Think of New York and you conjure images of yellow cabs darting across Times Square...
A stroll through the bohemian neighbourhood of Greenwich Village will reveal the city’s narrowest house, one of New York’s finest parks, and an array of shops, restaurants and nightclubs. If it’s culture you’re seeking, for ‘Museum Mile’ along 5th Avenue, where the Metropolitan, Guggenheim, and National Museum of Design number amongst the many fine arts institutions. Broadway is, of course, renowned for its world-famous shows but if you fancy something less mainstream, we suggest one of the numerous Off-Broadway productions, where smaller, more intimate theatres stage plays, musicals and revues of every genre imaginable.
This 2-hour walking tour is a great way to see three districts in one whilsts tretching your legs. You’ll visit the one-time artists’ refuge of SoHo and its Cast Iron District, ‘Lombardi’s Pizza’ – America’s ﬁrst pizzeria – in Little Italy, and the conﬂuence of cultures that is Chinatown, where eating and shopping your way through the bustling streets is hard to resist. You’ll also stop by ﬁlm and TV locations, which include ‘Sex in the City’ and ‘Men in Black’.
Here are three of our favourite ways of seeing New York’s many sights. Step back in time on a Central Park Horse and Carriage Tour, when your personal horse-drawn carriage will meander through the park and pass many famous historical landmarks. Circumnavigate Manhattan Island on a 2½-hour cruise of the Hudson River, with views including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. Finally, for sheer exhilaration, soar to the skies in a helicopter ride above Manhattan’sb reath-taking skyline, for a birds-eye view of this iconic city.
Whilst New York City is known as The Big Apple, New York State (NYS) is more like one Big Secret. Whether people are travelling alone, with friends, a loved one, or with the entire family, NYS has something to do during every season and in every one of the eleven vacation regions on offer. It’s a state that has four distinct seasons that bring different opportunities to experience the natural beauty.
Feeling peckish? Then take the Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour. This 4½-hour excursion will include visits to Brooklyn Bridge, the Fulton Ferry Landing, Sunset Park and Coney Island, the most historic amusement area in the US. The highlight of the tour is, nevertheless, the chance to sample the fare at two legendary pizza restaurants, the award-winning Grimaldi's and L&B Spumoni Gardens, famous for its Sicilian style pizza.
Here’s one to create a little nostalgia – the TCM Classic Film Tour of New York, visiting some of New York City’s great movie sites. There are the familiar, such as the Empire State Building, where ‘King Kong’ met his end, and Holly Go lightly’s favourite haunt of Tiffany’s. Then there are the less obvious, including the subway grate where Marilyn Monroe was caught unawares in ‘The Seven Year Itch’, the market featured in ‘Manhattan’, and Grand Central Terminal, seen in ‘North by Northwest’ and ‘Superman’.