Holiday Season, New York City
Carrie observed in the ‘Sex and the City’ that “New York is all about sex. People getting it, People trying to get it, People who can't get it. No wonder the city never sleeps”. Undoubtedly, many would nod in unison but the above captures only one aspect of the city.
Exciting, Electrifying, Bizarre…New York never fails to mesmerize its visitors. Being an intriguing blend of people and cultures the city enjoys an incredible appeal amongst visitors streaming in from all corners of the world.
An air ticket to New York would unravel the enduring charm of this iconic city that is truly the gateway to America. Synonymous with New York, the Statue of Liberty stands as a shining example of America’s freedom struggle and it welcomes its visitors who come to explore the city. Take time out to visit the historic Lincoln Centre and the many shops of the majestic Rockefeller Plaza.
A bike ride through the Central Park is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Hugely popular amongst tourists ‘Central Park Bike Tours’ are sure to provide the excitement you and your family crave for. Tackle the huge waves on its sparkling coastline that are just ideal for snorkelling and scuba-diving. With its diverse landscapes the city is a haven for adventure enthusiasts who can indulge in mountaineering, biking and other adventure sports.
New York’s cosmopolitan character ensures that the city is a treasure trove of cuisines from all across the world. Serving a vast smorgasbord of dishes delis, fast food joints, fine-dining restaurants in the city offer a feast for the senses. Adding to the experience is ice-cream parlours, tea, coffee joints that are just right for intimate conversations or to unwind after work. Sail into New York next summer and you are sure to remain hooked to this city for long.
I was expecting lots more Christmas decorations - why not sure, maybe watched too many movies! but there were some nice sights - enjoyable to see.
Fondest memory: I liked going up to the top of the rock for the views, strolling in central park watching the squirrels and at winter, watching the ice skaters on the woolman rink.
Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and watch the sun setting over the famous Manhattan skyline.
Climb to the “Top of the Rock” – you can now go to the top of the Rockefeller Centre on 5th Avenue and enjoy a sensational view of Manhattan. It’s a better view than from the top of the Empire State Building as you can see Central Park and also the Empire State Building itself – less queuing too…
There’s a great outlet centre for shopping in New Jersey: Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Centre. Get a coach from the Port Authority Building in midtown – prices are amazing and all the top brands are there including Gap, Ralph Lauren, Nike etc.
Top department stores to visit are Macy’s, Saks 5th Avenue, & Bloomingdales.
Go to Dean & Deluca for a great cup of Italian coffee and cake. Their deli shop in Soho is amazing and a great place to buy a picnic lunch in the hot summer.
Stroll in Central Park like the locals on a Sunday – there are also some free guided walks and entertainment in the summer.
MOMA – the newly reopened Museum of Modern Art is a great place to visit due to its central location on 5th Avenue and amazing exhibitions.
Don’t pay for breakfast in your hotel – enjoy a traditional New York bagel and coffee at one of the many delis. Sushi is also really good value compared to the UK.
Nolita (north of little Italy) & Soho (South of Houston Street) are great areas for shopping and for good value restaurants.
From the airport take a yellow cab from the rank – it’s a fixed price to anywhere in Manhattan.
If a building has an arched entrance it means that you can walk through it (and avoid the crowds). Many skyscrapers have public areas where you can rest your weary limbs and enjoy some peace and quiet! The older buildings have amazing interiors (such as the French building and the Chrysler building).
Take the Staten Island ferry past the Statue of Liberty – it’s free!
Favorite thing: Although I've lived near NYC for 7 years, we'd never gone to the Thanksgiving parade. In 2003, since my family was in town, we made a trip to the Natural History Museum even more special since they were inflating the parade balloons on the street nearby.
You absolutely must visit New York during Christmas. The city turns into a Winter wonderland and the spirit is just fascinating. With the exception of Christmas 2001, Christmas is always best in New York.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of New York was spending Christmas Day with my family in New York. We all went to the Rockefeller Center and marveled at the Christmas tree. We walked around a city decorated with lights and cheer. It was one of the best Christmas's of my life.
Take the subway. In many locations, such as Pennsylvania Station, you can get a one-day pass for just $4.00. There are machines that take credit cards and will give you a pass that you can use on all subways and buses for an entire day.
Fondest memory: Rockerfeller Center at Christmas time, with the big tree and the decorated store windows on 5th Avenue.
The view from the top of the Empire State Building.
Central Park in the Spring, Summer and Fall is an area of almost constant activity. There is always some act performing in the park.
Downtown: South Street Seaport, Frances Tavern and Museum, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
Uptown: The new Rose Center with the Hayden Planetarium, The Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The Guggenheim and so many more.
Fondest memory: My favorite memory of New York is from 1987 when I went there with my parents over Christmas break. We went to see the La Boehme at the Metropolitan Opera on New Year's Eve. It was a beautiful performance with a stunning set. After the opera, we went out to Times Square and watched the ball descend. It was incredibly cold, and just as the clock struck midnight, tiny, shimmering snowflakes appeared, decorating the sky like tinsel.
Favorite thing: Go in Christmas. It's the absolute best place to spend the holiday in. The white lights everywhere, snow, ice skating in Rockefellar plaza, and shopping everywhere. Oh and of course carriage rides through central park. You just can't beat it.
I think except for the summer, all other seasons are wonderful time to visit NYC. The pic here is taken front of the Rockfeller Center with the big Christmas tree. The tree lighting ceremony has not taken place yet but I was in the area so I decided to take some pics. Do you see the angels with the trumpets in the background?
I like NYC in the winter... it makes you feel like you're on a movie set when you walk around. Many of the trees lining up the streets are wrapped in those dazzling white Christmas lights. However, it does get very cold so dress warm.
If you are in NYC in the winter, especially around Christmas, you have to ice skate at Rockefeller Center.
Fondest memory: Seeing 'Rent' at the Nederlander Theater. Got tickets the day of the show at the box office because someone had cancelled.
The shopping, theatre, eating , museum , nightlife capital of the world ! Then there's sightseeing. But like all great cities, New York is an experience too. There's so much to recommend. But here's a few : Statue of Liberty..Bring me your tired, your weary, your huddled masses.. Symbol of America. You wont fail to be impressed. Top of Empire State building at night ..trust me -a jewelled sea of white and neon lights !! The lights on Broadway at dusk. Soak up atmosphere. United Nations- take the tour. Play - go to an off Broadway theatre, great value and atmospheric. Central Park ( NEVER at night ) . Take the Circle line cruises both the day cruise round Manhattan and the Evening Skyliner - awesome. Time it so that u see the change from dusk to dark . Bring a camera !! ( use 400 speed film ) Walk up 5th Avenue. Try the Big stores- Saks, Macy's and Bloomingdales . Even if u don't like museums much, go to the Metropolitan museum of Art( the 'Met' )-stunning. The list goes on .. If you can afford it , a 20 or 30 min helecopter tour around NYC is amazing ( not that expensive )
Fondest memory: Several. Seeing ' Welcome to the Big Apple' sign at the top of the Empire State Building. Statue of Liberty is a must . Windows on the World restaraunt in World Trade Centre- dusk , saw the lights lights come on on the Statue of Liberty ) The place near TKTS on Broadway ( near the famous tall neon sign ) ..look..sigh, smile, dream ..When to go ? New York can be visited year round. Christmas shopping is very popular. Remember, New York gets very hot in summer ( upto 100 degrees at times ) and very cold in winter ( heavy snow is possible )I have been in September ( good time to go ) and May ( good also ) I read MAY and OCTOBER are the best times to go- avoiding some of the crowds and having good weather.
I had never seen so much security for a public event as I had seen in NYC for the new millinum celebrations! There were hundreds of NYPD decked out in the all so famous blue...ready for anything, or so it seemed! I even saw FBI snipers on the rooftops of the surrounding high rise building. Guns pointed into the crowd waiting for anything that could be percieved as a terrorist threat.
Nothing did happen....except for the blast of hundreds of fireworks! It was a wonderful experience, and despite the cold weather it was well worth it...even if we had to stand packed like sardines for over 6 hours!!!
Fondest memory: Ringing in the new Millinium in the world famous Times Square!!! This has to be a highlight and in all honesty it is really a once in a lifetime oppurtunity. How many times to you have the chance to ring in the millinium at Times Square? I can answer that for you.......only once, and if you missed t you are out of luck because the millinium ony comes once every 1000 years!
I would definitely take them to my birth place, Manhattan. There is so much to see on that busy and beautiful island that it would take a week to see all the good spots.
Fondest memory: My best memory is Christmas in New York...The busy stores and fast pace with all the lights and the Christmas tree.
we liked walking around n/y at night, as it was christmas the lights and the shops were wonderful, the restaurant we liked was lanagans somewhere of broadway, a bit pricey but the service was great! the city has just got something that makes you want to go back, not because the people were that friendly, nobody takes no notice of you they just getting on with their lifes so you get no touristy hassle.
Fondest memory: seeing all the places you see on the films for yourself, going christmas shopping in Maceys and feeding the sqirrels in central park. travelling on the subway was fun although being english we still found it difficult to be understood
as I think new yorkers speak a different kind of english!