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Things to see and do in New York

New York City experiences

Circle Line: New Year's Eve Cruise in New York City

Circle Line: New Year's Eve Cruise

Fancy spending an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with Lady Liberty beneath a canopy of fireworks? Then hop on board a NYE cruise from New York Harbour, sail out towards Liberty Island feasting on hors d’oeuvres and visiting the open bar – unlimited for the entire three-hour cruise – while the onboard DJ drives the deck delirious. Then, at midnight, grab your complimentary glass of champagne to toast the Statue of Liberty as the Olympics-shaming annual fireworks display explodes overhead. The party doesn’t end there; for another hour you’ll be dancing all the way back to docks. Just please try to remember it all in the morning.

Evening Harlem Jazz Tour

Evening Harlem Jazz Tour

Fancy spending an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with Lady Liberty beneath a canopy of fireworks? Then hop on board a NYE cruise from New York Harbour, sail out towards Liberty Island feasting on hors d’oeuvres and visiting the open bar – unlimited for the entire three-hour cruise – while the onboard DJ drives the deck delirious. Then, at midnight, grab your complimentary glass of champagne to toast the Statue of Liberty as the Olympics-shaming annual fireworks display explodes overhead. The party doesn’t end there; for another hour you’ll be dancing all the way back to docks. Just please try to remember it all in the morning.

All-Access 9/11 Experience

All-Access 9/11 Experience: Ground Zero Tour, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory

Commemorate that tragic day with a 90-minute walking tour of Ground Zero, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the One World Observatory, aka the Freedom Tower, with its panoramic observation deck 1,250 ft above New York’s most solemn landmark. Hear about the inspiring heroism of the emergency responders and the touching personal stories of some of the 3,000 victims as you take in the tributes at St Paul’s Chapel, the Firefighters 9/11 Memorial Wall and the man-made waterfall of the Reflecting Absence Memorial, then wander the 9/11 Museum at your own pace, observing artefacts and listening to recordings of the survivors.

Horseback Riding in Central Park

Horseback Riding in Central Park

Saddle up, horse whisperers! There’s no better (and bouncier) way to see the sights of Central Park than on horseback, trotting gently around the Bridle Path around the Central Park Reservoir stopping to take in the landmarks and monuments that make these 843 acres of New York’s back garden the most romantic slice of urban greenery in the world. No experience is necessary – and don’t worry, you don’t need to bring your own horse – just meet your guide at the famous Tavern On The Green restaurant and they’ll kit you out and lead you around this clip-clopper’s wonderland.

Applebee's New York City Times Square New Years Eve Celebration

Applebee's New York City Times Square New Years Eve Celebration

Times Square is the centre of the world on New Year’s Eve. Two million people descend upon the world’s most blinged-up crossroads to watch the ball atop One Times Square descend its flagpole to mark the start of the new year, triggered by such figures as Muhammad Ali, Lady Gaga, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Ban Ki-Moon. Good views are at a premium, and few come better than from this party in your choice of two Applebees venues in the heart of the ‘Lock Down Zone’, where a chef’s selection buffet, premium open bar, kicking DJs, midnight champagne and a fantastic view of the action await. 2018 won’t know what hit it. 

Big Apple Helicopter Tour

Big Apple Helicopter Tour

A million classic New York movies begin with a sweeping aerial shot over magnificent Manhattan; now you can live it for yourself. Taking off from the downtown heliport at Battery Park, swoop around the Statue Of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the art deco wonder of Chrysler Building on this 15-minute joyride over the city that’ll be getting even less sleep as you whirl by. Take in the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park from above as your pilot gives you the lowdown on New York City from way on high. Go on, get caught between the moon and New York City.

New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party

New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party

Try getting a whole new angle on the Times Square ball drop – from 22 stories above! This exclusive party whisks you far above the freezing crowds to dig into hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous dinner buffet and an open bar in a luxury, glass-walled party suite in the Convene Conference Center offering views down Broadway and 7th Avenue that would draw gasps from a Kardashian. Dance to your very own sky DJ, guess what the in-house magician has up his sleeve, watch New Year’s Eve specials on the flat-screen TVs and invade the photo booth with the new friends you’ve made before midnight sees the suite become a torrent of confetti and champagne. See out 2017 on a skyscraping high…

New York Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise

New York Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise

Woody Allen has always heard jazz oozing from the streets of New York, now you can hear it drifting across the city’s waterways too. On this two-hour yacht cruise by the Big Apple’s legendary sights – the Statue Of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, The Empire State Building – you can sip bottomless sparkling wine and mimosas and dig into a glorious brunch buffet of succulent carved meats, impeccable cheese boards, charcuterie and desserts, all while the onboard jazz band provide the coolest sounds on the open waves.

Niagara Falls Day Trip from New York by Air

Niagara Falls Day Trip from New York by Air

In Houdini’s day the best way to see the spectacular Niagara Falls was by barrel; today it’s by one-hour plane journey from New York, followed by a fully-narrated tour of both the US and Canadian sides of this most thunderous wonder of the world. Jetting in means plenty of time to either bask in the spray on a Niagara Falls boat ride or wander behind this cascading sheet of fury on a Journey Behind The Falls (depending on the time of year) and take in a buffet lunch in a restaurant overlooking one of America’s most breath-taking natural sensations.

The New York Pass

The New York Pass

If you’re planning on making sightseeing a cornerstone of your Big Apple trip, you owe it to yourself to check out this inspired way to see NYC’s greatest hits for less than paying separately for each attraction. Available in 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10-day ‘flavours’, the New York Pass is a smart card that grants you access to over 90 attractions including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building observation deck, The Guggenheim, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, river cruises, walking tours, and many more.

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The essential guide to New York City nightlife

Finding the best place for a night out in New York is the ultimate adventure. There’s so much going on that your best partying memories are only just around the corner.

The hidden gems of NYC

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The essential guide to shopping in New York

If shopping is the question, New York is the answer. From statement designer labels to hidden vintage treasures, there’s no doubt that if your wallet is looking for a bit of exercise, this city is willing to give it a workout. Whether you’re looking to window shop the famous avenues or score a deal in a unique boutique, our essential guide to shopping walks you through the best places to find the perfect fit, so that you can be the one to say – this old thing? I got it in New York.

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The essential guide to eating in New York

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6 Reasons to visit New York

There is so much to do in the Big Apple, we could give you a list the length of 5th Avenue. But here are some of the best reasons to visit the City That Never Sleeps (just in case you need an excuse).

The best things to see and do in Central Park

In a city that’s chock-full of world-famous attractions, it’s hard to pick out those that are quintessentially New York. However, you can’t get more ‘New York’ than the city’s 843-acre landscaped park that’s featured in more films and sitcoms than you’d care to remember.

More about New York

You may have heard about Grand Central Station, but you can impress your other half by taking them to the secret whispering gallery. Located right in front of the Oyster Bar and Restaurant, there’s a beautiful unmarked archway and if you stand at diagonal arches you can whisper sweet nothings to your beau (maybe even a marriage proposal…). 

Think you know the New York skyline? Ditch that cheap print and think again. From Brooklyn Bridge, you’ll enjoy the kind of panoramic views that’ll make you feel less zero, more De Niro. Bike it, drive it or just admire it. You’ll be a wiser guy for it.

 

Brooklyn Bridge

Smack bang in the middle of a concrete jungle, strolling through the big city’s back gardens a bit like walking into an episode of Friends. Play Chandler (or Monica) as you join joggers, lovers and dog-walkers in the world’s most happening sky-scraper lined green space. The audience can’t wait. Can you?

Central Park is New York City’s most breathtaking and celebrated attraction, covering over 800 acres of land. The park will undoubtedly be at the top of any visitor’s to-do list.

Central Park

Snaking 30 feet above ground from Gansevoort Street in the hipster Meatpacking District to West 34th, the High Line is a feat in urban planning. It’s 1.45 miles of elevated former freight track that has been transformed into a ribbon of breathing space and a botanical garden with over 100,000 plants blossoming within the black steel structure. Take in views of the Hudson River, sip wine at Terroir at the Porch and stargaze with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Every cool cat needs a place to play and this amazing urban park ought to do the job.

The Highline, New York

Add the Jay-Z factor to your trip with a tour of SoHo, Manhattan’s labyrinth of shops, bars and all things A-list friendly. With the world’s most exclusive boutiques and restaurants on your doorstep, it won’t hurt to flex that plastic. Just try your best not to get papped.

SoHo, New York

Union Square is one of Manhattan’s hippest neighbourhoods. Home to the oldest and largest Greenmarket, a beautiful historic park, with hundreds of restaurants and shops, Union Square offers something for everyone.

Flatiron Building, New York

When you typically think of New York, you’ll probably be thinking of Midtown, which features most of NYC’s iconic 
landmarks.  In just a few blocks you can watch the world go by on the ground in Times Square before viewing New York from the sky atop the Empire State Building.

Midtown, New York

Sandwiched around the glorious Central Park is the Upper East and Upper West Side. Whilst similar in name, both areas are 
distinctly different. The Upper East Side is one of the most affluent areas of the city and has designer labels like Prada and Blahnik lining the streets.

Upper East Side, New York

Hell’s Kitchen has a history closely associated with gangsters and ghosts, streetwalkers and mysterious disappearances. Today it is home to actors galore and is the ultimate food destination in New York. 

Meatpacking District

Chelsea is a neighbourhood that few can rival. With 
trendy shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries as 
well as jazz clubs and off-Broadway theatres, Chelsea 
has a buzzing atmosphere which attracts the elites 
of the city. 

Chelsea, New York

For over 100 years, this small area below 14th Street and west of Broadway has been a Mecca to the creative, rebellious and bohemian types, with Washington Square Park a notorious hang out. 

Washington Square, New York

Chinatown was once the place where those ‘gangs of New York’ 
fought their battles and is now home to the biggest community 
of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere. It’s an area 
that’s undeniably a melting pot of art, culture and culinary magic!

Chinatown, New York

The neighbourhood of high power and high prices, the Financial District or Downtown is a fast-paced 9-to-5 area of the city full of business men and women who flock to the city to exchange business cards in the historic buildings and skyscrapers. 

Financial District, New York