22nd Dec 2012 11:38am | By Editor
You can’t completely ignore Brooklyn’s not-so-cool neighbour. Here are our essential picks from Manhattan.
The High Line
A public park, but not as you know it, the High Line is built on a disused freight train line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. It’s ingenious because you can stroll around the city and admire the views without the street-level traffic mayhem. There’s also a regular programme of art on the High Line, from exhibitions to performances, and even free sun loungers for you to laze on if it’s a summer’s day – our favourite way to soak up the views.
Worth a visit for the building itself, which is designed in the shape of a spiral that you ascend and descend while viewing the art on display. Right on Fifth Avenue, this is an iconic-looking part of the city, and Central Park is just across the road for a contemplative wander afterwards.
Empire State Building
While its stature has long been overshadowed by the likes of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the ESB still has the best views. See the island reduced to the appearance of a toy town model from the open-air, 360-degree observation deck on the 86th floor.
You can fly direct from London Heathrow to JFK Airport from £380 return with Delta, if you’re flexible with your dates. Visiting NYC around the Christmas period can cost twice as much.
When to go: There’s no bad time to visit New York City. Sure, summer gets crazy hot (up to 38ºC), but there are open-air concerts and the like to enjoy. Winter can be freezing (below 0ºC), but the prices drop, too. This, however, is not true of Christmas, when rates rocket.
Currency: £1 = US$1.61
Accommodation: For a cheap bed in Brooklyn, head to ZIP112, a brilliant hostel in trendy Williamsburg. Beds from around £30pn. zip112.com In Manhattan, the hotel @ times square offers doubles from £84pn this January. applecorehotels.com
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