Manhattan may be a concrete jungle, but its island location means you're only an hour's subway ride from some pretty famous beaches. If you're after boardwalks selling ice-cream and mop-the-grease-with-a-napkin pizza, head to Coney Island or Rockaway Beach. A trip to sandy Fort Tilden on the edge of town can be a low-key alternative to the urban beat.
Throngs of daytrippers gather at Coney Island on summer days, sunbathing on the sand and riding the retro wooden rollercoasters at Luna Park. The sizzling sounds of hot dogs frying and shouts echoing from the funfair create a proper holiday buzz for tourists and locals.
An hour's water taxi ride from Wall Street's Pier 11, Fort Tilden has Atlantic Ocean views on lock. Ruined bunkers dot the sandy shoreline, and there are loads of nature trails to explore. If you're making a day of it, bring a picnic – there aren't any shops nearby.
New York's the place to pick up all sorts of great items at bargain prices. Brooklyn Flea Market's a vintage-lover's paradise, and the East Village's thrift shops are definitely worth a rummage. For discount designer clothing, check out Century 21 – there's an outlet just off Wall Street.
Just west of the Empire State Building is Macy’s department store, the largest in the United States. This mega shop sells everything from coats to cookers. If you're here with kids in December, make an appointment to meet Father Christmas in person – you'll find him in the shop's magical pop-up Santaland.
Historic Fifth Avenue's the place to splurge. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn at Tiffany & Co., then go two steps further and browse Cartier and Gucci. Prada and Coach are one block east on Madison Avenue, where ad execs dream up jingles in the offices towering above.
New York's famed for its upmarket hotel bars. Settle back in a plush armchair at one of the city's smart venues, soak up the classic mid-century surroundings and sip a chilled Manhattan to the soft sounds of live jazz. If you're after excitement with a historic twist, hunt out a secret speakeasy.
With a skyline this famous, you'll want to make a beeline for a rooftop bar with a panoramic view. It's even better when it comes with a swimming pool. The city comes alive after dark, so throw on your dancing shoes and hit up the Meatpacking District. An ever-changing list of trendy clubs and bars means there's always something going on.
New Yorkers love a good wedge of pizza, sold out of hole-in-the-wall shops city-wide. Think super saucy and dripping with cheese and you're on the right track.
Stop by a bagel stand for lunch – they're a staple of every New Yorker's diet. Opt for smoked salmon and cream cheese, or test your taste buds with a chocolate and jalapeño mix.
Jewish delis in New York have been layering pastrami beef with pickles on rye bread for over a century. Slather on a healthy dollop of mustard, and you're good to go.
The original NY cheesecake's thick, creamy and topped with icing sugar. For a twist on the classic, try one with chocolate or mango syrup.
This cocktail's bold and impressive, just like the district it's named after. Get sophisticated with this drink of rye, vermouth and bitters that's topped with a cocktail cherry.
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