For lovers of the bright lights and the big city, NYC is hard to beat. Broadway glitz, Fifth Avenue chic and Central Park make for a thrilling stay, whatever your mood. The adventure starts as you land at John F. Kennedy Airport, with that skyline shouting out its wonders. But the real magic begins after you hail a canary cab, riding with glee through a city of marvels. New York. There really is no need to name it twice.
New York wows whatever the weather: magical in spring, shimmering in summer, colourful in autumn and simply sparkling at Christmas. So the best time to fly really depends on you. Want more ahhs? Book a flight for April, as Central Park perks up in greens andpastels. Want more tingles? Book a flight for December, when the miracle of Macy's invokes smiles and the whoosh of ice-skates melts hearts. For great deals it's best to plan ahead. Book your flights to New York about five months before you hop on the plane, and you'll pare down the dollars.
You can cross the Atlantic from airports all over the UK, with JFK best-served by the big carriers. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Iberia all offer flights to New York from Heathrow. If you're coming from the north, British Airways and Iberia also lay on flights from Manchester Airport direct to JFK. But if you want to cut the travel time before boarding, try Newark Liberty Airport instead. It's a little further out from NYC, but connects to Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, East Midlands and Edinburgh too.
A world-class city needs a world-class airport, which is exactly what JFK is. Travel options abound, so choose to arrive in whatever style suits. Cabs, trains and buses stand ready to whisk you the eight miles through Queens and Brooklyn to Manhattan – thrilling hub to the New York buzz. A yellow cab gets you there with flair, for a shade less than $60. Or, on the JFK AirTrain, you can take the “A” or the “E” to hook up to the subway and reach Lower Manhattan in less than an hour for $10. Want to lap up the sights? The MTA NYC Buses linger the longest, and cost only $3 while the shuttles get you to your hotel more quickly, for $15 to $25.
With New York's spell-binding skyline telling a thousand stories, it's tempting to rush from one legendary sight to the next. But you can enjoy the magic without the queues. The Statue of Liberty is more spine-tingling from the Staten Island ferry, while the Empire State Building wows with wondrous views at night. Culture is king here too, from the Met's modern art to the wide-eyed wonder of the American Museum of Natural History. Broadway tempts you with its heart-swelling shows, but Central Park, the green heart of the Big Apple, wins out with its everyday dramas.
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