New York is overloaded with history, culture and of course- people, as the city is home to over 8 and a half million people. One of the world's top destination for shopping and dining, New York is also a significant city for American history, immigration and the economy, while it is home to over 100 museums, Wall Street and the infamous Statue of Liberty/Ellis island. Read our quick guide on New York’s essential stats and whether the city that never sleeps is right for you.
Having visited New York 8 years ago on a school trip (fancy I know), I had already visited a lot of the significant historical museums in the city. Visiting again as an adult independently, it really opened my eyes to how vast and vibrant New York really is. With over 10,000 restaurants, cool cafes, rooftop
Bars and sleek clubs, the city is a hub of entertainment, rightly deserving its namesake as the city that never sleeps. There really is something for everyone here and a wealth of it, I’m convinced that even if you visited for a month there would still be things that you didn’t have chance to do. You don’t have to be a cultural or historical fanatic to appreciate the galleries and museums, there are hundreds from the 9/11 memorial to the natural history museum, each with interactive and engaging material. And if wandering enormous museums aren’t you thing then take to the streets to gawp at the awe inspiring architecture that defines New York’s skyline.
With new airlines launching direct flights departing from new cities in the UK, New York is becoming more accessible for everyone. Whilst flight prices decline and air travel becomes more comfortable and efficient, the city is so much easier to reach than it has ever been before. Plan your trip well, don’t underestimate how long it can take to reach one end of Manhattan to another (don’t underestimate how busy the subway can get too!). Use a tourism app such as UGotIt to create personalised itineraries for your trip, and prioritise the attractions which are unmissable for you, because unless you’re visiting for a while, there are going to be things you won’t have chance to do!
Whilst it is wise to be conscious of the economical and political climate surrounding the US and the UK right now, New York is becoming ever more accessible for a city break and has something to entertain everyone, no matter your niche.