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.
This stretch of road along prestigious Fifth Avenue features all of New York’s finest museums and art institutions, and is pretty much the only road you need to visit if you’re pressed for time. Where convenience meets education, this road is your one-stop shop for culture seekers. Museums on this road include the Guggenheim, which will wow you with bold art and inspire you with contorting sculptures against the pristine backdrop of each room, painting the full picture (pun intended) of the artistic genres of our time. Also on Museum Mile you’ll find the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which features art, relics, sculptures and artefacts that span both cultures and eras.
What would a trip to New York be without a visit to lady liberty herself? This iconic neoclassical statue that stands in New York Harbour is an emblem of freedom and opportunity, but not many people are aware that this is actually the handiwork of the French (that talented bunch.) Nevertheless, there are few experiences more rewarding than standing in front of this awe-inspiring green female icon. With a tour around the statue and a pop into the monument museum, you’ll have all your pressing questions answered (including how the hell did they get it up there?) and leave feeling satisfied.
The spectacular nature of the world-famous Empire State Building will likely be the highlight of your New York tour. As well as being an obvious bucket list tick, climbing the 86 floors of this 1930’s art-deco skyscraper is a pretty epic experience in itself. You haven’t experienced New York until you’ve gained a panoramic view of the entire city, offering a new vantage point of this concrete jungle and channelling ‘King Kong’ vibes. You’ll also get to know the history of the buildings in the built-in exhibits to expand your understanding of the city. Vertigo sufferers, you can maybe sit this one out…
On paper, New York’s Chelsea Market is the city’s meatpacking district. But in reality, it’s so much more than that. This enclosed urban food court, grocery store and shopping mall in the heart of Manhattan is home to some of the city’s best eats including authentic German currywurst, creamy gelato, decadent lobster and of course, New York’s favourite: pizza by the slice. Aside from the flurry of high-end stores (think Anthropologie) the exposed brickwork and quintessentially rustic New York interior will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. But the constant ever-changing hub of pop-ups and samples will ensure you’ll always find something fresh and new here.
The New York bridge is one of the city’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, and one of the country’s oldest roadway bridges, spanning the East River and connecting the trendy neighbourhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn. While of course the bridge is covered in cars, it's more pedestrian friendly that you’d expect. Exploring on two feet will offer you an unbelievable skyline view. With your pastrami bagel and coffee in hand, why not kick off a perfect day with a leisurely stroll? For added magic, an early rise will mean perusing the bridge at sunrise and seeing the city basked in a warm glow.
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.
The Governors Ball is THE go-to NYC event for two reasons: firstly, it features all of the world’s hottest artists over three glorious days (think Halsey, Travis Scott and Eminem). Secondly, it takes place on an island - yep, you read that right - slap bang in the middle of the East River. Need we say more?
Set in an unusually spherical building, it’s impossible not to get enticed into the Guggenheim from the exterior alone. Inside, you’ll be wowed by bold art and inspired by contorting sculptures against the pristine backdrop of each room, painting the full picture (pun intended) of the artistic genres of our time.
This is the museum to set off your creativity, with over 220,000 works of art housed in this exciting building. Here, you’ll be exposed to new artistic concepts and photography, as well as cutting-edge performance art that will have you utterly transfixed (even if you don’t quite ‘get it’).
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
Best eaten at - John’s Pizzeria, 278 Bleecker 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.