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New York is the most popular destination for Brits taking long-haul flights. The many films set there mean that the city's sights and sounds are already familiar. So whether it's visiting Central Park, the iconic Statue of Liberty, or Macy's department store, travellers get the opportunity to bring the big screen to life.

Why go?

With world-famous iconic buildings, fantastic shopping, great bars and restaurants, and a contagious energy, the city that never sleeps will have you hooked...

There are plenty of attractions to explore in the city, many of which can be found in Manhattan. Landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and Rockefeller Plaza are popular destinations with tourists.

Manhattan itself is worth exploring. With areas such as Greenwich Village, Little Italy, SoHo and Fifth Avenue each having their own unique character and sights, there is much to appeal to a wide range of interests. Whether you're looking for designer goods or a bargain, a bohemian afternoon in SoHo or a meal in the residential Greenwich Village, there is something for everyone.

If you're visiting New York then ensure that you make time for Central Park. With its walking tracks, lakes, playgrounds, statues, theatres, zoo and other entertainment there is always a lot to see and do. Enjoy a journey through the park in a horse-drawn carriage or play a game of chess in the Chess and Chequers House.

When it comes to nightlife, New York really comes into its own. Broadway is renowned for its shows, particularly musicals. It is also a great film city, with many independent as well as multiplex cinemas. Films often premiere in the city, with opportunities for discussions with the director or cast. Or why not enjoy a meal in one of New York's diverse range of restaurants, experience some cutting-edge comedy or dance the night away at top nightclub?

If you have the time when visiting try and explore further afield than Manhattan. The borough of the Bronx is home to the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Gardens and the Yankee Stadium. Or head to Brooklyn and enjoy some outside space in Prospect Park or on Coney Island.

The diverse Queens area has a number of museums, including the Museum of African Art, Museum of the Moving Image and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Centre. There are also several markets here, including the Jamaica Farmers' Market. Or you could take the famous Staten Island ferry from Manhattan. Visit the museum or zoo or the Snug Harbour Cultural Center.

With such great shopping, sightseeing, eateries and nightlife, it is no surprise that New York is such a popular destination for city breaks. With easy access to the city via JFK and Newark airports and a great variety of tourist accommodation in Manhattan, there is plenty of choice whatever your budget.

When to go?

New York is a city for all seasons, whether you're looking for baking days or a winter wonderland. Find out the best time to visit for you...

New York is a popular year-round destination. The summers are hot and the autumns a little cooler, although generally dry. Winter is a good time for New York City breaks and is ideal for those looking for a festive shopping trip.

What's on?

There are many special events that take place in the city throughout the year. Be part of this by finding out what's on when you're visiting...

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; Fourth Thursday in November: If you're visiting in winter you might be lucky enough to see the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The annual event began in 1924 and includes floats, performers, marching bands and clowns.

Tribeca Film Festival; Spring: This festival supports both emerging and well-established directors. Films, documentaries and shorts are shown during the festival, attracting some three million people annually.

SummerStage Festival; June to September: The annual performing-arts festival takes place in Central Park and attracts a number of international music, dance and comedy artists.

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade; October 31: This popular public street pageant incorporates floats, dancers, circus performers and giant puppeteers, attracting some two million spectators.