It will not be a hyperbolic statement to claim that every cosmopolitan hub in the world craves to follow the footsteps of New York City. Truly, a trend setter is every way, The Big Apple constantly revamps itself to keep up with the changing times. This bustling city possesses an infectious energy that is unlikely to be witnessed anywhere else and is for no reason the center of finance, media, trade, fashion, art, research, culture and food. Known to be home to over 8 million inhabitants, The City (as referred to by locals) is a melting pot of diverse ethnicities, religion, languages, nationalities and culture who happily co-exist with each other.
When holidaying in NYC, try to keep aside atleast a week to capture the true essence of this magnificent city comprising of 5 boroughs - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. The top attraction in any tourist's itinerary is visiting the legendary Statue of Liberty that is the most famous landmark in USA. Standing majestically over the New York Harbor, this iconic statue is the ultimate expression of the American Dream. Famous for being one of the most recognized structure in the world, the stunning Empire State building offers breathtaking views of the city's famous skyline. No trip to New York is complete without visiting the boisterous and crowded Times Square. With restaurants, theatres, shopping centres thronging the area, this illuminated area draws millions of tourists every year.
Take a stroll around the Central Park to get some respite from the hustle-bustle of the concrete jungle. Having being featured in innumerable TV shows and movies, this park possesses a pleasant familiarity that is second to none. Be sure to visit the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) that exhibits significant art collection in the USA from the late 19th and 20th centuries. The renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art or the 'The Met' houses over 2 million works of art that accommodates stunning masterpieces from European to African to Asian and Islamic cultures. Pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 by taking a trip to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The memorial is adjacent to the new, eye-catching 541m-high (1,776ft) One World Trade Center, the city's tallest building.
Other notable sightseeing points include the Brooklyn Bridge that offers a spectacular picturesque view of both Brooklyn and Manhattan. Home to the New York Stock Exchange, the world famous Wall Street is a popular tourist haunt with visitors taking a stroll around the street marveling at the towering skyscrapers piercing through the sky. During the winter months, the Rockefeller Center is used as an ice-skating rink that is one of the most celebrated attractions in the heart of NYC. This famous promenade is surrounded by upscale shops and restaurants and the observation deck of the Rockefeller Center delivers a 360-degree view of the city's renowned landmarks including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Central Park.
You can't holiday in New York City and not watch a Broadway show. To experience the metropolis in it's full glory, be sure to purchase a ticket to any of the classics running in the venues in the theatre district and along the street of Broadway. The Big Apple is also famed for it's fashion and shopping. Intentional designers, fashionistas and media hit the streets once the New York Fashion Week is in the corner. Famous for being a shopper's paradise, shopaholics can hit the Fifth Avenue for it is reputed to be an avant-grade shopping district. Tourists can enjoy taking a stroll around the posh district for global designer brands have their flagship stores in this district. Head over to SoHo for a complete shopping experience. From affordable street fashion to high-end designer wear, SoHO has it covered. For vintage and antique goods, head over to the weekly Brooklyn Flea Market.
NYC Cuisine is truly one-of-a-kind as it's a delicious fusion of all the cultures existing within the city. But there are quite a few traditional delicacies that have truly come to know as inherently New York. When in Big Apple, be sure to dig into the classic New York Pizza, scrumptious breakfast item - New York Bagel or a take a subway to Coney Island to gorge into Nathan's hot dog. It would be a crime to not order the scrumptious dessert New York Cheesecake or ask for New York Egg Cream often called as 'Chocolate Egg Cream'. Stop by to try out the New York Deli Sandwich or look for a vendor who sells New York Falafel and Gyro. Head over to the Greenwich Village & the West Village to refresh yourself with sparkling wines as the zone is known for it's vibrant nightlife with plenty of cafes and bars that are open till late into the night.
New York City is a metropolis that has a plethora of stay options that caters to both the millionaires seeking the best luxury hotels as well as backpackers and middle-class travellers looking for cheap budget apartments.
The Big Apple experiences a humid continental climate and hosts all four seasons. Although, NYC is an excellent holiday destination during any time of the year, the temperatures are pleasant during spring and early autumn which bodes well for a vacation.