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Things to do in New York

New York has long been a Mecca for eager shoppers. With prices consistently cheaper than the UK and an incredible variety of shopping opportunities, your credit cards might take some punishment. From the legendary department stores such as Macys, to wishful window-shopping at Tiffanys, New York is bursting with huge designer stores, tiny boutiques and bargains galore.

Take in a Broadway show
There can be few experiences quite as authentic as a night out on New York's world famous Broadway. This vibrant, glitzy strip is where musicals and plays can be made into incredible successes or sink without trace. New York critics are the harshest in the world so check out local papers for reviews of the next big thing or opt for a long running classic.

Central Park
An oasis in the heart of the city, Central Park is a wonderful place to explore. You can escape the crowds and traffic and forget city life for a moment. New Yorkers come here to jog, rollerblade, picnic or just stroll around this surprisingly large park. Looming skyscrapers remind you of the city but Central Park offers the chance to relax in a stunning setting.

The Statue of Liberty
Possibly America's most famous landmark, the Statue of Liberty guards New York Harbour. This imposing icon acts as a reminder of freedom for the American people and was the first sight of America for millions of early immigrants bound for a new life in the West. A boat ride transports visitors to the statue where you can go to the top for stunning views of the city.

Coney Island
A New York institution, Coney Island's famous funfair and beach has long been a budget destination for locals. Lacking the glitz and glamour of the big American theme parks, Coney Island has a distinct charm and oozes history. Antiquated rides such as the traditional 'cyclone' rollercoaster and circus sideshows give the impression of stepping back in time and make for a great day out.

Catch a game
New Yorkers are crazy about spectator sports. Basketball is represented by the legendary Knicks, Baseball has the Mets and the Yankees and American Football, the mighty New York Giants. Heading to 'the game', hotdog in hand and soaking up the electric atmosphere is in the blood of most New Yorkers and your fellow fans will be only too happy to help explain the finer details.

A wealth of attractions
New York boasts a whole host of attractions catering for every taste. Animal lovers have both the famous Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium featuring beluga whales and dolphins to look forward to whilst dozens of museums are on offer to educate and entertain - the American Museum of Natural History is possibly the most famous and well worth a visit. Art enthusiasts are well served with museums for modern, contemporary and American art.

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