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From the dreamy high of its art, architecture, literature and music to the grit, heat, hustle, and constant in-your-face attitude of its citizens, New York is a panoply of ups and downs, a city that both excites and overwhelms, just as it also defies all expectations.
Whether it's your first visit or your 50th, New York City is a great destination for a weekend trip. See the landmark sights, catch a Broadway show or explore small, off-the-beaten-path museums like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
Just as it has activities to suit every interest, New York City has hotel options to suit every pocketbook. Whether you're looking for a hip new hotel, an old standard or a budget inn, you'll have plenty of options.
New York City is the world's most diverse and intriguing city! Experience the incredible architecture, including some of the world's best-known buildings such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.
See the Statue of Liberty; enjoy a harbour cruise; tour Harlem and enjoy a Gospel service and lunch; take our very popular Showbiz Insiders Tour!
Double-decker buses are a great way to see New York, as you can hop-on and hop-off, and spend as much times as you want at any location so you can see what's most important to you.
You'll experience all the excitement and fun of the city. The most popular tour in New York is the New York All Loops Double Decker Tour Plus Liberty (48-hours Pass) as this tour covers the entire city by day and by night with tickets to the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty - the most popular tourist attraction in New York!
Central Park, New York City Celebrities jog, walk and in-line skate beside common folk in this urban oasis, one of the truly great parks in the United States.
Attraction type: Urban park;
Tour Empire State Building, New York City One the most famous and storied buildings in the world boasts an 86th-floor observatory with spectacular views of New York City and beyond.
Attraction type: Architectural building; Landmark/point of interest;
Observation deck/tower Statue of Liberty, New York City A gift from France to celebrate the American Centennial, the Statue is one of America's most visited and enduring symbols.
Attraction type: Landmark/point of interest; Monument; Statue Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City A grande dame of museums and a New York City classic, the Met's collection contains more than two million works of art.
Attraction type: Art museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York City Home of the largest collection of artwork created between 1880 and the present. Attraction type: Art museum; Architectural building.
Shopping in New York is an unmitigated pleasure.
Those short of time should concentrate on three general areas: midtown, downtown and discount. A midtown extravaganza should start with the star-spangled department store experience at Saks on 49th and Fifth. Wander up Fifth to gaze into Bergdorf Goodman and Audrey Hepburn's Tiffany's for sheer window shopping joy.
Men with a fetish for continental European style at American prices love Faconnable on 5th and 54th while women can shop for Manolos before popping next door to St Patrick's Cathedral to atone for the sin of such shoe shopping.
Downtown shopping provides a more varied retail experience. SoHo, below Houston Street between 6th and Broadway, is worth exploring as is Canal Street for cheap jeans.
Fifth Avenue below 23rd Street is also good for basics and branches of Banana Republic, Club Monaco, Gap and J Crew. End a shopping day downtown by heading to Union Square and its various watering holes.
If your legs still work, visit Paragon sports on Broadway at 18th, a mecca for all sports goods.
The climate of New York State is broadly representative of the humid continental type, which prevails in the north-eastern United States, but its diversity is not usually encountered within an area of comparable size. The geographical position of the state and the usual course of air masses, governed by the large-scale patterns of atmospheric circulation, provide general climatic controls.
Differences in latitude, character of the topography, and proximity to large bodies of water have pronounced effects on the climate.