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Introduction

Lady Liberty ©Rebecca Kennison

New York City is without doubt one of the top urban travel destinations in the world and the city's immortalisation in numerous movies, books and television series ensures that most people are familiar with the many attractions of this famous metropolis. Beyond New York City, however, New York offers prime natural assets like Niagara Falls, a number of beautiful lakes, and some pristine protected wilderness areas, as well as several charming, historic cities.


Until the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, most of the area that is now New York was controlled by the Iroquois Confederacy, a group of Native American peoples. Henry Hudson named the Hudson River in 1609 and claimed the area for the Dutch, and 60 years later the British took control and named it New York. For the most part the Native Americans prospered during this time, controlling the lucrative fur trade. A century later, during the French and Indian Wars, the British defeated the French and took control of all of northeast America. The victory was largely thanks to the Iroquois allying themselves with the British and in 1763 all the new British Territory, extending as far as the Mississippi, was declared an Indian reserve. This was short-lived however, as the Iroquois again allied themselves with the British during the War of Independence, and in the reprisals entire communities were wiped out and much of their land was deeded to the revolutionary war veterans.


George Washington was sworn in as the republic's first president in 1789 in New York City. By 1830 the population had exploded to 250,000, but mass immigration didn't start until the 1840s, with the arrival of the Irish. By 1880 the population was 1.2 million. With this abundant labour, vast natural resources and unfettered capitalism New York, and the other Mid-Atlantic States, quickly became one of the most industrialised regions in the world and home to one of it's greatest modern centres, New York City.


Today, New York is a touristic powerhouse, attracting well over 200 million visitors a year and welcoming more international travellers than any other American state. In every way it is a place worth visiting.


Climate Info

New York's climate can vary in different areas, but it falls in the continental climate zone and experiences four distinct seasons. Summers tend to be mild and the southeastern lowlands usually experience the warmest temperatures, as well as the biggest breaks between frosts. Across the state, winters are cold and snowy, and in the central and northern areas the lakes usually freeze over. More snow falls on the eastern side of Lake Ontario than anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Lakes Plain snow belt receives the most snow in the whole country. The higher elevations of the Catskills and Adirondacks Mountain areas also experience significant snowfall and cooler summers. New York winters, in general, tend to be unpredictable, sometimes wild, sometimes severe and stormy; while summers can get hot and humid, often lasting until September.


In New York City the high temperatures in mid-summer (July) average around 86°F (28°C), and in mid-winter (January) the temperatures average as low as 28°F (-2°C).


Getting Around

New York's public transport system is relatively good and cheap, including buses and the subway. There are also the ever-present, although more expensive, yellow cabs. Unlicensed gypsy cabs should be avoided. It is possible to get around the city using a combination of these, or simply on foot. Walking is often the best way to experience the city, and during rush hours, when buses and taxis are caught up in the gridlock and the subway is overcrowded or delayed, it can also be the fastest way to get around.


Generally though, the most efficient way to get around is the 24-hour underground system, especially as most of Manhattan's sights are near subway stations, although it can be confusing at first. Much simpler but slower, is the bus system, which is a good option for shorter distances or for travelling across town. Driving in New York is not recommended as traffic is heavy, drivers aggressive and parking exorbitant.


John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

LocationThe airport is located 15 miles (24km) southeast of central Manhattan.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 718 244 4444.

Transfer terminals

Passengers can travel between JFK's six terminals on the free AirTrain.

Getting to city

Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals and provides information on buses, shared-ride vans and limousines. The AirTrain links the airport to the subway, train and bus system, which go to the city centre. 'SuperShuttle Manhattan' is a 24-hour, shared, door-to-door service to anywhere between Battery Park and 227th including all hotels, and the service also operates to Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise and National are represented at all terminals. The AirTrain shuttles passengers between the terminals and the car rental offices.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available in front of all six terminals, and the journey time to Manhattan is 40-60 minutes. There is generally a $52 flat fare to Manhattan (excluding tolls), other approximate fares include Brooklyn $59-$64, Bronx $48-$68, Queens $24-$33, Staten Island $67-$79, La Guardia Airport $34-$39, and Newark Airport $97-$102 (with a $17.50 surcharge). Tipping is customary for good service. Only use taxis from the taxi dispatch booth and refuse offers from others.

Airport Facilities

All terminals have ATMs, bureaux de change, bars, restaurants and a wide selection of shops. Travellers will be able to find most services in the terminals, including wifi, medical facilities, information counters and shoe-shiners.

Car Parking

There are two kinds of public parking at JFK. The long-term parking is four miles (6km) from the terminals and is served by the free AirTrain. Passengers are advised to allow 30 minutes to reach their terminal. The Central Terminal Area (CTA) parking is adjacent to the terminals and provides for daily parking needs. Signs to the parking facilities are colour-coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals. A Cell Phone Lot waiting area is located near the airport's entrance for drivers to wait for disembarking passengers.

Websitewww.kennedyairport.com


New York La Guardia Airport (LGA)

LocationThe airport is located eight miles (13km) east of central Manhattan, in the borough of Queens.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 718 533 3400.

Transfer terminals

There are two bus routes connecting the five La Guardia Terminals. The Route A Bus is a free service running every 15 minutes stopping at all terminals in the central terminal area as well as the Marine Air Terminal (15 minutes travel time). The free Route B bus runs every 10-15 minutes between all five terminals except the Marine Air Terminal/Delta Shuttle. The journey time is 5-10 minutes.

Getting to city

Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals. All service arrangements can be made at these counters. Public buses service the city and connect with the New York subway; the Q33 and Q47 service Manhattan and Queens. The New York Airport Service Express Bus leaves regularly for all areas in Manhattan. The SuperShuttle Manhattan is a 24-hour, shared door-to-door service that goes to all areas of the city.

Car Rental

Car hire companies include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National. The Arrivals level of each terminal has either car rental courtesy phones or counters. Free shuttles transport customers between the terminals and the car rental offices.

Airpor Taxis

The Welcome Center/Ground Transportation Counter is near the baggage claim area, offering information on authorized transportation services. There are taxis available outside each terminal.

Airport Facilities

All terminals have ATMs and currency exchange can be found at the Central and US Airways Terminals, as well as a wide selection of bars, shops and restaurants, but the best choice is at the US Airways, Delta and Central Terminals. There are business facilities at Laptop Lane in the Central Terminal including meeting rooms, dataports, Internet access, fax, phones, printers and photocopiers. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should ideally contact their airline or travel agent in advance.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is available next to the terminals. Long-term parking is available in Lot 3, although there are limited spaces. Additional long-term car parking is located very close to the airport and can be accessed by following the 'P' to the airport exit. Express payment machines are located throughout the parking areas. Signs to the parking facilities in the terminal buildings are colour coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals. Free shuttle buses transport passengers to the terminal buildings.

Websitewww.laguardiaairport.com


Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

LocationThe airport is located two miles (3km) south of Newark, 16 miles (26km) southwest of New York.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 973 961 6000.

Transfer terminals

The AirTrain is a free service that ferries passengers between the three terminals.

Getting to city
Car Rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Enterprise. The AirTrain links the terminals to the airport car rental offices; Enterprise is linked by a further courtesy vehicle to its office adjacent to the airport.

Airpor TaxisGround Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of each terminal. A taxi can be requested from a uniformed taxi dispatcher and should cost between US$50 and US$75 to destinations in Manhattan.
Airport Facilities

All terminals have ATMs and bureaux de change, a wide selection of bars, shops and restaurants and business facilities including fax, photocopying and courier services. Data ports can be found next to most public telephones in all terminals. Wireless Internet is also available at all terminals. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should ideally contact their airline or travel agent in advance.

Car Parking

There is short-term parking next to the terminals. Daily parking is a few minutes away on the free AirTrain and Economy parking is 20 minutes from the terminals via a free shuttle bus. In addition to the on-airport parking lots listed above, there are a number of privately operated parking lots located near the airport; see the airport website for details. Valet Parking is also available. Signs to the parking facilities are colour coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals.

Websitewww.newarkairport.com


Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)

LocationThe airport is located 11 miles (18km) from Buffalo.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 716 630 6000.

Getting to city

NFTA-Metro Bus and Rail provides public transport to and from the airport, and shuttles, taxis and rental cars are also available.

Car Rental

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National are all represented at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

There are a number of taxi companies available at the airport or offering airport pick-ups.

Airport Facilities

There are ATMs, a bureau de change, a barber, an electric car charging service, an information desk, a shoe shine service and a pet relief area. There are also various bars, shops and restaurants in the terminal. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline or travel agent in advance.

Car Parking

The short-term parking lot is adjacent to the terminal building, and costs from $4 per hour with a daily maximum of $23. The long-term parking areas are connected to the terminal by a free shuttle bus service and charge $1 per hour up to 5 hours, with a daily limit of $12 or $10 depending on the parking lot.

Websitewww.buffaloairport.com


Westchester County Airport (HPN)

LocationThe airport is three miles (5km) from White Plains in New York State.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT - 4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 (914) 995 4860.

Getting to city

Bee-Line Bus 12 runs from the airport to White Plains and the local train station from which passengers can catch the MTA Metro-North Railroad. Bus fare is $2.75 and the buses stop on the central traffic island just outside the terminal building. The only other option for getting into White Plains is catching a taxi or renting a car, though some hotels may offer airport transfers for guests.

Car Rental

Rental car companies including Avis, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National are all available at Westchester County Airport. The rental desks are located in the arrivals hall.

Airpor Taxis

All taxi companies operating in the area are permitted to service the airport, but taxi pickup has to be arranged in advance. For those who have not pre-arranged taxi pickup, there is a desk in the arrivals hall which will arrange transport with one of the airport's licensed vendors.

Airport Facilities

Facilities at Westchester include ATMs, luggage trolleys, business workstations, baby-changing facilities as well as a number of shops and restaurants.

Car Parking

The garage is next to the terminal, providing short-term and long-term parking.

Websitewww.whiteplainsairport.com/


Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM)

LocationThe airport is situated seven miles (11km) northwest of Elmira.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

C-Tran bus route 20 connects the airport to Elmira between roughly 8am and 6pm on weekdays, and between 10am and 5pm on Saturdays. Adult bus fare is about $2.25. A number of hotels offer airport shuttles for their guests and taxis and rental cars are also available.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National are represented at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

Bill's Transportation and Terps Enterprises service the airport, but it is recommended that taxis be booked in advance to ensure availability.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include an ATM, restaurant, conference rooms, family restrooms and wifi.

Car Parking

All airport parking is free for the first 15 minutes. Short-term parking costs $1 for the first hour and $1 for each additional 30 minutes, up to a daily maximum of $10. Long-term parking costs $1 for 30 minutes, $1 for every additional hour and a daily maximum of $9. The more distant economy parking is slightly cheaper with a daily max of $7.50.

Websitewww.ecairport.com


Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM)

LocationThe airport is situated eight miles (13km) north of Binghamton.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Taxis, airport shuttles and rental cars are available to get into town.

Car Rental

Avis, Hertz and Budget are represented at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

Numerous taxi companies service the airport, but it is best to book ahead to avoid a wait.

Airport Facilities

The airport is small but comfortable. Facilities include vending machines, a restaurant and a conference centre.

Car Parking

Short-term and long-term parking is provided at the airport. In short-term parking, the first 15 minutes are free, and the hourly rate is $1 for the first hour, $2.25 for the next hours, and a daily rate of $11. Long-term parking is $1 per hour for the first hour, $2 per hour thereafter, and a maximum of $8 a day.

Websitewww.flybgm.com


Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)

LocationThe airport is situated five miles (8km) northeast of downtown Syracuse.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Taxis to and from the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center will link travellers to Syracuse through Centro's bus network.

Car Rental

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty are represented at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

Syracuse Regional Airport Taxi provides exclusive service to the airport. Dispatch desks for taxi services are located near each baggage claim area, and are staffed between 5am and 2am.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a barber shop, ATMs, public telephones, a variety of shops and restaurants, a pub, and the interesting Discover the Airport Exhibit, which allows passengers to interact with planes and learn about how the airport works.

Car Parking

Parking rates in the airport garage are $3 for the first hour, $4 for 90 minutes, $5 for two hours, and $1 per hour thereafter up to a daily maximum of $12. Parking is slightly cheaper in the open lots, with the first hour costing $2 and a daily maximum of $10.

Websitewww.flysyracuse.com


Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH)

LocationThe airport is situated five miles (8km) northeast of downtown Ithaca.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

TCAT bus route 32 services the airport between 7.50am and 9.30pm on weekdays, and bus route 72 services the airport between 8.45am and 11pm on Saturdays, and between 7.45am and 4.45pm on Sundays. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget and Hertz are represented at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available at the airport, but it is best to order them in advance to avoid waiting. A taxi to downtown Ithaca costs roughly $16 to $18.

Airport Facilities

This is a small airport and facilities are limited, but there is a conference room, a cafeteria and free wifi. There are some vending machines for snacks.

Car Parking

All parking is free for the first 30 minutes. Parking costs $1.25 for the first hour, and about $1 per hour thereafter, up to a daily maximum of $8 in the short-term lot, and $6 in the long-term lot.

Websitewww.flyithaca.com


Stewart International Airport (SWF)

LocationThe airport is situated six miles (10km) west of Newburgh.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Getting to and from the airport using public transport can be complicated. Those wanting to take the Metro-North Train to New York City can catch the Leprechaun Bus, which services the airport regularly, transporting passengers to the Beacon Station. The public Shortline Bus also services the airport daily, transporting passengers to the Newburgh Terminal. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National are represented at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

Visconti Ground Transport, which has desks in the terminal, offers taxi service 24 hours a day, but it is recommended that passengers reserve taxis in advance.

Airport Facilities

Facilities include wifi, an ATM, a restaurant, a cafe and a newsagent.

Car Parking

Short-term parking at the airport costs $3 per hour, up to a daily maximum of $30. Long-term parking costs $10 for the first 24 hours and $60 per week.

Websitewww.panynj.gov/airports/stewart.html


Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)

LocationThe airport is situated three miles (6km) southwest of downtown Rochester.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Rochester Transit Service buses service the airport every day of the week; adult bus fare is $1. A number of hotels in the area offer airport shuttles for their guests. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Alamo are all represented at the airport.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available at the airport, and a taxi from the airport costs a minimum of $10, with $3 charged per mile and a $2.50 levy per additional passenger.

Airport Facilities

Facilities at the airport include ATMs, a food court, various shops, bars, a business centre, an information centre, an interfaith chapel, conference rooms, a lost and found, a pet relief area and shoeshine services.

Car Parking

A Cell Phone Lot allows passenger pickup free of charge. Parking in the short-term lot costs $2 for the first hour, up to a daily maximum of $24. Long-term parking costs $3.50 for the first two hours, and $2 per each additional hour, up to a daily maximum of $14. The economy parking lot is connected to the terminal by shuttles and costs only $1.25 per hour and has a daily maximum of $7.

Websitewww.monroecounty.gov/airport-index.php


Albany International Airport (ALB)

LocationThe airport is located about six miles (10km) from the city centre.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

Local bus (regional and long-distance), taxi, limousine and car rental services are available at the airport to transport passengers to the city centre.

Car Rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National/Alamo. The rental car reservation counters are located in the baggage claim area of the terminal. The rental car fleet is located inside the airport parking garage.

Airpor Taxis

The taxi stand is located just outside the baggage claim area. Capitaland Taxi is authorised to pick up passengers from the airport, but passengers may call any cab company for transportation to and from airport. Capitaland Taxi vehicles are equipped with meters and credit card machines.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include currency exchange, ATMs, a business centre (internet access, photocopying, computers, printers and workstations), an interfaith prayer room, a mail centre, public telephones, free wifi, restaurants, fast food outlets, and various shops.

Car Parking

The airport offers a wide variety of convenient and economical parking options. A multi-storey parking garage provides covered long and short-term parking and a heated pedestrian bridge takes travellers directly to the security checkpoint in the terminal. The short-term lot is free for the first half hour. Short-term parking costs $2 for the second half an hour of parking and an additional $1 for every half hour thereafter. Long-term parking costs $2 for the first hour of parking and $1 for every hour after that, up to a maximum daily rate of $9.

Websitewww.albanyairport.com


Tarrytown


Forty miles (64km) north of New York City is Tarrytown, known to Washington Irving fans as Sleepy Hollow, setting for the . The town is packed with historic homes including the impressive Rockefeller residence and Irving's home. Over of the east bank of the river is Hyde Park, where Pre
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Tarrytown lighthouse ©JMS2



The High Line


The High Line, or High Line Park, is a verdant elevated strip hovering between the skyscrapers of Manhattan's West Side. This unique public park is built on what was once a freight rail line and brings a welcome splash of greenery into the district. Construction of the park began in 2006
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The High Line, NYC ©Jessica Sheridan



The Statue of Liberty


The universal symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was the first sight to be seen by the 12 million immigrants who passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Centre. Sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and modelled on the Colossus of Rhodes, the statue was donated b
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Lady Liberty, NYC ©D Ramey Logan



World Trade Center - Ground Zero


The six-hectare (16-acre) work site that has emerged from the rubble of the twin towers has come to symbolise the dreadful events of September 11, 2001 when almost 3,000 people lost their lives. The 1,350ft (411m) World Trade Centre towers were the tallest buildings in New York and proud
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9/11 Memorial NYC ©NormanB



Radio City Music Hall


Located in Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most famous theatres in the world. The home of the Rockettes chorus line, the theatre's interior was declared a New York landmark in 1978. The Hall's beautiful cinema, while not in regular use anymore, still hosts premier
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Radio City Music Hall ©Jazz Guy



Empire State Building


One of the enduring symbols of New York, and once again the city's tallest structure, the Empire State Building stands 436 feet (145m) tall. Completed in 1931, this Art Deco behemoth remains one of the most impressive engineering feats of all time; it was built in just 410 days and remai
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Empire State Building, NYC ©BigMac



Central Park


With great foresight, the founders of New York set aside 340 hectares (840 acres) of central Manhattan as a public space. Central Park was officially opened in 1873 and today provides an essential 'green lung' within the concrete jungle that is New York. Originally designed by Frederick
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Central Park, NYC ©Ingfbruno



Museum of Modern Art


The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, owns the most important collection of modern art in the USA including works by Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Max Beckman, Ansel Adams, and Kiki Smith. What started as a gift of eight prints and one drawing has developed into a vast a
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Museum of Modern Art, NYC ©Trish



The Guggenheim Museum


The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum was designed by US architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was completed shortly after his death in 1959. It is well worth a visit just to see this icon of Modernist architecture, which was designed specifically to showcase the modern art within. Inside, it featu
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Guggenheim Museum, NYC ©Jean-Christophe Benoist



Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Metropolitan Museum possesses one of the greatest, and largest, collections of art in the world; it is a cherished New York institution and a must see for any visitor. Banners above the Met's Fifth Avenue entrance herald the current attractions; there are always a few temporary exhib
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Metropolitan Museum, NYC ©Jean-Christophe Benoist



American Museum of Natural History


Challenged only by its counterpart in London, the American Museum of Natural History is the largest and most important museum of its kind in the world. More than 30 million artefacts are packed into 45 exhibition halls - quite enough to keep anyone busy on a rainy afternoon. The most pop
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American Museum of Natural History ©Ingfbruno



Niagara Falls


Straddling the United States and Canadian border, 340 miles (547km) northwest of New York City, the Niagara Falls are one of the most popular natural attractions in the country, attracting more than 20 million tourists a year. The Niagara River has been flowing for about 12,000 years but
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Niagara Falls ©Judith Duk



Finger Lakes


The 11 narrow lakes that stretch north to south below Lake Ontario are known as the Finger Lakes. The lakes are popular for boating and fishing, and the rolling hills in-between are interspersed with waterfalls, gorges and parks ideal for hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing. The Nat
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Canadice Lake, New York ©VisitFingerLakes



Buffalo


Dubbed 'the biggest small town in America', Buffalo is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, and is a good base for visiting the Niagara Falls and for exploring the Finger Lakes region. New York's second largest city, the town was established by the French in 1758 (it is believed t
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Buffalo City skyline ©Stephen Zimmermann



Broadway


Going to the theatre is one of the most popular tourist events in New York and the shows on Broadway are world famous, boasting some of the best productions in the world from blockbuster musicals to intense and intimate dramas. There are ongoing shows that have been running for years, su
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Broadway, NYC ©Alex Proimos



Times Square


Though it's ultimately just an intersection at the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street, Times Square has achieved iconic status, representing, in a single frame, the hive of activity that is New York City. Flashing advertisements and huge billboards produce a headache-inducing but memorab
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Times Square, NYC ©Terabass



Rockefeller Centre


Named for the man who developed the space, the world's first dollar billionaire, John D Rockefeller, this 22 acre (8ha) land houses a plethora of iconic New York City attractions. Radio City Music Hall used to be the most popular tourist venue in the city and still ranks highly among vis
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Rockefeller Center NYC ©Mr Bullitt



Brooklyn Bridge


The sheer scope of New York City is hard to understand until you have traversed the Brooklyn Bridge, inaugurated in 1883, which crosses 5,989 feet (1,825 m) of the East River and connects two of New York's biggest metropoles, Manhattan and Brooklyn. The construction of the bridge was an
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Brooklyn Bridge ©Michael



St Patricks Cathedral


St Patrick's Cathedral is a magnificent example of the geometric style of Gothic architecture that was popular in Europe in the 13th century. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York and the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States. With its spires soaring 330 f
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St Patrick's Cathedral ©David Shankbone



Grand Central Station


One of New York's most famous and best loved landmarks, Grand Central was opened in 1913 opposite Rockefeller Center. It is one of the world's largest train stations, with 44 platforms, but its true distinction is its magnificent architecture and striking ambiance, anchored by enormous w
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Grand Central Station ©Diliff



Central Park Zoo


Home to some exotic and beautiful animals the Central Park Zoo is a must for all children and animal lovers visiting the city. Residents at the zoo include the elusive red pandas, polar pears, snow leopards and snow monkeys to name a few. The Tisch Children's Zoo is a great place for you
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Duck in Central Park Zoo ©x-eyedblonde



Trump-Wollman Rink


This public ice rink, located in Central Park and made famous by many movies, is a fantastic place to take the kids for the day during the winter months in New York City. The setting is beautiful, surrounded by trees with the New York City skyline above them. Children can even attend ska
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Wollman Rink by night ©specialkrb



Brooklyn Childrens Museum


The Brooklyn Children's Museum is a great place to take the little ones while on holiday in New York City. It was founded in 1899 and is said to have been the first museum in the United States. Its collections and exhibits include hands-on activities, role-playing opportunities, resident
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Brooklyn Children\'s Museum ©Diane Bondareff



The Frick Collection


The Frick is quite possibly New York's most underrated art gallery, a collection of exceptional paintings featuring important works by Vermeer, Manet, Rembrandt, Whistler, Goya and Van Dyk. A highlight of the collection is the renowned pair of Holbein paintings of Thomas More and Thomas
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The Frick Collection, NYC ©Gryffindor



Staten Island Ferry


A must-see New York attraction that doesn't cost a dime? The ferry from Battery Park to Staten Island and back is a great way to see the Lower Manhattan skyline and Hudson river life while resting your feet. The ferry also skirts the Statue of Liberty affording decent views of this iconi
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Staten Island Ferry, NYC ©Norbert Nagel



Greenwich Village


Greenwich Village (affectionately referred to as 'The Village') started out as an industrial park, but was taken over by artists, poets, beatniks, radicals, and other bohemians that founded a vibrant arts community. These days the area has been gentrified and rents are sky-high; you'll s
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Greenwich Village ©GK tramrunner



Wall Street


Home to the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street has attained near-mythical status as the financial heart of the US, and indeed the world. The narrow street runs from Broadway to the East River, and is home to landmarks like Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the fi
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Wall Street, NYC ©Vlad Lazarenko



Coney Island


Coney Island has been a tourist attraction in New York City since the 1830s, when New Yorkers would flock to the beaches. Its movie theatres, amusement parks, museums, circus, aquarium and restaurants still attract crowds each summer, and each Friday there is a fireworks show at about 9.
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Wonder Wheel, Coney Island ©DangApricot



Ellis Island


From 1892 to 1924, nearly every immigrant (totalling more than 20 million) moving to the US was funnelled through the crowded halls of Ellis Island, just off the coast of New York. No longer in use as an immigration port, today the island draws millions of people each year as one of the
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Ellis Island Immigration Building ©chensiyuan



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