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24 Hours in New York

Statue of Liberty

The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham, the Big Apple... whatever you call it, there's no denying that New York is... well, New York. And whether you're looking for a bagel breakfast, a pastrami sandwich or the sharpest show in town, our 24 Hour guide to New York has it covered.

Katz's Deli

Corned beef, pastrami, brisket, pickles and wurst get it all at Katz's, New York's oldest - and best loved - deli. It's where they filmed that scene from When Harry Met Sally, too.

  • Address: 205 East Houston Street
  • Tel: +1 212 254 2246
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A Big Apple Greeter Tour

Meet John. He is a native New Yorker and wants to show you his town. Big Apple Greeter tours are run by local volunteers and can be tailored to your needs.

Central Park

The green square at the centre of Manhattan is the best free attraction in the borough. In the summer months you'll find plenty of entertainment with a steady stream of musicians and street theatre and in winter Woolman and Lasker ice rinks let you skate beneath the iconic lights of Manhattan. If you've been there and done that Governor's Island, in our Top 10 International Public Parks, is the park that the locals would prefer you didn't know about. See this featured in our: Top Ten International Parks

Aerial view of Central Park

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Join an Open Rehearsal and you'll get to hear them perform for only $16 (as opposed to $80 for the evening performance).

  • Address: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Avery Fisher Hall
  • Tel: +1 212 875 5656
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Staten Island Ferry

Some of the best views in New York - The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Lower Manhattan - and it sails 109 times a day, and best of all: it's free.

  • Address: Whitehall Terminal, Battery Park, South Street
  • Tel: +1 718 727 2508
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Staten Island Ferry


Probably the biggest department store in the world - the challenge is to discover if there is anything that Macy's doesn't stock. That and not getting lost.

  • Address: 151 West 34th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue
  • Tel: +1 212 695 4400
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Crif Dogs

The ubiquitous hot dog stand is a New York institution and nothing makes you feel like a Gothamite like standing at a street corner wolfing down a weiner, but for the street cuisine connoisseur Crif Dog is the best there is. The hot dog is raised to an art form here. Why the name Crif? Try saying Chris (the owners name) with a hot dog in your mouth and you'll know why.

Screen Tours

Fancy a bit of Sex and the City or how about some Gossip Girls. Experience New York in the Manolo steps of the ladies of either show. Carrie's apartment, Charlotte's gallery, Blair's favourite coffee shop, Serena's favourite haunts, it's all up for grabs with Screen Tours.

The Metropolitan

One of the most amazing art museums in the world. Dip into Islamic Art, European paintings, modern art, photographs, Greek and Roman art. Even the cafe is an institution.

  • Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
  • Tel: +1 212 535 7710
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Metropolitan Museum

The Late Show with David Letterman

See America's second longest-running chat-show host in action (Jimmy Carson wins, but only just) plus a variety of celebs and colourful people, at a recording of The Late Show with David Letterman

Top of the Rock

The Rock here being the Rockefeller Center overlooking Central Park and other dazzling New York sights. The best views are on the 70th floor: an open air view of New York from all perspectives.

Bowlmor Lanes

Strike to your heart's content at Bowlmor Lanes. Bright and breezy by day, when night comes so does the disco make-over, with glow-in-the-dark bowling.

  • Address: 110 University Place, between 12th and 13th Street
  • Tel: +1 212 255 8188
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Yes, it's more Paris than New York - more Paris than Paris, even - but the food is great, the atmosphere almost physically buzzing and it's slap bang in the middle of the Meatpacking district. Book well in advance.


Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Avenue Q on Broadway the show must go on. And the good news is that you can get up to 50% off tickets at TKTS.

  • Address: 729 7th Avenue, 6th Floor
  • Tel: +1 212 541 8457
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Johnny's Bar

Drink Manhatten - or better still a Martini - at the understated but eternally chic MercBar. The cocktails are strong; the atmosphere is extremely civilised.

Apollo Theatre

The celebrated home of African-American music is a must-see for the musically minded. Performers like James Brown, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, and Gladys Knight to name drop a few who got their musical education on its stage.

The Empire State Building

Act out your King Kong fantasies - or catch the last elevator up the iconic Empire State. The roof deck is open until 2am.

  • Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets
  • Tel: +1 212 736 3100
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Spa by day, VIP enclave by night, the Gansevoort Spa & Lounge is glamorous, intimate - and, allegedly, packed with celebrities. Entrance is at the doorman's discretion, so dress up.

Duet 48 Karaoke

Sing the dawn chorus at Duet 48 Karaoke. There's room for groups of up to 28, and a repertoire of 12,000 English songs - plus another 55,000 Japanese.

Last Updated: December 2011