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    New York City is without doubt one of the top urban travel destinations in the world and the city's immortalisation in numerous movies, books, and television series ensures that most people are familiar with the many attractions of this famous metropolis.

    Beyond New York City, however, New York offers prime natural assets like Niagara Falls, a number of beautiful lakes, and some pristine protected wilderness areas, as well as several charming, historic cities and towns.

    Until the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, a group of Native American peoples called the Iroquois Confederacy controlled most of the area that is now New York. Henry Hudson named the Hudson River in 1609 and 60 years later the British took control, naming the region New York.

    For the most part, the Native Americans prospered during this time, controlling the lucrative fur trade. A century later, during the French and Indian Wars, the British defeated the French and took control of all of northeast America.

    The victory was largely thanks to the Iroquois allying themselves with the British. In 1763, all the new British Territory, extending as far as the Mississippi, was declared an Indian reserve. But this was short-lived.

    The Iroquois again allied themselves with the British during the War of Independence, and in the reprisals, entire communities were wiped out and much of their land was deeded to the revolutionary war veterans.

    Of course, many of the world's most famous landmarks sit in New York City, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square. Yet there is much more to this historic and scenically-diverse state than the famous Big Apple.

    Those who can tear themselves away from the sprawling metropolis will find the rest of the state has also has a lot to offer. Within an hour's drive of the city, visitors can find the beaches of Long Island, or escape to the Catskill Mountains to fish, hike, or ski.

    North upon the Hudson River, the state capital of Albany is a good base for exploring upstate New York. The beautiful Adirondacks region is in the centre of the state, offering some of the highest and most dramatic mountains in the eastern United States.

    It is here where visitors can hike, ski, horse ride, or mountain bike. On the border with Canada, between lakes Ontario and Erie, is one of the country's most spectacular natural attractions, and certainly the most popular: Niagara Falls.

    And located midway between Niagara Falls and New York City are the Finger Lakes. Despite being within 200 miles (322km) of the city, it remains one of the most unspoilt vacation areas in the USA, renowned not only for the picturesque lakes but also wineries and lush forests.

    Tarrytown

    Known as the setting of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and its surrounds are filled with history. It is the birthplace of the author, home to the impressive Rockefeller residence and sits across the river from Hyde Park, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt was born. The late President's home has a library containing hundreds of photos and artefacts, as well as his car and a letter from Einstein that led to the development of the atomic bomb. Two miles (3km) outside Hyde Park is the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, a spectacular Beaux Arts mansion.

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    The High Line

    The High Line is a verdant elevated strip hovering between the skyscrapers of Manhattan's West Side. Built on what was once a freight rail line, this unique public park brings a welcome splash of greenery into the district. Drawing millions of visitors annually, it has led to a real estate boom in the areas it passes through, with apartments overlooking the pretty strip rocketing in value. The High Line features viewpoints, recreation areas and public spaces for exhibitions and productions. The 14th Street Passage and Chelsea Market Passage are semi-enclosed sections frequently used for public programs and art exhibitions. Picnic spots on the 23rd Street Lawn are ideal for peace and quiet while kids love features like the Pershing Square Beams where the original framework of steel beams is exposed to create a garden playground.

    Address: The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street and can be accessed at numerous points.
    Opening time: December to March 7am - 7pm; April to May 7am - 10pm; June to September 7am - 11pm; October to November 7am - 10pm.
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    The Statue of Liberty

    The universal symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty was the first thing seen by 12 million immigrants passing through Ellis Island Immigration Center. Sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and modelled on the Colossus of Rhodes, the French donated the statue in 1886. The reason was to commemorate the alliance between the two countries during the American Revolution. The ferry calls at both Liberty and Ellis Islands, and tourists can visit the Ellis Island Museum documenting the experiences of the immigrants. On Liberty Island, advance bookings allow visitors to access the crown of the famous statue, but these tickets must be booked some six months in advance for peak summer season.

    Address: Liberty Island, New York Harbor
    Transport: Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry from South Ferry at Battery Park to Liberty and Ellis islands. Ferries depart approximately every 30 minutes.
    Opening time: Ferries depart between 9am and 3.30pm.
    Website: www.nps.gov/stli
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    World Trade Center - Ground Zero

    The six hectare (16 acre) worksite that emerged from the rubble of the twin towers now symbolises the infamous events on September 11 2001 when almost 3,000 people lost their lives. Millions now come to pay tribute and witness the devastation at viewing sites. In January 2004, a design named Reflecting Absence by Michael Arad and Peter Walker was unveiled for the World Trade Center Memorial. The memorial features a landscaped civic plaza with two massive voids aligned with the footprints where the twin towers once stood. The memorial and museum are now open to the public, providing an accurate and moving account of what the community endured during the attacks. Tourists should be mindful that this is a sombre memorial frequented by mourning family members, so loud chatter and smiling selfies are inappropriate.

    Address: Tribute WTC Visitor Center: 120 Liberty Street
    Transport: Take the subway to Fulton Street, Broadway-Nassau Street, or Cortlandt Street. Walk to Church and Liberty Streets and follow signs
    Opening time: The memorial is open daily 7.30am - 9pm; the museum is open 9am to 8pm Sunday to Thursday, and 9am to 9pm Friday and Saturday.
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    Radio City Music Hall

    Located in Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most famous theatres in the world. The home of the famous Rockettes chorus line, the interior of the theatre was declared a New York landmark in 1978. While not in regular use anymore, the Hall's beautiful cinema still hosts premieres, shows and selected feature films. The most popular event is the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, attracting more than a million people and running since 1933. It's best to check the official website listings to see which potential productions and acts are on while tours run daily and usually receive rave reviews.

    Address: 1260 Sixth Avenue
    Opening time: Tours daily between 9.30am and 5pm.
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    Empire State Building

    The Empire State Building in New York is an iconic landmark in the sprawling Manhattan cityscape. Completed in 1931, it stretches 102 storeys into the sky and was considered the tallest building between 1931 and 1970. Today, it is only the 28th-tallest building in the world yet still retains much of its dramatic grandeur and presence. One of the most beloved activities is embarking on the journey to the top floor's observation deck, providing views across the entire city. It's best to visit between 8am and 11am, avoiding the scores of daily visitors. Free multimedia tours are downloaded with every admission.

    Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets, Manhattan
    Transport: Subway B, D or F to 34th Street
    Opening time: Observatory: daily 8am-2am; last elevator at 1.15am.
    Website: www.esbnyc.com
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    Central Park

    The founders of New York set aside 340 hectares (840 acres) of central Manhattan as a public space, with Central Park opening in 1873 to provide an essential green lung within the concrete jungle of New York. It contains themed gardens, tennis courts, lakes and even a small zoo, infused with daily joggers, skaters, buskers and tourists. But there are areas beyond the range of baseballs and frisbees where tranquillity can be found, with music concerts and Shakespearian plays frequent occurrences. During winter, two ice-skating rinks open up in Central Park, with the Wollman Rink in particular considered one of the most picturesque in the world.

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    Museum of Modern Art

    Founded in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art owns the most important collection of modern art in the United States. Referred to as MoMA, artists with work on display include greats such as Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Max Beckman, Ansel Adams and Kiki Smith. What started as a gift of eight prints and a drawing developed into a vast and varied collection of some 150,000 paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and other media. MoMA's Library and Archives boast an impressive collection of books, historical documents and photographs. Priding itself as an educational institution, the Museum of Modern Art offers various activities and programmes for the general public. In addition, special segments broaden the community knowledge of and approach towards the exciting and puzzling world of modern art.

    Address: 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan
    Transport: Subway: E or V train to 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue, or B, D, or F train to 47/50 Street Rockefeller Center. Bus: M1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 to 53rd Street
    Opening time: Daily 10.30am - 5.30pm (until 8pm on Friday).
    Website: www.moma.org
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    The Guggenheim Museum

    Designed by US architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim was built in 1959 and is an icon of Modernist architecture specifically created to showcase the modern art within. Featuring a highly celebrated collection of late 19th and 20th-century artworks, as well as touring exhibitions. Beneath a glass dome, a quarter mile ramp spirals down the inside of the building, past a collection including pieces by Pissarro, Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, Mapplethorpe and Gober.

    Address: 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street
    Transport: Subway 4, 5 or 6 to 86th Street; bus M1, M2, M3, or M4 on Madison or Fifth Avenue
    Opening time: Sunday to Friday 10am - 5.45pm; Saturday 10am - 7.45pm; closed Thursdays and Christmas Day.
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    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum, affectionately known as the Met, possesses one of the greatest and largest art collections in the world. Banners above the Met's Fifth Avenue entrance herald the current attractions at this cherished New York institution. There are always temporary exhibitions from around the world alongside the impressive permanent collection. Highlights are numerous, with American collectors having the foresight and cash to buy up a large number of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from Europe at the end of the 19th century. The art collection at the Met now contains more than two million works of art from across the planet, from ancient worlds through to modern times. Some notable works are present from such greats as Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, and Cézanne, rivalling any art collection on earth.

    Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, at 82nd Street
    Opening time: Sunday to Thursday 10am - 5.30pm; Friday and Saturday 10am - 9pm.
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    American Museum of Natural History

    Challenged only by its counterpart in London, the American Museum of Natural History is the largest and most important museum of its kind in the world. 45 exhibition halls hold more than 30 million artefacts, quite enough to keep anyone busy on a rainy afternoon. The most popular exhibit is a 50ft (15m) tall skeleton of a barosaurus in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, and there are three more spectacular dinosaur halls on the fourth floor. Other halls include the Hall of Biodiversity, the Hall of Ocean Life, and the Hall of Human Biology and Evolution. The fabulous Hayden Planetarium is a 90ft (27m) wide aluminium sphere that seems to float inside a massive glass cube, which in turn is home to the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Those tired of walking can check out the Museum of Television and Radio.

    Address: Central Park West, at West 79th Street
    Opening time: Daily 10am to 5.45pm, except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.
    Website: www.amnh.org
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    Niagara Falls

    The Niagara Falls straddle the United States and Canadian border, 340 miles (547km) northwest of New York City. They are one of the most popular natural attractions in the country, attracting more than 20 million tourists a year. The river plunges over a cliff of dolostone and shale, forming the second largest waterfall on earth after Victoria Falls in southern Africa. While best appreciated via a boat trip, there are a number of different tours available which will probably touch on the numerous daredevils that have braved its drop. Many have gone over in barrels, while a tightrope crossing in 1859 has inspired scores of tightrope walkers to do the same.

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    Finger Lakes

    The 11 narrow Finger Lakes are popular getaways for boating and fishing, the surrounding rolling hills interspersed with waterfalls, gorges and parks perfect for Hikers, cyclists and skiers. Its name comes from Native Americans believing the Finger Lakes formed when one of their gods reached out to bless their region, leaving behind an imprint of their hand. Known also for its wine industry, most of the vineyards sit on the Cayuga Wine Trail, overlooking the Cayuga Lake. They offer tours, tastings and a variety of tourist accommodation from luxury lodges to campsites.

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    Buffalo

    Buffalo sits on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, serving as a good base for visiting Niagara Falls and for exploring the Finger Lakes region. The city has some noteworthy Victorian architecture and good museums. Indeed, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery contains an impressive collection of works by American artists and hosts many great touring exhibitions, while the Buffalo Zoo is home to an exotic assortment of animals from all over the world. The nearby Letchworth State Park is popular with hikers and offers wonderful views over the Genesee River Gorge, promoted as the 'Grand Canyon of the East'.

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    Broadway

    Going to the theatre is one of the most popular tourist events in New York and the shows on Broadway are world famous, boasting some of the best productions in the world from blockbuster musicals to intense and intimate dramas. There are ongoing shows that have been running for years, such as The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and A Chorus Line. Newer, edgier shows play off-Broadway, and may provide just as much entertainment at slightly lower prices. This is one way to experience part of the American dream, even if only on vacation. There is something to entertain people of all ages.

    Website: www.broadway.com
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    Times Square

    Though it is ultimately just an intersection at the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street, Times Square has achieved iconic status. In a single frame, it successfully represents the hive of activity that is New York City. Flashing advertisements produce a mesmerizing and memorable sight. Times Square is used in countless films, TV series and literature and is the base for ABC's Good Morning America programs and MTV's popular Total Request Live. Thousands gather annually for New Year's Eve in the square to see the famous ball drop. Since 2009, Times Square has been closed to traffic and visitors can now enjoy strolling and sitting at their leisure, not worrying about the city's notorious taxis and bustling vehicles.

    Address: Corner of 42nd Street and Broadway
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    Rockefeller Centre

    This 22 acre (8ha) land houses a plethora of iconic New York City attractions. Radio City Music Hall ranks highly among visitors, having hosted multiple awards shows such as the Grammys, Emmys and MTV Music Awards and also being a concert venue frequented by today's top performers. The Rockefeller Plaza is the site of the eerie Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper photograph, as well as being the home of Saturday Night Live and popular TV series 30 Rock. The Rockefeller Center also claims to have the best views of the city, a hotly contested competition for sure. At the building's base is the Rink at Rockefeller Center with the golden statue of Prometheus at its head. Beneath is the Concourse, an underground pedestrian mall boasting designer brands and food outlets.

    Address: Between 48th and 51st Streets; and 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, Manhattan
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    Brooklyn Bridge

    The sheer scope of New York City is hard to understand until you have traversed the Brooklyn Bridge, inaugurated in 1883, which crosses 5,989 feet (1,825 m) of the East River and connects two of New York's biggest metropoles, Manhattan and Brooklyn. The construction was an impressive feat of engineering ingenuity and upon completion it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Today, it is a treasured landmark of the city, colourfully illuminated at night to highlight the architectural towers and hangings. There is a pedestrian walkway from which visitors can savour vistas of both Manhattan and Brooklyn. Photographers looking for quintessential New York cityscapes should be sure to walk the bridge.

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    St Patrick's Cathedral

    St Patrick's Cathedral is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture popular in 13th-century Europe. One of the city's most gorgeous buildings, its spires soar 330 feet (100m) into the air while its entrance is both grand and ornate. Built between 1850 and 1878, it is now the seat of the archbishop of New York and the largest catholic cathedral in the United States. To most New Yorkers and harried tourists, St Patrick's is most valued for its peace and tranquillity. But it's still an active place of worship although tourists are welcome they should show respect, especially during church services. Guided tours are available.

    Address: Fifth Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets
    Opening time: The Cathedral is open daily from 6.30am to 8.45pm.
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    Grand Central Station

    One of New York's most famous and best loved landmarks, Grand Central was opened in 1913 opposite Rockefeller Center. It is one of the world's largest train stations, with 44 platforms, but its true distinction is its magnificent architecture. Its striking ambiance is anchored by enormous windows and the refurbished ceiling covered by a detailed astronomical fresco. The terminal houses a number of good restaurants, budget-friendly eateries and speciality shops. The magnificent Vanderbilt Hall regularly houses public events, while there is also a one-hour guided tour; book several weeks ahead in peak season to avoid disappointment. Interestingly, Grand Central sees about double the amount of visitors every day as it does commuters.

    Address: 110 E. 42nd St.
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    Central Park Zoo

    Home to some exotic and beautiful animals, the Central Park Zoo is a must for all children and animal lovers visiting the city. Residents at the zoo include the elusive red pandas, polar pears, snow leopards, and snow monkeys to name a few. The Tisch Children's Zoo is a great place for young kids, with children able to pet the goats, sheep, alpacas, potbellied pigs, and other barnyard animals on display. Booking online may result in discounts and also allows visitors to skip the long summer queues.

    Address: 64th St. and Fifth Ave, Central Park
    Opening time: Open daily 10am - 5pm on weekdays and 10am - 5.30pm on weekends and holidays. Hours are slightly reduced between November and March.
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    Wollman Rink

    The Wollman Rink, located in Central Park and made famous by many movies, is a fantastic place to take the kids for the day during the winter months in New York City. The setting of this ice rink is beautiful, surrounded by trees with the New York City skyline above them. Children can even attend skating school while adults can host a party or event, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. The rink is not just for children but also a popular spot for dates in New York City due to the romantic associations and stunning setting.

    Address: Central Park
    Opening time: Public skating hours can vary throughout the year, and the rink is only open seasonally.
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    Brooklyn Children's Museum

    The Brooklyn Children's Museum is a great place to take the little ones while on holiday in New York City. It was founded in 1899 and is said to have been the first museum in the United States. Its collections and exhibits include hands-on activities, role-playing opportunities, and resident animals. Thousands of artefacts are on display to teach children about science, the environment, culture, and the arts. There are no 'Do Not Touch' signs here! There is a cafe and a shop at the museum, and a special 'Totally Tots' section for kids under five. Adults must accompany children.

    Address: 145 Brooklyn Avenue
    Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm (open till 6pm on Thursdays). Closed Mondays.
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    The Frick Collection

    The Frick is quite possibly New York's most underrated art gallery, a collection of exceptional paintings featuring important works by Vermeer, Manet, Rembrandt, Whistler, Goya and Van Dyk. A highlight is the renowned pair of Holbein paintings of Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell, and a group of small bronze sculptures rated as some of the finest in the world. This was the New York residence of Henry Clay Frick, who transformed a fortune made in the coal business into this sublime building facing onto Central Park. The interior courtyard is a tranquil retreat from the busy world outside.

    Address: E 70th Street at 5th Ave
    Opening time: Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sundays 11am - 5pm.
    Website: www.frick.org
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    Staten Island Ferry

    The ferry from Battery Park to Staten Island and back is a great way to see the Lower Manhattan skyline and Hudson River life while resting your feet. It's a must-see New York attraction that doesn't cost a thing. It also skirts the Statue of Liberty affording decent views of this iconic structure. Most tourists stay onboard for the return leg, but it's worth hopping off and exploring a bit of Staten Island while you're there. Staten Island is a borough of New York City and a fun neighbourhood to explore, but the ferry journey, mainly used by commuters, is actually the main attraction. The ferry leaves roughly every 30 minutes or every hour and takes 25 minutes each way. Schedules are available on the official website.

    Opening time: Runs 24 hours, see website for schedule.
    Website: www.siferry.com
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    Greenwich Village

    Greenwich Village began life as an industrial park but has been transformed by a vibrants arts community. Affectionately known as the Village, it's now home to New York University, the famous Washington Square Park and also the setting for the iconic sitcom Friends. Despite gentrification and a high influx of yuppie residents, the district has retained a bit of its artistic flair. There are a number of great off-Broadway theatres, as well as historic jazz and rock venues like Bitter End, Village Vanguard, Small's, and the Blue Note. Additionally, there's an eclectic mix of international restaurants and cafes.

    Address: Lower Manhattan
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    Wall Street

    Home to the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street has attained legendary status as the financial heart of the USA. The narrow street runs from Broadway to the East River and is home to landmarks like Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president. 23 Wall Street still has shrapnel holes in its limestone façade from the 1920 Wall Street Bombing. Perhaps the most iconic symbol of Wall Street is the Wall Street Bull, a 7,100 pound (3,200kg) bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica. The sculpture is a popular photo opportunity in New York, symbolising financial optimism and prosperity. The installation of Fearless Girl, a small statue of a girl facing the beast, adds another layer of artistic intrigue.

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    Coney Island

    Coney Island has been a tourist attraction in New York City since the 1830s, when New Yorkers would flock to the beaches. Its movie theatres, amusement parks, museums, circus, aquarium and restaurants still attract crowds each summer. Claiming to be the birthplace of the hotdog, a visit to Coney Island isn't complete without sampling the yummy street food along the boardwalk. While filling one's stomach, they can gaze upon the fireworks which light up the sky each Friday around 9.30pm. The activities and amusements at Coney Island are in full swing from May to September, but many attractions close outside these months.

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    Ellis Island

    From 1892 to 1924, more than 20 million immigrants moved through the crowded halls of Ellis Island. Today, it draws millions of people each year as one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers multimedia exhibits and audio tours, a chance to experience the island as a new arrival might have back in the day. One of the more popular exhibits is the American Family Immigration Center, where visitors can access passenger records to find relatives, while there are also special children's tours. Reached by ferry, the journey also stops at the iconic Statue of Liberty.

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    New York's climate can vary in different areas, but it falls in the continental climate zone and experiences four distinct seasons. Summers tend to be mild and the southeast lowlands usually have the warmest temperatures, as well as the biggest breaks between frosts.

    Across the state, winters are cold and snowy, and in the central and northern areas the lakes usually freeze over. More snow falls on the eastern side of Lake Ontario than anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Lakes Plain snow belt receives the most snow in the whole country.

    The higher elevations of the Catskills and Adirondacks Mountain areas also experience significant snowfall and cooler summers. New York winters, in general, tend to be unpredictable, sometimes wild, sometimes severe and stormy.

    Summers can get hot and humid, often lasting until September. In New York City, the high temperatures in mid-summer (July) average around 86°F (28°C), and in mid-winter (January) the temperatures average as low as 28°F (-2°C).

    Tribeca Grill

    Located in Tribeca's Washington Market area, Tribeca Grill radiates excitement and energy. Co-owned by Robert DeNiro, 'The Grill' is a classic New York social venue. It's a massive restaurant with high ceilings and exposed brick walls, and it's great for celebrity spotting. The menu includes enticing grilled and sautéed selections, with cross-cultural creative influences of many different cuisines. Favourites on the menu include short ribs braised in red wine, the grilled duck, and the pan-roasted cod. Open for dinner every night, lunch during the week, and brunch on Sundays.

    Address: 375 Greenwich Street
    Le Bernardin

    New York's internationally acclaimed seafood restaurant, Le Bernardin opened in New York in 1986 and in no time became a four-star restaurant that is renowned for setting standards in the cooking of seafood in America. The sliced conch in a Peruvian marinade is delicious, and the crispy black bass with Masala spice is also very good. Open for lunch, Monday to Friday, and dinner, Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays. Reservations are essential.

    Address: 155 West 51st Street (Midtown West)
    Delmonico's

    This attractive Wall Street landmark, Delmonico's first opened its doors in the 1830s as the first fine dining restaurant in the country. It has an impressive history, even providing the setting for Mark Twain's birthday party. Serving up delicious steaks in a leather and mahogany setting, it attracts a loyal crowd of businesspeople who feel at home setting at the low-key bar. Signature dishes include the 'Delmonico Steak' and 'Lobster Newberg'. Reservations recommended, open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner.

    Address: 56 Beaver Street, near Wall Street
    Balthazar

    Since its 1997 opening, this SoHo bistro has retained its buzz and irresistible allure. It exudes the look and atmosphere an aged Parisian brasserie with pastel colours, oversized mirrors, and powdery homemade bread. Nightly specials focus around classic French dishes, such as duck confit with wild mushrooms. Open for breakfast and dinner all week, lunch Monday to Friday, and brunch on weekends. Reservations recommended.

    Address: 80 Spring St, SoHo
    Gramercy Tavern

    This iconic Union Square eatery's spacious, rustic-looking interior includes a casual street-facing tavern, a lively bar and a series of formal dining areas. The dining room menu offers inventive American cuisine such as lobster salad, and venison with onion marmalade, while the tavern is good for seafood chowder or pork sandwiches. The tavern is open for lunch and dinner daily, and the dining room is open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner all week. Reservations recommended.

    Address: 42 East 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue)
    Nobu New York

    Nobu opened in 1995, bringing innovative and fresh styles of Japanese cooking to New York City. The restaurant is a visual and culinary treat, with tall birch tree columns rising towards a ceiling painted copper with stylish patches of open brickwork showing through. Nobu's new style Japanese cuisine weds South American sensibility with Japanese traditions. Try the mussels with the signature Nobu salsa, or the yellowtail with jalapeño. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and all week for dinner, reservations essential.

    Address: 105 Hudson Street (Tribeca)
    Daniel

    One of best venues for classical French cuisine in New York, Daniel reflects its original 1920s Renaissance splendour. Using the freshest ingredients, seasonal masterpieces include squab with Swiss chard barbajuan, and a radish and artichoke barigoule. Customers should always leave room for the huckleberry sorbet. Jacket and tie is required for gentlemen. Open for dinner Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays. Reservations recommended.

    Address: 60 East 65th Street (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue)
    Website: danielnyc.com
    Keen's Steakhouse

    For a thick cut of New York steak, one of the best places to go is Keen's Steakhouse. The buzzing dining room has an old-fashioned charm with classic elegance, and though it can be loud, there's always a great atmosphere. Don't expect a variety of vegetarian options on this menu, as it focuses on meat and seafood. Reservations recommended.

    Address: 72 West 36th Street
    Website: www.keens.com
    Acme Bar & Grill

    With its exposed brick interior and the world's largest collection of hot sauce, catfish, and hickory chips delivered fresh from Mississippi, Acme Bar & Grill is as far south as you have to go to enjoy the cuisine of the Deep South. Creole delights are in abundance, such as Louisiana seafood gumbo, Creole jambalaya, and Catfish po' boys, a traditional submarine sandwich originating from Louisiana. An extra thing to note: the mashed potato is pretty famous. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and brunch on weekends.

    Address: 9 Great Jones Street
    Website: www.acmenyc.com
    Ess-a-Bagel

    Regardless of whether you're looking to eat on the run or ease into a delicious lunch, there's nothing like a big fresh bagel to sink your teeth into. Ess-a-Bagel is one of the most popular bagel spots in town, serving freshly baked bagels with any filling one can think of. These include orders such as honey-glazed turkey, chipotle chicken, lake sturgeon, or the traditional salmon and cream cheese, called 'lox and schmear' by native New Yorkers. They even have a selection of tofu bagels for vegetarians. Great for breakfast, lunch, or a cheap dinner in New York.

    Address: 359 1st Avenue
    Paul's Da Burger Joint

    Sometimes in life and in New York, it's essential to eat a truly great burger and satisfy this urge in the most complete and delicious way possible. Described as being vintage New York, Paul's Da Burger Joint is an East Village classic famous for its huge variety of perfectly prepared burgers. The diner décor is wonderfully kitsch and the joint is staffed by a team of eccentric and wacky waiters. Open daily from 11am till late.

    Address: 131 2nd Ave
    John’s Pizzeria in Bleeker Street

    Everybody knows about New York pizza, world-famous for being thin, crispy, and gigantic. John's Pizzeria is rated consistently as one of the best in New York City, with their coal-fired brick-oven pizzas sure to fill the stomach. The restaurant is unassuming, but the food is divine. They don't take reservations nor serve slices, so people must expect to wait at peak times. A genuine slice of New York.

    Address: 278 Bleecker Street,
    John F Kennedy International Airport
    Location: The airport is located 15 miles (24km) southeast of central Manhattan.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
    Transfer Between Terminals Passengers can travel between JFK's six terminals for free on the AirTrain, with any travel beyond that incurring various costs.
    Getting to the city: Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals, providing information on buses, shared-ride vans, and limousines. The AirTrain links the airport to the subway, train, and bus system, which go to the city centre. SuperShuttle Manhattan is a 24-hour, shared, door-to-door service to anywhere between Battery Park and 227th, including all hotels. The service also reaches the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Go Airlink is another rideshare service, providing shuttles that travel between the airport and the city. Similarly, NYC Airporter is an express bus service that transports passengers from JFK to stations like Grand Central and Penn, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
    Car Rental: Car hire companies represented at all terminals include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, National, and Payless. The AirTrain shuttles passengers between the terminals and the car rental offices.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available in front of all six terminals, with the general journey time to Manhattan being around 40-60 minutes long. Excluding tolls, the flat fee to Manhattan is around $52, while other approximate fairs include Brooklyn $59-$64, Queens $28-$33, Staten Island $67-$79, and the Bronx $48-$68. A journey to La Guardia Airport may cost $34-$39, and Newark Airport $97-$102, with a $17.50 surcharge. Tipping is customary for good service. Only use taxis from the taxi dispatch booth and refuse offers from others.
    Facilities: All terminals have ATMs, bureaux de change, bars, restaurants, and a wide selection of shops. Travellers will be able to find most services in the terminals, including wifi, medical facilities, information counters, and shoe-shiners.
    Parking JFK has two types of parking. Long-term parking is four miles (6km) from the terminals and served by the free AirTrain. Passengers should allow 30 minutes to reach their terminal. The Central Terminal Area (CTA) parking is adjacent to the terminals and provides daily parking needs. Signs to the parking facilities are colour-coded to indicate their proximity to terminals. A cell phone lot waiting area is located near the airport's entrance for drivers to wait for disembarking passengers, reducing traffic congestion.
    New York La Guardia Airport
    Location: The airport is located eight miles (13km) east of central Manhattan, in the borough of Queens.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
    Transfer Between Terminals There are two bus routes connecting the four La Guardia Terminals. The Route A Bus is a free service running every 15 minutes, stopping at all terminals in the central terminal area as well as the Marine Air Terminal. Expect 15 minutes travel time. The free Route B bus runs every 10-15 minutes between all four terminals, except the Marine Air Terminal/Delta Shuttle. The journey time is between 5-10 minutes.
    Getting to the city: Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals. All service arrangements can be made at these counters. Public buses service the city and connect with the New York subway; the Q33 and Q47 service Manhattan and Queens. The New York Airport Service Express Bus leaves regularly for all areas in Manhattan. The SuperShuttle Manhattan is a 24-hour, shared door-to-door service that goes to all areas of the city.
    Car Rental: Car hire companies include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National. The Arrivals level of each terminal has either car rental courtesy phones or counters. Free shuttles transport customers between the terminals and the car rental offices.
    Airport Taxis: The Welcome Center/Ground Transportation Counter is near the baggage claim area, offering information on authorised transportation services. There are taxis available outside each terminal.
    Facilities: All terminals have ATMs and currency exchange can be found at the Central and US Airways Terminals, as well as a wide selection of bars, shops and restaurants, but the best choice is at the US Airways, Delta and Central Terminals. There are business facilities at Laptop Lane in the Central Terminal, including meeting rooms, dataports, internet access, fax, phones, printers, and photocopiers. Disabled facilities are good, but those with special needs should ideally contact their airline or travel agent in advance.
    Parking Short-term parking is available next to the terminals. Long-term parking is available in Lot 3, although there are limited spaces. Additional long-term car parking is located very close to the airport and can be accessed by following the 'P' to the airport exit. Express payment machines are located throughout the parking areas. Signs to the parking facilities in the terminal buildings are colour coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals. Free shuttle buses transport passengers to the terminal buildings.
    Buffalo Niagara International Airport
    Location: The airport is located 11 miles (18km) from Buffalo.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: NFTA-Metro Bus and Rail provides public transport to and from the airport, and shuttles, taxis, and rental cars are also available.
    Car Rental: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National are all represented at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: There are a number of taxi companies available at the airport or offering airport pick-ups.
    Facilities: There are ATMs, a bureau de change, a barber, an electric-car charging service, an information desk, a shoe-shine service, and a pet-relief area. There are also various bars, shops and restaurants in the terminal. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline or travel agent in advance.
    Parking The short-term parking lot is adjacent to the terminal building, and costs from $4 per hour with a daily maximum of $23. The long-term parking areas are connected to the terminal by a free shuttle bus service and charge $1 per hour up to 5 hours, with a daily limit of $12 or $10 depending on the parking lot.
    Westchester County Airport
    Location: The airport is eight miles (13km) from White Plains in New York State.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT - 4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Bee-Line Bus 12 runs from the airport to White Plains and the local train station, from which passengers can catch the MTA Metro-North Railroad. Bus fare is $2.75 and the buses stop on the central traffic island just outside the terminal building. The other options for getting into White Plains are catching a taxi, using an app based taxi service like Uber or renting a car, though some hotels may offer airport transfers for guests.
    Car Rental: Rental car companies including Avis, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National are all available at Westchester County Airport. The rental desks are located in the arrivals hall.
    Airport Taxis: All taxi companies operating in the area are permitted to service the airport, but taxi pickup has to be arranged in advance. For those who have not pre-arranged taxi pick up, there is a desk in the arrivals hall that will arrange transport with one of the airport's licensed vendors.
    Facilities: Facilities at Westchester include ATMs, business workstations, baby-changing facilities as well as a number of shops and restaurants.
    Parking The garage is next to the terminal, providing short-term and long-term parking.
    Elmira Corning Regional Airport
    Location: The airport is situated seven miles (11km) northwest of Elmira.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: C-Tran bus route 20 connects the airport to Elmira between roughly 8am and 6pm on weekdays, and between 10am and 5pm on Saturdays. Adult bus fare is about $2.25. A number of hotels offer airport shuttles for their guests and taxis and rental cars are also available. Ride-hailing apps such as Lyft are also available to passengers at the airport.
    Car Rental: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National are represented at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Bill's Transportation and Terps Enterprises service the airport, but it is recommended that taxis be booked in advance to ensure availability.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include an ATM, restaurant, conference rooms, family restrooms, and wifi.
    Parking All airport parking is free for the first 15 minutes. Short-term parking costs $1 for the first hour and $1 for each additional 30 minutes, up to a daily maximum of $10. Long-term parking costs $1 for 30 minutes, $1 for every additional hour, and a daily maximum of $9. The more distant economy parking is slightly cheaper with a daily max of $7.50.
    Greater Binghamton Airport
    Location: The airport is situated 11 miles (18km) north of Binghamton.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Taxis, airport shuttles, and rental cars are available to get into town.
    Car Rental: Avis, Hertz, and Budget are represented at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Numerous taxi companies service the airport, but it is best to book ahead to avoid a wait.
    Facilities: The airport is small but comfortable. Facilities include vending machines, a restaurant, free wifi, and a conference centre complete with audio-visual equipment.
    Parking Short-term and long-term parking is provided at the airport. In short-term parking, the first 15 minutes are free, and the hourly rate is $1 for the first hour, $2.25 for the next hours, and a daily rate of $11. Long-term parking is $1 per hour for the first hour, $2 per hour thereafter, and a maximum of $8 a day.
    Website: www.flybgm.com
    Syracuse Hancock International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated nine miles (14km) northeast of downtown Syracuse.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Taxis to and from the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center will link travellers to Syracuse through Centro's bus network.
    Car Rental: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty are represented at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Syracuse Regional Airport Taxi provides exclusive service to the airport. Dispatch desks for taxi services are located near each baggage claim area, and are staffed between 5am and 2am. Ride-hailing apps that operate at the airport include Lyft and Uber.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include a barber shop, ATMs, public telephones, a variety of shops and restaurants, a pub, free wifi, and the interesting Discover the Airport Exhibit, which allows passengers to interact with planes and learn about how the airport works.
    Parking Parking rates in the airport garage are $3 for the first hour, $4 for 90 minutes, $5 for two hours, and $1 per hour thereafter up to a daily maximum of $12. Parking is slightly cheaper in the open lots, with the first hour costing $2 and a daily maximum of $10.
    Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
    Location: The airport is situated five miles (8km) northeast of downtown Ithaca.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: TCAT bus route 32 services the airport between 7.50am and 9.30pm on weekdays, and bus route 72 services the airport between 8.45am and 11pm on Saturdays, and between 7.45am and 4.45pm on Sundays. Taxis and rental cars are also available.
    Car Rental: Avis, Budget, and Hertz are represented at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available at the airport, but it is best to order them in advance to avoid waiting. A taxi to downtown Ithaca costs roughly $16 to $18. Ride-hailing apps are also avaialble at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, including companies like Lyft and Red Route.
    Facilities: This is a small airport and facilities are limited, but there is a conference room, a cafeteria, and free wifi. There are some vending machines for snacks.
    Parking All parking is free for the first 30 minutes. Parking costs $2 for the first hour, and about $1 per hour thereafter, up to a daily maximum of $9 in the short-term lot, and $7 in the long-term lot.
    Stewart International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated six miles (10km) west of Newburgh.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Coach USA's Stewart Airport Express provides a fast and convenient bus service between the airport and New York City. Those wanting to take the Metro-North Train to New York City can catch the Leprechaun Bus, which transports passengers to the Beacon Station. Taxis and rental cars are also available.
    Car Rental: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National are represented at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Visconti Ground Transport, which has desks in the terminal, offers taxi service 24 hours a day, but it is recommended that passengers reserve taxis in advance.
    Facilities: Facilities include wifi, an ATM, a restaurant, a cafe, and a newsagent.
    Parking Short-term parking at the airport costs $3 per hour, up to a daily maximum of $30. Long-term parking costs $10 for the first 24 hours and $60 per week.
    Website: www.swfny.com/
    Greater Rochester International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated five miles (8km) southwest of downtown Rochester.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Rochester Transit Service buses service the airport every day of the week, with an adult bus fare of $1. A number of hotels in the area offer airport shuttles for their guests, while taxis and rental cars are also available.
    Car Rental: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Alamo are all represented at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available at the airport, and a ride from the airport costs a minimum of $10, with $3 charged per mile and a $2.50 levy per additional passenger.
    Facilities: Facilities at the airport include ATMs, a food court, various shops, bars, a business centre, an information centre, an interfaith chapel, conference rooms, a lost and found, a pet-relief area, and shoeshine services.
    Parking A cell phone lot allows passenger pickups, free of charge. Parking in the short-term lot costs $2 for the first hour, up to a daily maximum of $24. Long-term parking costs $4 for the first two hours, and $2 per each additional hour. The daily maximum is $12. The economy parking lot is connected to the terminal by shuttles and costs only $1 per hour and has a daily maximum of $7.
    Albany International Airport
    Location: The airport is located about six miles (10km) from the city centre.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Regional and long-distance local bus, taxi, limousine, and car rental services are available at the airport to transport passengers to the city centre.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National/Alamo. The rental car reservation counters are located in the baggage claim area of the terminal. The rental car fleet is located inside the airport parking garage.
    Airport Taxis: The taxi stand is located just outside the baggage claim area. Capitaland Taxi is authorised to pick up passengers from the airport, but passengers may call any cab company for transportation to and from the airport. Capitaland Taxi vehicles are equipped with meters and credit card machines. Ride-sharing apps are also available at the airport, with Lyft being the primary service. Uber drivers aren't permitted to service passengers.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include currency exchange, ATMs, and a business centre, including internet access, photocopying, computers, printers, and workstations. There's also an interfaith prayer room, a mail centre, public telephones, free wifi, restaurants, fast food outlets, and various shops.
    Parking The airport offers a wide variety of convenient and economical parking options. A multi-storey parking garage provides covered long and short-term parking and a heated pedestrian bridge takes travellers directly to the security checkpoint in the terminal. The short-term lot is free for the first half hour. Short-term parking costs $2 for the second half an hour of parking and an additional $1 for every half hour thereafter. Long-term parking costs $2 for the first hour of parking and $1 for every hour after that, up to a maximum daily rate of $10.
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