If ever there was a city that needed no introduction, that city would be New York. The United States’ biggest and most populous city is still many people’s idea of the most exciting metropolis in the world.
Bold, brash, exciting and ever-changing, there’s almost nowhere else that you’ll find such an extraordinary concentration of high-quality, world-famous museums, shops, bars, theatres and restaurants. Similarly there’s nowhere (London aside, we’d wager) that can match it for iconic landmarks – the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building are just a handful of its instantly recognizable features.
Even the clichés ring true in New York – this really is the city that never sleeps, where steam rises from the pavement, where you feel as if you’re on a movie set, and where you’re only seemingly ever a block away from the best pizza slice you’ve ever eaten.
It’s surprisingly easy to get around too, thanks to the city’s easy-to-understand grid structure, not to mention the profusion of famous yellow cabs.
Spring and autumn are generally touted as the best times to visit the Big Apple – and with good reason. These two seasons bring mild weather and clear skies. The height of summer can be blisteringly hot and the depth of winter can bring biting cold, but each have a charm of their own if you can handle the extremes.
One thing’s for sure – the beauty and madness of this city means everyone’s experience will be different. Hopefully within this section you’ll find everything you need to make the most of that experience.
The weather in New York can range from blazing hot in the summer to bitterly cold in the winter. Autumn (or fall as it's known round here) is one of the best times of year to visit, thanks to crisp, sunny days and temperatures around the mid-twenties. Spring is also a highlight, when sees people flock to Central Park for breezy strolls. The best deals can be found in late January and February.
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New York is, unsurprisingly, the most expensive city in the US, but that doesn't mean you can't do it on a budget. Trim your food budget by taking advantage of the plethora of street-food options and affordable pop-up restaurants, and cut costs by making the most of free sightseeing opportunities such as the Staten Island Ferry (the best way to see the Statue of Liberty).
Lying 3,459 miles (and approximately 7-and-a-half-hours' flying time) from the UK, New York used to feel like a world away. Nowadays that's all changed, thanks in part to the proliferation of airlines that fly there. Two low-cost carriers (Jet2 and Norwegian), have joined the fray in recent times, joining the big transatlantic players such as Virgin and BA, and the US carriers American, Delta and United. Another alternative is to go with Icelandair and combine your trip with a stop in Reykjavik.
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