New York

Skyscrapers dwarf the avenues below, and the sidewalks thrum with life day and night.

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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.

Night life

'The city that never sleeps' isn't just an empty title. Even the subway runs 24/7 to cater for the early-morning mass exits from the coolest bars, clubs and lounges in the country. Nightlife trends change quickly in New York, but swanky cocktail bars, Art Deco spaces, retro décor and tiki lounges have pretty enduring appeal.

Classic haunts such as sophisticated hotel bars, timeless taverns and fun dives remain a staple on the city’s nightlife scene. Try a rooftop bar for staggering views across the Manhattan skyline.

The live music scene is among the best in the world, and the diversity of venues reflects the range of artists, from big names to up-and-coming bands. Everything from hip hop to punk, jazz and pop is on offer. Dance clubs are a major feature on the after-dark New York scene. Whether it’s house or 80s classics that get your feet moving, you'll find them.

Broadway steals the limelight when it comes to theatre in New York, but there are classical music concerts, dance, ballet, opera and comedy in venues all over the city too.