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A Week in New York

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A December 2007 trip to New York by Joy S

Grand Central Station Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: We spent the first week of December in New York - shopping, sightseeing, enjoying the Christmas lights and just soaking up the wonderful atmosphere

A Week in New York

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Overview

Grand Central Station Photo, New York, New York
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As Truman Capote once said, "this is the only real city-city". Skyscrapers loom above streets where 8 million New Yorkers go about their business - walking fast, talking fast and taking no lip. Some say this is the capital of the world - maybe it is.The old adage "the city that never sleeps" has never been more true. There are more than 18,000 restaurants, countless cultural, nightlife and shopping options - you need 24 hours a day just to experience a taste of New York.Christmas and the run-up to Christmas in New York is a full-on experience to be marvelled at. The Rockettes wear Santa outfits at Radio City Music Hall, people really do carry piles of presents and even the ches...Read More

Affinia Shelburne

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Hotel | "Shelburne Murray Hill Hotel"

Affinia Shelburne Photo, New York, New York
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The hotel is in an excellent location on Lexington Avenue by 37th Street. The area around is residential - quite quiet, very pretty with lovely houses and apartment blocks. It is only a short walk to the Empire State Building and close to Grand Central Station.We booked through an internet website and paid £2,060 for a 1 bedroom apartment for a week. It would have been cheaper at another time of the year, but all hotels in New York hike up their prices in December.Our apartment was on the 15th floor - no views but we loved it nonetheless. It was really spacious with a big living room which had a sofa bed, huge television and dining table and 4 chairs.The bedroom was a...Read More

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Affinia Shelburne
303 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10016
212-689-5200

Brooklyn Bridge

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Attraction

Brooklyn Bridge Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Manhattan is an island connected by lots of bridges, but the Brooklyn Bridge is in a class all of its own. It really is a New York icon and I always wanted to walk across it.When Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883 after 14 years of construction, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world. The span between its 2 support towers is 1,596 feet. Today the bridge continues to dazzle. It is one of the architectural gems of New York.The Brooklyn Bridge connects Lower Manhattan with the 19th Century neighbourhood of Brooklyn Heights.We took the subway to City Hall and quite easily found the entrance to the bridge. There is a nice pedestrianised walkway right in the middle....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Brooklyn Bridge
Access At Tillary Street And Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY

Central Park

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Attraction

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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Central Park is an 843 acre carpet of green. Smack bang in the middle of Manhattan, it is an oasis from the insanity - lush lawns, cool forests, water and wooded paths. In summer it swarms with joggers, in-line skaters, musicians and tourists. In winter snowstorms can inspire cross-country skiing and sledding or a simple stroll through the winter wonderland.It was laid out between 1859-1870. All the more impressive as the oasis of green is surrounded on all sides by high rise buildings. It was designated a "people's park" where everyone could come and enjoy it right in the heart of New York.We took a horse and carriage ride around the park. It had just started to sn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

Gray Line New York Sightseeing

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Attraction | "Grayline Tours"

Gray Line New York Sightseeing Photo, New York, New York
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We did 2 guided tours, both prebooked with Grayline.On Sunday morning we took the Harlem Gospel Tour. Since the 1990's visitors (especially Europeans) have been increasingly common at Harlem's traditional Sunday morning services, home to the near ecstatic black gospel tradition that was born during the days of slavery and came north with the African-American migration of the 20th century.The tour cost $50 per person. It is not necessary to pre-book, availability did not seem to be an issue and you have to go to Grayline's offices to collect the tickets and walk a number of blocks to the bus, whether or not you have prebooked.The tour was interesting and the guide was li...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Gray Line New York Sightseeing
777 8th Avenue
New York, New York 10036
(212) 445-0848

Holiday Windows and Toy Shops

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Attraction

Macys Holiday Window Display Photo, New York, New York
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One of the most prolific New York holiday traditions has to be the beautiful department store windows. Each year designers transform these showplaces into miniature holiday worlds attracting passers-by to gaze in awe.Miracle on 34th Street windows are an annual tradition for Macys. These windows attract visitors from all over the world. Macys also goes all out with its facade decor.Macys is also home of Santaland on the 8th floor. We went on a Monday evening - braving the crowds on the lower floors and the horribly packed lifts, we found the 8th floor to be blissfully uncrowded. You walk through lovely winter scenes with reindeer and bears etc. - a treat for adults a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Rockefeller Center

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Attraction

Rockefeller Center Photo, New York, New York
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This is a group of office buildings, but they are amazing and surround a grand public space. Built in the 1930's during the Grand Depression by John D Rockefeller, the complex is a streamlined masterpiece of modern architecture full of Art-Deco work. There are 22 acres, combining retail, entertainment and office space in what is referred to as a "city in a city."It looks at its best at Christmastime when a 75-90 foot Norway spruce is displayed as the city's official Christmas tree. Set below it is a tiny but beautiful ice-rink. Five miles of lights are used to decorate the tree - there are only lights and a star as decoration. The tree is lit between 5:30am-11:30pm.Ice-skating...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Rockefeller Center
49th to 50th streets
New York, New York 10020
(212) 632-3975

Statue of Liberty

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Attraction | "Statue of Liberty (The)"

Statue of Liberty Photo, New York, New York
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We bought our tickets to the Statue of Liberty at Castle Clinton. $12 tickets get you passage only on the Circle Line ferry. For $18 you get an audio tour. Our son's ticket cost $5. You need a reservation to visit the 10th floor of the Statue of Liberty, but not to wander around the island. The return-ferry ticket also includes a visit to Ellis Island.We queued 5 minutes to buy the tickets, but a further 1.5 hours to go through security. Wrap up warm - it is freezing down there.On-board the ferry sit up-top. Despite the icy wind, you get wonderful views of Liberty and the skyline.The Statue of Liberty - official name Liberty Encircling the World, was desi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York, New York 10004
(212) 363-3200

Empire State Building

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Attraction | "The Empire State Building"

Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York
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The Empire State Building is one of the New York skyline's most famous landmarks. It is a limestone classic, built in 410 days at a cost of $40 million during the Depression. I always think of it as the vertical perch off which King Kong was knocked.When it was completed in 1931, this was the tallest building in the world. Now it is the tallest in Manhattan. It is 1,450 feet high, used 60,000 tonnes of steel and has 6,500 windows (all of which have to be washed).It is not the most beautiful skyscraper in the city - the Chrysler Building wins this, but it is definitely the most iconic. At night it looks beautiful, bathed in lighting chosen the reflect the season or holiday....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
New York 10118
(212) 736-3100

Times Square

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Attraction

Times Square Photo, New York, New York
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The area around Times Square is edgy, frenetic and lively. You must go at night when the flashing billboards create an overwhelming spectacle and the theatres of Broadway are pulsating with life.Once this was the entertainment capital of America - full of movie palaces, showgirls and gangsters. In the 1970's it becam a swamp of drugs and peepshows and streets filled with hustlers and lowlifes.In the 1990's the city invited Disney and a number of other business giants to collaborate in the revitalisation of the area. Today it is a family entertainment and business district with little trace of its seedy past.The Great White Way's old movie palaces have been restored, Br...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Times Square

New York, New York 10036

About the Writer

Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom