New York is synonymous with movies, fame, bright lights and fantastic shopping. In fact the list of things it’s well known for could go on for pages. So it’s not surprising that many people can talk with authority on the city that’s so good, as they song goes, they named it twice.
But what if you’re planning a trip and when it actually comes down to the nitty gritty of where to stay, great places to eat or even where the best shops are, you realise you don’t actually know that much detail? Where do you start?
Never fear. Help is at hand. British Airways has launched a website that aims to provide you with all the answers to plan the perfect trip. The site has details of numerous places around the globe. But the information on New York is pretty darn good.
The site offers ideas for activities in the Big Apple from cultural trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to afternoon outings such as the New York Official Heritage tour. And if it’s shopping you’re after then you won’t need to avidly watch Sex and the City episodes for research. This website can point you in the direction of New York’s flagship stores, including Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue.
And if you’re planning to get a little carried away on the shopping front and are saving your dollars for a spending splurge, BA can also make accommodation suggestions and booking options such as the New Yorker Hotel, which is minutes away from Macy’s and a great budget option. Planning for your trip in advance is always beneficial, so the site also offers tickets for guided New York shopping tours around the Soho and Nolita districts for people looking for something a little quirkier. This area showcases all the latest trends and innovative designer boutiques.
If that’s not enough shopping for you, then how about joining the ever-so-popular Woodbury Common tour? Only 50 minutes from Manhattan, this Mecca of designer outlets has some 220 stores all crammed with cut-price treasures. Shops include a Gap outlet, a Nike factory store, as well as Versace and Barney’s factory outlets to bag those bargains. Phew! This amount of shopping would put Carrie Bradshaw to shame. After you’ve finished mooching around the shops, you might fancy a bit of peace and quite. Heading to the Top of the Rock observation deck and quietly soaking up the sights of the city might just give you that. The deck is 70 storeys high and the panoramic views are unobstructed for 360 degrees. You can see all sorts from up there, including northern Manhattan’s landmarks – even the Statue of Liberty can be spotted in the distance.
After all that activity, your tummy may well be rumbling. New York is well known for good food and has over 20,000 eateries to choose from. Sound a little overwhelming? Well, before you panic and head to the nearest McDonald’s, the website contains a whole list of recommendations such as the Peter Luger steakhouse in Brooklyn – voted best steakhouse in New York for 23 years running. That’s not a bad pedigree is it?