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Introduction

New York is the star of the east. The 'Big Apple' is a city that never sleeps and is one of the world's most exciting cities to visit. No other city can boast such diversity of culture, food, music, entertainment, restaurants, spectacles, shopping and museums. Visit Times Square, the cafes and bars of Greenwich village, shop at the stores on Fifth Avenue, ride on a horse drawn carriage in Central Park or take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building to view the magnificent New York skyline. Take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or head down to Broadway to enjoy one of the many famous theatre performances. New York is one of the world's financial centers, famous for Wall Street the home of the New York Stock Exchange and home to the United Nations. For most visitors New York is an unforgettable experience.

Travel to New York

Upper Manhattan is the home of Harlem, America's most renowned African-American neighbourhood, and Morningside Heights, home to Columbia University. The Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are located in the Upper East Side while the Upper West Side hosts the American Museum of Natural History and many great eateries.

Midtown Manhattan is the home of the theatre district, Madison Square Gardens, The Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Times Square and the Garment District.

Lower Manhattan is known for it many exciting neighourhoods including the glamorous and exclusive area of Soho. Next to Soho is Little Italy which is young, hip and colourful. Chelsea is a historic neighourhood with many trendy shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. Greenwich Village is wild and funky on the east side but quaint and literary on the west side. There is Union Square, Washington Square and New York University. Also in this area are the eastern delights of Chinatown.

New York is serviced by three international airports:

JFK International Airport is 30kms (50mins) from Manhattan

La Guardia International Airport is 20kms (30mins) from Manhattan

Newark International Airport is located in New Jersey 35kms (60mins) from Manhattan

SuperShuttle door-to-door mini-van service is available at the Airport. Shuttles operate on a shared ride on-demand basis. The SuperShuttle ticket counters are located in the Terminal or there will be a company representative standing outside selling tickets and organizing vans. No reservations are needed for outbound service from the Airport. To travel to the airport book a SuperShuttle to pick you up at your hotel (book at least 3-4 hours ahead).

New York Transport

New York Sightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour Bus gives visitors the opportunity to see some of New York's most famous sights and attractions. The Downtown loop stops include Times Square, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue and the Rockefeller Center. The Uptown loop includes Central Park West, the Guggenheim and the Lincoln Center as well as many more. There is also a night loop that does not stop but showcases the lights of the city.

Car rental is not recommended in New York as the public transport systems are excellent. Car rental is expensive and parking very difficult in Manhattan.

New York Weather

New York City has a humid continental climate and experiences all four seasons with hot and humid summers (June-Sept) with average highs about 84F (29C), cool and dry autumns (Sept-Dec), cold winters (Dec-Mar) with average highs around 38F (3C), and wet springs (Mar-June). However, temperatures in the winter can go down to as low as 10F (-12C) and in the summer, temperatures can go as high as 100F (38C). New York can also be prone to snowstorms which can dump as much as 2 feet (60cm) of snow in 24-48 hours. Tropical storms can also hit New York City in the summer and early fall. Overall, New York is warmer than inland cities like Chicago and Cleveland.

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New York Attractions

New York CityPass includes a selection of New York's top attractions with a saving of up to 50% off admission prices and the avoidance of ticket queues. Attractions include the Empire State Building, Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Musuem of Modern Art and the Two-hour Circle Line Harbour Cruise.

The Empire State Building located on Fifth Avenue at 34th Street is the tallest building in New York. The 86th floor Observatory at 1,050 feet (320m), is reached by high speed elevators and has both a glass-enclosed area, which is heated in winter and cooled in summer, and spacious outdoor promenades on all four sides of the Building. The 102nd Floor Observatory tickets are only sold upon arrival at the Empire State Building in addition to the regular admission ticket. [Open daily 365 days a year, 8am to 2am]

NY Skyride is on the 2nd floor of the Empire State Building and is an exciting presentation combining digital technology and special effects, custom platforms and seats, and a massive screen. You'll take an amazing virtual ride around, above, and below New York City.

The Chrysler Building designed by architect William Van Alen (Born in Brooklyn in 1883, Died 1954) for contractor William H. Reynolds was eventually sold to William Chrysler, owner of Chrysler motor cars. For a few months, it was the world's tallest building at 1046 feet tall, until it was surpassed by the Empire State Building.

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum is one of America's leading historic, cultural and educational institutions and features two historic American naval vessels for visitors to explore. The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Intrepid and the submarine USS Growler, a strategic diesel-powered submarine. More than 750,000 people visit the museum each year. The Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in US history, and now a national historic landmark and one of the most unique attractions in New York City. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served proudly in World War II. She went on to serve as one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, three tours of duty off Vietnam, and submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War.

The Museum features a range of interactive exhibits and events providing a snapshot of heroism, education, and excitement.The Intrepid has one of the best jet-age, Cold War aircraft collections in the country. The museum has 30 aircraft that include two of the fastest in the world, the super-secret A-12 Blackbird spy plane and the Anglo-French luxury airliner Concorde. Visitors can ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the world's fastest commercial airplane, Concorde.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located on the West side of Manhattan on Pier 86, 12th Ave. & 46th Street. It is easily accessible from all points in the New York City Metro area. [Open 10am-5pm, Adult $20, Child $8]

Statue of Liberty New York Statue of Liberty stands on a 12-acre island in Upper New York Bay about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest of Manhattan Island and falls under New York State jurisdiction. The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France in 1884. Before being renamed Liberty Island in 1956, the island was called Bedloe's Island. The island served as a military post until 1937, and was established as the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1924. Visitors can take a ferry from Battery Park, lower Manhattan, to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

Ellis Island is located in New York Harbour, less than 0.5 miles north of Liberty Island and was a reception center for immigrants for more than 60 years. Ellis Island processed over 12 million people as they entered the United States of America. The island is named after Samuel Ellis, a merchant / farmer who owned it during the late 1700's. The US bought the island in 1808 and began using it as an immigration station in 1892. About 98 percent of those examined at Ellis Island were allowed into the country. The islands use as an immigration station ended in 1924 and the station closed completely in 1954. Eventually, in 1965 the island became a national historic site. Visitors can take a ferry from Battery Park, lower Manhattan, to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

Madame Tussauds is New York City's branch of the famous London wax museum. There's so much to do and see at Madame Tussauds! With over 200 life-life wax creations where you can interact, take pictures and get close with some of the greatest celebrities, musicians, sports, political and historical figures and more! There is the SCREAM ride and a 4D Cinema. [Open daily 10am-10pm, Adults $35, child $28, 234 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, Times Square]

Central Park New York Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. Wealthy merchants and landowners admired public grounds of London and Paris, and wanted New York to have similar grounds. In 1853 the City of New York acquired more than 700 acres of land in the center of Manhattan. The park makes up 6% (843 acres) of Manhattan Island and includes a zoo, 7 water bodies, lawns and woodlands. It is very popular for visitors to take a romantic carriage ride through Central Park. Visitors should enjoy the park during the day but avoid it at night.

Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry service from Manhattan Island to Staten Island providing views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and lower Manhattan. Many tourists ride the ferry as a budget harbour cruise.

Manhattan Harbour Cruise is a great way for visitors to view New York from a completely new angle. Choose from a day or romantic twilight cruise on the famous Hudson River. The cruises allow visitors to relax and take in the famous buildings and landmarks that have helped make New York one of the most recognised skylines in the world.

Helicopter Flight Over New York is an amazing experience for any visitor. Fly past the renowned Manhattan skyline, the green expanse of Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, George Washington Bridge and more.

The United Nations New York Travel is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 192 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.

The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peace-keeping, peace-building, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programs) affect our lives and make the world a better place. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations. The United Nations has its own security and fire forces, issues its own postage stamps and conducts business in its six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

[The United Nations Headquarters in New York is located on First Avenue between 42nd Street and 48th Street. The Visitors' Entrance is located on First Avenue at 46th Street. Guided Tours are conducted Monday to Friday from 9.45am to 4.45pm, Tours last approximately 45 minutes, Adults $12.50, Subway: number 4,5,6 or 7 trains to Grand Central Station; walk on 42nd Street to First Avenue, Buses: M15, M27, M42, or M104]

Brooklyn Bridge New York was constructed from Jan 1870 to May 1883 connecting Manhattan Island to Brooklyn. The suspension bridge spanning 1595 ft was an engineering marvel of the industrial world which cost the lives of 30 men during construction.

Shea Stadium opened in 1964 with a capacity of 55,601 and was the first stadium able to convert between a football and a baseball field. The scoreboard is one of largest in the USA. Originally to be called Flushing Meadow Park the stadium was renamed to honor William Shea, the man that brought the National League back to New York.

Bronx Zoo, located within the Bronx Park, is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States comprising 265acres (107ha) of parklands and naturalistic habitats, through which the Bronx River flows. The zoo (originally called the New York Zoological Park) opened its doors to the public in 1899. [2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx Park, Bronx, New York]

Times Square New York Travel is centered on 42nd Street and Broadway. The area is filled with video screens, LED signs, tourists and a lot of traffic which makes it an appealing experience for some. There are many restaurants, theaters, hotels, shops and offices. It is also the official place to countdown to midnight each year.

World Trade Center Site at Trinity Place and Fulton Street is the site of the September 11th terrorist attacks has become popular with visitors. Various plaques are on display documenting the history of the World Trade Center.

ZEPHYR Seaport Liberty Cruise is a one-of-a-kind yacht giving passengers a one-hour cruise and the opportunity to view New York City from the comfort of multiple climate-controlled decks. Surrounded by spectacular sights outside and elegant amenities inside, you will glide past many of New York's most legendary landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. From start to finish, ZEPHYR provides a unique fun-filled experience. Departs from Pier 16 in the historic South Street Seaport in Downtown Manhattan.

SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride is Circle Line Downtown's heart-pounding, 30-minute speedboat ride that captures the excitement and energy of the city as it screams out of South Street Seaport's Pier 16 in a shower of waves.

Guggenheim Museum is an internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. The Guggenheim Museum is a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries. [Open 10am to 6pm, closed Thursdays, Adults $18, Students and Seniors (65+) $15, Children under 12 Free, 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)]

Sex and the City Hotspots Tour is where you'll see more than 40 locations from the famous TV series. Follow in the fancy footsteps of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda on a 'Sex and the City' tour! You'll conquer New York City and drink where the girls drink, shop where they shop, and gossip where they gossip. [Tours cost $50 for 3.5 hours]

Top of the Rock Observation Deck is perched 70 stories above the city at Rockefeller Plaza, the panoramic views of Manhattan are unequaled anywhere else in New York City. Daytime or night-time breathtaking vistas stretch for miles in every direction. You'll see New York's famous landmarks, including the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Quite simply, it is the most spectacular view in New York City. [Open 365 days a year]

Museum of Modern Art has many interesting permanent and temporary exhibitions of sculpture, painting, drawings, photography, film and books. There are Restaurants, cafes and shops. [Daily (except Tues) 10.30am to 5.30pm, Adults $16, Child under 16 free, located in midtown Manhattan, at 11 West Fifty-third Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues]

Circle Line Harbour Cruise around Manhattan Island lets visitors discover Manhattan like the great explorers, from the water. Enjoy a relaxed and refreshing 3-hour cruise as you discover the secrets of the city. You'll circumnavigate Manhattan Island and see it all - three Rivers, seven major bridges,five boroughs,25+ world renowned landmarks and magnificent close-ups of the Statue of Liberty.

American Museum of Natural History was established in 1869 and has many wonderful permanent and temporary exhibitions of human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. There is an IMAX cinema, cafes, and gift shops. [Open daily 10am5.45pm, Central Park West at 79th Street New York Adults$16, Children (2-12)$9]

Wall Street is a street in Lower Manhattan famous as the home of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street runs east from Broadway to South Street, through the historical center of the Financial District.

Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip - Explore the countryside outside New York on a day trip to Philadelphia and Lancaster County, home of the Amish people. Departing New York City, drive through New Jersey and Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. The second largest city on the East Coast, and only 100 miles (160 km) from New York City. Upon arrival in Philadelphia, embark on a panoramic tour that includes Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Elsert Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America) and more. Arriving in the historic heart of Philadelphia, you'll visit the famous Liberty Bell and Constitution Square and Hall, symbols of freedom in America. Departing Philadelphia you will see the famous "Rocky Steps" before continuing to Lancaster County. After a break for lunch at the Amish marketplace, you'll have an authentic Amish buggy ride through Amish farm country. During the ride you'll learn how the Amish live without modern technology - no electricity, running water, telephone service or appliances. [Tour duration is 12 hours]

New York Nightlife and Entertainment

There are many restaurants, bars and clubs in Times Square, Soho, Greenwich village.

Roof Garden Caf on the romantic rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sculpture, frozen daiquiris, and fantastic Central Park views converge into one great drinking experience. [Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Ave. at 82nd St]

High Bar - The 18-floor terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel has wrap-around views of the Manhattan skyline, including a striking shot of the Chrysler building, and a spirited seasonal cocktail menufrom a cooling High Bar Fizz to a hot buttered rum to offset the meanest of winter chills. [Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., at 21st St]

Broadway Shows are a very popular attraction for all visitors to New York. There are so many high quality shows that choosing one is often difficult. Whether you like musicals, comedy, plays, dance, drama or something for the kids you will find it on Broadway.

New York Dining

New York Dinner Cruise for 3 hours of real New York fun including live entertainment, an amazing DJ and breathtaking views of the New York skyline. This is an amazing way to experience New York! Experience the Manhattan nightlife, dine on an all-you-can-eat buffet in the hip dining room, complete with attentive meal service and Broadway-style entertainment. Then, gaze at the New York skyline from the outdoor deck and dance the night away in the nightclub! [Daily, Departuring Chelsea Piers, Sunday to Thursday Board: 6:30pm, Sail: 7:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday Board: 7:30pm Sail: 8:00pm to 11:00pm, Duration: 3 hours (approx.)]

New York Shopping

New York is an international fashion destination and the fashion capital of the USA. With countless department stores, boutiques, and specialty shops New York City is a major shopping destination for people around the world.

Macy's is the famous New York department store. From its beginnings in 1858, Macy's has developed many shopping innovations over the years and has grown to be the largest department store retailer in America with over 800 stores. [151 W 34th St New York, open 10am to 9.30pm]

Chelsea Garment District is a district of Manhattan in New York, situated on the West Side in the southern part of the Midtown area; broadly, it encompasses the area from 14th St up to 34th St and west of 6th Ave. It is a popular dining and nightlife area particularly on 8th Avenue. Of interest to practically everyone are the Chelsea Piers, located on the Hudson, a huge sports and entertainment complex that opened in 1995. Chelsea's explosive growth began in the 1990s and continues today, with new towers expanding the neighbourhood as far north as Madison Square Garden.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is about one hour from Manhattan and well worth a visit for discount shopping on major brands and labels. There's no better place for a day of bargain shopping in New York. Woodbury Common features 220 stores offering the largest collection of upscale designer and name-brand outlets in the world. Stores include: Adidas, Banana Republic Factory Store, Barneys New York Outlet, Burberry, Coach, Crate and Barrel, Dolce&Gabbana, Donna Karan, Donald J Pliner, Frette, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Zegna, Max Mara, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Off 5th - Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tommy Hilfiger, Timberland, Versace, Williams-Sonoma Outlet. And there is much more including a selection of eateries and sit down restaurants. [Shopping hours are Monday to Sunday 10am - 9pm]

Beyond New York

Niagara Falls - view the thunderous American and Canadian falls from various vantage points, cruise along to the base of the falls on the 'Maid of the Mist' boat cruise and journey behind the fall in the Scenic Tunnels.