I often get told that a New York Break is great for shopping but what would a New Yorker do besides shop. Well the answer is simple ‘anything you can think of’. In the city that never sleeps the choices of what to do have no limit.

For the first timer there are of course the staples of Times Square; the statue of liberty, shopping at Macy’s and the iconic Empire state building. But there is much more that a return visit or a first time holiday to New York can include. First of all where do you stay? Well simply put, it doesn’t matter! Wherever you are there is easy access via the subway to anywhere, and with attractions all around Manhattan, location is less important that many may think. There are many options within walking distance of the Iconic Times Square, such as the Hilton Times Square or Hotel Edison for the budget minded traveler. If you prefer the lower sights of Chinatown and little Italy for the great restaurants, then the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge maybe for you. And if you want that really special stay there is the Iconic Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria

So what so do, well my New Yorker friends put together an insider’s guide to see New York as no average tourist does. Below are a few choice ideas to really experience the Big Apple

Ellis Island – With the statue of liberty closed to visitors, this is a historic and truly amazing alternative, see where the first immigrants first stepped foot on American Soil, alongside unrivalled views of the skyline.

Comedy Club – greenwich Village has a selection of live shows, but the famous comedy club still hosts big names, Robin Williams recently popped in for a show, but be prepared to be picked on, its all part of the show.

New York Views – The empire state building is famous and for a first time visit a must do, but if you have already endured the 2 hour queues once ,then head to the Trump tower for a different perspective.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge & Brooklyn Bridge Park – An amazing walk and finish with views of lower Manhattan whilst eating world famous gelato at gino’s, but be warned the queues go round that block. If New Yorkers wait it must be good !!

And finally the shopping, Macy’s yes, but also the Meat packing district, which is near the incredible highline park running the length of an old train line. Go to Columbus avenue for reasonable prices or if you have more time take a trip out of the city to the Woodbury common outlet mall

Whatever you finally do, New York holidays have it all!