Flights to New York City
The Big Apple. Gotham. The City that Never Sleeps. It’s been immortalized in films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it became a character in Sex and the City, Seinfeld and Friends, and every Saturday, someone yells, "Live from New York, it's Saturday night" from 30 Rockefeller Plaza. This city of eight million residents is not only home to film and television, it is the epicenter of fashion, food, theater and the arts.
There are five boroughs that make up New York City: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and perhaps the most famous and recognizable, Manhattan. Each borough has its own identity thanks to distinctive neighborhoods and attractions. Hipsters have taken over Williamsburg in Brooklyn. People on the street look more akin to Portland natives than New Yorkers. The Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium are reasons enough to head north to the Bronx. The Staten Island Ferry passes right by the Statue of Liberty. The most diverse place on the globe is Queens, where people from 100 different countries speak around 138 languages. And of course, the most populous borough, Manhattan, is often described as the world’s cultural and financial capital.
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.
- Each of New York’s three major airports are located within 1015 miles of Manhattan and feature a number of options to help both get around the airports themselves and to get into the City.
- A free monorail system, AirTrain, connects Newark Airport to the NJ Transit and Amtrak trains.
- At JFK, AirTrain connects to the New York City Subway.
- Several bus lines also service all three airports.
- New York City’s yellow cabs offer flat-rate service from JFK to Manhattan for $52. Cab rides from Newark to various points in Manhattan run between $50-$70.
- If you’d rather rent a car or use limousine service, those options are also available at all three airports.
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.
Who says this city never sleeps? There are countless places to rest your head in New York City, from quirky boutique hotels and distinguished historic haunts to world-class five-star hotels. You just have to know where to look.
If you’re going for high-end opulence and historic prestige, have a look at the Pierre. Once owned by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, the 1930s hotel rises over Central Park and boasts gilded ballrooms and white-gloved elevator operators.
In the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, a stone’s throw from the City’s recently constructed High Line (an elevated park built atop a former railroad) sits the Gothic-style High Line Hotel. Once a seminary, the boutique hotel now features 60 guest rooms trimmed in furnishings hand-picked from flea markets, estate sales and online auctions.
On the Upper West Side, the boutique NYLO is inspired by the space-conscious loft-style apartments New York is known for. Hip, vintage and affordable, it’s also within walking distance of Central Park, Lincoln Center and plenty of subway stations.
In Manhattan’s Columbus Circle neighborhood, the mod Moderne hotel features bold décor and abstract artwork inside intimate accommodations of just 37 guest rooms.
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.