A hotbed of cultural and social evolution, New York is a city like no other. Looking for the very best in shopping, dining and art? Step into the ultimate urban jungle…
Fashion addicts fly halfway across the world simply to lose themselves in New York’s endless shopping streets. World-class department stores such as Macy’s (151 West 34th Street) and Barneys (660 Madison Avenue) bring together the best international designer brands, while the trendy East Village is home to the city’s chicest collection of independent boutiques and retro shops. Get your vintage fix at Cobblestones (314 East 9th Street) or Argosy (428 East 9th Street) before heading to East 67th Street Market for a rummage through countless jewellery racks and piles of bric-a-brac. A holiday to New York from Glasgow Airport is the perfect way to revamp your wardrobe.
There are some sights that every visitor to New York simply has to see. Take a ferry from Battery Park for a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty, admire the panorama from the top of the Empire State Building (350 5th Avenue), spend a moment in silence in front of the 9/11 Memorial (Albany Street) and soak up the atmosphere in the city’s hyperactive heart, Time Square. Been there and done that? Refresh your view of the Big Apple with a scenic ride on the Roosevelt Island Tramway (59th Street) or take in the views from the art deco GE Building (30 Rockefeller Plaza).
With an incredible total of seven three-Michelin-starred restaurants, countless gourmet markets and an eatery to represent virtually every culture and country in the world, New York is pure paradise for gastronomists. Celebrate a special occasion at the home of haute cuisine in the city, Eleven Madison Park (11 Madison Avenue), snack on the ultimate sushi at Sushi Nakazawa (23 Commerce Street), or discover brand new flavours at Korean restaurant Hanjan (36 West 26th Street). Brooklyn’s weekend food market, Smorgasburg (Saturdays at East River State Park; Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park), is a must for all committed foodies.