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With a winning combination of iconic sights, world-class art and shopping opportunities galore, it's no wonder that so many people book flights to New York every year to experience all the Big Apple has to offer.

Why go?

Experience the energy and atmosphere of the city that never sleeps by enjoying New York's sightseeing, shopping, dining, culture and history.

There's so much to do in New York that one of the toughest decisions you will face on a trip there is what to do now and what you will have to save until your next holiday.

Central Park is a must-visit on any New York break - whether you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city in the Beatles-themed Strawberry Fields, rent a rowing boat or take the family for a ride on the famous Carousel.

And, of course, there's the world-famous Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty which seem familiar as they have featured in so many films and TV shows.

Many visitors fly to New York for a shopping break and, if retail therapy is top of your to-do list, head to stores such as Bloomingdales, Macy's and Saks. However, if you are after some culture, book tickets for a Broadway show and take in an exhibition or two at galleries such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

And then there's the food. As New York is such as multi-cultural city, most food types are on offer whether you want a pretzel on the move or to take your time over a feast in Little Italy.

How to get there?

Planning a city break to New York and looking for flights? Find out how long a flight from the UK takes and which airports to search for.

New York flights take visitors from the UK to the city in around eight hours and there two main gateways: John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). New York has another airport, La Guardia (LGA), however the flights there are mainly domestic and there are no international services on offer from the UK.

Getting to and from the airport

Whichever airport you arrive into in New York, there are plenty of transport links to take you to your destination. Here are some of the options...

JFK Airport is in Queens, just 15 miles from central Manhattan. It is well served by transport links to hotels and central attractions. Options include hopping into a yellow taxi, taking the AirTrain and travelling by bus - both public and private bus companies run services from New York's airport.

Newark Liberty International Airport is in New Jersey, 14 miles from central Manhattan. Again, transport options include yellow cabs, the AirTrain and public or private bus services.

For both airports, if you are travelling in a group, a taxi is probably the best option as you can split the cost of the trip and, if you are tired after a long flight, the thought of lugging bags on and off public transport won't appeal.

Alternatively, if you plan to explore the areas outside New York City, car hire could be a good option. Pre-book your car hire in advance, pick it up at the airport and set off on your adventure.

Where to stay?

New York is home to a number of neighbourhoods, all with their own character. But where's the best place to stay for you?

It's important to decide what you want from your stay before you book your accommodation in New York. Remember that the city is big and sprawling so being near to a subway will give you the flexibility to travel around.

Staying in Midtown Manhattan is a good option for first-timers who want to cram a lot of sightseeing into their trip and be within walking distance of landmarks such as the Empire State Building and Central Park. If you want to be slap bang in the middle of the action, Times Square will reward you with the sparkling lights that New York is famous for. However, tourists flock here so it can be crowded and noisy.

If you have children or just want to get more of a taste for how New Yorkers live, then you may want to consider a neighbourhood such as Greenwich Village or Soho, while those into art and fashion could look at Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. Another contender for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle is Brooklyn.

So, to experience the city that never sleeps, start planning your trip now. Find cheap flights to New York by using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.