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Why fly to New York?
There is nothing you can't do in New York, it is the mega of cities. From Broadway shows to one of the most beautiful urban parks in the country and from finance capital to fashion capital, New York City is a city for all seasons and all people.
The city is home to the New York Stock Exchange, which sends ripples through the world with even the smallest climb or light drop. It is the home of hip fashion houses that dress celebrities, debutantes and European royalty. It is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
New York City is also home to great galleries and museums. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is world renowned for hosting some of the most important pieces of art in the world including works by Picasso, da Vinci and more.
The city is also home to some of the finest dining around with new venues opening up virtually monthly creating a vibrant, fresh restaurant scene. Top chefs the world over have opened up restaurants in the city. The night life is eclectic with every genre of music you can think of, had to the meatpacking district for a night of smooth jazz.
And it's not all about expensive dining and shopping, you can visit Chinatown or little Italy for fantastic nosh and a true New York experience. Visit the Statue of Liberty as all first-time visitors do for THE photograph you will frame. Buy an inexpensive I heart New York t-shirt, take a picture with a New York City police officer (they're open to it) or get tickets to one of the many shows that are filmed in the city.
New York has something for everyone, once your flight lands be prepared for a magical experience.
New York Weather
Weather varies greatly throughout the year as the city has four distinct seasons. The winter months running from December to March are cold with temperatures typically below 10 degrees and falling into the minuses on the coldest days. The short summers are warm with June, July and early August temperatures in the high 20s on average. Spring and autumn weather is between the two extremes affording a comfortable climate.
When to fly to New York
New York is always busy and exciting, thousands of tourists pour into the city from around the world during the summer season in particular which makes for high flight prices. The fall is also busy as the city's cultural scene gets going after a summer break.
The first three months of the year are pretty cold, which keeps tourists away and makes it a good time to get some deals on flights. September is a little less busy then the rest of the fall and you may be able to find some flight specials at other times.
Getting into New York
New York has two large airports, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. Kennedy airport is the best choice for tourists wanting to land as close as possible to attractions. Once you land at the airport you will have several options for getting into the city. The train and subway are both good options and can get you everywhere in the city.
There are a number of bus services as well as shuttles that will get you into the city (nearby hotels have their own shuttles that pick passengers up). Taxi service is also available outside the airport.
Getting around New York
New York is a very easy city to get around in. Walking is always an option and the street layout is very easy to figure out. The subway is a quick and inexpensive way to get around the city. The public bus service is good but there is a danger of getting suck in traffic during peak times. Taxis are everywhere and you can easily wave one down in the street.
- A tour of The Guggenheim should be on your list of things to do. Before you even walk through the doors, the museum will give you something to be amazed about. The coiled building looks like something out of the distant future. Inside, it houses a fine collection including pieces by Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell.
- Visit the American Museum of Natural History for some of the most fascinating exhibits about evolution you will ever see. This trip is especially great for children since it provides great visual tools for learning about history.
- Head to the East Village for its Bohemian feel. Here you will find wonderful artsy cafes, vegetarian restaurants as well as art and crafts produced by people who actually live in the area. It's a nice escape from the glitz of the city for an afternoon.
- You can return to the glitz in the evening and take in a Broadway show. Just remember to book your tickets ahead of time or you will be disappointed as there is no real low season for visiting New York, and Broadway shows are always popular.
- Take a getaway from your getaway and head to the Hamptons where New Yorkers recline to in the summer and at weekends. There are lovely beaches and green spaces as well as wonderful restaurants and boutique shopping.
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