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New York Essentials in 2013: Why You Should Add the Big Apple to Your City Break Options

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New York Essentials in 2013

 From the bright lights of Broadway to the John Lennon memorial in Central Park, New York is a city of diverse culture, beautiful green space, art galleries and museums and a wealth of wonderful dining experiences. Events take place throughout the year so make sure to reserve hotels in New York in advance, but there is always plenty to see and do even if your trip does not coincide with a major festival.

Arts & Culture
Art enthusiasts should plan their visit around Frieze New York (10-13 May 2013), a contemporary showcase of more than 1,000 world-renowned artists with a diverse programme that includes talks, debates and panel discussions. Getting there is easy – Frieze is located in a unique setting within Randall’s Island Park on the East River, an oasis in the middle of the city that can be reached via public transport, or even by bike! A purpose-built temporary structure has been erected to house the exhibition. Alternatively, head to the famed Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street and 5th Avenue, where you can see masterpieces from the likes of Van Gogh and Matisse, as well as a changing display of works throughout the year.

Parks and Gardens

Coney Island Amusement Park

Coney Island Amusement Park

Stepping into nature couldn’t be easier in the city of New York. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is glorious no matter what season you choose to travel, with a Native Flora Garden where local plants thrive, as well as a Lily Pool Terrace where around 100 varieties of water lily can be discovered along with beautiful reflective pools and fountains. If you want to experience something truly special, venture here in April to see the Cherry Esplanade come alive with vibrant cherry blossoms at the time of Hanami – a Japanese tradition.
Of course Central Park is a must for many people looking to explore Big Apple delights for the first time. Don’t miss the Strawberry Fields Memorial and look out for highlights such as Belvedere Castle, as well as the myriad statues of historic figures such as Shakespeare!

Food and Drink
Visitors to New York really are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating and drinking. Pick up snacks ranging from fried dumplings to Hong Kong-style rice rolls in Chinatown, or if you fancy fine dining, the NoMad serves up foie gras and truffles while Portuguese restaurant Aldea comes highly recommended. Whether you are looking for a causal lunch or you want a luxurious treat, this city really does have it all. Why not round things off with a drink on a rooftop bar to soak up views across the iconic skyline?

There are literally hundreds of reasons to travel to one of America’s best-known cities in 2013. So what are you waiting for?!

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