New York City’s fabled five boroughs, each with its own distinct character, are a magnet for the world, making the Big Apple a vibrant and multi-faceted city.

Broadway shows, wonderful museums and galleries, world-class restaurants, fun neighborhoods, and that unmistakable skyline are all part of the magic of The City That Never Sleeps. It’s the home of the United Nations in every sense of the phrase. What’s more, it’s all so accessible. The subway stations are frequent, buses are plentiful, as are affordable cabs – and it’s a great city for walking.

Things to know before you go

  • For a quick orientation take one of the numerous round Manhattan open-top bus tours that offer you a tour right around the city – then you can jump on and off at points of interest afterwards.
  • When shopping, remember that state taxes are added onto the ticketed price, rather than the price being all-inclusive, which can make a big difference.
  • Don’t forget to walk, walk and walk. The pancake flat grid-like streets of Manhattan are ideal for idle wandering taking in the sights and sounds as you go. Invest in a good pair of walking shoes!

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Roger St. Pierre

Essex, UK

Roger St. Pierre has visited 131 countries and is the author of 33 published books. Over the years, his prolific writings have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide.