new york

The big apple, the city that never sleeps, there must be plenty of things to do in a city described like this?

There is a mind-blowing number of attractions, sights and experiences for the first time traveller to New York. It’s an extremely diverse city offering a huge range of nightlife and entertainment, superb jazz bars and sight seeing opportunities. Needless to say portions of food are pretty big and a tipping culture is the norm here.

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    Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

    Flea market fan? Then how about heading to Hell's Kitchen Flea Market on the weekend? There is all-sorts on sale her such as jewelry, vintage clothes, antiques, art and furniture. It's a great place to spending a few hours browsing and there's many fascinating items on sale just remember to bring your bargaining skills.

    Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm

    Website Hell's Kitchen Flea Market
    June 18th 2013
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    Christmas shops around the city

    I love Christmas time in NYC, all the Christmas tents go up around the city. People sell a variety of things from food to hand woven hats from Nepal. I always pick the most outrageous hat; its New York, you can get away with anything. Definitely go to Columbus Circle which has the tents, the mall and central park all near by.

    Bryant park is great because its a pretty big one and there's an ice skating rink. My other favorite is Union square. I'd advise dressing really warm if you are hopping around to each area, it becomes tiresome and cold after a while. But make sure you get some warm apple cider to beat the cold.
    July 25th 2013
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    Watch a live act at Cafe Wha?

    Located in the Greenwich Village Area in Manhattan, Café Wha? is the famous music venue where many of the iconic legends in comedy and music began their careers. Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, Bruce Springsteen, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor are just a few of the well-known names to have made their first appearance at the Wha?

    So, Sit down, order a drink and listen to the next up-and-coming act or even watch the very tight houseband, The Cafe Wha? Band, billed as "The Best Damn Band in New York City."
    August 6th 2013
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    Ghostbusters Film Locations

    My wife and I split our honeymoon and spent the first four nights in New York but ended up with a spare, unplanned day, due to flights being rearranged at the last minute. We spent the day using up the remaining change on the metro card by making up our own Ghostbusters tour!

    I looked up all the locations online and we visited the firehouse on North Moore Street, 55 Central Park West (Spook Central - Sigorny Weavers building), The restaurant in central park where Rick Moranis runs to, trying to avoid the "dog".

    We found the library that the film starts in but then discovered that they filmed the external shots of the LA library instead of the New York one, which was a little disappointing. And we also found the location where Bill Murray meets Sigorny Weaver after her recital, but we think they've redeveloped the area so it doesn't look as it did in the film.

    Very geeky day that was made up on the fly and ended up being quite enjoyable if you have the time and a love of the film!
    August 13th 2013
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    Canal Street, China Town

    The biggest Chinatown in the USA is well worth a visit. It's a great place to shop for some unusual gifts and a sure fire way to get quick and tasty food. Take your time and stroll around there is plenty of intriguing things to keep you entertained in China Town.
    June 7th 2013
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    Stare in awe at Grand Central Station

    Scene of many a movie, Grand Central station is a beautifully crafted masterpiece of a train station. It's worth visiting just to gaze at the neoclassical architecture, marble floors, gold plated chandeliers and stunning sky ceiling.

    It's a great place to people watch and there are plenty of shopping opportunities too. Food options range from the gourmet (such as a Oyster bar) to the more budget fast food.

    You can wander the station for free from 5:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

    Website Grand Central Station Website

    June 19th 2013
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    Sample a few beers at Brooklyn Brewery

    Beer fans visiting New York should head to Brooklyn Brewery to sample some of the award winning beers.

    The brewery is well known for its craft beers but it's well worth taking the tour to learn about the brewery's history and brewing process.

    Twitter BrooklynBrewery

    June 19th 2013
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    Gangster Mafia Walking Tour

    Explore Little Italy and the East Village through the eyes of the 20th century mobsters on this walking tour. You'll find yourself at of haunts such as former social clubs, homes and meeting points of some of the most influential members of the Mafia.

    Take a look at the Italian immigrant experience and the conditions that lay the ground for organised gangster crime to profiteer in the New York slums.

    Website Mafia Walking Tour
    June 21st 2013
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    Empire State Building

    Since the 1930's the iconic Empire State building has been a dominant sight on the Manhattan skyline. Views over the city are pretty incredible up on the 86th and 102 floor of the building. The Empire State building is the tallest building in New York City.
    June 7th 2013
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    The Manhattan Skyline

    Worth viewing in the daytime but especially at night, there is something magical about the Manhattan Skyline when it's all lit up. You can view it from various different spots from the Hudson River, (free) Statin Island ferry or by water taxi. You'll also get a great view from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
    June 17th 2013
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    Walk The High Line

    This former New York Central Railroad is now a lush green walk way of living things. The urban decay has been replaced by trees and greenery, making it a perfect place for an afternoon stroll. So instead of heading straight to the famous over price landmarks of New York perhaps a trip to the High Line is in order?

    Website The High Line
    June 18th 2013
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    Finding DUMBO

    Down Under the Manhattan Brooklyn Overpass (you actually thought you'd be looking for DUMBO?) is a cultural area of Brooklyn where the culture vultures tend to drift towards after being priced out of Manhattan.

    There's a community full of shops, galleries and has great views of Manhattan, it's a great place to spend an afternoon.

    Website DUMBO wikipedia

    June 19th 2013
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    New York Botanical Garden

    If you're looking to escape the buzz of the city head to the Botanical Garden where a lush green landscape of flora awaits.

    The gardens house some of the oldest trees in the city and it showcases many varying exhibits throughout the year. There's 48 gardens spread across 250 acres. It's a great place to escape to and then to get lost in.

    Twitter NYBG

    Website NYBG Website
    June 20th 2013
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    Get All Arty at MoMA PS1

    If you're feeling a little reflective and in the mood for browsing some master pieces, this might be the place to head for.

    One of the oldest and the largest institutions in the United States is MoMA PS1 which houses contemporary art. You'll find it in the Long Island City neighbourhood of the city

    Twitter MoMAPS1

    Website MoMA PS1 Website

    June 20th 2013
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    Statue of Liberty at Sunset

    For those photographers and any one look to get anyway from the city bustle. Take the Staten Island ferry at sunset for some beautiful sunset views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.
    June 22nd 2013
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    Get A View From The Rock

    Some argue that you get the best view of New York from the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center, one thing is for sure, you'll get a great view of the Empire State Building. There are stunning views out across Manhattan of Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and Central Park. If the weather isn't too good they also have an indoor viewing deck too. It's open daily from 8am - 11pm


    June 26th 2013

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