Destination guide: New York

Visiting New York for the first time?

Drink in the skyline: a visit to the top of the Empire State building is a classic, but you can also get fantastic views when you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or visit Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center.

Enjoy a Broadway show: you don’t have to book in advance – if you don’t mind queuing, there are discount ticket booths in Times Square and in the Financial District.

Check out the culture: head to 5th Avenue’s Museum Mile – the Metropolitan Museum of Artand the iconic Guggenheim are here. And don’t miss the contemporary art at MoMa.

Take the Staten Island Ferry:it’s is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – plus, it’s free! And if you enjoy travelling like a local, be sure to take at least one trip on NYC’s subway

Eat, eat, eat: get a taste of Chinatown at the Nom Wah Tea Parlour, NYC’s oldest dim sum restaurant. Or feast on oysters under the glittering ceiling of the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant at Grand Central Terminal.

Average temperature in New York

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Minimum -3°C -3°C 1°C 6°C 12°C 17°C 20°C 20°C 16°C 10°C 5°C 4°C
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New York cityscape

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Airlines that fly to New York from Birmingham Airport

Start your journey at Birmingham Airport with Aer Lingus, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa and Swiss, and enjoy a stop-off to break up your journey.

Looking for something different?

Stroll along the High Line: this former elevated railway line on the West Side has been transformed into a green space that stretches above the streets, with wildflowers, sculptures and benches.

Shop in Chelsea: browse for vintage and designer collectables in the indoor market and stop for a gourmet snack in one of the area’s many cafés and restaurants.

See something strange: visit the museum, dedicated to small objects, or make an appointment to explore the Museum of Trolls or The Elevator Historical Society.

Go suburban: visit Brooklyn and check out the green acres of Prospect Park, explore the PS1 Contemporary Art Centre in Queens or take a Hip Hop tour in the South Bronx.

Want to go further?

Long Island’s 400-mile coastline has some lovely white sand beaches, including those in the exclusive Hamptons area.

The Adirondack mountain range is a fantastic place for hiking, canoeing, fishing and all things outdoors.

Want to know a secret? 

It’s fun to browse in iconic stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and super-luxe Bergdorf Goodman, but NYC is also a great place for designer bargains. Check out Century 21 or head upstate where there are lots of outlet villages for luxury brands like Chanel and Hermès. 


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