New York is the city that never sleeps, so weekend breaks here are packed with things to do. Stay in a hipster hotel in Brooklyn or choose an apartment with a view of the skyline in Manhattan – you can get around New York easily using the subway or yellow cabs. It’s also easy to plan a city break in New York on a budget: try $1 pizza, take photos in the middle of Times Square and stroll through Central Park for free. The best time to visit New York is spring (April, May) or autumn (September, October), when the temperature is around 22-24°C.
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Where to stay in New York
If you’re here for a weekend, the best place to stay in New York is in the centre (think Midtown or Lower Manhattan). This means the Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue and Central Park will be 5 minutes from your front door. We’ve got the best affordable New York hotels to stay in Times Square, Broadway and Manhattan.
However, if you’re here for a wild weekend and want to see how the locals live, check out Brooklyn. Williamsburg and Bushwick are the best neighbourhoods for spending the weekend at flea markets, then feasting on the best pizza slices in New York (and following it up with cocktails on rooftop bars).
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Where to go shopping in New York
New York is known for their department stores, Macy’s, and sprawling vintage markets. Pick up luxury items from the high end designers on Fifth Avenue (this is where to find Saks, Tiffany & Bergdorfs), go window shopping in Macy’s, or spend an entire weekend looking for vintage clothes, records and trinkets on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. This is one of the best streets for thrift shopping in New York, whether you’re looking to buy or browse. For picking up ‘one of a kind’, local treats, head to Chelsea Market. This is a daily market for budding designers and artisans, spanning everything from kitchenware to organic skincare.
Insider tip: When Thanksgiving and Christmas hit in December, shopping hours may be effected. The Macy’s Parade takes place over Thanksgiving at the end of November, and during December, there are multiple pop-up Christmas markets around the city.
The best galleries and museums in New York
The best galleries in New York
The MET is always a must for weekend breaks in New York. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is another favourite with visitors to the city: it’s a gallery of modernist art, from the likes of Dali, Picasso and Van Gogh (with a gift shop you certainly won’t want to bypass). The Morgan Library is lesser known, but has equally impressive interiors just off Madison Avenue.
The best museums in New York
Children will love meeting the dinosaurs, ocean life and meteorites in the Museum of Natural History, and anyone with an interest in fashion will appreciate the Fashion Institute of Technology.
This information is correct as of February 2017.