From its legendary musical haunts, must-see museums and mist-shrouded bridges, to its jaw-dropping skyline, iconic beaches and world-class restaurants, New York is perhaps the world’s most eclectic and energizing city. New York holidays offer something for everyone, and if you’re dreaming of planning a trip to New York, then ebookers is here to help. We’ve assembled a fantastic collection of the best New York flights and hotels, with a saving of up to 15% when booked together, so that all you need to do is pick the New York holiday that catches the big apple of your eye. Whether you’re interested in a colourful boutique hotel in trendy Williamsburg, or a luxury property on the doorstep of Broadway’s famous theatres, ebookers shines the spotlight on great deals, and helps to put you on the world’s biggest stage.
Whether your passion is art, food or music, New York is a must-visit destination, and there are no shortage of things to do. If you’re an art aficionado, you’ll be in heaven on a New York holiday, as MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art) houses over 200,000 pieces, including Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and iconic works by Dali, Warhol and Kahlo. A trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art will bring you face to face with Monet and Caravaggio, as well as the stunning Temple of Dendur – an Egyptian temple dating from 10 B.C. If music’s your thing, then make a pilgrimage to Greenwich Village, where Dylan gave birth to folk music, then catch a musical on Broadway, drop by a jazz gig at the historic Blue Note, and check out The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center – the largest opera house in the world. After those passionate songs have stoked a fire in your belly, head to Tribeca to delve into some of the city’s more buzzed-about restaurants, or try some NYC-style pizza in Little Italy.
New York City is daringly diverse, and every neighbourhood offers a unique experience for would-be travellers. If you’re looking to stay in the middle of the action, check out Tribeca, the Lower East Side or Chelsea, where you’ll be on the doorstep of vibrant nightlife, shopping, and renowned dining. If you’re on a romantic getaway, take an amble down the winding alleys and past the brownstones and intimate bars of Greenwich Village, which really comes alive at night and on the weekends. Outside of Manhattan, Brooklyn offers a hip alternative to the big island, especially booming Williamsburg, which is jammed with artisanal eateries, colourful boutiques and one-of-a-kind bars.
New York offers 24/7 subway service to all 5 boroughs. It’s also easy to hail a cab, especially in Midtown, where the streets are often teeming with yellow taxis. Citi Bike offers a good bike-sharing system. If you’re planning on exploring further afield, hiring a car is a convenient option.
This US National Landmark towers 1,250 feet above the bustling streets of Manhattan. The skyscraper has an Art Deco architectural design and is the tallest building in New York City, and the third tallest building in the Americas.
From the 86th floor, visitors can enjoy a 360 degree outdoor view of the entire city, and smaller indoor observation point can be accessed on the building’s highest 102nd floor.
A gift from France following U.S. independence in 1776, the statue arrived in New York harbour in 1885 and took several months to re-assemble. Frenchman Federic Auguste Bartholdi designed the massive copper sculpture, which was designated a World Heritage site by the United Nations almost 100 years later. Today the interior of the sculpture can be toured.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this museum may be more than worth the visit. This doesn’t even include some of the most extensive collections of modern art.
Follow the large and spiralling ramp from bottom to top to see works by artists such as Kandisky, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Chagall, among others. A variety of changing exhibitions are also on display.
Step back more than a hundred years to the turn of the 20th century and the peak arrival time for millions of immigrants to New York harbour. From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was used as the first federal immigration centre.
Today a museum exists where the immigration station was operated, but now relates the immigrants’ history of the space and their stories leaving their countries for a new destination. Be sure to see the Wall of Honor with over 700,000 names and registrations.
New York’s most important museum is known colloquially as the Met, and lies on the edge of Central Park. It houses more than two million works of art from all over the modern and ancient world. This includes art, sculptures, and even antique instruments, weapons, and interior designs from Medieval and Roman times.
Located in the centre of Manhattan Island, this 843-acre park has landmarks hidden throughout, including statues of Alice and Wonderland, Balto, and William Shakespeare. The section of Strawberry Fields is dedicated to the late Beatles great John Lennon.
You can check out all of your favourite animals in Central Park Zoo, and if you are the sporty type you can choose between skating rinks, baseball fields, tennis courts and a public swimming pool. However nothing beats a trip by horse drawn carriage during the evening hours.
A great way to spend a New York evening is to see a live basketball or hockey game, a concert or another major performance. You can also take an All Access Tour through the famous arena.
Located in the Empire State Building, you can step into New York’s only aerial simulator and let it take you on a tour of the city on an IMAX sized screen with High Definition. Moving platform seats allow you to get the total experience.
Walk down the glitzy billboards and lights along Times Square and you can find all of the biggest and best of the Broadway theatre shows.
For the true theatre buffs, you can see something in a smaller and less expensive neighbourhood like Greenwich Village, which offers theatre in much smaller venues. These less-touristy performances will give you access to the cutting edge of the New York theatre scene.
Take a stroll through many of the culturally distinct neighbourhoods that give New York its diverse identity. Some favourite destinations include Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side, but head out from Manhattan and you are sure to find some of the most diverse 21st century immigrant communities in the city’s distinctive outer boroughs, like Brooklyn and Queens. Regardless of where you go, the variety of restaurants and diverse cultural eateries are in abundance.
Having recently completed a $70 million renovation, the Ramada New Yorker Hotel is a 40-storey Art Deco hotel that provides incredible views and access to some of the great city attractions. It’s the closest hotel to the Javits Convention Center, Macys and Penn Station. It’s three blocks from the Empire State Building, and next to Madison Square Garden.
Considered the top of the line when it comes to luxury, the Hotel Gansevoort combines extreme comfort and style in the lively Meatpacking District. Blocks from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants, boutiques, and bars, Hotel Gansevoort has an incredible rooftop, bar, and a 45 foot-long outdoor pool. Guests can dine at Japanese Pub and Sushi Bar, which serves small Japanese plates including grilled items and sushi rolls. The hotel also has a fitness centre open 24/7 and a spa and wellness centre.
Another classic hotel that feels like new is the Hilton Manhattan East. The newly renovated hotel has contemporary accommodations and amenities but is designed as a 1931 neo-gothic tower. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the 300-room luxury hotel neighbours Grand Central Terminal, and the United Nations. Room accommodations are top of the line and the hotel lobby restaurant has all of the best plates of international and American cuisine.
The Mayfair New York Hotel has the perfect small boutique setting within the theatre district. This hotel combines friendly services and new conveniences. The hotel is situated within the city’s business and theatre area.
If you’d like more choices, consult our selection of New York hotels.
Most New Yorkers use public transportation, but if it's more convenient for you to drive around, check our offers of car hire in New York City.
Visitors can choose from the New York City Subway, known as Metra. It is the largest rapid transit system in the world in terms of track distance and the second oldest subway system in the United States. Around eight million riders use the system every day, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you need to get to and from the airport, then the best option is the intermodal rail system. AirTrain JFK connects Kennedy airport flights to New York City’s subway and commuter rail systems, and tickets cost around $5.
New York also uses buses with over 200 different routes. The main bus gateway is the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square.
If visitors want a quick and more comfortable ride they can also flag down a taxi: 13,000 operate in the city. Fares usually vary from $2.50 to $4 to begin, and visitors have to keep an eye out for the familiar yellow Medallion Taxis as they are the only vehicles permitted by the New York City Taxi Commission to be hailed down from the street.
Bicycling in New York has become a growing trend, as an estimated 120,000 residents bike each day. Bicycle rickshaw drivers can also be found in high commodity. If you are looking for a romantic ride, horse-drawn carriages can be found near Central Park.
The Gramercy Tavern (42 East 20th Street) is one of New York’s most popular restaurants. Executive chef Michael Anthony creates American Cuisine in a fine dining environment. Located in a historical building, the restaurant is known for its warm service and classic American dining feel.
If you want to eat some eastern flavours, try the Taj Restaurant and Lounge (48 West 21st Street). This modern and elegant Indian Fusion cuisine is just as good as its environment. Sandstone dancing shivas add to the décor, as does the copper and mahogany-topped bar.
When it comes to affordable eateries in New York, the Boneshakers (134 Kingsland Avenue), a restaurant/biker pit stop serves out salads, bagels, and burgers. But the real attraction is their signature vegan sandwiches. A favourite dish is the Makeout Party, a ciabiatta sandwich containing spicy tofu, sauerkraut, garlic hummus and onion. Other menu selections like the barbeque seitan and coleslaw sandwich are under $10.
The small Pinche Taquería (227 Mott Street or 333 Lafayette Street) boasts some of the city’s best fish tacos. Fresh fish, shrimp and other seafood is stuffed into corn tortillas with cream, transporting visitors straight to the US-Mexican border. The menu also features other meats such as pork, and grilled steak for only $5 a piece.
One of the city’s top restaurants, Per sé (10 Columbus Circle) is run by renowned chef Thomas Keller and offers only two prix fixe menus. The chef himself has his own nine-course menu that changes daily. When it comes to chic dining this French restaurant creates a unique experience.
There are no required vaccinations to go to New York. Tap water is potable.
The city’s health infrastructure is top notch but expensive. Only an ambulance has priority on arrival in a hospital emergency ward.
Public health clinics include New York Hospital: (212) 746 5434 or Mount Sinai Hospital: (212) 241 7171.
New York is relatively safe considering its size; assaults are infrequent and visitors can travel at any time. However, common sense tips apply. Do not walk alone at night or in poorly lit areas, and be careful in empty subway stations at night. Do not walk around with visibly expensive jewelry or other items that may attract unwanted attention.
It is also highly recommended that you carry photocopies of all important travel documents in case that they are lost or stolen. Many hotel rooms will have a safe where you can store these valuable and sensitive items – just ask the front desk.
In the rare instance that a security problem does arise, always call 911 – a free number from any public phone; in non-emergencies, you can call 311 for free from any pay phone to connect to the police 24 hours a day.
New York’s traffic from passing buses, taxis, and cars can be an issue. In light of this, visitors need to make sure they are out of the way before they cross the street in any direction, even if they have the right-of-way.
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