New York Holidays
The city that never sleeps
A holiday in New York is a holiday in the city that never sleeps. The shopping is to die for - if you can’t buy it in New York it is not worth having. Experience all of the restaurants, cocktail bars and shopping that you have watched in Sex and the City. Try the Art Nouveau elegance of the Baltazhar restaurant and indulge in a seafood tower or sample a Cosmopolitan cocktail in the effortlessly cool bar of the Hudson Hotel.
Take a ride on the subway and explore the five very distinct and diverse boroughs of New York. Sightseeing highlights of your holiday could include; the view from the top of the Empire State Building, take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty or you could take in a show on Broadway! Visit New York’s South Street sea port and take the ferry to Brooklyn, marveling at the Brooklyn bridge on your trip and taking in the impressive Manhattan skyline. The buzzing New York nightlife offers everything from nine storey nightclubs to 24 hour nightclubs to riotous Irish pubs to glamorous Upper East Side eateries. Stay in a boutique hotel, a 5* Star palace, or a budget hotel – New York has every type of accommodation on offer.
Walk in SJP's Manolos!
Hail a Yellow cab on your holiday in New York and ask them to take you to Madison Avenue. A paradise on earth for shopaholics you can walk the Manhattan sidewalk regularly frequented by Sarah Jessica Parker in her hunt for the perfect pair of Manolo Blanhiks. Explore Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s the world famous department stores on 5th Avenue, FAO Schwartz for the kids and don’t forget to pop to Carnegie’s deli for pastrami on rye! New York, New York, the perfect holiday for someone craving excitement, indulgence and the best bagels you’ll ever taste. Don’t forget that the exchange rate means New York is the perfect place for Christmas shopping.
The city experiences a similar weather pattern to many northern hemisphere cites. A basic yardstick for New York weather is very cold winters and hot summers. The relative extremes of weather in New York help make it the exciting destination it is. Hot summer months bring residents out onto the streets to enjoy the warm air giving a real sense of community whilst wintertime in New York, especially at Christmas, can be quite magical. Christmas is taken very seriously and the lights and decorations in Manhattan are arguably worth a trip on their own. These factors make New York the perfect year round destination. In the summer months you can expect up to 10 hours or sunshine a day in New York. July, August and September enjoy an average temperature in the high 20Cs with the occasional cooling shower of rain. Warm days are ideal for exploring attractions such as central park and the beach at Coney Island. Although the subway can get quite hot, as in most places in America, air conditioning is everywhere so popping into shops is a great way to cool down. The Atlantic Ocean is never far away and beaches and water sports can be found on Long Island, a short hop from Manhattan.
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.
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.
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.