When to fly
New York is a busy destination year-round, but the peak season is the summer months (May to September) and the time around Christmas. Flights are usually more expensive during this period but due to competition on flight routes to and from the city, there are always opportunities to find great deals and cheap flights.
Autumn heralds the beginning of New York's cultural season – there is a real buzz in the city and the theatres and performing arts scene are in full swing. The early winter months, before the Christmas season starts, can be a good time to find cheap flights to New York. Accommodation prices in the city will also be at their cheapest making it a great time to visit for those looking to keep costs down.
January - March: New York winters are cold and windy, but it's not a bad time for good hotel deals, the cost of a flight is also comparatively lower compared to the rest of the year.
There's something instantly familiar about New York, rousing a strange sense of deja vu. With so many movies and TV shows set in its neighbourhoods - let alone its indelible influence in art, fashion, finance and popular culture - the city and its icons are firmly entrenched in people's imaginations. It's no wonder that walking around New York feels like you're in a movie set. The Empire State Building, NBC studios, the iconic Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, corner hot dog stands, old-style diners; there are endless must-sees and New York experiences on every traveller's list.
New York is a cultural melting pot and is the US's most populous as well as most densely-populated city. It can be confronting at first, with snarling traffic, notorious yellow cabs and streets overflowing with people - the city really does not sleep. But it doesn't take long to succumb to New York's restless energy and irresistible charms.
Explore the great urban refuge that is Central Park. Catch a Broadway musical or the latest off-Broadway hit or get a culture fix at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Indulge your shopping fantasies along Fifth Avenue and check out the boutiques, cafes and galleries of funky SoHo and the Meatpacking District.
New Yorkers know how to spend their cash, but the stores know how to slash their prices to get shoppers through their doors, especially around Thanksgiving. The streets themselves have high entertainment value, and you probably won't have long to wait before you spot an A-List actor or three.