New York City
By April Waterstone – October 2019 – 3 minute read
Start spreading the news – New York City welcomed a record 65.1 million total visitors in 2018. And it’s not difficult to see why. The Big Apple continues to reinvent itself and stay ahead of the game.
Still got it
Few cities offer as diverse an array of attactions as New York. From catching a show on Broadway to walking back through time at the American Museum of Natural History, visitors from all walks of life can find something to suit their tastes in the city that never sleeps.
In particular, NYC is a must-visit destination for art lovers and is home to some of the most valuable art collections in the world. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) is due to reopen in October 2019 folowing a renovation and expansion project which will expand its gallery space by a third. Next year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be celebrating its 150th anniversary with a variety of special exhibits and events.
New York City is easy to navigate on public transport. However, even with its elaborate metro system and the novelty appeal of hailing a yellow cab, one of the best ways to take in the sights of New York is by foot. Its streets are lined with iconic architecture like the Flatiron Building, One World Trade Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. For those unable, hop-on-hop-off buses are another way to explore.
There’s plenty of accommodation to rest your soles after a long day. The city has one of the most active hotel development pipelines in the country - there were more than 121,000 hotel rooms as of May 2019, but that number is expected to increase to almost 139,000 by the end of 2021.
A view from above
The iconic New York skyline is just as breathtaking in the daytime as it is at night, so it’s worth planning two viewing-deck visits at either end of the day.
The 102-storey Empire State Building is a must: Make the most of its 8am opening time to avoid long queues and big crowds. Standard tickets take you to the 86th floor viewing deck but visitors can pay extra to reach the 102nd-floor observatory.
At dusk, the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center offers panoramic views of Central Park and Manhattan’s skyscrapers – with the added bonus view of the Empire State Building itself.
A variety of green spaces can be found dotted throughout the concrete jungle. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long public park that runs above the streets. Built on a historic, elevated freight line, the High Line is now adorned with 500-plus species of plants and trees, transforming Manhattan’s West Side.
In Lower Manhattan, Battery Park has unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge. It’s also home to the Battery Bikeway which connects Hudson River Park Bikeway to the East River Esplanade and makes for a 31-mile, uninterrupted waterfront bicycle path that wraps around the Big Apple.
Botanical Garden: Next May the New York Botanical Garden will debut its first large-scale exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work, including new installations based on her ‘engagement with nature’ project.
Chelsea Market: This rustic market-come-food hall has enough options to satisfy any foodie craving. Its warm atmosphere and quaint shops make it the perfect place to escape the busy NYC streets.
Go Italian: Carmine’s Italian Restaurant serves up some of the biggest portions in New York. One meal is enough to feed a family of four, and sharing meals is part of the restaurant’s charm.
The Guggenheim: Home to a vast collection of contemporary art, the Guggenheim itself is a sight to behold. Take the elevator to the top and then amble down the art-lined spiral corridor back to the ground floor.
Luna Park: In 2020, Luna Park on Coney Island will debut a new adventure section with a ropes course, zip line and log flume, as well as a new public plaza with open-air dining and an arcade.
Where to book it
America As You Like It offers a five-night break to New York from £623pp, including return flights on United Airlines from Heathrow to Newark and a five-night stay at the Row NYC, based on two people sharing. The hotel is in the heart of the theatre district, with a front row view of Times Square and a short walking distance to the Rockerfeller Center.