5/5 - Excellent
Verified traveller20 Nov 2019
Love the place, favourite place on earth, love the people
An iconic global capital which has inspired world-famous films, books and music.
Renowned as the city so good they named it twice, New York truly is one of the world's great metropolises. Many know it as the Big Apple. Ask New Yorkers themselves and they might well tell you this is “the centre of the universe”.
Some 8,000,000 residents have the privilege of calling New York their home, and when you wander the streets in whichever part of the city you find yourself, you will be able to breathe the heady mixture of cultures which makes this place a truly global destination. Its five boroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx – each present you with a unique vibe and ambience. One of its countless nicknames is “the city that never sleeps”, and wherever you are in the city at whatever time of day, you'll definitely find all sorts going on.
Spot the Statue of Liberty on the horizon around New York's harbour, the famous landmark known around the world. This was the first glimpse of America experienced by many immigrants from Europe, making the statue an enduring symbol of hope and freedom and a beacon for opportunity in building a new life in the New World.
Many more have followed and continue to arrive in New York several generations later, eager to make it big in this centre of culture, economics and so much more. Whether you find yourself amid the dazzling neon lights of Times Square or on the concourse at Grand Central Station, the genuine buzz is always palpable.
Across New York, you can explore the myriad of attractions that dominate any traveller's checklist. However, with so much life and culture, you can just as easily disappear from the tourist trail and enjoy life as New Yorkers do. For a taste of city living, head to the amusements on Coney Island, explore bohemian Brooklyn or take in the varied music and culture in Harlem. The most dramatic event that the city has witnessed in recent years can be remembered at The National 9/11 Memorial.
You may expect it to be tough to navigate the bustling streets, but if you use the subway system you can easily get around – simply buy a MetroCard and top it up as you travel. Start at Midtown East if this is your first visit; this is where you'll find the city's biggest landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building, and then from here you can venture further and uncover so much more of this monolith of a city.
Power and wealth and breathtaking scenery are concentrated on this very small island. Immerse yourself for a few days or a lifetime.
Enjoy the popular shops in Queens. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd. Station or Jamaica Van Wyck Station to see more of Jamaica.
One of the most recognizable areas in the world also has enough tourist attractions to fill several visits.
The Upper East Side, set between Central Park and the East River, is the posh part of New York. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best museums in the city.
Stroll along quiet residential streets, visit two large parks and enjoy some of the world’s most renowned cultural attractions in this Manhattan neighborhood.
Manhattan’s prized arts district is a success story of urban renewal. Tour the area to see some of Downtown’s hippest attractions.
Reviewed on 20 Nov 2019
Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019
The dazzlingly illuminated centrepiece of New York is a must-visit spot for all tourists.
This iconic business and entertainment hub has been a fixture on the New York City skyline ever since the 1930s.
Make your way to the top of this iconic tower where you'll be rewarded with unparalleled views across New York.
One of the world's most famous statues is an iconic symbol of freedom and hope to the country's immigrants and to visitors from all over the world.
A truly stunning transportation temple, passed through by many commuters and admired by visitors.
This iconic suspension bridge offers views of the Statue of Liberty from the East River.
Verified traveller18 Nov 2019
Its not acrelaxing holiday its very busy but overall the oeople are fruendly. Just watch out for scams at Times Square, they kniw who arevtourusts and can rip you off.
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Take some time at the monuments, memorials, and museums across the United States of America to honor those who’ve served on a Veterans Day vacation.