New York

With a globally recognizable skyline and 8.4 million people who call it home, New York City is bursting with diversity and excitement – from the iconic attractions you've seen on TV and in the movies to hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. Each of the five boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island – has a distinctive flavor, while individual neighborhoods maintain identities all their own. Walkable streets and access to the subway, buses and cabs make it easy to get from neighborhood to neighborhood. Whether it's your first visit or your hundredth, there's always something new to do.

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You’ve seen them a million times in the movies, but there’s nothing like taking in these quintessential New York City landmarks in person. First stop, a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, capped with a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry for stellar views of both. Immerse yourself in the bustle and bright lights of Times Square followed by the incomparable spectacle of a Broadway show – both experiences that you can’t find anywhere else but NYC. Explore Rockefeller Center, and take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. Experience Grand Central Terminal, a unique architectural gem and the city’s major transportation hub. As panoramic scenes go, NYC can’t be beat. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for views of New York Harbor or scale 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Art Deco skyscraper to Top of The Rock, an observatory offering 360-degree views of the city.

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Planning Your New York Visit

How many days to spend in New York?

Spend at least five days in order to see New York like a local. Manhattan is the ultimate walking city, densely packed and not very long or wide. You won’t have to go very far and you’ll find Broadway plays to see, districts and restaurants to explore, drinks to be had, bookstores and botanical gardens to browse. And don’t miss a walk on the Highline or the Brooklyn Bridge!

Where to shop?

From Bergdorf Goodman to local Soho boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Our tip? Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea: tons of local designers will give you a unique take-home souvenir.

Where to eat?

Interested in finding the best eats in New York? Here are our favorites. Pizza: Check out Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn institution. Classic bagels and lox: Head to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Authentic diner experience: Empire Diner and Tom’s Restaurant are two of the best. Fun brunch spot: Try Prune in the East Village, or Marlow & Sons or Cafe Colette (both in Williamsburg).

What people are saying about New York

★★★★★ Friendly and efficient staff and not far from Central Park at all

on arrival the staff were friendly and very efficient, the bikes were good quality, any extras were given immediately for instance a basket for bags, lock and key and helmet. it was approx 5 minute walk to Central Park, I didn’t feel confident enough to ride there in the traffic, but as I say not a long walk at all, After an enjoyable cycle round the park we took our bikes back and again the staff were friendly and efficient. Would definitely recommend them.

Central Park Bike Rentals reviewed by Jacqueline

★★★★★ A comprehensive, thoughtful presentation of 9/11

Visually easy to follow. Artifacts were not too crowded and many were viewed in context with photos. The parts showing the original building foundation were remarkable and do insightful.

★★★★★ So much interactive fun with the hosts and people on the street!

Wish we covered more areas of the city, felt like we just went around one neighborhood and thought we would see more. Also we left Kate because it was delayed in traffic but we didn't get that time back at the end. Bet overall it was so much fun. The actirs on the bus and on the street were really fantastic! Kudos to a great concept.

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