New York

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Visit New York

Affectionately referred to as the centre of the universe, New York City boasts a cosmic array of life, prospects and opportunity.

Delve into the neon night of Times Square or experience the bustle of Grand Central Terminal at the beating heart of this truly immortal city. Freewheel at Coney Island amusement park or visit the earthy artistic neighbourhoods in Brooklyn and the surrounding harbour area. The infamous Statue of Liberty still stands proud along this frivolous harbour side as a beacon of prosperity for the millions of immigrants who have come and gone over the centuries. Further along is a sobering reminder of New York’s serious side at the 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Ground Zero. New York City is as much the epicentre of culture and creativity as it is the pinnacle of hope, freedom and ambition for millions of dreamers who come to take a bite from The Big Apple.

With its five boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx — eight million people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds call New City home. In the cultural hubs of Chinatown and Little Italy, you will find a slice of authentic cuisine, ranging from the Far East to the southern shores of Europe. New York is a city with its arms wide open — a city where all areas of diversity are actively celebrated, from African American music in Harlem to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel in Brooklyn.

The vast and intricate subway network that makes New York famous ensures that visitors need not worry about getting around, both above and below ground. Purchase your Metrocard and refill as and when necessary or simply take a stroll through the diverse neighbourhoods on foot to soak up the east coast sunshine during the day.

Due to the simple grid system, visitors can easily find their way to major attractions such as the Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library in Midtown East. The welcoming nature of local New Yorkers ensures that assistance is always at hand should you lose your way.

New York is a city of many talents, boasting a rich cultural and social scene. For the culture buffs the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Opera are a must see. Whether you have come to peruse the many galleries or experience the unique New York nightlife in the many bars and clubs, you won’t be disappointed in the city that never sleeps.

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Where to stay in New York

Wall Street - Financial District featuring a city, an administrative buidling and street scenes

Manhattan

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,639 area reviews)

Power and wealth and breathtaking scenery are concentrated on this very small island. Immerse yourself for a few days or a lifetime.

Manhattan
Midtown showing a city

Midtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(437 area reviews)

One of the most recognizable areas in the world also has enough tourist attractions to fill several visits.

Midtown
Upper East Side featuring a sunset and a city

Upper East Side

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

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.

Upper East Side
Upper West Side

Upper West Side

4.5/5Wonderful!(90 area reviews)

Stroll along quiet residential streets, visit two large parks and enjoy some of the world’s most renowned cultural attractions in this Manhattan neighborhood.

Upper West Side
The High Line Park showing a garden, a city and street scenes

Chelsea

4/5Very Good!(111 area reviews)

Manhattan’s prized arts district is a success story of urban renewal. Tour the area to see some of Downtown’s hippest attractions.

Chelsea
SoHo - Tribeca featuring a city and street scenes as well as a large group of people

SoHo

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

This fashionable neighborhood is great for shopping, eating and drinking.

SoHo

Top hotels in New York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Pennsylvania
Hotel Pennsylvania
2.5 out of 5
401 7th Ave, New York, NY
RM195
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within ...

2.6/5 (29,458 reviews)

"It is right next to the train station and it gave vouchers for breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan,2020

Hotel Pennsylvania
Paramount Times Square
Paramount Times Square
4 out of 5
235 West 46th Street, New York, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
RM296
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Midtown, this romantic hotel is steps away from Richard Rodgers Theatre, Times Square and Music Box Theatre. Broadway and Minskoff Theater are also ...

3.6/5Good! (1,246 reviews)

"Perfect location just of Times Square .. Highly recommend great location for exploring New York"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan,2020

Paramount Times Square
Empire Hotel
Empire Hotel
4 out of 5
44 W 63rd St, New York, NY
RM374
per night
Feb 6 - Feb 7

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Times Square, Broadway and Rockefeller Center. Grand Central Terminal and Empire ...

3.8/5Good! (9,227 reviews)

"great location. Safe didn’t work and door was sticky. Room a bit small but pleasant."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan,2020

Empire Hotel

Popular things to do in New York

Broadway
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Broadway

4.5/5(1,311 reviews)

Visit the dazzling theater district of one of the world’s most exciting cities. Enjoy the shopping, dining and street entertainment as well.

Times Square
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Times Square

4/5(1,618 reviews)

This neon paradise is a must-see for visitors wanting to sample New York’s chaotic downtown scene at its best.

Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center

4.5/5(1,253 reviews)

An eclectic mix of business and entertainment, this was considered one of Manhattan’s remarkable engineering feats when it was finally completed in the late 1930s.

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building

4.5/5(1,163 reviews)

View the stunning Manhattan skyline for the top of this iconic superstructure and experience a truly bird’s eye view of the entire city.

Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

4.5/5(1,176 reviews)

Probably one of the most famous Statues of modern times, this iconic symbol of freedom, democracy and hope is a national treasure loved by millions worldwide.

Grand Central Terminal
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Grand Central Terminal

4.5/5(1,455 reviews)

This glorious, buzzing hub for commuters is an absolute must-see for history and architecture lovers.

Top activities in New York

New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions
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New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions

RM263

Choose your favorite New York sights and activities and save on admission. Climb to the top of the iconic Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observatory. Jump aboard the Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour or board the ferry to Ellis Island and meet Lady Liberty herself.

9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line
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9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line

RM115

Pay your reverent respects to the victims of 9/11 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Reflect before the quiet fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, and learn about the heroes, sacrifices, and ongoing impact of the tragic 2001 attacks.

Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
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Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

RM234

Get a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Enjoy stunning views over New York Harbor. Take a fully guided tour of Ellis Island to learn the history of European immigration to America Meet your local guide in Battery Park.

Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options
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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

RM170

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building.

Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets
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Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets

RM103

Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket includes access to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. Step inside The Met 5th Avenue, a Big Apple institution whose roots go back to 1866, and admire the Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue façade and Great Hall before skipping the ticket line and grabbing a map to plot out your day.

The Madison Avenue Luxury Stylist Experience: Full Day
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The Madison Avenue Luxury Stylist Experience: Full Day

RM25,875

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave at 75th Street, New York City, NY 10021-2764 8-hour personal luxury styling experience with expert personal shoppers who know what it takes to make you look and feel your best.

Reviews of New York

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Absolutely love NYC recommend anyone going to get Eric’s New York app as it works offline and stops you from getting lost, also for an amazing breakfast I’d recommend Andres coffee near to Macy’s

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

We particularly loved the Frick Collection. We walked everywhere - central New York is very compact. Make sure you visit Grand Central Station & the dining concourse.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Be prepared for lots of walking so comfy shoes

5/5 - Excellent

Lorraine

Jan 8, 2020

A terrific city that certainly never sleeps

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Lovely, but top tip is to attend all attractions as soon as they open. Even with doing this we often had up to 2 hours of queuing (and up to 5 hours eg for Statue of Liberty ferry in the middle of the day).

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Excellent trip, New York is an incredible city and well worth visiting. The tourist attractions and shopping were great and I walked everywhere so I could take everything in. If you find a good hotel it would only enhance the experience.

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