New York, New York… You have to go, at least twice

New York is the largest city in the USA and amongst other things, is home to the United Nations’ headquarters. It consists of 5 boroughs that consolidated into a single city in the late 1800’s. Situated on the largest natural harbour in the world, New York enjoys the benefits and beauties of the Hudson River that feeds the harbour and the Hudson Valley, before ending flowing into the Atlantic. The majority of the city is built on 3 islands, those of Staten Island, Manhattan, and Long Island, that also that provide New Yorkers and tourists with numerous parks and leisure activities. One of the largest parks surrounding the area is the 26,000-acre Gateway National Recreation Area, which offers numerous educational and recreational programming throughout the year. It is perfect for nature lovers, as well as those longing for some more active pursuits that include kayak, ecology walks, history tours, canoeing trips, and urban camping, to name a few. It is also a great place if you just want to relax by the beach and enjoy the sun on a warm day.

New York from the Hudson

New York from the Hudson

If you like to indulge in swimming and sunbathing, Coney Island Beach is ideal, as it features 3 miles of sandy beaches. During the winter, you can go ice-skating at the Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink or explore the NY Aquarium. Another don’t-miss destination is the 9,000-acre Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens and Brooklyn, full of islands, water, and salt marsh. It is perfect for bird fans as it is one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the north-east US. Other great parks include the Jacob Riis Park in Queens and the Great Kills Park in Staten Island, distinguished for their lovely beaches, marina, and trails. For extensive riding trails, the Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is superb as it rises over the Hudson River. However, the most-visited park in the US is the 88-acre Central Park in Manhattan that contains ponds and lakes, 2 ice-skating rinks, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, the Central Park Zoo, and myriads of attractions. Finally, the Prospect Park is home to athletic events and concerts throughout the summer months and in winter has a rink for ice-skating enthusiasts. It also offers a great abundance of woodland, water features, and wildlife areas, and is the only forest in Brooklyn with native tree species, such as red maple, American elm, and green ash.

Grand Central, New York

Grand Central, New York

Fort Tilden, part of the Gateway National Recreational Area, has become a natural area of maritime forest, dunes, and beach (also ideal for bird-watchers). However, you can also see the abandoned old military installations. New York City’s incredible skyline can be seen from the lobby of the 1,454-foot tall Empire State Building; the city’s emblem. As for the Statue of Liberty, no introductions are necessary. Just make sure you pre-book a combo cruise-and-tour ticket to dodge the masses. Climb to the crown of Lady Liberty and be prepared for a panoramic and breath-taking view of the city. The Brooklyn Bridge is an elegant reminder of New York’s architectural innovation that crosses the East River; you can get amazing views of the city’s landmarks, as well as lower Manhattan. Besides funneling 1000s of commuters daily, the Grand Central Terminal is a tourist destination in its own right,  for its spectacular Beaux Arts framework, and some great scenes from the Madagascar  animation and many other movies. Other man-made attractions include the American Museum of Natural History (expect to be awestruck by its Upper West Side fixture), Chrysler Building, Yankee Stadium, Coney Island Cyclone, Bronx Zoo, Brooklyn Museum, Macy’s Herald Square, and the Times Square, among so many others.

New York street food

New York street food

New York City cuisine represents almost all ethnic cuisines. However, the most iconic foods you can treat your  senses to include, of course, the hot dog, hamburger, Pastrami & Corn beef sandwich, Coal-Oven Pizza, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Benedict, creamy cheesecake, and Lobster Newberg. Of the most preferred places offering excellent New York tastes are Nathan’s Famous (Brooklyn), JG Melon (Third Avenue), Katz’s Deli (East Houston Street), John’s Pizzeria (Bleeker Street), Tartine (West 11th Street), and Junior’s (Brooklyn).

New York Apartment

New York Apartment

Our favourite place to stay is the Apartment ★★★★, New York Manhattan (Accommodation Code: US1000.42.1), is a bright 120m 4-room penthouse on the 7th floor, overlooking Manhattan. You will be amazed by the nice, modern, and cosy interiors and the abundance of mood-lifting light that enters the room, filling you up with energy. You can enjoy your coffee or brunch on the terrace or decide to have your aperitif gazing at the heart-stopping views of the city. Positioned within walking distance from local grocery stores and restaurants, and just 800m from Times Square/ 42nd St subway station, everything is easily accessible. A perfect place for you and your family!

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