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The World's Urban Epicenter

New York

The Big Apple, Gotham, "the city that never sleeps," or however you want to call it, New York is uncontestedly the world's most exciting and vibrant city. It is the capital of the globalized world, and a microcosm of the planet -- a melting pot of cultures, styles, and flavors.

This is the world's urban epicenter, and in between its skyscrapers, down Broadway's bright lights, and past its several world-class museums, New York buzzes with activity. Alongside top-notch culture, entertainment, and glamour, is a cosmopolitan diversity in the multitude of locals and tourists always rushing somewhere.

But while it may all seem too frenetic or chaotic, it doesn't take long to fall for the spirit of New York. It is its inexhaustible energy that make it a sensational city to be experienced over and over again.

New York doesn't follow trends, it sets them. New Yorkers turn shabby into chic, and enjoy the simple as much as the refined. They meet for brunch, socialize at a gallery, overdose on shopping, search for the next hottest neighborhood, or sip a cocktail at a rooftop bar, and end their day knowing that there is no other city like this one -- which is why every culture or lifestyle can feel at home here, and you will too.


Top Sights and Attractions

Whether you're going for a weekend or a week, these are the things you must see and do in the city:

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

You can taste all of the world's culinary specialties in New York. With around 13,000 restaurants, you won't go hungry in this city. You may start your day with a brunch at the cafés in SoHo, Greenwich Village, passing through trendy Bleecker Street and the Meatpacking District, which are also home to the hottest restaurants.
The fine dining and often Michelin-starred places are mostly found Midtown, and the tourist-friendly chain restaurants are concentrated in and around Times Square.

Shopping

Any visitor to New York will include shopping in his or her itinerary. As the consumer capital of the world, it is a shopper's paradise, offering everything from high fashion to exotic foods. Whether you spend $5 or $5,000 is up to you, but we guarantee that it is in fact the shopping experience of a lifetime. From great department stores to designer boutiques, to gourmet shops, you can go for some major retail therapy seven days a week.
The department stores and major luxury labels are on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue (from 59th to 79th Street), while landmark Macy's (self-described as "the world's largest store") is on the corner of 34th Street and Broadway.
The more interesting independent boutiques are found in SoHo, where the younger and trendier New Yorkers prefer to shop, with most stores concentrated around Prince and Spring Street. Moving into Greenwich Village, walk down Bleecker Street for some quirky shops, and into the Meatpacking District for the hottest fashions.

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