If you can make it here, you won't need to make it anywhere else. Start ticking some of the world's most iconic destinations off your bucket list.
At the mouth of the Hudson River, New York City is made up of five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Each one has enough attractions and enough personality to be a city all its own.
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Whoever you are, you'll find a piece of New York just for you.
- Join the hottest hipster rooftop crowd at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- Avoid the pedestrian crowds and ride a blue bike across Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan
- 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
- Arrive early on a sunny day for a swanky lunch at the Boathouse in Central Park
- Get your picture of the neon signs at Times Square
- Take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry
- Check out the Manahattan skyline after dark from the Empire State Building.
You'll never be far from the action in the city that never sleeps. Explore the different neighbourhoods to tailor a trip that suits you.
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.
Give yourself a gentle introduction to the city by exploring its beloved natural gem Central Park. Although it may not exactly be free of tourists, there are ways to avoid the herds. Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, Central Park is home to 843 acres of verdant views, vibrant flora and hidden histories. The best way to see it all? By bicycle. For an early morning jaunt, head to the park any time after 6am. You can rent a bike for two hours and go solo or book an expedition through Central Park Bike Tours.
Paddle rowboats in summer, ice skate in winter, go for a magical stroll through autumn leaves or pass the world by in Spring on horse and carriage. Central Park has a lot to offer all year round.
Located between 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.
If you want to be in one of the coolest neighbourhoods next to the best shopping, restaurants, bars and all of the subway lines then this is the place.
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 Williamsburg. There's plenty to eat and drink, from the organic locally-grown artisanal craft beers and rooftop honey to the wide range of international restaurants.
Williamsburg is one of Brooklyn's most popular and exciting neighbourhoods. It straddles old and new.
Meatpacking District and surrounds
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.
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 Jacob's Pickles, to create a quintessential New York experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Winter in New York City experiences highs around 10°C in November and 5°C in December until early April. Spring (April to June) usually means less humidity with temperatures between 10-25°C. Summer (July to August) is generally hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 21-35°C. Autumn (September to November) starts off hot and humid and ends a bit chilly with 21- 25°C weather for the most part.
From the airport
Qantas customers on flights to New York from Australia will arrive at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport Terminal 7 (or 8 if you are on an American Airlines codeshare). Check your ticket for the most up to date information.
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.
In and around the city
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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