From JFK International Airport - the AirTrain, which
costs around $5, will take you to the city’s subway in under an hour. A
further $2.25 fare and you’ve got the key to the city. There are also
numerous taxis ($45 approx) and private shuttles ($13-$20 approx) if you
don’t fancy taking public transport, and though it’s known as the city
that never sleeps, there is an endless array of places to put your head
down for the night, from five-star hotels to affordable inns.
From Newark Liberty Airport - whether you take AirTrain, drive yourself, rent a car, or ride with one of the numerous car and van services, Newark Liberty is conveniently located on the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95). AirTrain Newark provides speedy access to New Jersey Transit trains into Newark, New York City and points south via Amtrak’s national rail network.
While all of New York City’s boroughs have a lot to offer, it is Manhattan that continues to draw the lion’s share of travellers… and for good reason. Manhattan is a tourist’s dream – from the neon tinted excitement of Time Square, to the picturesque tranquillity of Central Park, there’s something for everyone. Shoppers can head to Macy’s or Bloomingdales for high quality goods while diners can hit Midtown or the East Village for an incredible assortment of culinary delights.
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edge fashion, the haute strip of Madison Avenue is where it’s at.
Bursting with designers like Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and Jean-Paul
Gaultier, this 15-block runway is every fashionista’s dream. If you like
everything in one place, hit Fifth Avenue where you’ll find high-end
department stores including Bergdorf’s and Bendel’s.
New York’s skyline is dominated by skyscrapers such as the Rockefeller
Centre and the Empire State Building, both of which offer tremendous
views of Manhattan, and you can’t go far without running into a top
class gallery or museum – the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the
American Museum of Natural History being two of particular note. Of
course, no trip to New York is complete without taking in a show on
Broadway, although you can expect to pay around $100 for the privilege.
The Big Apple loves its sport as much as the next US major city. Home to the world-famous New York Yankees and the Mets (Baseball), the Giants and the Jets (Football), and the Knicks (Basketball), partisan support at some of the most impressive stadiums in the world will make hairs stand on end. Irish fans will recall fond memories of one of New York’s sporting arenas in particular – Giant’s Stadium was the venue for Ireland’s historic victory over Italy at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
If you’re planning on visiting most of New York’s main attractions such as the Empire State Observatory or MoMA, you should consider purchasing a New York CityPASS. At approximately $90, the ticket pays for six key attractions, saving you almost 50% on normal prices as well as allowing you to skip the queues!
For the price conscious, here are our top five free attractions.