Situated at the southern tip of the State of New York, the five boroughs comprising the New York City sit at the mouth of the Hudson River overlooking New York Harbor – one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Most of NYC is built on the three islands of Long Island, Manhattan and Staten Island, making it the most densely populated megacity in the United States.
Make your own unforgettable memories in this thrilling, charismatic, dynamic, and unstoppable metropolitan city. The hardest part will be choosing what to do in a city bursting with must-see attractions, cultural hot spots and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. New York City packs more to see and do into the compact area it calls home than any other city in the world. Take in a legendary Broadway show or experience 360-degree views from the top of the 102-storey Art Deco Empire State Building.
You will not fail to be impressed by the sheer magnitude and pace of life in the Empire State capital. A defining New York characteristic is its stylistic architectural diversity, which lives on every corner and features Beaux-Arts, Postmodern, Deconstructive and Italianate as well as the skyscrapers and ubiquitous brownstones of course. Not only is New York brimming with cultural experiences, it is also packed with so many “only in New York” experiences. Grab a lox bagel and coffee to go and chill at Central Park, visit the 9/11 Memorial, lose yourself in the endless hustle and bustle flowing through Times Square. As a recognized global capital of culture, NYC is home to hundreds of art galleries and museums.
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How to get from JFK Airport to the city?
The John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is located at Jamaica Bay in Queens and is approximately 24 km (15 miles) from midtown Manhattan. The fastest and easiest way to get to and from JFK Airport is with the JFK AirTrain, which connects all passenger terminals to the airport parking, shuttle pick-up areas, rental car center and public transportation. The JFK AirTrain is a non-stop service, operating 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. JFK Airport has excellent connections to the NYC public transportation services including the Subway and Long Island Railroad. Journey times range from 40 to 60 minutes. There are also shared-ride and private car services available from JFK Airport as well as a plentiful supply of NYC yellow taxis.
What about public transportation around the city of New York?
The public transit system in New York City is legendary. Jump on a train at any of the 472 stations comprising the New York subway and get to wherever you want to go while avoiding the traffic. The Subway runs 24 hours a day. If you prefer to be above ground, there are a variety of over land rail services available. A budget-friendly option is to choose a ride on one of more than 322 NYC bus routes. New York is surrounded by water and as a result the five boroughs are linked by bridges, tunnels and ferries, so there are plenty of options for getting around by boat including the NYC ferry service and the Staten Island Ferry. A popular mode of transportation with both New Yorkers and visitors alike is to hail an iconic yellow taxi – don’t forget to tip!
What else is good to know about New York?
You may want to consider a New York Pass. Available for durations of 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 or 10 days and accessible from a smartphone, the New York Pass provides fast-track entry to popular attractions so you can avoid the queues. Attractions include the MoMA, the Met, Top of The Rock, Madame Tussads New York and Planet Hollywood. There’s something for everyone.
New York – the trendsetter with personality
New York is consistently rated one of the top 10 most popular travel destinations in the world. Spring, summer, winter or fall, anytime is a good time to visit New York and the city that never sleeps greets you with a highly-charged atmosphere and the non-stop buzz of street life. As the sun sets over the Hudson and the skyscrapers light up, NYC transforms into one big stage. There’s no place like it.
- The Central Park
- Metropolitan Museum of Art and other museums
- New York’s architecture highlights
- Ferry trip
In the middle of Manhattan you’ll find the “lungs of the city” – the 843-acre (341 ha) Central Park, home to 29 sculptures, 7 bodies of water, Cleopatra’s Needle obelisk, 4 zoos and an aquarium, 21 children’s playgrounds and the 2.5-acre Strawberry Fields, dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. No doubt you’ll get hungry, so stop by the famous Tavern on the Green for traditional American fare or the lakeside Loeb Boathouse to recharge on your way to “the Met”.
Lovers of art and culture will not want to miss a visit to 1000 Fifth Avenue on the eastern edge of Central Park, home of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Met” is the largest art museum in the USA, housing more than 2 million items spanning 5,000 years of art. NYC is also home to over 100 museums and art galleries, 32 of which are in Manhattan alone including the Solomon S. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), Whitney Museum of American Art and 9/11 Tribute Museum.
Discover an endless stream of world-class content for your Instagram feed in the form of national historic landmarks such as the Rockefeller Center at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, the Flatriron Building at 175 Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Art Deco, Chrysler Building.
Of course, no trip to New York is complete without a ferry trip to see the instantly recognizable neoclassical sculpture representing freedom and democracy on Liberty Island. A gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, “the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” extends a proud 46 meters (151 feet 1 inch) towards the sky and has 363 steps up to the crown. One of the most popular tourist destinations in New York, a trip to lady Liberty can also be combined with a visit to nearby Ellis Island.
Uncover more attractions in New York in our travel guide.
Eating in the Big Apple
NYC is a foodie town and New Yorkers take their food very seriously. The culinary landscape in the city is as diverse as the ethnic influences that created it.
Food trucks can be found all over New York, offering everything from lobster rolls to Korean tacos and more. Hole-in-the-wall and bodegas are where you’ll find satisfying, budget-friendly eats.
See if you can finish a massive slice of New York-style cheesecake at the Carnegie Deli in Midtown Manhattan or graze on a huge bendy slice of New York-style pizza or a New York hot dog as you wander Central Park. Snack on baked pretzels, bagels or knish.
If you visit New York in winter, warm the cockles of your heart with a steaming bowl of Manhattan Clam Chowder or Long Island Clam Chowder to recharge before heading out to explore NYC.
Try one of the famous Southside Cocktails at the 21 Club at 21 West 52nd Street– popular amongst the Presidents of the United States 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 was transformed into The White Horse Tavern and counts the likes of Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan amongst its patrons.
If you like dining with stars, New York will not disappoint. Home to more than 20 Michelin-starred restaurants, a variety of gourmet experiences await. Choose from the French-inspired Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare in Hell’s Kitchen or the legendary Le Bernadin. Go Japanese at Masa on the Upper West Side or whet your appetite with contemporary American fare at Eleven Madison Park in Flatiron or at the Modern in Midtown West.
If food markets are your thing, head to the Meatpacking District, home of Chelsea Market. Located in the former National Biscuit Company complex and birthplace of the Oreo cookie, the enclosed Chelsea Market has become one of the world’s best indoor food halls where you’ll find everything from soup to nuts, wine, coffee, cheese and of course cheesecake.
Tips for a number of different dining experiences can be found in our guide about eat and drink in New York.
Shopping in New York
New York City has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s great shopping destinations. Find malls and markets at the Beaux-Arts-style Grand Central Terminal and admire its celestial ceiling or find yourself designer-label bargains and maybe spot a celebrity or two at Century 21 at Lincoln Square. Have a proper New York City shopping experience at Bloomingdales and take home a little brown bag. Get lost in Macy’s at Herald Square. The world’s largest department store is a shopper’s paradise extending over 10 floors with more than one million square feet of space for things to browse, try and buy. Stop by Rowland’s Bar & Grill at Macy’s Herald Square for American gastropub cuisine to keep your strength up.