A taste of the big apple

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New York brings many connotations to mind: the Big Apple, yellow taxis, and the backdrop to many popular movies and TV shows like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Spiderman, and Sex and the City, to name just a few.

This is a holiday for those who enjoy taking in city life. There are plenty of sites and places which you will already want to see and visit; Central Park, Times Square, Fifth Avenue and the Brooklyn Bridge – New York is host to so many spectacular sights, with the options seemingly endless.

 Tourists can also take a walk to famous Broadway where you’ll find plenty of well-known theatre shows to entertain you, including The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Hop on the Staten Island Ferry and sail past the magnificent Statue of Liberty, or shop ‘til you drop in one of New York’s famous department stores, such as Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.

If you want to take in a sweeping vista of New York, take the lift 102 floors up the Empire State Building, where you can enjoy magnificent views of Manhattan and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Or even better, board a helicopter ride at sunset over the city and watch Times Square come alive at night from the skies above.

With an array of experiences to choose from, here’s our top five recommendations:

Top 5 New York experiences for you:

1– A visit to New York isn’t complete without seeing one of the many shows and musicals that Broadway has to offer! Pre-book musicals such as Chicago or The Lion King to avoid disappointment.

2– Board a ferry to experience the beauty and history of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and National Monument, located in New York Harbour.

3– Visit magnificent Central Park in the heart of Manhattan. There are many things to see and do within its 250 acres of green space. Ride the carousel, hire a bike, visit the Zoo or ice skate in winter months.

4– Take in the views from the top of the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Centre.

5– For those who want to get out of the city, take a ride in a yellow taxi across Brooklyn Bridge.

Remember to bring comfortable walking shoes, and, if travelling during the winter months, pack plenty of warm layers and a big coat and hat!