27 September 2023

Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: New York City

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Price: $34.99.

The news has already spread like wildfire across the globe. There’s something mesmerising about New York. It’s a city that’s one of the most coruscating places in the world.

Memories come flashing back in an instant: the hustle and bustle of the people, the buzzing traffic, the fast pace, the 24-hour life and the ingenious spirit that make New York City one of the most vibrant places in the world.

Revel in the more than 1,700 parks and green spaces sprinkled throughout this magnificent metropolis. Gasp at the iconic skylines that greet you from every avenue and welcome you from every rooftop, sneak through secret community gardens. Savour the dizzying array of dining options. Walk dozens of museum-grade public indoor spaces. Tantalise your palate in phenomenal wine bars. Pay your respects at gleaming memorials to the city’s finest. Unwind at a cocktail bar or beer garden. This is New York City.

There is something in the Big Apple air that makes sleep useless. NYC is home to such iconic sights as the Statue of Liberty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; 9/11 Memorial and Museum; Times Square; the sprawling Central Park; Empire State Building; Brooklyn Bridge; Rockefeller Center & Top of the Rock Observation Deck; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Carnegie Hall; Broadway and the Theater District; American Museum of Natural History; and Grand Central Terminal.

Sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean, New York is a city of diversity and dynamism. It is also a city of politics, economy and culture. The headquarters of the United Nations, it has been described as the cultural, financial and media capital of the world, as well as, the world’s most economically powerful city.

One of the most famous shopping streets in America, Fifth Avenue is New York’s premier shopping area, where many top designers have their flagship stores. Personally, there’s no other city on the planet with a liveliness that can compete with New York.

Filled with unforgettable encounters and interesting local surprises, the Lonely Planet’s ‘Experience’ guides are like having a local friend directing you through the best each city has to offer.

Even in Frank Sinatra’s version of New York, New York there’s a vibrant energy that emanates from a number that was originally recorded by Liza Minelli as the theme song from the 1977 Martin Scorsese film of the same name!

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