New York is such an iconic city, it’s easy to see why it’s on so many people’s lists of place to visit, even if just for a weekend break. From the buildings, the food, the shopping, those yellow taxis to all the much-loved TV shows and films which have been set in the Big Apple, there’s so much to soak up.
No short break to New York is complete without seeing the city’s two most famous landmarks. The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are synonymous with the city and pop culture in general. As you can imagine, the queues to get into both can be very long so plan to get there to get there very early, or very late for the Empire State Building, which is open until 2am and is a lot quieter closer to that time.
New York city is known for its hustle and bustle, which makes the legendary Central Park a great place to escape to for a few hours on mini breaks to New York. There are so many exciting things to see in the 843 acre park and if you want to get a bit of exercise during your trip, Central Park is a great place to go for a run. We recommend you clear a few hours from your schedule to explore!
Art lovers will be in heaven on weekend breaks to New York as the city is home to two of the largest and most famous galleries in the world, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA.) The Met is the biggest museum in the USA and boasts collections of ancient art all the way up to the modern day by the most famous artists in history. MoMa specialises in modern art and has a more surrealist twist than the Met, including works by Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dali.
New York has a thriving creative scene, with hundreds of venues for live music and art galleries. The stand out place to catch the performing arts during short breaks to New York though has to be the legendary Broadway. As much as Londoners will argue the case for their West End, Broadway is the place see musical theatre. Performing on a broadway stage is the ultimate goal for many stage actors and theatre fans travel from around the world to catch a show on the famous road in Manhattan.
Here are some useful facts that may come in handy on short breaks to New York:
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