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Why Fly to New York?
New York, New York, so nice they named it twice. One of the world's greatest cities and it's just close enough to the UK for a short break. There are plenty of well-known activities in the City That Never Sleeps -- a Broadway show, a Yankees or Mets baseball game, the Knicks shooting hoops at Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But one of New York's best qualities is its distinctive neighbourhoods. Ever-changing and inspiring fierce loyalty, all five of the City's boroughs have enclaves with their own flair.
Flying to New York from the UK
New York is served by three major airports: JFK, Newark and LaGuardia all reachable with direct flights from various airports across the UK. Direct flights take approximately eight hours and tend to be competitively priced, with cheap flights to New York often available when major airlines have sales. Flights to JFK are offered from London Heathrow, while Manchester departures often head to Newark or LaGuardia.
Popular Flight Routes to New York
Which Airlines Fly to New York?
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Continental and American Airlines all fly direct from London (Heathrow or Gatwick) and if you're in Manchester, Belfast or Glasgow you will also be able to travel direct. Low-cost carrier Jet2.com even carries passengers over the Atlantic (to Newark) with special flights in December from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle. Airlines such as Air France and KLM also fly direct to New York JFK.
Mini Travel Guide to New York
Ever-changing and inspiring fierce loyalty, all five of the City's boroughs have enclaves with their own flair. The trendy Lower East Side has gone from overcrowded tenements to bars teeming with hip clientele. The bar at the Hotel on Rivington is known for its cocktails, and on the cheaper side of things (and just across the street) Welcome to the Johnson's has drinks from $2. This area is also home to one of New York's most interesting museums: the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. See how families of immigrants lived in the early 1900s and choose from a selection of family stories to follow. When you're done, stroll down Allen Street to Congee Village, a dirt cheap Chinese that specialises in traditional rice porridge (congee).Just across the East River you'll hit Williamsburg. Now established as a hub for the artier set, there are loads of galleries, bars and restaurants with off-beat appeal. This neighbourhood also boasts one of the best record stores in New York City, as well as creative performance-art spaces cum bar and restaurants. Williamsburg leaks to the north into Greenpoint, a heavily Polish neighbourhood that's now sporting its fair share of watering holes, eateries and 20-somethings. Warsaw at the Polish National Home is not just a terrific place to catch a gig -- you'll find Polish beers and fragrant sausages on offer, as well. Past Greenpoint you hit Long Island City, Queens. This is yet another enclave of trendy arising out of a formerly industrial area. Head to the south east and you'll hit Jackson Heights, the source for all things Indian in New York City. The Jackson Diner is traditionally recommended as the best place to eat, but cheap, heavenly Indian food is everywhere. Hit Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, but don't forget to find out what the rest of New York is up to when you visit.
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