New York is the most popular destination for Brits taking long-haul flights. The many films and television shows set there mean that the city's sights and sounds are already familiar. Whether it's experiencing a ride in a yellow cab, seeing the iconic Statue of Liberty or enjoying some retail therapy at Macy's, travellers get the opportunity to bring the big screen to life when taking breaks to New York City.
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.
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.
There are many special events that take place in the city throughout the year. If you're visiting in winter you might be lucky enough to see the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that takes place on the fourth Thursday in November. If you're in the city between November and March then be sure to spend some time enjoying outdoor ice skating in Central Park.
The Tribeca Film Festival takes place in the spring and supports both emerging and well-established directors. Films, documentaries and shorts are shown during the festival, attracting some three million people annually.
If you're visiting in summer then you may want to check out the SummerStage festival. The annual performing-arts festival takes place in Central Park and attracts a number of international music, dance and comedy artists.
In autumn, make sure to take in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. This popular public street pageant incorporates floats, dancers, circus performers and giant puppeteers, attracting some two million spectators.
With so many events and 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.
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