New York is famous for views of its sprawling metropolis – think of that iconic shot of the workmen eating lunch on a beam hanging over the city. But soaring heights aren’t the only way to see the skyline. Brooklyn Bridge shows off a stunning sunset after a day of sightseeing, while the Staten Island Ferry - which is completely free to ride - puts you in eye line of arguably the best view of New York. If you do want to get up above the clouds, the Rockefeller Center and Empire State Building are where you’ll want to head. Top tip – the Top of the Rock is best for morning visits, in order to see Central Park. The park isn’t visible from the Empire State Building, so save it for the evening when the city that never sleeps puts on a light show you won’t soon forget.
Catch one of the many world-famous shows on Broadway, or head away from the theatre district and spend the day exploring the city museums. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the United States, and if you’re taking the kids, the American Museum of Natural History is a great educational day out. Pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, or head to Coney Island in Brooklyn, where the nonprofit arts organisation Coney Island USA are preserving American popular culture through traditional American theatre, dime museums, and circus sideshows.
Those looking to spend their hard-earned cash can live like Audrey Hepburn at Tiffany & Co on Fifth Avenue – the flagship store now actually does sell breakfast, and even offers a vegan option. Alternatively, head to Third Avenue for Bloomingdales, the store Rachel Green worked at in Friends. It’s not all expensive department stores, though. Chelsea Market, on the edge of the Meatpacking District, has a range of speciality food shops alongside the restaurants. Other markets to check out include Queens International Night Market and Grand Bazaar NYC, which is one of the oldest markets in the city.
New York is home to a smorgasbord of nationalities, which means you can find almost any type of food you can imagine. And it’s not just the playground of meat-eaters either. Veggies and vegans can get tasty food from around the world, whether it’s vegan comfort food in Greenwich Village – vegan wine included – or vegetarian and gluten free options in Korea Town. Other big hitters include Superiority Burger, which locals insist is worth the queues, and Modern Love in Brooklyn, for cheaper eats. For those looking for a real slice of New York culture, take a pizza tour that lets you tick off a few big landmarks at the same time.
Broadway, Central Park, Fifth Avenue - they're all within striking distance of the larger-than-life Riu Plaza New York Times Square hotel.
is in the heart of Midtown, has hosted every US president since Kennedy, so it’s got to be doing something right.
The Millennium Times Square New York gives you front row tickets to the sights and sounds of Times Square and the Theatre District.
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