New York City, United States
As I'm there at the moment, it's only right that I write about New York City - I love the late American novelist Thomas Wolfe's quote 'One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years' and I agree, that even with a fleeting visit, you can't fail to connect with The Big Apple, this hugely culturally diverse capital gateway to north America, which gives you the freedom to exist just as you are. Here are my recommendations for places to visit and experiences to remember.
Watch the sun set over the Hudson River from The Highline public park
MOMA - for the ultimate in culture and creativity visit the Museum of Modern Art
Be seen on television all over the world by planning this year’s New Years Eve at Times Square - check out the countdown clock!
Experience a panoramic view of New York City and the Harbour from the Statue of Liberty’s observation deck
Leave your mark in Central Park - in return for a donation Central Park offers the chance to leave a commemorative or celebratory mark on a paving stone
For the ultimate cityscape, take in the city by helicopter for a real bird’s eye view
A NYC Photo Safari will ensure you capture some amazing pictures to keep forever, while honing your photography skills with a professional snapper
For one of the best street food experiences devour a pupusa (stuffed corn pattie) from award winning Solber Pupusas
Visit the majestic Metropolitan Opera to experience one of the best opera houses in North America
Experience some of the finest jazz music at Lincoln Center
Be like the locals in Greenwich Village. Boasting beautiful cobbled streets and high quality eateries (without the high prices!), Greenwich Village oozes a welcome neighbourhood feel. This bohemian village, off the tourist track, also features a local vegetable market and a great choice of lively nightlife.
With some of the best department stores and boutiques in the world, Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue to flea markets and sample sales, you won't struggle to find anything at all in NYC.
Personally, I quite like the edgier nature of Barneys in a department store and I also have my eye on the latest sneaker ranges Time Out New York has heralded - ideal for sauntering through Central Park and they're stylish too!