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Experience the Energy of New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States, located in the state of New York. The city comprises 5 boroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Home to world-famous landmarks and endless entertainment options, New York is a global capital of art, culture, food, fashion, and finance.

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Weather and Climate

New York has a humid continental climate with warm, humid summers and cold winters. June to August see average highs of 28°C but can feel hotter. December to February has average lows of -1°C with moderate snow. Spring and fall are mild and pleasant.

Best Time to Visit

Peak tourism seasons are spring and fall when the weather is comfortable for sightseeing. Summers are hot and winters very chilly. However, New York offers something year-round so don’t limit yourself to a particular month.


Top Sights and Attractions

With endless things to see and do, some must-visit attractions include:

  • Statue of Liberty – The iconic UNESCO World Heritage statue situated on Liberty Island. Take a ferry to go inside the pedestal and up to the crown.
  • Empire State Building – Art deco skyscraper offering stunning views from the 86th and 102nd floor observatories.
  • Times Square – Iconic commercial intersection surrounded by neon billboards and Broadway theaters.
  • Central Park – Massive urban park with lakes, gardens, trails, zoos, and attractions.
  • Rockefeller Center – Midtown complex of Art Deco buildings housing Radio City Music Hall, NBC Studios, an ice rink, and the Top of the Rock observation deck.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art – Largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere with over 2 million works.
  • Brooklyn Bridge – Suspension bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, great for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • 9/11 Memorial – Memorial honoring the victims of the 9/11 attacks with reflecting pools set in the footprints of the Twin Towers.

Cuisine and Food

As a melting pot of cultures, New York is a foodie haven. Iconic eats include:

  • New York pizza – Best enjoyed by the slice at iconic spots like Joe’s and Prince Street Pizza.
  • Pastrami sandwiches – Piled high at Jewish delicatessens like Katz’s Deli.
  • Hot dogs from street carts – New York staple with various toppings.
  • Smoked salmon bagels – Pick up at any bagel shop worth its salt.
  • Ramen – From authentic Japanese ramen joints to fusion versions.
  • Cronuts – Decadent croissant-donut hybrids trademarked by Dominique Ansel.
  • New York cheesecake – Dense, creamy and delicious from places like Junior’s.

How to Get There

  • Direct flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick to New York JFK take around 8 hours. Popular airlines include British Airways, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Delta.
  • Other direct flights from Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin and major UK airports.
  • Connect through other European hubs like Paris, Amsterdam or Reykjavik for more flight options.

Local Transportation

  • Subway – Extensive metro network. Buy a MetroCard for easy tap-in/tap-out access.
  • Yellow cabs – Ubiquitous iconic yellow taxis that can be hailed on the street.
  • Rideshares – Services like Uber and Lyft operate throughout the city.
  • Walking – New York is very pedestrian friendly given its grid layout in key areas.

Other Local Tips

  • Avoid visiting during Christmas/New Years when prices soar. Early January is quieter.
  • Purchase CityPass for discounted access to 6 top attractions.
  • Stay outside prime midtown Manhattan areas for more affordability.
  • Take the free Staten Island ferry for great harbor views.

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