If you can make it here, you won't need to make it anywhere else. Book a flight to New York to discover an energy unmatched by any other city in the world. Start ticking off your bucket list of some of the world's most iconic buildings and places, including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Staten Island, Brooklyn Bridge, So Ho and Central Park. And when the hard sightseeing is done, relax in a world class restaurant, see a Broadway show or just hit the shops for some of the most spectacular consumerism known to mankind. Plus, find out how you could win a rock star flight to New York with The Voice Competition.
Flights to New York
Temperatures in NYC go from one extreme to another. In winter (December to February) it dips below 0°C while in summer averages are around 30°C and extremely humid. Daylight savings start second Sunday in March and end first Sunday in November.
At the mouth of the Hudson River, New York City is built across three famous islands (Manhattan, Staten and Long) and a natural harbour that links to the Atlantic. Explore the different neighbourhoods to tailor a trip that suits you.
Upper East Side
Located between the Central Park and East River, the sophisticated and super wealthy Upper East Side is the pinnacle of American capitalism. Sprawling boutiques on Fifth and Madison Avenues entice the shopper while the handsome apartment buildings and townhouses named after pseudo American royalty like the Vanderbilts, Carnegies and Kennedys line the streets. You’ll also find world renowned galleries like the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and City of New York Museum. Stay in Manhattan.
Upper West Side
Explore New York’s deep and layered cultural landscape in this upmarket residential area just above Columbus Circle and skirting Central Park. Streets lined with classic New York brownstones combine with cultural icons like the Lincoln Centre and American Museum of Natural History, as well as classic Jewish restaurants like Katz delicatessen, to create a quintessential New York experience. Stay in Manhattan.
Location of a million movie scenes, this oasis in the middle of Manhattan has over 800 acres of lush green parklands, duck filled ponds, beautiful historic trees and year round entertainment. Paddle rowboats in summer, ice skate in winter, go walking or pass the world by in a horse and carriage. Stay in Manhattan.
Tick off half your bucket list in Midtown where you can take in a Broadway show, jostle for position beneath the ceilings of Grand Central Station, join the excitement at Times Square and shop till you drop on 5th Avenue and Macy's. Visit the Rockefeller Centre, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building. Stay in Midtown.
The centre of New York’s art scene, Chelsea has more than 350 galleries that encompass everything from modern art, up-coming and established artists to the Rubin Museum of Art and The Chelsea Art Museum. Visit the famous Chelsea markets for fine food and wine and the Chelsea Piers for sport and entertainment.
It's easy to lose yourself in the bohemian row house streets of this little slice of New York, which plenty of celebrities have made their home. Stroll down to Little Italy, visit a jazz club on Bleecker Street, take in a show at the Cherry Lane theatre and dine at any one of the super trendy restaurants and wine bars on every corner. Stay in Greenwich.
Once a sleazy waterfront industrial district, the Meatpacking District recently gentrified to become one of New York’s most fashionable neighbourhoods. Uber hip restaurants, high end boutiques, roof top bars and exclusive clubs now combine to make this an essential destination on your nightly wanderings around New York.
Eclectic Soho hums with activity day and night and is a must see with its cutting edge shops, street stands, high end fashion stores, galleries and beautiful loft architecture. Stay in Soho.
No-go zone no longer, Harlem is now a stop on any music lover’s itinerary. With jazz, Afro-Cuban, hip hop and the not-to-be-missed Sunday morning gospel tour, there’s plenty to keep you rocking on your trip to New York. Stay in Harlem.
Part of the mainland, this borough is home of rap and hip-hop along with the Yankee Stadium (where you can tour or see a home team match), the Bronx Zoo (the largest metropolitan zoo in the world), and Co-op City. Stay in the Bronx.
At the western tip of Long Island, this borough features a distinctive urban architecture of leafy streets and beautiful brownstone row houses. Get out of the big smoke for a walk around Sheep Meadow, Great Lawn or Prospect Lake Park, pop down to the quirky amusement park Coney Island or step out in style in hipster hub Williamsburg. There’s plenty to eat drink – from the organic-locally-grown-artisanal craft beers and rooftop honey to the wide range of international restaurants. Stay in Brooklyn.
On Long Island and east of Brooklyn, this most ethnically diverse borough is where two of New York’s three airports are located: La Guardia and JFK. The outstanding satellite museum MoMA PS1 is located in Long Island City – in summer it runs a Saturday dance party. Stay in Queens.
Connected to Brooklyn by a bridge and to Manhattan by the famous Staten Island Ferry – which in 25 minutes provides the most extraordinary views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline. The Staten Island Greenbelt has 45km of walking trails and forest, including seven city parks. In summer there are fairs along the boardwalks. Stay in Staten Island.
Get your picture of the neon signs at Times Square, check out the Manhattan skyline after dark from the Empire State Building and take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry and then try some of these less visited options…
- Join the audience of a favourite TV show, such as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
- Visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center
- Walk the High Line, the elevated park above the Meatpacking District
- Visit the Guggenheim for the architecture and art, but start at the top
- Walk across Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan
- Visit Beaux-Arts Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Park
- Visit MoMA PS1 for new work from new artists
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Qantas customers on flights to New York from Australia will arrive at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport Terminal 7 (or terminal 8 if you are on an American Airlines codeshare). From the airport, there are plenty of transport options to get you into Manhattan - the AirTrain is a cheap and easy way although note that you have to transfer to the subway. If you are coming off a long flight, however, you might want to arrange a private arrival transfer.
Getting around New York is part of the experience. The subway is cheap, efficient and simple to navigate while New York’s iconic yellow cabs are also a good option and can be easily hailed on the street. If you have limited time, you might want to consider a hop-on hop-off tour taking in the Statue of Liberty Ferry Ticket and Top of the Rock or Empire State Building, or our skip-the-line New York City Pass, which combines perfectly with the subway.
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