If there is a place that needs no introduction, its New York - a place so good, Frank Sinatra had to say it twice!
The city that never sleeps has everything you could want from a thriving metropolis. There is an irresistible energy here that can’t be matched elsewhere. New York is a trendsetter in every sense of the word. A culinary capital, the nexus of arts and the epicentre for designer shipping, New York City is the wearer of many crowns and you won’t want to be anywhere else.
New York City comprises of five boroughs on the River Hudson – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. They all boast a unique identity and trying to explore each of them can fill your holiday’s itinerary by themselves.
Manhattan is at the core and is often described as the financial and cultural centre of the world. This is the most densely populated borough and home to iconic sites such as the Empire State Building, Central Park and Times Square. Jaw-dropping skyscrapers dominate the skyline in this part of the city that comes alive at night. It truly is the beating heart of the Big Apple.
Neighbouring Brooklyn is renowned for its cultural, social and ethnic diversity. Colourful neighbourhoods and a distinct style of architecture is evident from the outset. A hotbed for indie music, art and nightlife, it continues to flourish and set itself apart from the rest.
Queens has quietly ascended itself as a popular hotspot for tourists in recent years with an exploding food scene and beautiful beaches to name a few things it has going for it. For sports lovers, attractions include the New York Mets’ Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium, home to the US open.
The Bronx is home to plenty of attractions and is just a short ride from Manhattan. This is the perfect place for foodies. Many regard the pizza served up here as New York’s finest and the beer is locally brewed. The Yankee Stadium, home of the city’s baseball team is a big hit amongst tourists.
Staten Island gives you the chance to experience fresh air and picturesque view in the city’s least populated borough. Hop on the ferry and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can visit a whole host of museums or outdoor sites including the Staten Island Zoo and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.
New York is a city like no other and the virtues of it can only be fully appreciated when you experience it for yourself.
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