New York, New York! The global epicentre of fashion, art and diversity, this eclectic city is dizzying, dazzling and iconic. This is the city that never sleeps, with its fast-paced lifestyle being one of its most beloved characteristics. The best part? A New York trip can be anything you want it to be. It can be a foodies paradise, giving you everything from haute-cuisine, to creamy cheesecake, to mouth-watering pastrami bagels. It can be the destination to truly unlock your creativity, with districts overrun with avant-garde art galleries and museums, like the Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art. One thing’s for sure: this all-encompassing concrete jungle has no shortage of thrills that will have you squealing for days.
What makes a trip to New York the ultimate city dwellers delight? For starters, each neighbourhood offers a totally unique atmosphere and array of activities, almost making them cities in their own right. Channel your inner Gossip Girl on the Upper East Side, explore the hipster eateries of the Chelsea Market, shop til you drop in Manhattan or just take a leisurely stroll over the famed Brooklyn Bridge. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to New York without a little culture. The sex museum will arouse your curiosity while the Bloody Mary Festival will make all your brunch dreams come true.You’ve seen it on TV, read about it in books and no doubt fantasised about your own Big Apple adventure, but nothing really compares to the real deal. You may have dreamt of gazing up in awe at the statue of Liberty, but did you picture yourself walking the cobblestoned streets of Greenwich Village, or rowing across the lake in Central Park?
From the break of dawn when you arise the New York way with a coffee and a bagel, til the sunset where you let loose after a few of the city’s craft beers onto Soho’s funky club scene, your NYC tour will likely be filled with pure urban wonderment. Weird, wacky, niche or trendy, New York doesn’t just have it all - it owns it all. This is the city of opportunity, and its cosmopolitan charm is yours for the taking.
Is it really any wonder that NYC plays host to so many exciting festivals year on year? Not to us. No matter your beat, you’ll find a festival that gets you vibing with like-minded people. In fact, very few weeks pass without some form of eye-catching event popping off. It’s simply always a party in NYC.
Oh, New York cheesecake. Creamy, fluffy, and perfectly sweet, how we love thee. Tasting New York cheesecake is simply a rite of passage for new visitors, and your best bet for the real thing is Junior’s, a cosy diner nestled in Brooklyn. You’ll never be able to enjoy supermarket cheesecake again.
New York knows its beef and at Katz’s, you’ll find it slow-cured for 30 days. This is the height of no-frills, all flavour New York cuisine. As you tuck into the famed and ridiculously tender pastrami and corned beef sandwich, you’ll wonder how you ever ate anything else…
Best eaten at - Katz’s Deli, 205 East Houston Street
How do New Yorkers start their day? With a warm bagel, most likely from Absolute Bagels. Don’t be put off by the line going out of the door; it moves quickly as the bagels are churned out, and you’ll soon be chowing down on your own cream-cheese filled pocket of heaven.
Best eaten at - 2788 Broadway, nr. 108th St.