New York is an expansive metropolis where anything is possible. Many of the city’s landmarks are in the midtown area, where visitors can take in the view from the top of the Empire State Building, or catch a show in the Broadway theater district. You can spend a whole day navigating the winding paths that course through Central Park, or perusing Picasso and Van Gogh heading uptown along the museum mile.

    In trendy Lower Manhattan, the city’s most fashionable can be found in the boutiques and cafés of Greenwich Village and Soho.

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    What to do in New York? 

    There are endless things to do in New York at any time of day or night. The city has 5 main boroughs – Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island – all of which has unique sights, family-friendly activities, and after-dinner fun. Some of New York’s most world-renowned landmarks include the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building, and Times Square. 

    The American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of Art house thousands of artefacts, artworks and fossils from all over the world. You can ride a ferry from the New York Harbor to Liberty Island, where you can visit the Statue of Liberty up close. Since 1888, this neoclassical sculpture has been one of the best things to see in New York City. Also iconic, the Empire State Building has 2 observatories offering panoramic views of New York City and beyond. 

    Times Square is a highlight in Midtown Manhattan that boasts neon lights, massive billboards, and award-winning shows. No trip to New York is complete without catching a Broadway show. The Theater District has over 40 world-class venues where dance shows and musicals take place throughout the year. Central Park is great for families because of its historic carousels, large playgrounds, scenic paths, and lush gardens. 

    Where to shop in New York? 

    Shopping in New York is an exhilarating experience thanks to its diverse range of retail options. Each neighbourhood offers something different, but all will satisfy your shopping desires. Markets host local farmers from across the state, selling fresh produce and homemade food items. Shopping malls house world-renowned brands, both high street and haute couture. 

    For instance, Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side attracts the rich and famous with its couture boutiques, high-end jewellery shops, and upmarket malls. Must-visits include Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, and Bergdorf Goodman. Macy’s in Herald Square is an iconic New York department store year-round, but Christmas is when it's at its best (and busiest). 

    East Village and Midtown have vintage clothing stores, computer shops, and family-run camera stores. Next, SoHo offers a decent mix of shopping options, from high-fashion and cult brands to trendy homeware and second-hand books. Also in SoHo is Nolita (North of Little Italy), a charming neighbourhood with narrow cobblestoned streets and unique window displays. It’s a charming and trendy area, consisting mostly of vintage boutiques and speciality shops. 

    If you want a bit of everything in a single location, New York’s West Village is home to Bleecker Street and Greenwich Village. Park Slope is Brooklyn’s main shopping artery, where you can seek out vintage treasures and independent fashion. Many shops occupy the borough’s iconic brownstone buildings. 

    Where to go at night in New York? 

    New York at night is an entirely different experience – it’s a city that never sleeps after all. There are so many excellent places, some great for families and couples, while others offer a fun evening with friends. Award-winning musicals, dramas, and comedies take place at Broadway’s theatres. Some of the city’s most popular theatres include Broadway Theatre, New Amsterdam Theatre, and Shubert Theatre. Meanwhile, the Lincoln Center regularly hosts classical performances by the New York Philharmonic orchestra. 

    If you want to enjoy some laughs, Times Square has dozens of comedy clubs where icons like Jay Leno, Jim Carrey and Jerry Seinfeld kickstarted their careers. Fancy seeing the city at dusk? The Empire State Building offers panoramic views of New York from its observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors. Time your visit just before sunset to see the city in a dazzling display of colour and movement. 

    New York has a thriving jazz scene, with Harlem housing a high concentration of jazz clubs and concert halls. This vibrant neighbourhood is where you can bop along to swing, Latin, Bebop, and cool jazz all year round. Bill’s Place, Minton’s Playhouse, and Showman’s Jazz Club are must-visits for music lovers in New York. You can learn about the history of jazz at the National Jazz Museum. It hosts interesting exhibits, photographs, audio and film archives. More jazz clubs can be found at Greenwich Village, keeping the music going well into the night. If you want a typical night out (with drinks and dance music), head over to the Meatpacking District to enjoy innovative restaurants, hip bars, and trendy nightclubs. 

    Where to eat in New York? 

    New York’s dining scene consists of some of the world’s best restaurants, simple food stands, and hole-in-wall eateries. You can find fast food and coffee chains all over New York, especially in touristy areas like Times Square. However, the city' many neighbourhoods boast eclectic dining outlets you won’t find elsewhere. 

    For instance, Sunset Park is a South Brooklyn community with a high concentration of Asian (east side) and Latin American (west side) restaurants. Manhattan’s Chinatown is the place to be for affordable eats. There are hundreds of restaurants serving dishes from Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and mainland China. Also in Manhattan, Koreatown has no-frills 24-hour spots serving classic dishes like bibimbap (mixed rice), gimbap (seaweed rice rolls), and kimchi stew. 

    New Yorkers take brunch very seriously, especially those living in the Upper East Side. You can spot the city’s elites enjoying Instagrammable dishes and drinks at stylish sidewalk cafés. Queens' diverse dining scene covers Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Lastly, Astoria is a leafy community with family-run trattorias and tavernas. At sundown, local pubs and beer joints draw in those looking to enjoy a pint. From classic American fare in laidback settings to lavish course dinners in Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s always something in the Big Apple's dining scene that appeals to everyone. No matter which one you prefer, it's compulsory to grab a New York slice from an old-school pizzeria. 

    Is New York safe? 

    New York has always been a safe city for travellers, thanks to the vigilant police force in tourist-heavy boroughs such as Manhattan and Staten Island. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of New York City is off-limits to tourists. Brooklyn is teeming with family-friendly spots, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, and Coney Island. Generally, New York is very safe during the day, so you can explore its many sights with peace of mind. 

    No matter where you are in New York, it’s always a good idea to follow common-sense safety tips. If you’re in a packed subway, keep your wallet inside your backpack or front pocket. Exploring the city at night is quite safe, but always be aware of your surroundings. We recommend sticking to busy nightlife areas like Broadway and Times Square. 

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