DISCOVER NEW YORK CITY IN WINTER


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Don’t let the thought of snow and cold weather put you off travelling to New York City in winter, in fact, it’s a great time to visit this famous city that never sleeps. Hotels offer discounted rates and with less tourists, it’s easier to get around to see all the famous attractions.

A fun way to view some of the sights that may otherwise be overlooked is to take a film buffs tour with On Location Tours’ NYC TV & Movie Tour. Visit multiple locations from the silver screen and see over 40 sites from current and classic productions like Trainwreck, Spider-Man and When Harry Met Sally.

Spend a day channelling Holly Golightly, straight out of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, stroll through Central Park and visit the New York Public Library. Bring your morning danish to Tiffany & Co and gaze into their glittering display windows.

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You can’t help but feel like a high roller, Gordon Gekko style, when you eat at Midtown’s 21 Club, then visit Christie’s and bid on something fancy, the way Samantha does in Sex and the City. Even if you don’t quite have the budget to engage in a bidding war, it’s worth visiting to see the vibrant Sol LeWitt mural and glimpse high society in action.

For those romantics, make yourself part of the most iconic shot from Manhattan, as you talk with someone special on a bench right beneath the Queensboro Bridge, where Sutton Square meets Riverview Terrace. Come in the early morning and you’ll feel like you have the City all to yourself.

Experience the magic of a glamorous night at the Metropolitan Opera like Nicholas Cage and Cher in Moonstruck. Feel resplendent dressed in your formal wear as you pass beneath the chandeliers and climb the majestic stairways.

Take a detour from Manhattan and swagger down to 86th Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Act like a disco don and enjoy two hot slices from Lenny’s Pizza, following John Travolta’s steps in Saturday Night Fever. The choice of wearing bell-bottoms is up to you.

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The Staten Island Ferry is a great way to view the City’s skyline through the big picture windows. The ferry has enclosed seating, runs 24/7 and, best of all, it’s free.

You don’t have to stay at the Plaza Hotel to experience its extravagance. The palatial hotel’s restored Palm Court is open to all until midnight. Having a cocktail under the stained-glass ceiling gives you a taste of the high life. The opulent decor at Midtown’s Russian Tea Room, with its antique samovars, a golden tree with Venetian glass eggs and a nearly 20 foot bear-shaped aquarium, is another venue where you can experience the legend.

Shopping is a huge attraction for visitors to New York City. Saks Fifth Avenue’s monumental shoe department is so extensive, it has its own zip code (10022-SHOE). The couture displays will lure you into Bergdorf Goodman, Midtown’s landmark high-end department store and for more than a century, Macy’s in Herald Square has been synonymous with shopping. Their wooden escalators are a nod to that rich history and a 10% in-store discount for tourists is a reason to ride them.

Sandra Tiltman

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