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ABOUT CITY BREAKS TO NEW YORK

A star of the silver screen, you’ll recognise the streets, sights and sounds of New York City even if you’ve never visited.

From art and theatre to shopping and sport, the Big Apple is top of its game. Compare deals today and save UP TO 70%!

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Local Language

The official language of New York is English.

Currency

The official currency of USA is the Dollar (USD).

Average Flight Time

Average flight time to New York from the UK is around 8 hours.

Local Time

New York is 4 hour behind the UK (GMT -4).

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City Breaks to New York

City breaks to New York can be as diverse as they are iconic. Stroll around the neighbourhoods to take it all in, looking up as much as ahead to admire the vertigo-inducing buildings. In the Financial District, for example, you’ll find America’s tallest building, the One World Trade Center, with a poignant 9/11 Memorial. Or, explore Chinatown’s narrow streets, stopping for dumplings or noodles before continuing to arty SoHo. Other exciting neighbourhoods include the East and West Villages, Tribeca and Brooklyn.

Galleries big and small are dotted around the city’s streets and you’ll barely scratch the surface of what’s available on a short break in New York. Must-visits include the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the neighbourhood of Chelsea, which is known for its numerous galleries.

Prefer to shop ‘til you drop? You could easily spend your whole New York city break racking up some charges on your credit card, if you so wished. Big-name department stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks are packed to the rafters with clothes, accessories and cosmetics, while SoHo is home to designer boutiques. If you’re looking for hip boutiques, vintage shops and flea markets, Williamsburg is the place to go.

It’s not surprising that the city that never sleeps has a pumping nightlife scene that caters to every whim, too. Choose between expertly mixed cocktails in a classy bar, the latest Broadway hit, opera or cinema performances, cool jazz clubs, clubbing until the early hours under a disco ball, and much more. Then go to bed looking forward to a New York tradition the following morning: a hearty brunch.

 

The best time to go to New York

There’s always something going on in the city that never sleeps, from ice-skating and Christmas shopping in winter to free outdoor theatre performances in summer. The best weather for exploring is arguably in spring or autumn, with temperatures hovering around 16C in May and 20C in September. In April and May, you can stroll among the blooming cherry blossom trees in Central Park.

If you’re looking for a cheap New York city break, February is generally the cheapest time to visit the Big Apple, while December is the most expensive. It can be extremely cold in the city in February, though, with average temperatures at around 2C – so wrap up warmly.

The city is also likely to be busy over Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November) when Macy’s holds its annual parade, and on New Year’s Eve when revellers flock to Times Square.

Things to do in New York

With world-class museums, galleries, parks, shops and restaurants, it’s clear to see why New York is one of the most popular cities to visit in the world. On a trip to the Big Apple, combine ticking off some of the big sights with escaping to a green space.

Empire State Building

In the centre of Midtown Manhattan, the Art Deco Empire State Building is one of New York’s most iconic buildings.

On a visit, start in its second-floor galleries to learn about its history and construction, and to step into an office from the 1930s with King Kong’s enormous hands coming through the walls. Then, head to its 86th floor observation deck to spot your favourite New York sights. For the ultimate view, take the glass lift to 102nd floor observatory.

Central Park

First opened to the public in 1859, New York’s Central Park is a green haven in Manhattan. At 843 acres (341 ha), it’s a sprawling space with plenty of attractions and picnic spots.

Look around it on a guided walking tour, by hiring a bike, or simply stroll around setting your own schedule. Highlights include Strawberry Fields, which pays tribute to John Lennon, boating on its lake and Belvedere Castle with its viewing deck.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you’d like to visit an art gallery, why not make it the largest one in the US? The Met showcases art spanning more than 5,000 years across the world.

Highlights include its permanent Egyptian Art exhibition with around 26,000 objects – make sure you visit the Temple of Dendur, which was gifted to President Johnson in 1965 (and installed in the museum in ’67). There’s also the American Wing, showing art from the 17th to early 19th centuries, as well as huge collections of medieval and Byzantine art.

The High Line

This elevated public park built on an abandoned railway line first opened in 2009 above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort St to 34th St and there are walking tours available to learn more about its history and features.

While strolling above the city, keep an eye out for the Chelsea Market Passage, an open-air food court on the spot the Oreo cookie was invented; the view from 10th Avenue Square and Overlook; and regular art installations.

The Statue of Liberty

One of the world’s most famous monuments, the enormous green Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, opportunity and justice. The Green Lady was one of the first things immigrants saw as they passed through Ellis Island by boat. Today, you can take a ferry to sail past the landmark and can visit Liberty

Island or Ellis Island.

On Liberty Island, visit the Statue of Liberty Museum where you can climb to its viewing platform in the statue’s crown. Book well in advance.

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