It might not be the first place you think of for a seaside break but the Big Apple’s got some pretty impressive stretches of shoreline in its locker. Whether you fancy fairground rides and amusements or untouched stretches of sand, there are plenty of seaside spots that you can reach within an hour from the city.
When the mercury rises, New Yorkers make a beeline for Brooklyn, and the soft sands of Coney Island. Rollercoasters, hot dogs and Ferris wheels are all part of the appeal here – not to mention the three-mile stretch of shoreline on the other side of the boardwalk.
Fort Tilden Beach is just a 40-minute cab ride from Manhattan, but it’s worlds away when it comes to the crowds. This relatively untouched swathe of sand stretches for three miles, and there’s very little around in the way of shops and restaurants, so make sure you pack a picnic.
You don’t need to head to the Big Apple with a big budget – Brooklyn Flea Market’s the go-to place for lovers of all things vintage, and the East Village is sprinkled with thrift shops where you can bag a bargain or two.
Macy’s has been a New York institution for well over a century, and it’s stocked with everything from toys to tablecloths. You’ll find 11 floors of shopaholic’s heaven just a five-minute stroll away from the Empire State Building.
Designer stores can be found all over the city but for the highest concentration of them, head to Fifth Avenue, where you’ll find the big hitters like Cartier, Gucci and Tiffany & Co, all within metres of each other.
The city’s hotel bars are a great go-to for low-key nights out. Comfy armchairs, soft jazz music and classic cocktails are the norm in plenty of the more central swanky spots.
For a place that’s dubbed ‘the city that never sleeps’, it’s no surprise to know that all-night clubs are easy to find here. The upmarket Meatpacking District’s where you’ll find the biggest concentration of them, but rooftop bars with first-class city views can be found all over Manhattan – some of them even come with hot tubs by the dance floor, too.
It may be Italian originally, but New Yorkers have adopted it as their own since the early 20th century. Hole-in-the-wall kiosks are dotted all over the city, and dish up various varieties by the slice, so you can eat on the go. .
Bagels have been a New York staple for decades, and there are stands sprinkled all over the city. Salmon and cream cheese is the go-to filling for many locals, but there are tonnes of different combos to choose from.
Pastrami sandwiches have been a mainstay on New York café menus for more than a century. Rye bread, mustard and pickles usually complement the pastrami slices, which have a distinctive peppery taste.
The classic New York cheesecake is thick, creamy and dusted with icing sugar. If you fancy something a little more adventurous, then plenty of places have jazzed theirs up, with fresh fruit and chocolate toppings on many menus.
Not many places have their own cocktail named after them, but then again, not many places are like Manhattan. Rye whisky, vermouth and bitters make up this classic cocktail, which is topped off with a sweet cherry.
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