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New York travel guide

The Big Apple

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You're Going to Love New York

As Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra famously sing in the classic movie "On the Town", New York is a "helluva town." The Big Apple has it all, from its awe-inspiring skyscrapers to world-class museums, shopping districts, sporting events, and historical sights.

Tour the artistic masterpieces at MoMa, take the ferry out to see the Statue of Liberty (the most iconic symbol of freedom in the U.S), book Broadway theater tickets, or just wander the floor of iconic stores like Bloomingdales or Macy's. Take a walk through Central Park, ascend to the top of the Empire State Building, or stay grounded with a shopping tour of 5th Avenue.

Whether you're heading there on a summer-sight-seeing break or want to share in festive magic by ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center; New York attracts crowds in every season; so book your ticket today.

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New York is a world-class destination any time of the year. At Christmas, you can tour the famous store windows, enjoy ice-skating, see the lights in Times Square and take the kids to see Santa at Macy's. Spring is the time to see Central Park in bloom, the St Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Macy's Flower Show. Summer brings crowds from across the world, and it’s the best time to enjoy the city’s outdoor attractions like the Bronx Zoo, Liberty Island cruises and Brighton Beach. Then there’s fall, when the crowds get thinner but the city hosts events like New York Fashion Week and Broadway’s new theater season kicks into gear. So whenever you visit, you’ll find something to do.

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Where to Stay in New York

Everyone who visits New York has plenty of hotels and districts to choose from. For a solid family option near the major attractions in Manhattan, the Loews Regency (540 Park Ave) should be ideal. Boutique options in Manhattan include the Kimpton Muse Hotel (130 W 46th St) and the minimalist citizenM Hotel on Times Square (218 W 50th St). In Brooklyn, Hotel Indigo is a good affordable choice (229 Duffield St), In Queens The Box House (77 Box St) has a chic, industrial style, while on Staten Island, the Hilton Garden (1100 South Ave) provides comfort and excellent service.

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Shopping Streets

Shopping is one of New York’s great obsessions, and there are some fantastic shopping districts to explore. 5th Avenue is probably the most famous and is home to brands like Abercrombie & Fitch (no. 720), Gucci (no. 725), Saks (no. 611), and Hugo Boss (no. 717). Broadway is another street that is full of boutiques, such as All Saints (no. 512) and Madewell (no. 486). There are also malls like the Time Warner Center, while discount shopping is on offer at the Staten Island Mall (2655 Richmond Ave). If you want to check out craft products and antiques, the Green Flea Market is the place to head on Sundays (100 W 77th St).

Groceries and Other

Shopping at supermarkets and delis is one way to keep the cost of living in New York down. Chain supermarkets are thin on the ground in Manhattan, but there are independent stores like D'Agostino in Greenwich Village (341 3rd Ave). There are a number of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Fairway outlets as well as Duane Reed supermarkets on Broadway and Wall Street. Another good option for grocery shopping is to visit Chelsea Market (75 9th Ave) for fresh produce and prepared meals. Expect to pay around $2.30 for a gallon of milk or $4.30 for 12 eggs. New York isn’t cheap, so budget accordingly.

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Where to Eat in New York

Dining out is something that New Yorkers do all the time. They aren’t famous for their home cooking skills. Instead, they frequent restaurants of every type, and visitors can do the same. There’s a stellar array of options, but some of the best include the unpretentious pies from Rubirosa Pizza (235 Mulberry S), the curries served by Spice Symphony (182 Lexington Ave), and the Mexican dishes on offer at Fonda in the East Village (40 Avenue B). Great up-market eateries abound, including Eleven Madison Park in the Flatiron Building (11 Madison Ave) and the Lambs Club (W 44th St) where you can savor New York classics like aged Delmonico steaks and Cobb salads. If you want to find a classic Waldorf salad, you can’t do better than the restaurant at Lord and Taylor (424 5th Ave) while seafood fans should head to the Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar (Chelsea Market) to check out another New York specialty. Expect a meal to cost upwards of $40 at medium-range restaurants.

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