Flights to New York City (NYC)


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There are few cities in the world as iconic as New York City. Its reputation, in large part, speaks for itself: a dense collection of cultures and odes to the human spirit weaved together with iron and concrete. From the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan to the ever-surprising Queens to the often-imitated, never-replicated Brooklyn, each one of New York’s five boroughs gives up a unique story that will be re-shared by its visitors for years to come. The city’s world-leading restaurant, museum, arts and fashion scenes can be experienced by flying into one of three airports: JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark. While NYC can never be fully explored, peeling back the curtain little by little with each trip leaves its visitors with a lifetime of stories, stoking curiosity for what’s around the next city block.

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Flying into New York means you have options. Two airports, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) are located in Queens, and a third option, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is across the Hudson in New Jersey. As part of the largest airport system in the country, all three airports have a variety of bars, restaurants, retail shops and passenger amenities including charging stations and welcome centers throughout.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) 

SIGHTSEEING AND SHOPPING

To get the best view of the main island, start in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. While there, you’ll also find designer boutiques on Fifth Avenue as well as shopping at Barneys, Bloomingdale’s or Saks Fifth Avenue.

ART AND SHOWS

The incomparable Metropolitan Museum of Art, which boasts more than two million pieces of timeless art, is the largest art museum in the United States and a must-see. Make sure you reserve a few hours at the very least to take in even a fraction of its extensive collection.

If you want to catch a Broadway show in Midtown, you can often score cheap tickets when you purchase them on the day of the actual performance. Some popular shows even offer standing-room only (SRO) tickets once the show is sold out.

TIMES SQUARE AND FOOD

For an iconic view of the Big Apple, hit up Times Square, which is located in the Broadway Theater District. Known as “the Crossroads of the World,” it’s a major center of the entertainment industry and one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the world.

When it’s time to eat, have lunch at one of the many famous chefs’ eateries or have a quick bite (preferably a corned beef sandwich) at Katz’s Deli.

LANDMARKS AND NIGHTLIFE

Make sure you take a stroll through Central Park, one of the world’s great urban parks. It’s served as a model for many others since its design in 1858, and at 843 acres and 2.5 miles long, it’s a natural oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. 

No trip to New York City would be complete without a climb to the top of the Empire State Building. The 102-story Art Deco tower in Midtown boasts a view that’s been memorialized in classic films from King Kong to Love Affair and Sleepless in Seattle.

For a night out in a town famous for its nightlife, head downtown to one of the many chic restaurants and nightclubs in the Meatpacking District or Greenwich Village. A friendly warning: reservations are likely required.

While New York doesn’t disappoint in any season, it certainly sees its share of highs and lows depending on the time of year. Annual precipitation is relatively even throughout the year, so there’s no real rainy season to worry about. Summer-like conditions are in effect from late May through late September, with average highs ranging from 70-85°F. The city’s damp, cold winters last from December through March and see average highs ranging from 26-43°F. Spring and autumn are a little less predictable and can range from chilly to warm. Overall, the city averages 234 days annually that see some sunshine.

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