New York City

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New York City, the "Big Apple", needs no introduction. Through movies, music and pop culture, New York City has become part of the popular imagination: even those who have never been there feel they know it.

New York City is the most dynamic and exciting city in America, a fast-paced centre of fashion, finance, architecture, publishing, fine dining, performing and visual arts, and more.

Visit its world-class museums, go shopping in its upscale boutiques, explore its unique neighbourhoods, visit its iconic landmarks and tourist attractions, see the famous yellow taxicabs and the bright neon signs in Times Square... A visit to New York City is an experience you won't forget!

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Between Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Welcome to the lungs of New York City, a vast urban oasis more than 4 km long by 1 km wide. Attractions include a number of playgrounds for children, a carousel, a zoo, plazas, gardens, rolling meadows, lakes, fountains, terraces, a skating rink, wide promenades, a running track and walking paths. Central Park is a favourite destination for locals and attracts millions of visitors every year.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the world, and is internationally known for its research. The museum collections contain over 32 million specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. Be sure to visit the exceptional Cultural Halls and Fossil Halls, and the spectacular avant-garde planetarium.

Central Park West at 79th Street, New York  202-769-5100

The Upper East Side is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in New York City, where wealthy industrialists such as Andrew Carnegie and many of New York's old upper-class families built stylish mansions and townhouses along 5th Avenue. Fashionable bourgeois ladies followed suit, moving onto the celebrated Park Avenue and other nearby streets. Some of these mansions now house major cultural institutions.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially known as "the Met", is the largest art museum in the United States and among the most visited art museums in the world. It houses comprehensive collections of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, American and modern art, and European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Its collections contain more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, divided among nineteen curatorial departments. Navigating the thousands of works on view can be daunting: we recommend focusing on one exhibition hall or collection.

1000, 5th Avenue, New York  212-535-7710

The iconic 5th Avenue was nicknamed "Millionaire's Row" in the 19th century after the very rich of New York, including Astor and Vanderbilt, began building mansions there. It is now lined with some of the most prestigious buildings in New York City, including the New York Public Library, the Empire State Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral, and flagship stores such as Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. A walk along 5th Avenue is a must!

The New York Museum of Modern Art is one of the most respected cultural institutions in the world. It houses an impressive collection of photographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. It also boasts the largest international film collection in the United States. A guided tour is an excellent way to discover its treasures.

11 West 53 Street, New York  212-708-9400

Rockefeller Center, a complex of nineteen skyscrapers and commercial buildings in the centre of Midtown Manhattan, is like a small city. It contains the most famous ice rink in the world (from October to April), a magnificent garden, sculptures and artwork, NBC TV studios, and Radio City Music Hall.

For a 360-degree panoramic view of New York City, make your way up to the 70th floor to the "Top of the Rock", where three floors of indoor and outdoor observation decks offer stunning panoramas of the city’s energy, wonder, and beauty. 

45, Rockefeller Plaza, New York

Times Square is THE place to visit in New York City. This part of the city never sleeps; brightly adorned with animated neon and LED billboards and advertisements, Times Square is at its most spectacular after dark. About a million revelers gather here every December 31st to ring in the New Year and watch the iconic Times Square Ball drop. With its crowds of people and bustling "bright lights, big city" atmosphere, your visit to Times Square is sure to memorable!

Corner of Broadway and 7th Avenue

The New York Public Library is one of the world's great research libraries. The marble building's interior is simply stunning. You can ask about the day's events and visit the DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room, which features magnificent wood paneling and 13 Richard Haas murals. The world-renowned pair of marble lions that proudly flank the steps leading up to the building are called Patience and Fortitude.

5th Avenue & 42nd Street, New York  917-275-6975

Completed in 1930, this 77-storey skyscraper was commissioned by automobile magnate Walter P. Chrysler, who wanted to build the tallest building in the city. It was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building with its 102 floors. Its Art Deco design, stainless steel structure and slender tower make the Chrysler building one of the city's most recognizable landmarks.

405, Lexington Avenue, New York

Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square is easily the most impressive store in New York City. It is 10 storeys tall, and covers an entire city block! Macy's is noted for its elaborate animated holiday window displays and its famous Thanksgiving Parade with enormous helium balloons in the shape of pop-culture characters.

151, West 34th Street, New York  121-695-4400

The Empire State Building is an American cultural icon, the most popular building in New York and its the second-tallest building at 443 metres. The 86th-floor observation deck provides unforgettable 360° views of New York City and beyond, up to 130 kilometres on a clear day. Arrive early to avoid long lineups.

350, Fifth Avenue, New York  212-736-3100

With this 4-hour guided tour you will get the full New York City experience from the comfort of a double-decker bus. Attractions include Times Square, Little Italy, SoHo, the World Trade Center, the United Nations Headquarters and much more. Your ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days (72 hours) and provides you with unlimited hop-on hop-off access during this time. You are free to explore the city at your leisure: just hop off at any of the tour stops, and catch the next bus when you’re ready!

One of New York City's most famous landmarks, the Flatiron Building got its name because of its unusual triangular shape. Completed in 1902, it is situated at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Broadway. The building is 22 stories tall but only 1.8 metres wide on its narrowest side.

175, 5th Avenue, New York

The coolest "village" in New York City was once a separate village, hence its name. With the arrival of many artists, painters, writers and poets in the early 1900s, the area acquired a reputation as an enclave of avant-garde and alternative culture and still retains a relaxed, artistic vibe. Bob Dylan was a longtime Village resident, and it was in the Village that Johnny Hallyday met Ralph DiPietro and Joey Gréco, who would play guitar with Joey and the Showmen, in 1964.

Bounded by 14th Street (north), Broadway (east), Houston Street (south) and the Hudson River (west)

In the 1950s, the low-rent East Village became a refuge for writers, poets, artists, and students of the famous "Beat Generation". The living conditions were dismal, which was an added attraction for adherents of this countercultural movement. Nowadays, the neighborhood has become gentrified but still possesses a lively bohemian spirit. The many restaurants, trendy cafes, bars and artsy shops on 2nd Avenue and St. Mark’s Place offer great opportunities to hang out and do some people-watching.

Bounded by 14th Street (north), the East River (east), Houston Street (south) and 3rd Avenue (west)

SoHo was part of a grant of farmland given to freed slaves in 1644, making it the first community of free African Americans on the Island of Manhattan. Today, SoHo is known as a dynamic neighbourhood with many artists' lofts and art galleries, upscale boutiques and discount stores, and has become one of New York City's most popular shopping areas, especially on weekends. The name "SoHo" refers to the area being "South of Houston Street". Bounded by Houston Street (north), Bowery Street (east), Canal Street (south) and 6th Avenue (west).

Thousands of Italian immigrants settled in this neighbourhood between 1880 and 1920. Its principal thoroughfare, Mulberry Street, is heavily associated with Italian-American culture and history and is lined with Italian restaurants.

Bounded by Kenmare Street (north), Mott Street (east), Canal Street (south) and Lafayette Street (west)

Manhattan's Chinatown is the largest Chinese community in the Western Hemisphere, and the oldest outside of Asia. To walk the streets of Chinatown is a delightful cultural experience, with its exotic food stands, street markets, amazing Chinese and Asian restaurants, Chinese grocers and shops offering all manner of Chinese wares.

Bounded by Canal Street (north) Essex Street (east), Worth Street (south) and Broadway (west)

The 9/11 Memorial Museum commemorating the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center opened its doors on May 21, 2014. The museum tells the story of the events of 9/11 through artifacts that range in scale from the monumental to the intimate, as well as through first-person accounts and multimedia displays. The 9/11 Memorial consists of two enormous reflecting pools set in the footprints of the Twin Towers. Each pool is about an acre in size; 30-foot waterfalls cascade down all sides. Hundreds of white oak trees line the surrounding plaza. Advance purchase of museum admission is strongly recommended. Access to the memorial is free.

200, Liberty Street, New York  212-312-8800

Named for an actual earthen wall built by the Dutch in 1653 to protect their New Amsterdam settlement from Native Americans and English settlers, Wall Street extends about 2 km from Broadway and East River. Today, Wall Street is a worldwide symbol of high finance and investment. It is home to many financial institutions and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the largest stock exchange in the world.

One of the most famous American icons and a symbol of New York City, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people to the people of the United States as a symbol of international friendship, in honor of the Centennial of American Independence. Unveiled in 1886, Liberty Enlightening the World was made in Paris by the French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, in collaboration with engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. She stands 46 metres tall and weighs more than 225 tons.

Lady Liberty's observation deck offers spectacular views of New York City. It is also possible to climb the stairs to an observation platform in the figure's crown - tickets must be booked in advance.

Note that the ferry for Liberty Island is run by Statue Cruises and leaves from Battery Park. As the same ferry continues on to Ellis Island, it is a good idea to plan to visit both islands on the same day. A New York Water Taxi daytime or night cruise is another great way to enjoy stunning views of the statue and the New York City skyline.

Liberty Island /
Statue Cruises / 1-877-523-9849 /
New York Water Taxi / 212-742-1969 /

As the gateway for more than 12 million immigrants to the United States between 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island is one of the most meaningful historic sites in New York. After crossing the Atlantic, new arrivals were taken to Ellis Island for immigration processing. Following a medical examination and a legal inspection, they were either allowed to enter the country, detained for further review, or sent home. With more than 30 rooms displaying some 5,000 historic artifacts, video clips and recordings, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum tells the fascinating story of American immigration.

The best way to view all of New York City's most captivating sights is from the sky. This popular sightseeing tour provides awe-inspiring views of the Big Apple’s most iconic landmarks.  As you soar above the famous Hudson River you will fly right by the magnificent Statue of Liberty in all her glory. You will also see the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, George Washington Bridge and Central Park. Take the first flight of the day (around 9:00 a.m.) to avoid long lineups!

Liberty Helicopters - 1-800-542-9933

Where to eat

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In a city that boasts some 20,000 restaurants, it would be a daunting task to produce a list of the best restaurants in every neighbourhood of the city. Nevertheless, here are some suggestions for a few of the top neighbourhoods for tourists.

Burger Joint ($$)
Tucked inside the lobby of the upscale “Le Parker Meridien” hotel, this hidden gem looks more like a Midwest burger joint than a luxury New York hotel restaurant. The pared-down menu offers only hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, pickles and drinks. Be warned: at peak times, the queue is long and so are the wait times. 

119 West 56th Street, New York  212-708-7414

Kingside ($$$)
Chef Marc Murphy's menu includes oysters, hamburgers, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, steak, roasted chicken and small tapas plates for sharing. There is something to suit every taste, but you can't go wrong with the gourmet sandwiches.

124 West 57th Street, New York  212-707-8000

Le Bernardin ($$$$)
Le Bernardin, situated in Times Square, is one of New York City's most acclaimed restaurants, known for its fine fresh seafood, prepared and executed to perfection. French chef Eric Ripert is at the helm of this restaurant, which has held the New York Times highest rating of 4 stars for the past 20 years.

155 West 51st Street, New York  212-554-1515

Tertulia ($$)
Welcome to Tertulia, Chef Seamus Mullen’s award-winning Spanish restaurant, which celebrates Spain’s exquisite products and flavors. After exploring the region of Asturias in northern Spain, Chef Mullen discovered the singular charm of the sidreria, or the local cider house. Tertulia seeks to recreate the distinct energy of the sidrerias and to honour Spain with a variety of tostas, sartenes (small, grilled sharing dishes), tapas and larger platos familiares (family plates).

359 6th Avenue, New York  646-559-9909

Red Farm ($$$)
This destination from dim sum master chef Joe Ng aims to be one of the most exciting and influential restaurants in the country. RedFarm brings a greenmarket sensibility to modern and inventive Chinese food. Signature items include clever dim sum creations and small plates: Pac Man dumplings; yuzu wasabi shrimp; mushroom spring rolls; and a grilled vegetable salad that mimics a garden plot. Main dishes includes a chicken hot pot, remarkably tender marinated rib steak with steamed baby bok choy and spicy steamed sea bass.

529 Hudson Street, New York  212-792-9700

Sushi Nakazawa ($$$$)
A meal at the counter of Chef Nakazawa is a guided tour of the potential of simple seafood on rice to amaze. With subtle fine-tunings of temperature and seasoning, each perfectly handcrafted piece of sushi is the kind of sense-filling experience you wish could last and last. The restaurant's decor is not particularly Japanese, but the sublime food and flawless service more than make up for it.

23 Commerce Street, New York  212-924-2212

Street food is a real New York City institution. Here are 3 food trucks you won't want to miss (note that they change locations every day):
Nauti: Seafood and lobster rolls /
Taïm Mobile: Falafels, salads and smoothies /
Wafels & Dinges: Sweet and savoury waffles /

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque ($$)
Mighty Quinnʼs Barbeque borrows from two great barbecue traditions: Texas and the Carolinas. The process begins with the best, all-natural meats and poultry, seasoned with perfect spice blends and then smoked with wood for many, many hours until the perfect harmony of smoke, flavor and time emerges. The food is steeped in tradition but given new life.

103 2nd Avenue, New York  212-677-3733

Dominique Ansel Bakery ($$)
Do you know the Cronut pastry? It is the unique creation by French pastry chef Dominique Ansel that many have described to be a croissant-doughnut hybrid. If you visit the Soho district, stop by and try one of these beauties, which can take up to three days to make. There is only one flavour of the Cronut every month!

189 Spring Street, New York  212-219-2773

Joe’s Shanghai ($)
Immediately after the first Joe's Shanghai opened it doors, its two special soup dumplings became a New York favorite. Other special dishes include Spicy Szechuan Style Sliced Beef; Crispy Jumbo Prawns with Lime Sauce; Braised Duck and Braised Pork Shoulders. One of the most popular Chinese restaurants in all of Chinatown!

9 Pell Street, New York  212-233-8888

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