With a globally recognizable skyline and 8.4 million people who call it home, New York City is bursting with diversity and excitement from the iconic attractions you have seen on TV and in the movies to hidden gems waiting to be uncovered.
Each of the five boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island – has a distinctive flavour, while individual neighbourhoods maintain identities all their own.
Walkable streets and access to the subway, buses and cabs make it easy to get from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. Whether it is your first visit or your hundredth, there’s always something new to do.
You have seen them a million times in the movies, but there’s nothing like taking in these quintessential New York City landmarks in person. First stop, a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, capped with a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry for stellar views of both.
Immerse yourself in the bustle and bright lights of Times Square followed by the incomparable spectacle of a Broadway show – both experiences that you cannot find anywhere else but NYC. Explore Rockefeller Center and take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. Experience Grand Central Terminal, a unique architectural gem and the city’s major transportation hub.
Steeped in Green Spaces & Scenery
Central Park the city’s urban park centrepiece is a 341-hectare oasis of meadows, arches and sculptures, as well as running paths and playgrounds.
Other green spaces dot the city, including Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the Bronx’s Pelham Bay Park, Staten Island’s Greenbelt and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens’ largest, with a huge recreation center, plenty of room for sports and a botanical garden.
As panoramic scenes go, NYC cannot be beat.
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for views of New York Harbour and the city’s skylines or scale 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Art Deco skyscraper to Top of The Rock, an observatory offering 360-degree views of the city.
Newly opened One World Observatory on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center shows off Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey.
Culture buffs love the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art’s modern masterpieces and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s many contemporary works. Stop at the enormous American Museum of Natural History to marvel at the rich collections on display.
Do not miss the numerous institutions outside Manhattan. The Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Staten Island Museum are all inspiring cultural destinations.
Fun for Everyone
It is a cliché to say that New York is the “city that never sleeps,” but it’s true.
No matter what you are looking for karaoke, live music, dancing you can find it at all hours. See the New York Yankees’ historic home ballpark.
Head to Madison Square Garden to catch an ice hockey match, basketball game or concert.
There is plenty for families too: Visit Brooklyn’s nostalgic beach neighborhood Coney Island to stroll the boardwalk and enjoy amusement park rides.
At Bronx Zoo, the USA’s largest metropolitan zoo, you will see everything from American bison to baboons.
If shopping is more your style, the five boroughs are brimming with department stores, boutiques, showrooms and vintage havens.