In his famous ode to New York, Sinatra says “if I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere”. The reality is that once you’re in New York, you’re not going to want to be anywhere else, as letting go of the ‘city of opportunity’ is no easy feat. If you take one of our cheap flights to New York, make a list of films set in the city to watch when you get home, so you can pretend you’re still in the Big Apple.
New York is synonymous with cinema. The Empire State Building is an impressive landmark that serves as a meeting point for cinephiles in New York. The city’s endless avenues are lined with skyscrapers, exclusive shops, theatres and streets, such as Fifth Avenue, where Audrey Hepburn famously broke her fast at Tiffany’s. The dazzling Broadway, covered in Woody Allen’s bullets, is where silver screen legends, such as Marlon Brando and Barbra Streisand made their debut. The city boasts a spectacular location, at the mouth of the Hudson river into the Atlantic, where its waters carried boats to New York, such as the one that young Vito Corleone travels in on at the start of ‘The Godfather II’. Its vibrant atmosphere, bustling traffic and 24-hour metro service shake up this ‘city that never sleeps’. The Island of Manhattan is all of this and much more. This collection of open spaces includes Washington Square, Union Square, brightly lit Times Square, and the enormous Central Park, as well as smaller, more tranquil neighbourhoods such as Greenwich Village, which is proof that communal living is possible in the Big Apple.
But there is more to New York than just Manhattan, such as Roosevelt Island (where the remains of a 19th century lunatic asylum lurk), Staten Island (home to the city’s boat junkyard) and Ellis Island, the customs island where they used to inspect all immigrants entering New York, and today home to both the Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty. The must-see neighbourhood of Brooklyn is home to a growing artistic community and is just across the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Here you will find the picturesque district of Williamsburg and Prospect Park, a wilder version of Central Park.
Back in Manhattan, the options are endless, with the neighbourhoods of Soho, Village, Tribeca and the Meat Packing District offering a variety of nocturnal attractions. For museums lovers, the MOMA, the Metropolitan and the exquisite, privately owned Frick Collection await you. Take a trip back in time at the Cloisters Museum, an authentic Medieval monastery, built using parts of five French monasteries by Rockafeller in the 1930s. Exceptionally located on the banks of the Hudson and surrounded by vegetation, with not a skyscraper in sight, you’ll forget for a moment that you’re in Manhattan, proof that anything is possible here. You too will want to be a part of it: New York, New York!
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