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Visit New York

New York City, half-jokingly referred to as the center of the universe, rumbles with energy, ambition and gusto.

Experience the neon at night in Times Square, the bustle of Grand Central Terminal, or some freewheeling fun at Coney Island’s amusement park. New York also has its serious side in Brooklyn’s hip, artistic neighborhood or the sobering 9/11 Memorial at World Trade Center Ground Zero. Out on the harbor, the Statue of Liberty — a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants fleeing war and famine in the late-19th century — still symbolizes freedom and New York’s reputation as a make-or-break city, attracts millions of dreamers, who come to try their luck in The Big Apple.

Divided into five boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx — New York is home to more than eight million people and a diverse multi-cultural mix. You'll find authentic ethnic eateries throughout multi-cultural hubs like Chinatown and Little Italy. Diversity in New York is embraced and celebrated, from African American music and culture in Harlem to Judaism in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, which has one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel.

The iconic subway system forms an intricate labyrinth above and below the ground. It’s the easiest public transportation option for visitors; purchase your MetroCard and refill on a pay-as-you-go basis. Walking is the best way to soak up the city’s sights and explore Manhattan’s eclectic neighborhoods, from the wealthy Upper West Side to the lively East Village.

Midtown East, where you’ll find the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, is an ideal stop for those new to the city. First-timers needn’t feel anxious about finding their way. The city’s grid system is simple to navigate and New Yorkers are quick to offer assistance should you lose your way.

New York caters to culture buffs, with galleries like the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Opera to Broadway’s cozy theaters and the Upper West Side’s Lincoln Center. Those in search of proof that the city never sleeps won’t be disappointed, with countless shops, bars and clubs open until late hours of the night.

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Where to stay in New York

Manhattan
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Manhattan

Known for Theaters, Urban, Entertainment

4.5/5(19,119 reviews)

Power and wealth and breathtaking scenery are concentrated on this very small island. Immerse yourself for a few days or a lifetime.

Queens
Corona which includes a sporting event

Queens

Known for Festivals, Baseball, Cafes

3.5/5(6,144 reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Queens. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd. Station or Jamaica Van Wyck Station to see more of Jamaica.

Midtown
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Midtown

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Theaters

4.5/5(3,368 reviews)

One of the most recognizable areas in the world also has enough tourist attractions to fill several visits.

Upper East Side
Upper East Side

Upper East Side

Known for Urban, Museums, Culture

4.5/5(485 reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and beautiful river views, there's plenty to explore in Upper East Side. You can visit top attractions like Central Park and Madison Avenue, and jump on the metro at 86 St. Station (Lexington Av.) or 77 St. Station (Lexington Av.) to see more of the city.

Upper West Side
Upper West Side which includes a city

Upper West Side

Known for Museums, Theaters, Dining

4.5/5(1,269 reviews)

Stroll along quiet residential streets, visit two large parks and enjoy some of the world’s most renowned cultural attractions in this Manhattan neighborhood.

Chelsea
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Chelsea

Known for Urban, Culture, Museums

4/5(1,578 reviews)

Manhattan’s prized arts district is a success story of urban renewal. Tour the area to see some of Downtown’s hippest attractions.

Top Hotels in New York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Pennsylvania
Hotel Pennsylvania
2.5 out of 5
401 7th Ave, New York, NY
¥6,212
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's, and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within ...

2.6/5 (28,929 reviews)

"We booked this hotel as it said been upgraded but the room we received was nothing like the photos on website. Horrible room. I asked for a roll away bed. Was not in room when we arrived. Then just left in the middle of the room still folded up. We had to set it up ourselves. It was never made up ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Hotel Pennsylvania
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
4 out of 5
45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
¥11,451
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (28,109 reviews)

"Stunning art deco style hotel. Fantastic location, virtually on 5th Avenue. Stunning Christmas decorations. Room was spacious, clean & very warm. Toiletries provides apart fro shower gel! Housekeeping were friendly & excellent Lots of places restaurants & bars close to eat. Highly recommend The Pig ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
YOTEL New York
YOTEL New York
4 out of 5
570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
¥9,914
per night
Jan 4 - Jan 5

Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (15,304 reviews)

"This hotel was in a good location overall. I love their bed and pillows so soft and comfortable. It’s a small room in general but it truly has all you need. Our room had a great view of the city. Check in was incredibly fast and checkout was the same. I was even able to check in early for a small ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

YOTEL New York

Popular things to do in New York

Broadway
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Broadway

4.5/5(14,430 reviews)

Visit the dazzling theater district of one of the world’s most exciting cities. Enjoy the shopping, dining and street entertainment as well.

Times Square
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Times Square

4.5/5(21,191 reviews)

New York’s infamous neon wonderland is hustle and bustle at its best, and an essential stop for all tourists.

Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center

4.5/5(11,736 reviews)

One of Manhattan’s most iconic developments, this hub of business and entertainment was considered a remarkable feat when it was completed in the late 1930s.

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building

4.5/5(7,172 reviews)

No trip to New York is complete without zooming up the top of this iconic building, where the views of Manhattan are unmatchable.

Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

4.5/5(7,632 reviews)

This symbol of freedom, democracy and hope is one of the most famous statues in the world.

Grand Central Terminal
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Grand Central Terminal

4.5/5(9,070 reviews)

This majestic, lively hub for commuters is a must-see for architecture buffs.

Top activities in New York

New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions
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New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions

¥7,007

Choose your favorite New York sights and activities and save on admission. Climb to the top of the iconic Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observatory. Jump aboard the Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour or board the ferry to Ellis Island and meet Lady Liberty herself.

9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line
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9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line

¥3,066

Pay your reverent respects to the victims of 9/11 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Reflect before the quiet fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, and learn about the heroes, sacrifices, and ongoing impact of the tragic 2001 attacks.

Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island
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Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island

¥6,460

Get a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Enjoy special access to the Pedestal and enjoy stunning views over New York Harbor.

Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options
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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

¥4,529

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building.

Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets
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Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets

¥2,737

Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket includes access to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. Step inside The Met 5th Avenue, a Big Apple institution whose roots go back to 1866, and admire the Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue façade and Great Hall before skipping the ticket line and grabbing a map to plot out your day.

Experience the Best Virtual Reality Destination in the US
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Experience the Best Virtual Reality Destination in the US

¥5,770

Visit: VR World NYC, 4 E 34th Street, New York City, NY 10016-4333 With the help of computer technology, VR – short for Virtual Reality, is an immersive experience in which users are teleported into a 3D World.

Reviews of New York

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
19070
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.23697625264205%
3 - Okay
1985
3 - Okay 6.169961457167724%
2 - Disappointing
259
2 - Disappointing 0.8050478677110531%
1 - Terrible
165
1 - Terrible 0.5128683327116748%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 12, 2019

It is a very exciting place. Broadway show was good. Restaurants & deli’s were delicious. Very expensive place. We love it. Always worth it. Love to see the sights & go shopping. Lot of history.

5/5 - Excellent

EngSeng

Dec 11, 2019

This city NEVER sleep! Neither did I! Thank you very much!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

NYC will always have challenges but there are so many things to do at all hours of the day, there is no other city like it. If you enjoy art and culture, people watching, and great food, it is the best.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

I loved the city. It has a lot of options to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

Amazing

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

Very noisy, crowded, busy but exciting. We felt safe there. Lots of NYPD. Great public transportation.

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Travel Tips to New York City
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Travel Tips to New York City

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