Off to New York? Here’s my free guide.

New York, New York, as Gerard Kenny sang, the city so good they named it twice and, you’ll find, so enthralling you won’t want to visit just once.


The Empire State Building

But where to start? There’s just so much to see and do that the city can be daunting for the first-time visitor. Don’t worry, help is at hand. I’ve put together several online guides. They’re free and they should help ensure that you won’t miss something major. Here are the links you need to make your New York city break a success.

First, here are my tips for getting the best out of your trip to New York City:

9/11 Memorial at dusk

9/11 Memorial at dusk

Next, how do you choose which tower to climb for the view of a lifetime?

Sunset at the Top of the Rock looking south to the Empire State Building

Sunset at the Top of the Rock looking south to the Empire State Building

Lower Manhattan
From the Statue of Liberty to the 9/11 Memorial, Lower Manhattan is packed with must-see attractions. Read this for some less well known tourist spots as well as some great money-saving tips.


The Statue of Liberty

Manhattan West
With gems like the High Line, the cafes and bakeries of Greenwich Village and fabulous views from both the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building, it’s hard to beat this side of the city.

Central Park

Central Park

Manhattan East
The Upper East Side with its mansions facing Central Park is the polar opposite of the edgy Lower East Side but both are essentials for your trip. From Chinatown to the Chrysler Building, here’s what to see.


“I’ll have what she’s having!”

And lastly, for something a little different, get out into one of the other boroughs; Brooklyn is most convenient, Queens has some great food, Staten Island is reached by that free ferry with the views of the Statue of Liberty and the financial district’s skyscrapers, but my favourite is the Bronx. Find out why here:

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