Encompassing jazz bars, nightclubs, lounges, comedy clubs and live shows, there's literally something happening around every corner. Jazz tours from Greenwich Village to Harlem are a fun option for enthusiasts, with a stop at the legendary Apollo Theatre. There are, of course, always famous Broadway shows to be seen: try the Palace or Eugene O'Neill theatres for the latest new shows.
Broadway shows are expensive, hence the popularity of the three TKTS discount ticket booths, the most popular of which is in Times Square. They open every day at 11 am, but the queues form well before this. You can pick up last-minute tickets for half of the regular price, depending on what's available.
For the super-flexible theatregoer, visit the booth around 5 pm when there is seldom a queue and last minute prices have dropped even further. Nightclubs come and go quickly in New York City, as the fickle population becomes enamoured with the newest venue, but you can always be assured that whatever you want, New York will have plenty of it.
Live music venues covering hip hop, rock, indie and almost any other genre imaginable abound in NYC, and there are also well-established venues offering things like poetry readings. But if what you're after is simply a pumping dancefloor be assured that at any given time internationally-acclaimed DJs are steaming up the New York darkness. World-class performing arts venues are a dime a dozen in a city that boasts Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall, and you can take your pick of ballet, opera, symphony orchestras, or chamber music.
Visitors to the Big Apple will be blown away by the amount and calibre of stores in this city. Offering some of the best and most expensive shopping in the world, 5th Avenue is synonymous with classy high-end department stores such as Bergdorf's and Saks. Madison Avenue is known as 'the trendy road', boasting 15 blocks of celebrity designer shops such as Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Prada, to name a few.
Soho is one of New York's poshest outdoor malls, with cobblestone streets and loft-like spaces creating a pretty and unique shopping experience. As cosmopolitan as New York may be, visitors on a tighter budget can still find plenty of bargains at the city's flea markets, which offer some top quality goods with stores touting designer knockoffs, antiques, jewellery, curios, thrift wear, home furnishings and cosmetics. Farmer's Markets are a must for foodies with high-quality vegetables, meat, dairy, poultry and fish as well as baked goods, honey, maple syrup, jam and wine to sample.
Chinatown is a budget shopper's paradise with cheap knockoffs on offer, and haggling common practice. Century 21 is considered 'New York's best-kept secret' for bargain hunters with more than 15 departments of quality and designer merchandise at 25 to 75 per cent off retail prices.
Other popular buys include New York Yankees merchandise and theatrical posters from Broadway. With New York's countless attractions, it would take months to see and do everything this vibrant city has on offer. In among all the skyscrapers, Central Park provides a green haven for relaxation and exercise. Many first-time visitors to New York don't leave Manhattan at all, but the four other boroughs of the city - Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island - all have their own appeal and are worth exploring for those wanting a broader experience of the metropolis. For culture vultures, there are wonderful museums to explore, such as the American Museum of Natural History or the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There are also less high-brow museums: at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, for instance, visitors can play a superhero on film. An easy way to see the sights is to take a ride on one of New York's topless tour buses. It may not be as exciting as exploring the city on foot, but it's a great way to learn and see a lot quickly. Central Park also provides a great thoroughfare for sightseers exploring Manhattan on foot, and the grid-pattern layout of the streets makes finding your way fairly simple. The New York subway is a good, cheap option for those needing to cover greater distances.
Those planning a lot of sightseeing should consider purchasing the New York Pass, which covers about 80 NYC attractions and allows the holder to skip the often lengthy queues at popular sites. The bustling city of New York is a great place for children on holiday.
Boasting some of the world's most well-known and recognisable attractions, the kids will be constantly entertained. Take the family out to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty, or take them up to the Empire State Building's observation deck where they can marvel at the panoramic views of this famous metropolis.
For active children, a stroll through Central Park will give them plenty of space to stretch their legs and in winter months don't miss ice skating at the Trump Wollman Rink or Rockefeller Plaza. For warm summer nights, nothing beats a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, complete with hot dogs and popcorn. With so much to see, children visiting New York City will be sure to have a memorable and unforgettable experience and hopefully, for parents, get tired out from all the sightseeing in this 'city that never sleeps'.
New York City is famous for its roadside vendors selling all American wholesome goodness such as hotdogs, corndogs, bagels and doughnuts, but it is an international affair when dining out. Every kind of cuisine is on offer and it would take a lifetime to sample them all.
With more than eight thousand restaurants to choose from, it is difficult to know where to begin. Head on down to Chinatown for myriad options including restaurants serving Cantonese, Sichuan, and Shanghai cuisine. There are also a few Chinese restaurants where dim sum is available throughout the day.
Times Square is a popular destination, but the area is plagued with mediocre chain restaurants. There are, however, wonderful eateries to be found beyond the tourist traps. New York's steakhouses offer a variety of delicious steak options from porterhouse steak to New York strip steak. Everything is big in the United States and the pizzas and pizza pies are no different. With plenty of fantastic pizza and Italian restaurants around the city, it's a pizza lover's paradise.
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