New York City is America’s melting pot, home to a dazzling array of boroughs and neighbourhoods all with their own unique sights, sounds and flavours. Life in the Big Apple goes at lightning pace, but don’t worry, you’ll soon adjust. New York is a city where anything is possible. Where dizzying skyscrapers meet swathes of green, and world-class restaurants sit alongside rowdy diners. Iconic yellow taxis wind their way past stunning million-dollar townhouses, while bohemian city dwellers hang out on the balconies of tired apartment blocks. It’s the city that never sleeps, and with so much to tantalise the senses, you may not want either.
Think public transport in New York and you’ll probably picture the subway. The city’s subway system is one of the largest on the planet with over 200 miles of track in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MetroCards cost $1 dollar and a single trip will set you back $2.75 but if you’re traveling with young children you’ll be pleased to know three of them at a time can travel for free. If you’re in the city for a week it might be worth investing in seven-day unlimited pass for $31.
The subway is by far the quickest way to travel across the city but New York’s bus network isn’t too bad either. It’s best to use the bus for short trips, or if you don’t mind sitting in an inevitable traffic jam.
New York’s iconic yellow taxis buzz around the city at all hours of the day and are relatively cheap too. Fares start at $2.50 but you are expected to tip at least 15 per cent per journey and pay any tolls you might encounter during a trip.
Where less yellow cabs are in operation you’ll find GreenBoro Taxis in northern Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. These metered cabs cost the same as yellow taxis.
It’s not even worth considering driving through the heart of New York, particularly during rush hours. But public transport in the city is so good you really don’t need to.
Walking around New York is an absolute pleasure. The wide, open side-walks and collection of eclectic neighbourhoods can easily be explored on foot, the city is very pedestrian friendly. Cyclists will be pleased to know the city also has a cycle scheme, CitiBike, with docking stations all over New York. Just don’t forget to drop them back.
The theatres on Broadway are world-renowned. Fortunes have been made and lost on the stages of its 40 odd theatres. Every year millions of people flock to the district to witness the spectacle.
A Broadway theatre doesn’t actually have to be on Broadway, but it must seat at least 500 people.
A Broadway show will continue for as long as people want to see it. Phantom of the Opera has been running consistently since 1988.
Greenwich Village, or the Village as it’s known in New York, is by far the city’s artistic heart. Home to poets, amazing markets, and bohemian-types, it’s a must see on any visit to the Big Apple.
The Village is now one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in New York.
Home to New York’s legendary East Coast beat movement, you can still sip a coffee at Café Wha?, where Dylan made his debut and Jack Kerouac often performed.
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t recognise the Statue of Liberty. A gift to America from the French, it has become an object of national pride.
The Statue of Liberty was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.
Many tours to Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty, operate from departure points in New York and further along the river in New Jersey.
New York is home to a staggering number of leading museums and galleries. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the American Museum of Natural History, there’s something for everyone.
- Guggenheim Museum
- Museum of the City of New York
- Rubin Museum of Art
Prices for different institutions vary, however, a City Pass can save you up to 40 per cent on admission prices to the city’s top destinations.
The classic New York-style loft is synonymous with the city. Whether you’ve picked up your dream loft space form an episode of Friends, or an arty cult classic, it can quickly be a reality.
There are lots of sites out there that allow you to rent a New York loft apartment regardless of budget. Have a browse and start living the dream as soon as you step of the plane.
Of course New York’s department stores are legendary. But this vast, multi-cultural city is also home to some incredible independent shops too. And who can forget the fifth avenue’s designer outlets?
- Saks Fifth Avenue
For budget conscious shoppers it’s worth checking out the huge sales that take place throughout the year. Your Christmas shopping excursion could be cheaper than you think.
1 Rockefeller Center
Home to TV studios and a world-famous seasonal ice rink.
2 Radio City Music Hall
1930’s theatre and venue famous for the Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular.
3 Empire State Building
An art deco skyscraper with exhibits and two observation decks.
1 American Museum of Natural History
A comprehensive museum showcasing natural wonders.
2 Statue of Liberty National Monument
Iconic symbol of New York City with a museum and guided tours.
3 Ellis Island
Site of America’s busiest immigration point for over 50 years.
1 9/11 Memorial
Site of the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center attacks.
2 Trinity Church
17th-century church and burial place of early many American settlers.
3 Central Park
Large area of green space in the heart of Manhattan.