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As the Statue of Liberty re-opens to visitors, here's our guide to enjoying the Big Apple this summer
As the Statue of Liberty re-opens to visitors, here’s our guide to enjoying the Big Apple this summer
Why go?Manhattan needs no introduction, it’s the city that never sleeps where you can eat, shop, party and pamper yourself silly. It’s worth visiting any time, but summer’s a smart choice for many reasons. One is that it’s more affordable, with many hotels and restaurants running promotions throughout July and August. There’s also lots going on, including outdoor festivals and free music and film events. And while it’ll most likely be hot and humid, it’s fun to see how the residents of this great metropolis cool off in its parks and beaches and rooftop escapes.
You really must…Think about what part of town you stay in – ideally go for a neighbourhood that’s close to the water or Central Park, or pick a hotel that has a rooftop pool. In the summer much of the action moves to the waterfront. At weekends until 29 September you can take a free ferry across to green and leafy Governors Island (govisland.org), and there’s another free weekend service linking Pier 11 to Red Hook in Brooklyn (nywatertaxi.com). You can also get some sea air on the famous Staten Island ferry (siferry.com) and a trip to the Statue of Liberty (statuecruises.com), which re-opens on 4 July following repairs to damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. For a longer and more leisurely cruise, take a three-hour circle around Manhattan (circleline42.com).
On your bike: is it time to join the Manhattan cycling craze?
New York is also having a cycling moment – in May it introduced a bike-sharing scheme (citibikenyc.com) similar to those in London and other European cities. It’s more expensive than here (£6.50 for 24 hour access) and it’s best to use the dedicated bike paths and lanes (pick up a free map at cycle shops or see here). Other ways to bike Manhattan are to rent one from Bike & Roll (from £25 for half a day, 11 locations, bikenewyorkcity.com) or book a guided group tour with Bike The Big Apple (bikethebigapple.com) – their five-hour Brooklyn Bridge and Skyline at Twilight tour (£55) is a good choice for first-time visitors.
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