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New York is a truly great city and a visit to the “Big Apple” should be on everyone’s list of “must-sees”. Take in one of the great Broadway shows, dine in the world class restaurants, shop in the city’s many fantastic stores, stroll through Central Park, go up the Empire State Building, visit the Statue of Liberty and take in a Gospel tour of Harlem.

New York is bold, bustling, exciting and frenetic and the Manhattan skyline is one of the most famous images in the world.

Shopping is BIG in New York. The main areas are 5th Avenue and 34th Street for the city’s famous department stores – Bloomingdales, Saks and Macy’s – “the world’s largest store”. The renovated Grand Central Station on 42nd Street boasts a shopping area with a craft market and a food court, which is great for a lunchtime snack between stores! Outside town, Woodbury Common offers a wide range of discount stores.

The most popular areas for dining are Little Italy and Chinatown, where you will find “wall-to-wall” restaurants and on Saturday nights, the atmosphere is bustling and vibrant. Greenwich Village boasts a collection of New York’s finest jazz clubs, outdoor cafes, comedy clubs and street musicians and is hugely popular for night time entertainment. SoHo and Tribeca are also well known for their nightlife. Don’t forget Broadway, of course, for all the best shows.

What to see and do in New York...

Statue of Liberty: This gift from France has guarded the entrance to New York’s harbour since 1886 and is a ‘must see’ for any visitor. You still cannot climb the statue, but the ten storey pedestal offers views into the statue.

Ellis Island: Over 17 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954 and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum tells their dramatic story superbly.

South Street Seaport: A renovated port that offers shops, restaurants and museums.

Empire State Building: New York’s most famous skyscraper offers outstanding views of the city.

Broadway: The largest theatre district in the world, home to hundreds of shows.

New York Stock Exchange: Free tours of the Exchange are available Monday to Friday.

Central Park: Central Park is known by many New Yorkers as the ‘lungs of the city’. A great place to escape from the bustle and excitement, as well as to indulge in a spot of people watching.

Museums: The most visited are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of National History and the Museum of Modern Art.

The Guggenheim: The magnificent building alone is worth a visit, but the Guggenheim houses an excellent permanent collection of modern art.

Rockefeller Centre: A 19-building complex which boasts some of the city’s finest architecture. It also houses Radio City Music Hall - America’s largest indoor theatre.

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