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Experience New York, the Capital of the World

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Experience New York, the Capital of the World

Central Park, New York City's beloved back yard.

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Experience New York, the Capital of the World

The Manhattan Bridge from the Brooklyn side. See the surprise in the middle?

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Experience New York, the Capital of the World

Lady Liberty, seen from Governor's Island in the East River.

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New York City, the Luxury Travel Vacation That Never Sleeps

Whether you call New York City the Big Apple, Gotham, or simply NYC, you're talking about a top luxury travel vacation in the USA and the world. New York is arguably Planet Earth's most important metropolis -- a global powerhouse of culture, commerce, and communications.

Overflowing with legendary landmarks, flavorful neighborhoods, and multicultural flair, the city furnishes an incomparably exciting and stylish getaway. New York's pace and energy get under your skin, and legions of luxury travelers make annual pilgrimages. Why resist?

Good Reasons to Visit New York City

  • The arts: Stellar theaters, museums, galleries, concert halls, and music clubs will satisfy your hunger for culture and the arts
  • The hotels: fabulous (keep reading!)
  • The dining: New York is considered by most foodies as America's gourmet capital, ethnic eats paradise, and birthplace of stupendous steakhouses like Michael Jordan The Steak House N.Y.C. amidst Grand Central Terminal
  • The fashion: New York is the worldwide hub of the fashion industry. Style trend begin here -- on New York's sidewalks, fashion runways, and in dazzling stores and boutiques
  • The photo ops: Central Park, Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, and more

New York City Travel Basics

  • Location: On the Eastern Seaboard, an hour or less flight time from Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Washington, D.C.; two and a half hours from Miami; four to five hours from L.A., San Francisco, Seattle
  • Drive or fly: It's better not to come by car; parking is scanty, and hotels' whopping garage fees are better spent on limousines (though New Yorkers walk or take the subway)
  • Weather: Temperate, with relatively mild winters and hot, humid summers. Best months to visit: April, May, June, September, October
  • Tourism info: Official NYC visitor site

New York City's Luscious Luxury Hotels

NYC's best hotels are oases that seem a world away from the frenzy and noise. (Yes, the city is a clamorous as it is glamorous. Some city hotels we like here at Luxury Travel:

  • With a brilliant perch on Central Park's iconic southwest corner, the ultra-elegant Pierre New York
  • Downtown style on bull's-eye 57th St., with a red-hot restaurant, bar, and roof lounge, Viceroy New York
  • A midtown tower with canyon-like views of Lexington Avenue and an inviting club lounge for all guests, Hyatt 48 Lex
  • An Art Deco landmark skycraper houses tgis hotel that guarnatees good sleep to all guet (including furry friends), The Benjamin
  • Midtown elegance in an all-suites hotel with not one by two Gordon Ramsay eateries in-house, The London NYC
  • A quiet perch on the East River, with some of New York's best hotel-room views and an indoor pool, ONE UN
  • A welcoming heart-of-midtown hotel with everything you need right on-property, plus a running program for city joggers, Westin New York Grand Central
  • Set atop one of Manhattan's most historic and liveliest parks, downtown's W New York Union Square
  • A family-owned boutique hotel that Euros love, Greenwich Village's Washington Square Hotel
  • A charming patch of Ireland on the Big Apple's exciting 57th St. in midtown, The Fitzpatrick Manhattan
  • The celebrity hotel of yesteryear, reinvented as a supercool arts hotel, midtown's The Lexington NYC

New York City's Incredible Shopping

NYC is home to wealthy residents -- and temporary home to wealthy visitors. If your criterion for luxury is the ultimate, most, and best, you will find it here:

  • Art masterpieces and rare antiques at galleries and auction houses
  • Jewelry and gems, whether in the "Diamond District" (West 47th St.) or in a world-famous store like Harry Winston
  • Fresh-off-the-catwalk designer clothes and accessories, couture creations and bespoke, made-to-order finery

How New York City Transforms Visitors:

New York has a way of changing people forever. Visitors are likely to return home feeling touched and renewed because they have:

  • Experienced the thrill of being a part of the world's reigning metropolis
  • Felt electrified by the city's uplifting energy
  • Explored the USA's trendiest place to live, Brooklyn
  • Been inspired by a profound play, concert, or museum show
  • Savored the most incredible meal, haircut, or hotel-room view of their lives

Best New York Movies to Transport You There

Photogenic, charismatic New York has been the setting -- even subject -- of many great movies. No doubt you have a favorite New York-centric classic film. Here are some of mine:

  • My Man Godfrey (1936, starring William Powell and Carole Lombard)
  • Guys and Dolls (1955, starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra)
  • Sweet Smell of Success (1957, starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis)
  • Manhattan (1979, starring Woody Allen, Mariel Hemingway, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep)
  • Desperately Seeking Susan (1985, starring Madonna, Aidan Quinn, and Rosanna Arquette)
  • Wall Street (1987, starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen)
  • Working Girl (1988, starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver)
  • Ghost (1990, starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg)
  • Six Degrees of Separation (1993, starring Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Stockard Channing)


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