New York City at a glance
Watch the sun sink slowly beyond the Hudson River, followed by the luminous skyscrapers that then begin light up the night, New York well and truly is the city that never sleeps. Actors tread the boards in the legendary theatres of Broadway and are also full to the brim with world-class soloists, dancers and musicians performing at venues large and small across town. Marvel at in-your- face rock shows at Williamsburg dives, lavish opera productions at the Lincoln Theatre and everything in between.Welcome to New York City – a hive buzzing with experimental theatre, comedy, independent cinema, ballet, poetry readings, burlesque, world music, jazz and so much more. If you can dream it up, then it’s almost certainly happening.
The Big Apple is of course, not just a tourist attraction; In 2014 the city pipped London to top the Global Financial Centres Index, with media and advertising sectors being equally strong sectors. If you are visiting New York for the first time, book yourself one of our New York serviced apartments, be aware that nothing ever sleeps, have a look at our city guides about where to eat/drink/socialise and dive head first into being a New Yorker!
Culture and places to eat
Everyone knows about the Guggenheim, the Met and MOMA – but what of New York's other museums? One of the quirkiest is surprisingly at The Morgan, home to the collection of banking legend JP Morgan. It houses the sole surviving manuscript of John Milton's Paradise Lost and Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
The skyscraper is of course a symbol of New York, and the Big Apple has more than any other city excluding Hong Kong. Take in the view from the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Building), embark on classic tourist locations such as the Empire State Building, or look back on the stunning Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn.
You’ll find museums devoted to everything from Vienna to immigrant life in the Lower East Side – everywhere you turn there are sprawling galleries filled with Japanese sculpture, postmodern American painting, Himalayan textiles and New York City heritage. For a glimpse of current and future greats, delve into the cutting-edge galleries of Chelsea and the Lower East Side, where you will find exhibition spaces and festive opening-night parties (usually on a Thursday night if you want to join in).
There’s never not a good time to dine in New York. The city is a hotbed of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine – with restaurants growing vegetables on roof gardens or sourcing meats and seafood from sustainable outfits nearby, and embracing everything traditional or hand-made – from coffee roasting and whiskey distilling to chocolate and cheese-making. Bars have also taken creativity to new heights, with pre-Prohibition- era cocktails served alongside delectable small plates, with gastropubs being some of the most creative places to grab a unique bite. Of course you can also hit the street-foods of Pretzels, Hot-dogs and Waffles, oh, and there is of course tables at one of New York’s 20,000-plus sit-down restaurants.
With its compact size and streets packed with eye-candy of all sorts – architectural treasures, traditional cafés, enticing booksellers and unusual shops – New York City is an urban wanderer’s paradise. Crossing continents is as easy as walking over a few avenues in this jumbled city of 200- plus nationalities. Lose yourself in the crowds of Chinatown amid brightly painted Buddhist temples, walk through the fragrant smells and steam bellowing from noodle shops and marvel at fabulous fishmongers, then stroll up to Nolita (Little Italy) for enticing boutiques and coffee-tasting among the craft-minded creatives. You will quickly find that every neighbourhood offers a dramatically different version of New York City – from the 100-year- old Jewish deli’s of the Upper West Side to the meandering cobblestone lanes of Greenwich Village. And the best way to experience this city? Put on your comfiest shoes and walk its streets.
If you don’t fancy pounding the pavements, flag down one of the infamous Yellow Cabs and dive in. Cab journeys are charged on the meter (make sure the driver puts it on) and the cost of your trip can vary depending on how far you go. Typically, a trip in a cab will cost you $2.50 before you set off, rising $0.50 every half mile or every minute whilst the cab is motionless.
Staying in New York City
Such is the fast-paced and varied atmosphere – you can plan on staying in New York for just a couple of days and end up staying couple of months, so it is vital to find yourself a comfortable and safe place to stay in the right location for you. Our New York serviced apartments ensure a homely stay where you have the space to make yourself relax – a luxury often much needed after a day in the Big Apple. Staying in a serviced apartment is considered more affordable than staying in a hotel as you have the ability to cook a home cooked meal and make your coffee at home rather than grabbing it on the go – giving you complete and utter freedom to do what you like and at your own pace.
The people, the food, the art: NYC has many virtues, which is why so many people can’t imagine living anywhere else. Browse our collection or speak to an advisor in person – we will find you your perfect New York serviced apartment to suit your needs.