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New York Travel Guide

Introduction to New York

New York, New York – this capital city is on many a bucket list, and you can see why. The 5 Boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx and Queens have a little something for everyone, whether you're after vast green parks, award winning restaurants or shows on Broadway, there's something to do at any hour here – it's the city that never sleeps.

Other things to do in New York

If it's your first time in New York, you're in for a treat. Essential NYC walking tours include the Metropolitan Museum of Art (even if you just want to take photos on the steps), the Rockefeller Centre, Grand Central Station (backdrop to many a film!), the 911 Memorial, Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square. Once it hits the evening, head to Broadway to see plays, musicals and shows from some of the world's best known actors. Our top tip: check out the box office in Times Square to score cheap deals for shows later that day!

The city is also a real hotspot for shopping, whether you want to hit the high end stores in Manhattan or go thrifting in Brooklyn. If you're ready to go off the beaten path a little, Brooklyn should be high on your list: Williamsburg is home to the original New York hipsters, and the Brooklyn Promenade is where you'll find the best views of the Manhattan skyline.

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Whilst most capital cities play to the adult crowd, New York is still very child-friendly. There are often family-friendly events held in the parks, there are discounts for children's tickets at the Zoo and it's hard to beat a Broadway musical for kids. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum offers a history lesson they won't forget any time soon, and the Children's Museum of Manhattan is specially tailored to those under 6.

Eating and drinking in New York

You could visit New York just for the food: pizza, cronuts and bagels are some of the first few things you'll want to try. If you're looking for New York style pizza, you need it to have a thin crispy crust, and it should be served by the slice – Prince St Pizza in Nolita is a good call. As for bagels, check out Absolute Bagels, and order with the Lox and cream cheese. Dominique Ansel's Bakery is a must for Instagram fiends and sweet tooths (this is the home of the cronut!).

If you prefer your food on a plate, perhaps served with a glass of wine, New York has some of the best restaurants in the world, and if you'd prefer no alcohol or sugar at all, you'll be pleased to know the healthy crowd here have an array of options too – Greenwich Village and the East Village have plenty of organic independent restaurants.

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New York climate

New York experiences all of the seasons to their fullest: the temperature reaches 30° regularly in the summer, whereas it's not unusual for flights to be cancelled due to snow in the winter. The cold temperatures last well into February and March, but April brings in blossoms all over Central Park.

When to go to New York

The best time to visit New York, is arguably, any time. Christmas is a winter wonderland (even if it does hit -10°), and summer brings the best rooftop and pool parties. New Year's Eve is a huge event in Times Square, with a big countdown and plenty of fireworks – but you'll need to book in hotels advance for this. There's always something going on in New York! 

Flying to New York

You can fly direct to New York from Shannon and Dublin. New York JFK Airport is only 40 minutes away from the centre on the subway, and 20 minutes in a car. If you'd like to fly from Cork, Knock, or Kerry, you can get connecting flights from Ireland, through Europe or the USA.

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