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New York City Neighbourhoods

Get to know the real NYC

The five boroughs of New York City

Movie Set Manhattan

Manhattan

Home to the most recognisable skyline in the world, Manhattan is where you'll find New York's most iconic landmarks and famous streets that feel like movie scenes.

 

Top things to do in Manhattan:

 

  • Take in epic views from the top of the Empire State Building
  • Go for a stroll round Central Park
  • Snap a pic for the 'gram in Times Square
  • Take a cruise to the Statue of Liberty
  • Pretend you're in a Rom Com at Grand Central Station
  • Give a round of applause at a Broadway show
New York Neighbourhood - Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Head across the bridge to Brooklyn and you'll find some of New York's best hidden gems. Think stylish boutiques, trendy late night bars, live music and charming little independent eateries. 

 

Top things to do in Brooklyn: 

 

  • Walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge
  • Jump on a rollercoaster at Coney Island
  • Go treasure hunting at Brooklyn Flea Market
  • Chow down on pancakes, fried chicken and ice-cream at Time Out Market New York
  • Meander round Brooklyn Botanic Garden
New York - Queens

Queens

Queens is the largest neighbourhood in NYC, and the most culturally diverse. A day in Queens can take you to China, Korea, India, Greece and Colombia in one day! You'll also find world-class sports venues and excellent museums.

 

Top things to do in Queens: 

 

  • Hit the beach! There's two: Rockaway Beach and Jacob Riis Park Beach
  • See a baseball game at Citifield
  • Check out the original Yoda puppet at the Museum of the Moving Image
  • Get cultural at MoMA PS1, Queens Museum and New York Hall of Science
New York - The Bronx- Train

The Bronx

As the birthplace of hip-hop (and J.Lo), the home of the oldest golf club in the US, not to mention THE place to go for authentic Italian food, The Bronx's is a vibrant neighbourhood with rich culture and history that's begging to be explored.

 

Top things to do in The Bronx: 

 

  • Visit the iconic Yankee Stadium
  • Grab some pizza in Arthur Avenue - The Bronx's very own Little Italy
  • Do a tour of The Bronx street art
  • Stop and smell the flowers at New York Botanical Garden
  • Step inside the home of poet Edgar Allan
New York - Staten Island

Staten Island

With more natural greenery than any other borough, in Staten Island you'll find lush parks, chilled beaches and architectural landmarks - plus the famous Staten Island Ferry is a thrilling attraction in its own right, and a fabulous way to see the NYC skyline.

 

Top things to do in Staten Island: 

 

  • Set sail on the Staten Island Ferry
  • Find your zen at the Chinese Scholar's Garden
  • Go back in time at living history museum Historic Richmond Town
  • Get your skates on at RollerJam USA roller disco

Around the world in one city

Times Square People NYC Card

New York City is made up of a kaleidescope of different cultures, religions, traditions and languages.

Thanks to the millions of Europeans, Asians and Latin Americans that made New York their home early in the 20th century, the city today is a real celebration of global cultures, many of which are reflected in the dozens of ethnic enclaves scattered throughout the city.

Take a walk around these micro-neighbourhoods and you'll not only find the very best and authentic grub, but you'll also get a real flavour for New York's immigrant history and what it means to be a true New Yorker today.

Where to stay in New York City

Times Square

Best for... First time visitors

Midtown, Manhattan 

Centered around the razzle dazzle of Times Square, Broadway and Rockefeller, this is the New York that is often front of mind. With easy access to all the most famous attractions, this should be your first stop if it's your first time to the city to get those bucket list moments ticked off - and perfect if time is limited.

Brooklyn Bridge - NYC

Best for... A taste of the real New York

Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

Brooklyn has been hailed as the city's hipster capital, the epicentre of cool. Brooklyn Heights offers easy access to the major attractions in Manhattan via the famous Brooklyn Bridge - but you'll also discover some hidden gems while you're at it. Unique independent stores, trendy bars and restaurants, awesome street art and stunning city views will make your New York trip feel like a true adventure.

Shopping break holidays

Best for... Fashionistas

Soho & Tribeca, Manhattan

Trendsetters the world over gravitate to Soho, famous for its array of shops. From luxury designer labels to one-of-a-kind boutiques and famous NYC department stores, this is the place to treat yourself! Tribeca is known for its celebrity residents, most likely thanks to the amazing views of the Hudson River.

NYC Pride

Best for... the LGBTQ+ scene

Chelsea & Greenwich Village, Manhattan

New York is one of the most welcoming places in the world for LGBTQ+ visitors. West Village has typically been a hub for LGBTQ+ life as the site of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising that sparked the gay rights movement, and the first pride march. Today, Chelsea is home to a throng of queer-owned shops and galleries, as well as gay bars ranging from dance clubs to dive bars, which often host drag nights and cabarets.

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Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected by email. 

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

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We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

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Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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You can contact our team by emailing feedback.backhome@virginholidays.com to discuss options on unused portions of your holiday. If you need to contact our team about amending an existing holiday or requesting a refund please log in to manage my booking.

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