8. Stay for Christmas There's nowhere quite like NYC at Christmas time, from shopping at Macy's on 34th Street to the famous Rockefeller Center tree and ice-skating beneath the 'scrapers in Central Park. This is the best time of year to catch a show, poke your nose up against the window displays, and if you stay to New Year's, join the throngs in Times Square. Our advice? If you're in the crowds, keep bathroom breaks to a minimum. - VN While you're at it: It's worth sticking around for the January sales, which start right after Christmas. The weather's cold, but the prices are hot. 9. Take a Sex and the City Tour You can't turn a corner in NYC without finding a movie location - from Marilyn Monroe's favourite subway grate at Lexington and 52nd to the Ghostbusters firehouse in Tribeca (14 North Moore and Varick). SATC locations are peppered all over, and this 3.5-hour bus tour takes you around some of Carrie Bradshaw and co's favourite haunts, from an adult boutique to the altogether … [Read more...] about The New York Bucket List: 25 things to do in the Big Apple before you die!
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A neighbourhood guide to the hippest areas to stay in New York, as chosen by our resident expert, including the best hotels in the Upper East Side, Midtown, the Meatpacking District, the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. Upper East Side Venerable and historic, the Upper East Side is the Paris of New York City. A little formal (some might say stuffy), its top-dollar zip codes east of Central Park incorporate The Metropolitan and Guggenheim museums, the splendid Frick Gallery and the high-end boutiques of Madison Avenue. Look out for all the heiresses with dogs in their purses entering the grand townhouses and the doormen-manned apartment buildings of Park Avenue. Where to stay The Carlyle New York, United States 8 Telegraph expert rating Perfectly situated on Madison and 76th, the handsome 35-storey 1930s Beaux Arts building is a wonderful merging of old world elegance and contemporary style. Recent updates to its Art Deco interiors includes a lavish restyling of the … [Read more...] about Where to stay in New York: hotels by district
London has overtaken New York City’s murder rate for the first time in contemporary history as the capital has been overwhelmed with a spate of stabbings. According to a new report, February was the first month the UK capital was home to more murders than the US city. London has endured a significant increase in knife crime, with 15 dying in February, nine of whom were aged 30 or younger. Meanwhile 14 were killed in the Big Apple. London also suffered 22 fatal stabbings and shootings in March, higher than the 21 which took place in New York, according to the report in the Sunday Times. Both cities have populations of similar sizes which are around 8.5 million people. While New York City's murder rate has gone down - decreasing by around 87 per cent since the 1990's - the Big Smoke’s has simultaneously surged. London's has increased by nearly 40 per cent in the space of three years alone - not including deaths caused by terrorist attacks. UK news in pictures … [Read more...] about London murder rate overtakes New York for first time ever after spate of fatal stabbings and shootings
An undocumented mother has pledged to stay inside a New York City church until she is granted reprieve from a deportation, in a last-ditch effort to stay in the same country as her two children. Aura Hernandez, a 37-year-old immigrant from Guatemala, moved into Manhattan’s Fourth Universalist Society church about two weeks ago. She is hoping to avoid deportation to her home country, which she left in 2005 fleeing an abusive relationship. According to ICE, Ms Hernandez is a fugitive. According to the members of the Fourth Universalist Society, she is their newest congregation member. Read more Trump ends policy excluding pregnant immigrants from detention “We want to teach others about our undocumented population and why their humanity matters,” said the church’s pastor, Schuyler Vogel, according to the New York Daily News. “Aura may not be an American citizen, but she is someone who believes in our values. I certainly don’t like living in … [Read more...] about Undocumented mother pledges to stay in New York City church until she earns reprieve from deportation
It seems everyone is a restaurant expert these days, from your overly opinionated office mate to anonymous Yelpers with an axe to grind. But if there’s one group that truly knows how to pick a good place, it’s a chef.Where do the best professional cooks go to eat in New York when they’re not doing it as part of their job?It turns out, they go everywhere: to after-hours joints in Little Tokyo, cozy neighborhood spots for date night, and the hottest dining rooms in midtown.Café Luxembourg has been an art deco escape on the Upper West Side since the 1980s. Craig Koketsu of Quality Meats goes there on nights off with his wife. “I am hard-pressed to recall an experience that is as comforting and enjoyable as any of my frequent dinners at Cafe Luxembourg, a few blocks from my apartment,” says Koketsu. His go-to meal is a Boulevardier (shaken not stirred) with mixed green salads (“I know, you’re yawning, but … [Read more...] about Where Top Chefs Go Out to Eat in New York