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

Have a laugh at Manhattan’s Gotham Comedy Club recently hailed one of America’s top 10 comedy places by USA Today

The most populated city in the United States, New York City has a population of over eight million across five boroughs: Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Queens, Kings (Brooklyn), and Richmond (Staten Island). NYC has one of the biggest subway systems in the world and with such high footfall passing through on a daily basis, even the busking musicians must audition for a spot on the network.

Flushing
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West Village
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The Chocolate Room
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Rockefeller Center
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Federal Reserve Bank of New York
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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!

Distrikt Hotel - It's hard to resist a great boutique hotel in New York City and this hotel is testament to that with its 'heart of Manhattan' location, impeccable service, cutting edge technology, luxurious rooms and fresh cuisine with locally grown ingredients.

The Mark Hotel - This 5-star hotel combines the luxury of old-world comfort, avant-garde design, up-to-the-minute technologies and an unprecedented level of personal service, all wrapped up in its 1927 landmark building at the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue.

Library Hotel - With each of the 60 rooms uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic, this truly unique hotel offers its guests a wonderfully relaxing stay - with the added bonus of over 6,000 books to explore.

Flushing

is home to the second largest Chinatown in New York City and by far, the best Chinese food. Look out for xiao long bao - they're seriously the best dumplings I've ever tried!

West Village

Explore the historic West Village for some bookshop browsing, pass by Bob Dylan's old apartment and stop by the The Ear Inn, NYC's 18th Century landmark pub.

The Chocolate Room

Sweet tooth? There's no better place to satisfy a sweet craving than The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn. Especially popular in the winter months, here you can bag everything chocolate: sauces, cocoa, cookies, brownies… even branded bags and t-shirts. Heaven.

Rockefeller Center

Appreciate the art deco architecture at Rockefeller Center. You won't be short of things to do here, from shopping and dining to art and culture, you can also enjoy soaring views from the Top of the Rock and bag a backstage pass at NBC Studios.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Experience the excitement of seeing the gold vault at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Once you've cleared security (and it's strict!), you can also see a trading desk and multi-media trading exhibit.