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Experience the neon at night in Times Square, the bustle of Grand Central Terminal, or some freewheeling fun at Coney Island’s amusement park. New York also has its serious side in Brooklyn’s hip, artistic neighborhood or the sobering 9/11 Memorial at World Trade Center Ground Zero. Out on the harbor, the Statue of Liberty — a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants fleeing war and famine in the late-19th century — still symbolizes freedom and New York’s reputation as a make-or-break city, attracts millions of dreamers, who come to try their luck in The Big Apple.
Divided into five boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx — New York is home to more than eight million people and a diverse multi-cultural mix. You'll find authentic ethnic eateries throughout multi-cultural hubs like Chinatown and Little Italy. Diversity in New York is embraced and celebrated, from African American music and culture in Harlem to Judaism in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, which has one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel.
The iconic subway system forms an intricate labyrinth above and below the ground. It’s the easiest public transportation option for visitors; purchase your MetroCard and refill on a pay-as-you-go basis. Walking is the best way to soak up the city’s sights and explore Manhattan’s eclectic neighborhoods, from the wealthy Upper West Side to the lively East Village.
Midtown East, where you’ll find the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, is an ideal stop for those new to the city. First-timers needn’t feel anxious about finding their way. The city’s grid system is simple to navigate and New Yorkers are quick to offer assistance should you lose your way.
New York caters to culture buffs, with galleries like the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Opera to Broadway’s cozy theaters and the Upper West Side’s Lincoln Center. Those in search of proof that the city never sleeps won’t be disappointed, with countless shops, bars and clubs open until late hours of the night.
For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in New York page.
It's always a good time to visit the greatest city in the world—but you're more likely to find great travel bargains between January and August. In the summer, weather can be warm, but smaller crowds at the top tourist attractions make up for it. In the winter, the weather may be cold and snowy, but many people think the city is at its very best when it's all dressed up with a fresh coat of snow and lots of twinkling lights. November and December can be busy, as shoppers pack the city searching for the perfect gift.
Peak Season: September to December is convention season, then shopping season in New York. Prices are high as people compete for hotel space, especially during the first weekends in December.
Value Season: January to August, although spring rates can be a bit higher if the weather is nice. Summer is a great time to visit New York—especially the more heavily touristed areas like Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
New York is much loved by vacationers, and boasts an excellent assortment of accommodation options. Expedia's New York lodging guide makes booking easy.
Be sure to check out the luxury services at The St. Regis New York, at Two East 55th St, and the Mandarin Oriental, New York, located at 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street. Alternatively, The Chelsea Savoy Hotel, at 204 W 23rd Street, and the Off Soho Suites Hotel, at 11 Rivington St, are two offerings that might be preferable if you're traveling on the cheap.
If you prefer to book accommodation closer to Empire State Building, the Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue and The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York City are both good options.
This Theater District hotel is at the corner of West 45th Street and Eighth Avenue, 1 block west of Times Square and 6 blocks west of Rockefeller Center.
Situated in New York, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Battery Park. Brooklyn Bridge and The National September 11 Memorial are also within 15 minutes.
The budget-friendly Salisbury Hotel hotel offers a prime Midtown location just 2 blocks from Central Park and within walking distance of Times Square and Broadway theaters. Opened in 1931, this Neo-Gothic-style hotel is next door to the famed Russian Tea Room, a half-block from Carnegie Hall, and 7 blocks from Radio City Music Hall.
This Manhattan hotel is in the Midtown West neighborhood, 0.8 mile from Times Square and within one-half mile of the New Amsterdam Theater and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
This New York City hotel located on Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street is across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.
Located at the corner of East 45th Street and Madison Avenue, the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, provides ready access to shopping, as well as Broadway theaters, 3 blocks away.
New York's Grande Dame, the Art Deco-style Waldorf Astoria New York offers a desirable Midtown location 2 blocks from Rockefeller Center and 4 blocks from the Broadway Theater District. Times Square, Central Park, Grand Central, and the shops on Fifth Avenue are among the nearby attractions.
This Midtown New York hotel, renovated October, 2013, offers a desirable location diagonally across from Carnegie Hall, 1 block from Broadway, 2 blocks from Fifth Avenue shopping, and 2 blocks from Central Park. The Theater District and Times Square are within 1 mile.