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Exploring New York

The Big Apple is big on entertainment, finance and culture and receives many millions of visitors who come for the exciting vibe. The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Empire State Building and many class museums and galleries of Manhattan Island are highlights, but there are four other boroughs also, including Queens and Brooklyn, with much to offer.

Most of the fun is in Manhattan, which consequently has the pick of the accommodation, especially high end. This is where most of the skyscrapers, shops and restaurants are at and possibly led to the coining of the term ‘concrete jungle’. The southern part of Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, is one of the most exciting, with several districts, including the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, Soho and Greenwich Village. The financial district is near the ferries, while Midtown is home to the top hotels like the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Sights nearby

Most five-star hotels are located Midtown, between the Empire State Building and Central Park, making getting to the main sights quite easy. There are several museums and noted skyscrapers in this area and you can easily jump on the subway to reach other sights.

Statue of Liberty
Most visitors make a beeline for the nation’s ultimate symbol of freedom. The Statue of Liberty was gifted to the US in 1886 by the French people during the American Revolution and still stands proud at New York Harbor. It is on Liberty Island, next to Ellis Island, which also has a nice park and pathway around the island. You can visit the statue for free, though a guided tour is recommended, and advance reservations are needed if you want to get inside Lady Liberty and enjoy the view from her crown.

Central Park
Manhattan’s main park rests in the middle of the island, stretching for numerous blocks in the upmarket Midtown area. It is massive, criss-crossed by roads and jogging paths and features a number of attractions, chief among them being the Belvedere stone castle and Central Park Zoo. Many of New York’s top five-star hotels reside near the park, including the upscale Surrey. Subway stations go up the western flank and along Lexington Avenue.

Empire State Building
The original New York skyscraper is the one that appeared in the movie King Kong, among others, and still stands as a testament to man’s determination and ingenuity of the time. Visitors can see great views from the 86th and 102nd floors, the lower one being open-air. The building is well lit at night; you can see it from all around.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are among New York’s top shopping experiences, but options for the shopper go right down to the humble street flea markets out in the suburbs. There are thousands of restaurants in town covering all foods, ranging from pizza slices to Michelin-starred quality. Ask your hotel desk for recommendations, since the dining scene in New York changes with the weather, though the best hotels, like the New York Palace, tend to remain consistent. Equally exciting is the nightlife; Greenwich Village, Times Square and Astoria are all fun.

Public transport

Pick up a MetroCard to ride the buses and the subway. Having a MetroCard is a requirement to ride the subway in any case. They come in singles or passes, such as the seven-day pass which can save a lot of money. The subway is most convenient, though the buses are more extensive and cover the outer boroughs better. The iconic Yellow cabs are metered and can be hailed; drivers all expect tips. Staten Island is best done by free ferry.

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