubbish .Hotel room badly designed with no wardrobes or drawers to place clothing in. Very basic facilities and difficult to gat taxis We were there for a Graduation and to see our son however if for any other reason we would not wish to go to New York Overpriced dirty and full of druggies

catherine
catherine United Kingdom
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New York is like ancient Rome, everyone should visit it at...

27 May 2022

New York is like ancient Rome, everyone should visit it at least once in their life. Pharaonic buildings and everything you are looking for is in New York. There are so many things to see in New York that any time you schedule to be in the city won't be enough. But you need at least 4 days to visit the city that doesn't sleep.

Jorge
Jorge Uruguay

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