New York

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Come to the “Big Apple” for a taste of many different types of urban culture in the heart of this world-famous metropolis.

New York is a city built by people who arrived here from all over the world. With over eight million inhabitants, it is a melting pot of diverse cultures and peoples, and divided into five boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan.

The Statue of Liberty welcomed many millions of the “huddled masses” from the Old World to the New and it continues to stand proudly overlooking the city’s harbour. Different cultures abound and can be seen in many parts of the city. Chinatown and Little Italy offer the finest genuine national cuisine, while the music and art of the African American community and the creativity of the Harlem Renaissance can be found in that very part of the city. Another example is Borough Park in Brooklyn, which is home to a large Orthodox Jewish populace with a very distinctive culture.

Visit the bright lights of Times Square, experience the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Terminal, or take a day out to enjoy the peace and quiet of the verdant oasis that is Central Park. On a more serious note, visit the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Ground Zero, to remember the thousands killed here in 2001.

One of the tourist hotspots is the Midtown East area, containing the iconic Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and the New York Public Library. Stroll around the trendy East Village, enjoy the stylish arts scene in Brooklyn or people-watch on the Upper West Side: this is where the movers-and-shakers live. The city is also a huge centre for the arts with some fantastic institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Opera and, of course, the best theatres and musicals in the world on Broadway. Many of New York's attractions are covered by the New York Pass: a fantastic way of saving money without missing out. To get a bird's eye view of the city, why not book a Big Apple helicopter tour?

The celebrated subway is the best way for a visitor to get around – get a MetroCard and top it up regularly to travel around the maze of lines over and underground.

Another one of New York’s many nicknames is “the city that never sleeps” – and it’s well-deserved. Bars and nightclubs keep their doors open long after dark, so there’s plenty of opportunity to dance the night away.

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Where to stay in New York

Wall Street - Financial District featuring heritage architecture, an administrative building and a city

Manhattan

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,881 area reviews)

Manhattan
Midtown showing a city

Midtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(437 area reviews)

Midtown
Upper West Side

Upper West Side

4.5/5Wonderful!(90 area reviews)

Upper West Side
The High Line Park featuring a city, a park and street scenes

Chelsea

4/5Very Good!(111 area reviews)

Chelsea
Grand Central Terminal

Midtown East

4.5/5Wonderful!(577 area reviews)

Midtown East
SoHo - Tribeca which includes street scenes and a city as well as a large group of people

SoHo

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

SoHo

Top hotels in New York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Pennsylvania
Hotel Pennsylvania
2.5 out of 5
401 7th Ave, New York, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
€102
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within ...

2.6/5 (30,001 reviews)

"I have used this property for several years. check in is often a long process, but this year I stayed in one of the upgraded rooms and was very pleased. housekeeping staff are always friendly and helpful. I am being very pernickety when I observe that the renovations of the basement washrooms, welcome ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Hotel Pennsylvania
YOTEL New York
YOTEL New York
4 out of 5
570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
€84
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (15,827 reviews)

"The lighting was cool and the fact that they had comcast so you can watch netflix and whatever else you like..very up to date hotel"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

YOTEL New York
Paramount Times Square
Paramount Times Square
4 out of 5
235 West 46th Street, New York, NY
€74
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Midtown, this romantic hotel is steps away from Richard Rodgers Theatre, Times Square and Music Box Theatre. Broadway and Minskoff Theater are also ...

3.6/5Good! (1,518 reviews)

"Loved the location! But lots of outside noise in the morning."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Paramount Times Square

Popular things to do in New York

Broadway
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Broadway

4.5/5(1,359 reviews)

Visit the dazzling theater district of one of the world’s most exciting cities. Enjoy the shopping, dining and street entertainment as well.

Central Park
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Central Park

4.5/5(1,375 reviews)

Visit this green oasis in central Manhattan to chill out and escape from the stresses and strains of urban life.

Times Square
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Times Square

4/5(1,675 reviews)

Visit this iconic square with its dazzling surroundings and vibrant mix of people, and see what makes New York tick.

Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center

4.5/5(1,299 reviews)

Since its creation in the 1930s, this complex of buildings has been a focal point of New York commerce and entertainment.

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building

4.5/5(1,204 reviews)

This American cultural icon is a required part of any visit to New York, offering fabulous elevated views over the city.

Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

4.5/5(1,210 reviews)

Visit New York’s colossal copper queen, a world-renowned beacon of liberty, democracy and hope.

Top activities in New York

New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions
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New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions

80% of travellers recommend
€58
Per adult
9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line
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9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line

84% of travellers recommend
€25
Per adult
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options
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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

88% of travellers recommend
€41
Per adult
Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
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Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

90% of travellers recommend
€53
Per adult
Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets
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Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets

88% of travellers recommend
€23
Per adult
NYC Midtown Art Private Photo or Video Experience
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NYC Midtown Art Private Photo or Video Experience

€535
Per adult

Reviews of New York

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2253
5 - Excellent 69.08923643054278%
4 - Good
860
4 - Good 26.372278442195647%
3 - Okay
118
3 - Okay 3.618521925789635%
2 - Disappointing
26
2 - Disappointing 0.7973014412756823%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.12266176019625881%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

Very busy and true the saying city that never sleeps

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 2020

Very poor signage for tourists who walk eg to Empire State etc. No public toilets! That goodness for Mc Donalds

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

You either love or hate New York - We Love it !! It is a busy place to be, so much to see and do - but don't cross the road until the light tells you too. Visit the old South Street SeaPort, which has good views of Brooklyn Bridge.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

New York is amazing, this is my third time and would definitely stay in this hotel here again, only downfall there was no bar but we managed to overcome this.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

My favourite city.

4/5 - Good

Chris

Feb 24, 2020

Our 2nd trip for a big birthday celebration, a bit of shopping and sight seeing

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