Travel to New York, the city that never sleeps

  • For over a century and a half New York has been the centre of many dreams and has been attracting newcomers from all over the world aspiring to a better life . This trend is still alive and well, and the city has experienced, for a couple of years now, one of its highest immigration peaks in history. Becoming imbued with the legend of New York is almost a palpable experience. You should stroll and ...
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  • The city's Chinatown is one of the most densely populated in the world. It's origins lie in Pell and Doyers Streets.
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  • Tourists marvel at the lights of the city's most famous square
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  • Mott Street is one of the quarter's main thoroughfares and is full of specialist shops and restaurants
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  • The best way to see the city from this perspective is by taking a helicopter tour
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  • You can cross the bridge over to Brooklyn starting at City Hall in Manhattan, others choose to run or cycle
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  • One of many churches in Harlem, where the largely black community gather for prayer
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  • Traditionally, 'midtown' includes everything between 14th Street and 59th Street and is the tourist hub of New York.
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  • The iconic yellow cabs of New York are a quick, cost-effective way of getting round the city
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  • Behind the highly recognisable New York traffic lights, the equally iconic fire escape stairs on many New York apartment blocks in Downtown Manhattan
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  • One of the most famous streets in the world, Wall Street is perhaps the world's most important financial district
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  • The New York Stock Exchange is the world's most important and the building is a National Landmark Monument
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  • Perhaps the most famous square in the world, Times Square is the beating heart of touristic Manhattan
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  • A view of the Empire State Building on Fifth and 34th. This was once the tallest building in the world
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  • On Lexington Avenue, this Art Deco skyscraper was also once the world's tallest building and served as the Chrysler Corporation's headquarters for over 20 years
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  • The Empire State Building rises high above its neighbours as seen from across the Hudson River
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  • This train station has the most number of platforms of any station in the world at 44. Here we see the Mercury Statue and Grand Central clock
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  • An aerial shot of the skyscrapers of Midtown with the Chrysler Building in the centre and Queens the other side of the East River
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  • Arguably the most famous park in the world, Central Park is to be enjoyed all year round and is totally free.
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  • The reservoir at the far end of the Park is named after the President Kennedy's former wife
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  • This residential cooperative islocated between 90th and 91st Streets and looks onto the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
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  • Opened in 1950, the rink is open every year from October to March
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  • The Park has a total of 26 fields like this which are used for baseball and softball between April and September
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  • Wherever you are in the Park, look up and around and you'll see something impressive
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  • Uptown refers to the borough north of 59th Street, which includes the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, Central Park and Harlem.
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  • The famous district of Harlem is situated in Uptown
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  • Uptown refers to the northern district of 59th Street, which includes the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, Central Park and Harlem.
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  • This spot is a tribute to John Lennon
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  • The brownstones are a series of identical houses made of red sandstone. They add a touch of upper middle class to Harlem.
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  • Located north-east of Manhattan, between Central Park and the Hudson River, this borough has some of the classiest buildings on the island.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination United States of America

With nearly 2 million tourist per year, New York is one of the world's top tourist destinations. Everyone knows the Big Apple and everyone dreams of wandering along its avenues, popularised by a successfully exported American culture. New York goes beyond the clichés, and boasts a diversity that has made it such a success. The famous American skyscrapers are not the only things that make this city so famous. Whether it is music, art, food, fashion or meetings, New York is a city full of history which everyone can explore as they choose.
The unmissable sites include Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Guggenheim, the American Museum of Natural History, the galleries of Soho and the typical Little Italy and Chinatown. It's safe to say that just one trip to this city will only enable you to explore a small part of the diversity that is displayed in every conceivable area of New York!

New York: what to do?

You are in New York! There's nothing you can't do! Visit the monuments, the churches and the museums. Wander gleefully through the ever-busy streets. Make a stop in Soho or Tribeca and go on a spending spree in Madison! The Metropolitan Opera House and its ballet and opera shows are another must, as is a visit to Broadway! Revel in the architecture differences in the various parts of the city, walk through Central Park. Stop by the Lenox Lounge and the Iridium Jazz Club in Harlem and listen to some Gospel! After all, you'll be in the home of jazz so enjoy it! Thanks to the typical American design of the city, it is very difficult to lose your way once you've understood the system of streets and avenues.

Downtown Manhattan, which manages to combine the historical, administrative and economic centre of the city. Visit Wall Street or the Financial District. Ground Zero is also worth a visit.
Midtown is more focused on culture and architecture. Visit the enormous New York Public Library, the Morgan Library, the Museum of Modern Art and if you're looking for something unusual, the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum is an aircraft carrier right in the middle of Manhattan! This area is also where you will find the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the huge Central Station and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The UN headquarters are also located here.
Uptown has also an impressive collection of museums: the Metropolitan Museum, the famous Guggenheim and even the Whitney Museum of American Art. As well as the American Museum of Natural History, make sure to visit the Frick Collection, the Jewish Museum and even the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, there are so many choices!

  • The extreme diversity of the city.
  • The concentration of artists and cultures.
  • The overactivity of the city can be tiresome.
  • The high cost of living
  • Some of the neighbourhoods are a little dodgy.

New York: what to visit?

Reminders

Have a planned budget for the trip. Change your dollars in the UK to get a better exchange rate and ask for small denominations. In the absence of a biometric passport, make sure you are in possession of a machine readable passport (type DELPHINE) issued between 2001 and 25 October 2005. Otherwise, you will need a visa for a stay of less than 90 days. For the subway (open 24/7) and the bus, the Metrocard (unlimited mileage) is on sale in stations. At your hotel you will find brochures on the cultural events and sites, often with discounts (Village Voice or Time Out). Prices in restaurants, hotels, taxis and shops are always displayed without taxes or tips so remember to leave a bit extra!
Treatments are very good, but expensive. Take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation. Your British prescription will not allow you to buy medicines when you get there, plan accordingly! Finally, make sure to scrupulously respect the laws!

To avoid

Jokes, even those by children, at customs and in public places concerning luggage, the opposite sex and international news can be sensitive subjects! Any imported food will be confiscated at customs. Avoid using cars due to the traffic and the cost of parking. Instead, discover the frenzy of the city on foot. Which is why it would be a shame to choose a hotel outside of Manhattan. Bicycles should be avoided, except in Central Park. In the late evening, opt for one of the 12,000 taxis, much cheaper than at home, rather than the subway. Forget about walking alone in Harlem and Central Park at night. As for shopping, be careful when buying hi-fis, camera, electronics and counterfeit goods (prohibited). Invoices will be requested at customs. Also avoid exceeding ?100 per purchase to be exempt from customs duties.

New York: what to eat?

Again, the endless choices is the main problem in New York: there are restaurants from all over the world here in the Big Apple! For those that want to eat like a typical new yorker, it's bagels, blintzes (filled pancakes), potato salad and pastrami sandwiches on the menu. In general, lunchtime menus are reasonably priced. Watch out in the evening though, as they tend to become rather more expensive. Bleeker Street offers a variety of restaurants and bars so if you have to focus on only one street, choose this one.

New York: what to buy?

New York is one of the shopping capitals of the world. Head to Downtown, Broadway, Greenwich, Chinatown, TriBeCa and Soho to track down the best deals and the creations of young designers. Fifth Avenue and Madison are much more up scale but if your bank balance can cover it, head to these luxury areas to bring home some haute-couture or high-end perfume. Remember to bring half a dozen memory cards for your camera, you'll need them! Between the buildings and the attractions in New York, you won't be able to put your camera down! The staggering price of hockey jerseys and jeans will finish off whatever is left in your wallet but at least you'll be able to bring back home a typical USA souvenir!

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