New York

New York is all about art, culture and food. The five boroughs are packed with galleries, museums, architectural wonders and some of the best food from around the world. The city provides endless fun and inspiration. Immerse yourself in the fusion of cultures that is the face of New York City. 

First settled by the Dutch as a trading port in the 17th century, New York has continued to evolve and change. 

Downtown New York’s architectural delights are many and varied, from art deco office towers to gothic cathedrals and Chicago-school skyscrapers. See where the world does business in Lower Manhattan on bustling Wall Street. Remember the fallen at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and learn about New York’s story of recovery.

Take in panoramic views of Midtown from the observatories of the Empire State Building. Revel in the romance of the heady heights , with soft saxophone playing late in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday. 

Wander through the bohemian architecture and bookstores of Greenwich Village and the cast-iron facades of SoHo, both noted for their history as artists’ communities. 

Enjoy the harmony of architecture and art at the Rockefeller Center. Look for the monuments dotted around the centre: Atlas shrugs outside the International Building at 630 Fifth Avenue, Prometheus brings fire to earth in one of the most photographed sculptures in NYC and industrious man labours in the American Progress fresco in 30 Rockefeller Plaza . Catch a show at Radio City Music Hall, soak up the atmosphere in Times Square or enjoy cocktails and a Broadway show. Go for dinner before or after your show in the eclectic Hell’s Kitchen.

Cycle, walk or organise a rowing boat tour of the vast green heart of New York. Central Park is an oasis of fountains, castles and bridges, story-book statues and cherry blossoms. It’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city. While you’re there you can meet snow leopards, penguins and Japanese macaques at the Central Park Zoo. Next door at the Guggenheim Museum you can dive into the thought-provoking world of contemporary art. 

Feast your eyes on ancient Egyptian artefacts, medieval and modern artworks, paintings by the Dutch masters and European sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Then, head to the streets to embrace the diversity of street food vans and dining experiences, from authentic Latin American cuisine to Sicilian-style pizza and pork belly sandwiches. 

Take a walking tour over the famed Brooklyn Bridge. Built in 1883, the bridge’s strong neo-gothic arches and suspension wires forged the beginning of Brooklyn’s life as a borough of New York. Once over, visit Brooklyn and Dumbo for great views of Manhattan. Down at Coney Island you can catch a baseball game, see burlesque and vaudeville performers and whiz down roller coasters.

They say New York was built by immigrants. Visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum where 4 million immigrants arrived under the watchful eye of the Statue of Liberty. The same ferry will take you to see Lady Liberty herself where you can climb the statue for unforgettable views from her crown.  

There’s something for everyone in New York, from the bright lights of Times Square to dimly lit jazz bars, upscale degustation dining to grab-and-go street food, layered and multicultural history to contemporary art and music that's constantly evolving.

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