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With bright lights, iconic buildings and bursting with energy, it's no wonder that New York attracts visitors from across the world every year. And the good news is that, no matter how much you are looking to spend or what type of hotel you want, there are options to suit every style and budget.

Why go?

World-famous sights, numerous attractions, gastronomic delights and top-notch shopping ensure visitors to New York keep coming back for more.

New York is a city with something for everyone. Culture vultures will love visiting the numerous iconic landmarks, while shopaholics can get their fix in world-famous stores such as Macy's and Saks.

Sports fans can watch baseball games at Yankee Stadium, while basketball fans can settle in at Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks. During the winter you can visit the hugely popular ice rink at the Rockefeller Center. You can also enjoy a show at Carnegie Hall or have a moment of quiet contemplation at Ground Zero.

Many local landmarks, such as Times Square and the Broadway theatre district, will be familiar from films and TV shows, but don't try looking for the coffee shop from the TV series Friends - that was filmed in California.

Take the Staten Island Ferry for a great view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for a fraction of the price you would pay for an official boat ride.

Where to stay?

New York is made up of five different boroughs and where you stay will largely depend on what you want to see on your holiday. Need help deciding? Read our advice...

Fortunately, many of the major attractions in New York are centred around the Manhattan area, but this in itself is huge with different areas within it. First-time visitors may want to stay in glittering Times Square right in the middle of the action. However, it is a major tourist hub so it can be crowded and noisy. If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea but you still want to be close to the sights, opt to stay in another area of Midtown Manhattan.

Those with families or holidaymakers looking for a quieter stay may want to opt for the residential area of Greenwich Village. This has a more intimate feel than the rest of New York and boasts a number of quaint independent shops and restaurants.

Similarly, arty SoHo is another option which has a great selection of boutiques, galleries and museums, while Chelsea is home to the High Line - an elevated park full of wild flowers that affords great views of the city below.

If you want to avoid Manhattan, Brooklyn is another option and means that you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city when you choose, but then have somewhere to retreat to that is more laid back. It also means you get fantastic views of the iconic Manhattan skyline over the Brooklyn Bridge.

What to see?

There will be no shortage of things to see on your holiday in New York - the only problem you may have is fitting it all in! Here's our pick of five top attractions...

Empire State Building: Towering at more than 1,000 feet above New York, visiting this iconic landmark will allow you incredible views of the bustling city below when you reach the viewing deck.

Central Park: Visit the famous park and bob around on the boating lake, have a go on the carousal or just take a leisurely stroll away from the hustle and bustle.

Macy's: One of the biggest department stores in the world, shopaholics can spend hours wandering around, and might even pick up a few presents to take home.

Staten Island Ferry: Taking a trip on the Staten Island Ferry will take you past Ellis Island and the magnificent Statue of Liberty - perfect for photo opportunities.

Broadway: Where better to watch a show than the world-famous Broadway?

What's on?

With events on year round, you'll have plenty to entertain you on your trip to New York. Here's our pick of three events you shouldn't miss...

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; starting point 77th Street: This event has been running for more than 80 years and sees giant balloons, floats and performers make their way through the streets of New York. Hugely popular and attended by thousands, you're advised to get out early to find a good spot from which to watch the spectacle.

New York Restaurant Week; twice a year (summer and winter); venues across the city: A favourite with foodies visiting the city, a number of restaurants open their doors and serve up gastronomical delights for a fraction of the price.

Central Park SummerStage; June - August; parks across New York: This music festival is held in 17 parks in New York's five boroughs. It features numerous shows and performances - and the best bit is, they're all free! Just make sure you get there early as demand is high and queues start early on.