New York, New York!!!

Derek Dunne 01 February 2012

If you haven't been or are indeed are a regular visitor, the "city that never sleeps" is truly a fantastic, busy, vibrant city packed full of different cultural influences that is a must see. It is a truly infectious place that will always stay with you and leaves you with the feeling that you want more.

This was my fourth visit to New York and the first time I did just New York on its own for a weekend. As flights etc are so reasonable I always tended to combine New York with somewhere else on the East Coast. My first memory of New York is arriving in the middle of Time Square in a yellow cab & looking around and being blown away by all the Skyscrapers and the lights, it truly is spectacular.

This time we stayed in The Washington Jefferson Hotel in the old Hells Kitchen district, it’s just steps away from Broadway and a 7/8 minute walk to the heart of Times Square. The location was great and had a real neighbourhood feel to it. When first entering the room I thought I was in Paris because of the small size of the room, but everything was spotless & the staff were extremely friendly. I have experienced different standards of hotels in different locations in New York on my previous visits. From The Millennium Broadway on Time Square, The Pennsylvania opposite Madison Square Gardens to the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central station, it’s great to experience the diversity of these different areas.

Every time I go to New York I always find new places, either for a bite to eat, a spot of shopping or sightseeing and taking in some of the local cultures. There are also some obligatory things I do while in New York. I always pay a visit to the site of The Twin Towers and pay my respects to the victims of 911. My favourite thing to do is a simple walk in Central Park on a crisp morning.

This time I got to experience more shopping than before, and I must say it truly is remarkable value. Shops on Times Square that must pay high rents are still selling clothes etc at fantastic prices and if you go off the beaten track to the outlets like Jersey Gardens or Woodbury Common there are even better bargains to be had. The place is a true shoppers paradise. But whatever you’re into, New York is the place to be, as it delivers on every score from sightseeing to shopping, culture to entertainment, The Big Apple is truly the gateway to America.

Why not call me and I can assist you with flights and hotels to suit your needs and maybe tailor make your weekend for you whether you’re looking for a city tour, a trip to The Statue of Liberty or up The Empire State Building, an aerial view of The Big Apple's famous skyline from a helicopter or a legendary Broadway show.

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