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22 Jul 2014 New York, New York: so Good They Named it Twice!

New York is an exciting vibrant city; it’s the epicentre of fashion, food, culture and art.

It’s a sprawling multicultural metropolis that cannot be fully appreciated in a single trip. Visitors to the city are often enthralled and enchanted by the diversity and the excitement that the city offers with many being drawn back year after year.

New York is approximately a seven hour flight away from the UK and cheap flights to New York are fortunately available pretty much all year round. However, prices do tend to rise during the summer months, so it’s advisable to book well in advance to take advantage of the cheap flights available.

New York has so many instantly recognisable attractions. Here are just a few of the sites that you will find difficult to miss while in New York…

The Statue of Liberty is New York’s historic symbol of freedom and democracy. Ferry tours are available to Ellis Island but be aware that security to the statue has been extremely strict since the September 11th attacks, with access beyond the pedestal of the statue has been restricted indefinitely.

Brooklyn Bridge connects the island of Manhattan to Brooklyn. Its twin Gothic towers add to the architectural diversity of the New York cityscape. Crossing the bridge on foot provides a unique perspective of Manhattans stunning skyline.

Times Square is the host of possibly the most famous New Years Eve countdown in the world. It’s also the place to go for shopping and entertainment. From fine dining to Broadway theatre shows, Times Square has it all.

Central Park provides the perfect escape from the mayhem of Manhattan. Home to 26,000 trees, this 843 acre park offers a welcome respite away from the noise of the city.

The Empire State Building —the focal point of the Manhattan skyline—is New York’s most famous tourist attraction. No visit to the Big Apple is complete without a tour of the famous tower, which offers incredible panoramic views from its 102nd floor observatory.

New York is also renowned for its excellent museums and art galleries. It’s a city that has enough to keep even the most demanding of tourists entertained for the duration of their stay.

So, it’s worth taking advantage of any cheap flights to New York that you come across, as a visit to this amazing city is a guaranteed experience that you will never forget.

11 Jul 2014 The Typical New York Tour: Upgraded

Sightseeing throughout New York City is a thrilling experience. Seeing the lights, the buildings, the people, and its history – all of it will fill you with excitement and wonder. There are many different ways to see this great city, but one way is to explore it by limo.

Seeing all the typical New York City sights but by limo adds extra elements to your New York City experience. It adds class, sophistication, and comfort. But what shall you see? Here are just some of the sights you can visit and explore while you get around the city via limousine.

The Empire State Building is the ultimate New York City destination. Once the tallest building in the world, the building’s construction was completed in 1931. The building was the tallest until 1970. This building is 102 stories high and is designed in the style of art deco. Named one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers, many of the spaces in the building were originally not rented out. Now, the building is filled to the brim with business offices and has observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors.

When sightseeing in a limo, it is absolutely necessary to see the sights along Broadway Avenue. More commonly known as simply Broadway, the most famous attractions along this route are the Broadway theatres. Some of the world’s best plays and musicals originate in the theatres that reside in this theatre district.

Macy’s Department store, Times Square (named for the New York Times’ former offices that were headquartered there), Greenwich Village, and Central Park can all be found along the path of Broadway, as well.

Central Park, open since 1859, is a beautiful place to explore while visiting in a limo. You can explore the park by either walking some trails or taking a carriage ride, or exploring it in the limo. But just make sure to do this before seven in the evening because automobile traffic is not allowed on the six miles of drives circling the park after that time.

Greenwich Village was once the center of bohemians, artists and their lifestyles. The rent there is now too expensive for the same crowd to currently reside. The Village is now inhabited by many celebrities and many artists that have already been established. A drive through this area will expose you to beautiful old houses, buildings, off-Broadway theatre troupes, many cute designer shops, smaller parks, and a sprinkling of some of the best universities in New York City.

The major intersection in New York City, Times Square, is second only Tokyo for its lighted advertising. Site of the now famous New Year’s Eve ball drop, Times Square is a sight to be seen if only for the visual stimulation it provides.

20 Jun 2014 A visitors guide to New York Citys neighborhoods

With over 8 million people residing in less than 500 square miles, New York City is one of the world’s densest places. Outsiders often think that New York is overwhelmingly huge and that residents must feel like small fish in a very big ocean as they go through their lives. However, New York’s centuries of evolution have created the unique system of five boroughs and countless neighborhoods that bring this global city down to a human scale.

New York’s five boroughs are Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The most populous is Brooklyn, but most people think of Manhattan’s skyscrapers when they think of New York City. Even with these divisions, the average population of a borough is over 1.5 million people. Delving deeper into New York’s culture, you can find hundreds of ethnically, culturally, and architecturally unique neighborhoods in each borough.

Here is an overview of the most popular neighborhoods for visitors in each borough and some attractions that may interest you in each one.

MANHATTAN

Manhattan is the center of it all in New York. Here you will find the most iconic places and structures in New York, including the Empire State Building, Central Park, and Times Square. About 1.6 million people call Manhattan home, with many living in high-rise apartment and condo buildings. Downtown, Midtown, and Uptown are the three major classifications of neighborhoods within Manhattan.

DOWNTOWN

Downtown, or Lower Manhattan, is where you will find the Financial District. Wall Street is the heart of the Financial District, with its stock exchanges, investment firms, and powerful banks. During the day, the Financial District is bustling with activity. The site of the World Trade Center, a popular destination for visitors wishing to pay their respects, is located within the Financial District.

Battery Park City is an interesting neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. The 92-acre site was built on reclaimed land from the Hudson River, using more than a million cubic yards of material excavated during the construction of the World Trade Center. Only 10,000 people call Battery Park City home; the true fabric of the neighborhood is made up of millions of square feet of office space, including the World Financial Center.

Several of Downtown Manhattan’s neighborhoods are named in a way that defines their geographic location. TriBeCa, for “Triangle Below Canal Street,” is a revitalized warehouse district that is now home to loft apartments, businesses,

18 Jun 2014 Extra Savings When You Book Flights to New York

People are becoming more interested in travelling to New York, either in search of jobs, or on a holiday. Many travellers visit the city just to get a taste of the unique metropolitan bliss that places New York amongst the best known cities in the USA. One of the most recognisable icons in New York is the Statue of Liberty. Some of the other major destinations are the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Broadway theatre productions, museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many more.

Many travellers prefer customising their own trip rather than visiting a local travel agency for booking flights to New York. Luckily with the emergence of Internet, travellers have a giant catalogue of online travel websites to plan their holidays. Travel sites negotiate with major airlines and get the best possible deals. Having a specific budget that dominates travel planning can be tough when trying to go through several individual agents, as they don’t have an easily accessible price comparison point. Online travel booking however, makes planning budget travel a breeze, as all of the discount options are available to compare in one spot. Online travel is, by far, the best way to save and yet plan a fantastic holiday. With online travel websites offering discounted flights, booking flights has become far easier and faster than before.

With an inbuilt travel search engine module, travel websites are able to offer a choice of travel packages that have the best prices. You can either choose to book an individual flight or customise a travel package based on your budget. There are many options to choose from amongst the major airlines, finest hotels and accommodations, car hire, travel insurance, and destination activities.

06 Jun 2014 First Holiday at New York City

There many things which a person can do and must do if he is visiting New York for the first time. These things are so many in number that a person would even get confused that what to do with himself. If a person is taking a New York break then this break should of at least a month. If a person visits New York for a short span of time then he might find this place senseless as there is very much to do in such a short amount of time. So for this reason only, the person should take out at least a month from his schedule to fully explore this amazing place. It is better that a person does a proper survey about New York before going there. This will help him in saving time and prioritize the visiting schedule of various places. The kind of places and their amount would also depend on the factor that the person has visited the place before also or not.

If a person is visiting New York for the first time and the visiting time span is also a short one then it is obvious that he must first visit the most popular places and those which are easy to access and are not far from the place where he would be staying. If he enjoys the break here, then he can always fly to New York again on the next holiday trip. Mostly people visit New York for viewing the sites for which the city is famous for and they start their site seeing from the empire state building which is one the tallest in the world. The view from the top floor of the building is just amazing. A person can take a view of almost the whole city from just one place.

One of the most famous places of New York is also the St. Patrick’s Cathedral church. People from all over the world come to admire its old ancient architecture and take pictures of this beautiful building. This building is extremely different from all those skyscrapers which occupy the city. This is because of its old architecture only that keeps it distinct from the others. The Brooklyn Bridge is also a famous spot for the tourists. Along with that, the Brooklyn Museum of Art is also a worth visiting place in Brooklyn. It has the second largest collection but it is less crowded than any other museum so a person take freely take a glance at the objects and artifacts. New York is an amazingly great place that everyone should visit at least once in his lifetime.

02 Jun 2014 Guide to visiting New York City with teenagers

New York City, a metropolis teeming with diverse people and places, is sure to delight even the surliest of teenagers. The biggest challenge of a family trip to New York is simply choosing between the countless attractions. When planning the itinerary, consider your teenager’s interests.

1. Museums

If your teenager loves art classes or enjoys history, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) is a terrific place to start. Although your family could spend the day roaming through stunning galleries, try to pick a few places of interest to make the most of your time. Be sure to check out the ancient Egyptian section and display of medieval weaponsyou won’t be disappointed. For history buffs, the Museum of Natural History is a must-see. The halls filled with dinosaur skeletons and sparkling gems capture the imagination at any age.

2. Broadway

Maybe your teenager is involved in theater at school, or simply enjoys great entertainment. The colorful streets of Broadway offer a myriad of Tony award-winning plays ranging from Wicked to the Lion King to Rent. If possible, try for the less expensive matinee tickets, which offer a bargain for the entire family.

3. Food

New York City boasts some of the best food in the entire world. From the hot chestnuts peddled by street vendors to the flavorful dishes of Chinatown and Little Italy, New York City is the perfect place to chow down on delicious fare with the family. Encourage your teenager to try new menu items. New York City is where I discovered falafel, a Mediterranean pita dish with chick-peas. With an open mind and a good appetite, your family will enjoy New York’s food.

4. Central Park

New York’s iconic patch of green in the midst of sky scrapers is a great place for the family to walk off a delicious meal. Central Park boasts gorgeous paths arched with trees that look amazing in any season.

5. Empire State Building

Get a bird’s-eye view of the city! Your teenager will never forget standing atop the Empire State Building and gazing at the busting city from above.

6. Times Square

Teenagers who love hustle and bustle will find Times Square irresistible. The glitzy ads, towering buildings, and throngs of people will enthrall your teenager. Check out the enormous Toys R Us with an indoor Ferris wheel and stop to listen to talented street performers to get a flavor of the city.

7. Shopping

Visit the East Village to see eclectic stores and get a taste of one of New York’s most famous districts. Even window shopping is amazing and a great conversation starter, so don’t hesitate to stroll down the streets with your teenager and maybe even pick up a unique souvenir.

Whether you have a day or a week, New York City is packed with special places to create vivid memories with your teen. With so many choices, your teenager won’t be disappointed.