Skyscrapers dwarf the avenues below, and the sidewalks thrum with life day and night.
The clichés about New York are true – but that's just the surface. Alongside the iconic buildings, the city’s neighbourhoods are home to people and influences from around the globe; it's the diversity in everything that makes the Big Apple so uniquely exciting.
Arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is New York’s largest international airport and the main entry point to the city. Public transport options are plentiful, and you can reach the heart of Manhattan just a couple of hours after your plane touches down.
The 24-hour AirTrain JFK links to the subway system and has stations in all six of the airport’s terminals. Once you change onto the subway it’s a 35-minute ride into Penn Station in Manhattan. Alternatively, express buses, which also stop at all of JFK’s terminals, run every 20 to 30 minutes and stop at Grand Central Station and Penn Station. The journey takes around an hour and a quarter.
New York taxis are also available from outside the airport, and, unlike cabs hailed from the street, are not metered. There's a set fare, which can include a rush-hour surcharge. The journey duration varies depending on the time of the day, and can be as short as 40 minutes or up to 90 minutes.
Food and Drink
New York is home to over 10,000 restaurants, including everything from tiny, family-run eateries to swanky establishments with celebrity chefs at the helm. Eating out plays an important role in any trip to the Big Apple; choosing what and where is the hard part.
Top food neighbourhoods
It’s probably easy to guess what to expect in the authentic eateries in Chinatown and Little Italy. But each of New York’s neighbourhoods has its own culinary identity. Head to Greenwich Village for trendy bistros and taverns, and to the Meatpacking District for one of the city’s newest foodie destinations. Harlem specialises in southern comfort foods like fried chicken, as well as a mix of up-and-coming restaurants, while the Upper East Side and Upper West Side are home to upmarket fine dining establishments.
Finding a quick bite is a simple task in New York City. Settling on just one of the eye-popping range of on-the-go options, however, is more difficult. Fill up on vast deli sandwiches, grab some sushi or noodles to go, or try out the famous food trucks. You can find food trucks serving everything from jerk chicken to waffles to tamales.