New York City

New York City is the beating heart of its namesake state. A bulging metropolis that never sleeps, it is home to more people than the entire population of Australia. This is the epitome of ‘city life’, and where the world turns for new trends in fashion, the arts and style. The Big Apple, as it’s colloquially known, is home to hundreds of museums, galleries and centres of learning, and politically, is a cornerstone of global diplomacy, being home to the United Nations and one of the world’s most influential stock markets.
 
Be tempted by the lights of Broadway, the skyline to end all skylines, the views, the history, the aromas and the art, which are the core of the Big Apple. New York is jam-packed with attractions – the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Times Square, Central Park, Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center, Columbia University, Chinatown – the list is literally endless. 
 
What this city is really all about is just being a big city. New York has always been the epitome of big city life, and the allure of a trip to The Big Apple is just letting that big-city energy wash over you. So soak it all in, in the city that never sleeps, as you have a bagel at a street-side deli, or strolling down Fifth Avenue.
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The Big Smoke

New York is huge! For first-time visitors, the top of your must-see list has to be the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and a visit to Central Park and Times Square. The Hop-on, Hop-off tour is a great way to get your bearings and learn the layout of the city. It's also a great way to get from attraction to attraction - Manhattan is a big city with big blocks, and it's not possible to walk around the whole city in a day or two.

New York City skyline
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Shopping

Where to start? Take your pick. Macy's, Century 21, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue are the big name department stores. Canal Street will put you in China Town with many a bargain. The Sephora chain found all around Manhattan will have your eyes popping at their wide range of make-up and beauty products. Madison Avenue is home to many designer shops, like Prada, Chanel, Hermes and Giorgio Armani. For the sports lovers, there's the NBA store on Fifth Avenue or Niketown on East 57th and of course, Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue for that something special.

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In The Spotlight

For avid fans of Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, there are dedicated tours for you. There are also tours which cover famous movie and TV sites and one which covers just Central Park! There are so many shows set in New York like Suits, Girls, Broad City etc. just wandering the streets makes like you feel you are on set. With around 40 shows on Broadway each night (and that's not including off-Broadway!), you're sure to find a show that's right up your alley.

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Cuisine

You can get pretty much any food, from any cuisine in the world in New York and the prices range from 99c pizza to $1000 plates at the most exclusive restaurants, but there are some New York specialities ...

Bagels are synonymous with the city, they were brought over by jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and have become a breakfast stable.

The New York hot dog is an icon and can be purchased from the hundreds of street vendors and their carts. Chicago may challenge New York for the best hot dog but there's nothing like walking the streets of New York with one of these babies.

While pizza is not typically a New York speciality you can find it everywhere and what is different is that you can almost always buy it by the slice.

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The Infinity Experience

Bright Lights, Big City
Annual location shoots on the streets of New York number 40,000 - including commercials, feature films, television shows and series, music videos and documentaries.