New York. Two simple words that represent one of the greatest cities on the planet.
This electric city continues to evolve at a fast pace, but in a special way stays true to its history, roots and culture. As a result, New York is the perfect balance of old and new – providing visitors with a plethora of things to do, see and experience.
To celebrate her birthday in June as well as to visit family in the United States, FBI Travel Advisor Deborah Zimmermann travelled to New York with her husband. This trip represented the first time in more than 25 years since her last trip to the Big Apple so Deborah was keen to explore this bustling metropolis again.
Getting to New York
Deborah and her husband flew 22 hours from Melbourne to New York, via Los Angeles with Qantas and American Airlines. This simple and convenient route is just one of several ways Australians are able to get to the United States – making a luxury holiday to this part of world easier than ever before. Depending on your desired holiday plans and budget, the FBI Travel team can compile the most cost-effective and stress-free itinerary to New York.
What to do in New York
New York is a city that never sleeps – there is always something to do and an experience to be had. However, if you’re going for the first time, Deborah has several suggestions based on her recent trip.
- The Levys’ Unique New York
On her first full day in New York, Deborah and her husband embarked on a personal guided work tour with Matt Levy. The four-hour tour took in all the main New York attractions including Times Square, Central Park & Strawberry Fields, Grand Central Terminal, Battery Park, Trinity Church, World Trade Center Site, the 911 Memorial and St Paul’s Chapel.
“Matt is very knowledgeable, entertaining – making the whole tour very worthwhile,” Deborah said.
Matt also arranged for the pair to do the Statue of Liberty Express tour on board the New York Circle Line – one of the city’s oldest institutions.
- High Line
One of the best ways to see New York from a different perspective is the High Line – a 1.45-mile-long linear park that used to be part of the New York Central Railroad.
“I really enjoyed that because it’s pretty unique and you get to see how people live as you’re passing by. It’s being all done up with garden spaces and art that is unique to the area,” Deborah said.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
If there was one thing that New York wasn’t short of it would be museums – over 100 spread across the city. Deborah explained that the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) was the best she went to. The largest art museum in the United States, the Met was founded in 1870 and exhibits over 5,000 years of art in its hallowed halls.
Deborah also mentioned The Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Tenement Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The American Museum of Natural History as great locations to check out during a trip to New York.
Deborah and her husband love the theatre and saw no less than five different Broadway shows in New York – Dear Evan Hansen, Natasha, Pierre & Great Comet of 1812, Chicago, A Bronx Tale and Hello Dolly!
“They were all enjoyable for different reasons. I would recommended Dear Evan Hansen as the pick of the bunch as it’s new, futuristic and in a different context,” she said.
If you’re keen to check out a Broadway show, it’s best to plan in advance and book as early as possible to avoid missing out.
Where to stay in New York
While Deborah and her husband stayed in Midtown Manhattan, your choice of accommodation in New York is simply unrivalled. Regardless of what star accommodation you would like, it’s possible to find a room or suite that is close to the heart of New York. Here’s an overview of some of the different areas to stay in New York.
- Upper East – Located on the side of the East River, the Upper East is one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in New York.
- Upper West – On the opposite site of Central Park to the Upper East, there are many Upper West hotels that can provide a great view of the Hudson River.
- Central Park – Located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is one of the most famous green areas in the world. If you’re travelling with children, it makes sense to stay at Central Park South which is within walking distance of Central Park Zoo, Tisch Children’s Zoo and the park itself.
- Midtown – Located between Lower Manhattan and Central Park, Midtown is home to the most iconic buildings in New York including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
- SoHo – Located in Lower Manhattan, SoHo is known for its trendy shops and art galleries. One of the best hotels in this area includes Trump SoHo where all guests receive a shopping card for special deals at local stores including Diane von Furstenberg and Bloomingdale’s SoHo.
- Nomad – Located within Midtown, Nomad is the cultural hub of New York.
- Tribeca – Located on the edge of the Hudson River, Tribeca is a great area to admire all the historic buildings and lofts.
- Meatpacking – Located north of Tribeca, Meatpacking is famous for its history in the meat and dairy sectors. Now, it’s a central hub for Manhattan.
- Theatre District – Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Theatre District is the heart of Broadway.
Depending on the nature of your trip, reach out to your dedicated FBI Travel advisor to understand more about which New York area is best for you.
Also, given the convenience of the Subway, you’re bound to be always a short walking distance from something that’s exciting and special – that’s New York for you!
Want to know more about the best time to visit New York and what you need to experience for yourself? Reach out to your dedicated FBI Travel Advisor today or contact FBI Travel on 1800 FLY FBI or (03) 8573 0920.