A holiday in New York is your chance to see one of the greatest cities on Earth. Iconic landmarks abound, from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building. See Van Goghs and Picassos as the world-renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), while the Guggenheim Museum is another great destination for culture vultures. Alternatively, head for a show on Broadway or go for a wander around the sprawling oasis of Central Park. And no visit would be complete without a cruise on the Staten Island Ferry - there's no better way to take in the city.
A number of carriers, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines, offer direct flights to New York from London Heathrow and Manchester, with an average journey time of around eight to eight and half hours. You can also choose to fly an indirect route, which will give you a wider selection of UK airports to set off from, including Liverpool and Newcastle.
John F. Kennedy International Airport is your gateway to your New York holiday. A number of bus and train services connect the airport to the city itself, and those famous yellow taxis are of course available. During your holiday in New York you'll most likely get around by bus or on the subway - for this, you'll need to buy a MetroCard and you can choose from pay as you cards to weekly ones. One thing you very likely won't want to do is hire a car in New York - the roads are intimidating to say the least, and parking can be almost impossible. Make things easier on your trip and use the fantastic public transport system instead.
There are no end of hotels in New York to choose from. As with any major city, they run from staggeringly expensive five star establishments to basic, stripped down lodgings. Always check online for any good deals to find a hotel that suits you. Bear in mind that Manhattan hotels will be more costly - you can make savings in other boroughs like Queens, or even just outside New York in New Jersey.
While it's easy to spend a fortune on restaurants in New York, why not cut back on the high-end dining and try some of the famous street food? It's not just hot dogs, either. Unlike comparable Western cities, New York has a thriving street food scene, and you can pick up everything from Indian snacks to gourmet-style burgers, for just a few dollars. To further save money, you can also get various tourist passes which give you discounted access to various top attractions. Look online for a pass that fits your requirements.
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posted by dwentzelSadly closed now this exhibition at MOMA was amazing! I don't know if it's gone anywhere else now but I would advise you to travel quite a long way to see it if you like design and beauty.
posted by jrodackerA world away from the busy streets in the city that never sleeps. This garden was my favourite part of the Snug Harbor Culture Centre which you can get to by carrying on the staten island ferry to the other side!