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Discover New York
Don’t fear the sensory overload. Instead, do as New Yorkers do… and do it all. A quick subway ride will take you from leafy Central Park to the trendy boutiques of the Meatpacking District, from Brooklyn’s famous pizzerias to Museum Mile on the Upper East Side, from the Coney Island seaside to thrumming Times Square. Along the way, stop for a cold craft brew or a classic cocktail, or get off a few stops early and explore a new neighbourhood on foot. Follow us to see New York like a local.
Must do recommendations
In the heart of Manhattan, visitors can find a green oasis in sprawling Central Park.
Stretching from Manhattan to Brooklyn, this iconic walkway is one of the city’s most beloved landmarks.
The Empire State Building
Few silhouettes in New York are as distinctive as the soaring Empire State Building.
Unearth a style treasure
Follow the fashion crowd to New York’s downtown flea markets for second-hand and vintage finds.
New York in Film
Indulge your inner cineaste and swing by New York’s best-known filming locations – yellow taxis included.
Become a local
Life exists beyond Manhattan. Discover how true New Yorkers live in one of its many unique suburbs.
A taste of winter
Get a taste for freshly New York State maple syrup - or as it's lovingly known in the state, snow taffy.
Food and drink
Brunch is more a way of life than a meal, accompanied by bottomless pitchers of Bloody Marys or Mimosas with friends.
Did you know?
Did you know?
New York has more than a few surprises up its sleeves (which is only to be expected, given its size, history, and diversity). Brush up on your Big Apple trivia with these surprising facts about some of the city’s most popular landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to Washington Square Park.
- The Statue of Liberty resides on Liberty Island – and is actually closer to New Jersey than New York. In fact, Liberty Island is claimed by both states, despite the statue’s reputation as a quintessential emblem of New York.
- Times Square is no stranger to transformation. Once known as “Longacre Square,” the Midtown landmark changed its name when The New York Times moved into the area. The newspaper has since relocated, but “Times Square” was catchy, so the name lives on.
- Modern-day Wall Street takes its name from “de Waal Straat.” It’s what Dutch colonists called the wall that surrounded their New Amsterdam settlement, which separated their territory from nearby English colonists and Native Americans.
- Washington Square Park is now a hub for NYU students and other downtown bohemians, but long ago the space served as a cemetery. In a macabre twist, there are an estimated 20,000 bodies buried beneath the park’s famous arch and its surrounding greenery.
- Beginning in the 1920s, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and 40 Wall Street were engaged in a public race to be the tallest building in the world. Though the Empire State Building was the last to be completed, it quickly trumped the competition.
Novelists, filmmakers and musicians have long gravitated to New York’s bright lights, and the result is a rich cultural output that sees the city function as both backdrop and creative muse. Get a head start on your next New York getaway with these famous Big Apple books, movies, and tunes.
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New York events and highlights
The New Year’s Day Swim at Coney Island: Join hundreds of like-minded revellers and start the new year with a bracing dip in the Atlantic Ocean.
NYC Restaurant Week: In late Jan/early Feb you can enjoy gourmet, discounted meals at more than 350 participating restaurants.
Chinese New Year: Head to Chinatown for the annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, complete with colourful floats and dragon dances.
Mardi Gras: Live jazz, raucous parties and spicy Cajun food are just some of the reasons to celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC.
New York International Children’s Film Festival: The country’s largest film festival for kids aged 3–18 includes screenings at multiple city venues.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Don your finest green garments and follow the parade along Fifth Avenue towards Central Park.
Cherry Blossom Viewing at Brooklyn Botanic Garden: The age-old tradition of hamami, or cherry blossom viewing, can be enjoyed every spring at the BBG.
New York International Auto Show: Discover new automotive technology, pioneering concept vehicles, and see more than 1,000 new cars and trucks.
Fleet Week NYC: Tour military vessels and tall ships during this seven-day celebration in honour of the US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard
American Ballet Theatre Spring Season: Expect several weeks of major performances, including premieres and full-length ballets.
The River to River Festival: A 10-day arts festival in Lower Manhattan, featuring free performances, events and exhibitions.
NYC Pride: Celebrate the LGBT community and enjoy dozens of parties, parades and festivals during Pride Week.
Fourth of July: Grab a picnic, find a riverside spot, and witness 40,000 Independence Day fireworks explode into the night sky.
Shakespeare in the Park: A free open-air programme at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park presenting new productions of Shakespearean plays.
FringeNYC: The 16-day event is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, featuring almost 200 theatre troupes and dance companies.
U.S Open: The fourth and final tennis tournament of the annual Grand Slam starts on the last Monday in August.
Electric Zoo Festival: This electronic dance music festival is held on Randall’s Island over the Labor Day weekend.
Oktoberfest NYC: Despite the name, New York’s Oktoberfest kicks off in mid-September with a host of beer parties and Oompah music.
New York Comic Con: A four-day comic book convention celebrating comics, anime, graphic novels, manga and associated merchandise.
The Village Halloween Parade: Watch in awe as a 50,000-strong pageant parades up Sixth Avenue in a mix of ghoulishly entertaining costumes.
New York Comedy Festival: Enjoy a line-up of sketch shows, live stand-up, short films and panel discussions at venues across NYC.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade: An annual tradition for more than 90 years, the parade features marching bands, floats and a host of floating balloons.
Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting: The yearly lighting ceremony normally takes place in early December, accompanied by celebrity musical performances.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: NYC’s favourite stage show returns for the holiday season, featuring high-kicking dance troupe the Rockettes.