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Sensational attractions, outstanding entertainment, world class shopping and tempting cuisine
Step out onto the pavement and be swept along with the tide of New Yorkers and tourists winding between towering skyscrapers surrounded by a cacophony of noise punctuated by honking horns from the stream of traffic filling the streets. A global capital in every sense, New York is the city that never sleeps; a bustling hub of activity where culture and diversity fill the air and an urban jungle in every sense of the word.
Many people come to New York for one thing - the shopping - and they will not be disappointed. Fifth Avenue is a shopper’s mecca with many designer boutiques such as Prada, Versace and Tiffany & Co. alongside department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s and Bergdorf Goodman. The iconic subterranean Apple Store can also be found here. Another shopping spot is Madison Avenue; here you’ll find Jimmy Choo, Christian Laboutin, DKNY along with a whole host of other designer stores. Nearby you’ll also find Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s two of New York’s best known department stores.
If you want to see the sights of the Big Apple, there are a few you simply cannot miss. The first is the Empire State Building, the tallest building in New York with an observation deck on its 86th floor offering outstanding views across the city. A visit to the Statue of Liberty is another unmissable experience. Accessed by the Circle Line ferry, it is a beacon of hope that has welcomed countless immigrants into the USA with the promise of a better future. Times Square is hailed as ‘The Crossroads of the World’ and is a truly iconic landmark and symbol of bustling New York. For a slower pace of life, explore Central Park, its gardens, lakes and zoo or enjoy a carriage ride along its paths.
Seeing a show on Broadway is a must. The heart of the Big Apple’s theatre district offers a swathe of shows including musicals, comedies and drama. When combined with some of the superb dining available nearby, it’s a night out to remember.
If history is your passion, the Museum of the City of New York will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this great city, its past, present and future. If you’re more of an art lover the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim are outstanding.
New York is famed for its outstanding array of restaurants, delis and cafes offering cuisine from all over the world. Whatever your flavour, you’ll find it in the Big Apple. Little Italy and Chinatown have their own obvious specialities and the iconic hot dog vendors that feature in all the movies can be found on many streets. The popular hot dog is also a great mid-game snack at the Yankee Stadium should you have the pleasure of catching a game.
In New York the best way to get from A to B is the subway. Though there are streams of the iconic bright yellow NYC taxis, traffic can be unpredictable at the best of times and its sheer volume of traffic means progress can be slow. You can also take a water taxi along the Hudson River or opt for the Staten Island Ferry.
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For a relaxed take on New York stay at the Jumeirah Essex House on Central Park, a long-established hotel with an excellent location.
New York’s sky scrapers are best viewed from up high, the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock both have spectacular views – try one in the day and one at night for a contrasting spectacle. Also, if you plan your route in advance the Subway is a doddle and the best way to get around the Big Apple.