Sitting in southern State of New York, NYC comprises five boroughs lining the banks of the Hudson River and overlooking harbor – one of the largest natural harbors in the world. The most densely populated mega city in the US is a heady mix of energy, dynamic and social diversity.
New York City is represented by many things: its people, buildings, culture, fashion, entertainment and cuisine. You will find yourself captured by its charisma, floored by its dynamism, amazed by its diversity and thrilled by this unstoppable metropolis. New York is a memory maker with seemingly no end to its attractions, cultural hot spots and experiences. It packs more to see and do into the compact area it calls home than any other city in the world. Marvel at the contrast of the 830-acre Central Park sitting pretty in the middle of the very urban Manhattan. Enjoy spectacular 360-degree views atop the 102-storey Art Deco Empire State Building.
A defining characteristic of New York is its architectural heritage and stylistic diversity that has created one of the world’s most instantly recognizable skylines. From the majestic Gothic Revival Trinity Church and Beaux-Art Flatiron Building to the contemporary modern silhouette of the One World Trade Center and the ubiquitous New York brownstone.
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How to get from JFK Airport?
JFK Airport is located in the borough of Queens, approximately 24 km (15 miles) from midtown Manhattan. The JFK AirTrain is the most convenient mode of transport and is a non-stop service. It links the subway stations Howard Beach and Sutphin Boulevard and Jamaica Station on the Long Island Rail Road to the airport. The journey takes approximately 40-60 minutes. There are also always plenty of the ubiquitous yellow cabs available at the airport.
What about public transportation around the city?
The New York subway comprises 472 stations covering the city and running 24/7. The above ground options include suburban Metro rail and more than 322 bus routes. As NYC is surrounded by water, there are also plenty of options for travel on the water including the NYC ferry and Staten Island ferry. You can always hail a cab in NYC.
What else is good to know?
The MetroCard enables access to the full range of NYC public transportation services including tramways and the JFK AirTrain.
Attractions in NY: Create your own stories
Summer, winter, spring or fall – anytime of the year is a good time to take a trip to New York. You will be greeted with a highly-charged atmosphere, the non-stop buzz of street life and as the sun sets over the Hudson and the skyscrapers light up, the city is transformed into one big stage. There’s no place like it - but discover the attractions and hidden gems by yourself:
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Outdoor art
- Popular Buildings
- Stature of Liberty
- Central Park
Brooklyn Bridge: Walk Manhattan to Brooklyn (or vice versa) to admire the twin neo-Gothic arched towers and web-like steel wire suspension cables of the bridge, while taking in the best skyline and unparalleled views of the East River, New York Harbor, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The largest collection of outdoor public art in the United States. Tour prominent civic spaces and parks in New York City graced with more than 500 monuments, 250 sculptures and permanent art collections that include works by nineteenth century masters as well as contemporary pieces by present-day artists.
Architecture: Discover an endless stream of world-class content for your Instagram feed in the many national historic landmarks such as the Rockefeller Center at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, the Flatiron Building at 175 Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Art Deco Chrysler Building.
Take a ferry out to “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”, the neoclassical sculpture representing freedom and democracy, resident on Liberty Island and gifted to the people of the United States by the people of France. For a bit of exercise, you can climb the approx. 360 steps up to the crown for stunning views back towards Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as Staten Island and the Verrazano Bridge.
Central park is home to four zoos, an aquarium, plentiful jogging, cycling and walking tracks, volleyball courts, 21 playgrounds, 29 sculptures and seven bodies of water, the Cleopatra’s Needle obelisk and 2.5 acres of “Strawberry Fields” dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. You can always grab a coffee to go and relax on the Great Lawn for a spot to people-watch.
Take in a Broadway show. Broadway is almost synonymous with New York and the area around Times Square is home to more than 40 major theaters where you can catch a show featuring a celebrity guest or take the kids to see the legendary “The Lion King”. If you prefer a more intimate theater experience, plenty of Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway shows and theaters await.
See more attractions of New York in our travel guide.
Dining in New York
New York City is a foodie heaven and a place where food is taken very seriously. The culinary landscape in NYC is as diverse as the ethnic influences that created it.
The ubiquitous food truck is omnipresent in New York City and offers everything from lobster rolls to Korean tacos and more. Budget-friendly and satisfying eats can also always be found at any of the 12,000 or so hole-in the-wall eateries and bodegas scattered throughout the five boroughs.
Try a larger-than-life slice of New York-style cheesecake at the Carnegie Deli in Midtown Manhattan or snack on a slice of New York-style pizza, a New York hot dog, a baked pretzel, a bagel or a knish as you browse the streets of the city.
Head to the Meatpacking District to discover the indoor food hall, Chelsea Market. Located in the former National Biscuit Company complex that was the birthplace of the Oreo cookie, Chelsea Market has become one of the world’s greatest food markets with everything from artisan soup to nuts, wine, coffee, cheese and of course cheesecake.
Bars in New York
As the sun sets, head to 21 West 52nd Street for a famous Southside Cocktail at the 21 Club – an upscale former speakeasy serving classic American fare in an old New York setting and the venue chosen by Humphrey Bogart for his first date with Lauren Bacall. Grab a pint and a burger at the rather literary former bookstore at 567 Hudson Street that transformed into the White Horse Tavern, and counts the likes of Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer and Bob Dylan amongst its former patrons.
Find a number of different dining experiences in our guide about eat and drink in New York.
Shopping in New York
New York City shopping is an experience in itself. With a well-deserved reputation as one the greatest shopping destinations in the world, New York does it bigger and better. Shop to your heart’s content at any of the retail institutions synonymous with New York City – get yourself a little brown bag from Bloomingdales, spot both celebrities and designer-label bargains at Century 21 or lose yourself in the 10-floor shopper’s paradise that is Macy’s. New York institution and bastion of old-school luxury Bergdorf and Goodman is at your service at 754 Fifth Avenue, with “his ‘n’ hers” stores on opposite sides of the street. Book lovers won’t want to miss browsing amongst New Yorkers at the iconic Strand Bookstore, offering both new and second-hand books on everything from brand new fiction to cookbooks, art tomes and rare books.
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Zurich - New YorkFlight duration: 08:45 hrs total, Frequency: 5 x daily
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Airbus A330-300Height: 16.80 mLength: 63.70 mSeats: 236
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 11
Arrival New YorkDistance to city centre: 21 km