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New York city is the most densely populated city in the USA. Bustling with life, it’s known as ‘the city that never sleeps’ offering visitors an endless list of things to do day 24-hours a day. New York City is within the state of New York on the northeast coast of America. Divided into 5 boroughs - Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, each area enjoys a different vibe. Manhattan is the central hub of New York, a heady mix of glass skyscrapers, theatres, endless shops, art galleries, museums, bars and restaurants. The list of must-sees includes the Empire State Building, Times Square, Wall Street, The Statue of Liberty, 5th Avenue and Broadway. Places to stay in New York range from cheap hotels to mid-range accommodation and luxury suites. Book a hotel room in Manhattan for easy access to all the popular sites.
Neighbourhoods of New York
Few tourists venture away from the 22.6 square miles that make up Manhattan Island. Divided into neighbourhoods, there is much to experience on the island. Bustling Midtown boasts some of New York’s most recognisable attractions including Times Square, Broadway, Grand Central Station and 5th Avenue. The Financial District is where Wall Street, Liberty Park, the 911 Museum and One World Trade Centre is located. Battery Park and the boats to the Statue of Liberty are here too. Chinatown is home to many Chinese Americans and the busy restaurants and shops here are mostly Asian influenced. TriBeCa is a trendy neighbourhood where many celebrities own homes. Once a warehouse district, the buildings have an industrial edge. The similar neighbourhood of SoHo is close by.
What to see and do in New York
- A trip to the top of one of New York’s skyscrapers is a must when visiting the city. The One World Trade Centre is the tallest, the Empire State Building is the most iconic and Rockefeller Plaza has the Top of the Rock observation platform.
- Board a boat to see the Statue of Liberty and see Ellis Island at the same time.
- Shop on 5th Avenue at Saks, Tiffanys, Bergdorf Goodman and Trump Tower.
- Visit Central Park where there’s a zoo, horse and carriage rides and a place to rent bikes.
What to eat in New York
Dishes of every kind can be found in New York, but the city is famous for pizza, hot dogs, bagels and steaks.
- A New York bagel is like no other with sesame seed, poppy seed, cinnamon flavour or plain versions topped with cream cheese, salmon or butter.
- Hot dogs are synonymous of New York. Created in Brooklyn in 1915, toppings include fried onions, chilli, sauerkraut or salsa.
- The New York Strip steak was first served in Delmonico’s in New York in 1937. A short-loin cut of meat, it is cooked quickly on a grill.
Typical events and festivals in New York
New York has a full calendar of festivals and celebrations. The oldest takes place on St Patricks Day in March when a parade, food stalls and packed pubs attract thousands of revellers. Pride week in New York ends with a lively parade on the last Sunday in June. July 4th, American Independence Day, is celebrated with parades and Macy’s Firework display. In late November, Thanksgiving is marked with Macy’s Parade famous for the huge inflatable character balloons.
How to move around in New York
The traffic in Manhattan is notoriously slow-moving due to congestion. A comprehensive bus system and the Subway serves the whole of the city. Yellow taxi cabs are used by commuters, locals and tourists alike. Rental car companies with affordable fees are plentiful – ideal for visiting the areas surrounding New York.
The climate in New York
The weather in New York ranges widely. Bitterly cold in winter, December, January and February regularly sees snow and temperatures of 3°C. In June, July and August it is humid and 26 to 30°C. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit.
More interesting facts about and sights in New York
New York’s nickname, The Big Apple, was first penned in the 1920s by a reporter who referred to the prestigious races held in the city. Stable hands called the race events the big apple, in other words, the best.