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Bold, brash and bursting with life, hire a car at the airport and get to grips with the outrageous excesses of New York.

60-second guide to New York

in its own head

"Ours is a city that boasts countless possibilities, which is why so many people have pinned their dreams on New York, thrown caution to the wind and shown up on our doorstep looking for a slice of Big Apple life."

but more realistically

Immortalised in song by Frank Sinatra and on screen by Audrey Hepburn, this legendary city knows no bounds - whether it is in culture, commerce or cuisine.

the vibe

Fabulously fast-paced, the city doesn't have time to sleep. Energy pumps through the streets and avenues, making for exhilarating daytime explorations and an array of entertainment come nightfall.

the natives

From Upper East Side princesses to the movers and shakers of the Meatpacking District, you won't find a single New Yorker who isn't completely enamoured with the bright lights of their city.

the weather

Summer in the city is nothing short of sweltering, while winter snowfall sends a chill down the spine. Spring and autumn are most picturesque, when Central Park is filled with beautifully blossom or burnt-orange leaves.

the local speciality

The New York City bagel, hot dog, deli sandwich, cheesecake - is there nothing this city hasn't claimed?

the celebrity

Robert De Niro, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Connelly, Jay Z, Woody Allen, Donald Trump. You get the picture.

did you know?

New York scores the most mentions in the American Institute of Architecture's survey of best-loved US buildings. The Empire State occupies the top spot.

they say

"There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless." - Simone de Beauvoir

5 to see in town...

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Part of New York's famous Museum Mile on 5th Avenue, the Met is the ultimate haven for culture vultures with its vast collection of art and artefacts from all over the world. The rooftop bar offers great views across Central Park.

where to park?

You can access the museum's garage at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 80th Street - the museum entrance is located on 81st Street. It costs $18 to park for up to two hours.

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2. Madison Square Garden

Sporting enthusiasts should take in a Knicks or Rangers game at the legendary stadium that describes itself as 'the world's most famous arena'.

where to park?

There is a car park nearby on West 31st Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues).

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3. American Museum of Natural History

Bursting with anthropological and evolutionary gems, walk among giants in the dinosaur rooms, soak up the tropical sights and sounds of the rainforest exhibit and learn about your distant relations in the Hall of Human Origins.

where to park?

Parking is available on-site, enter at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

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4. Chrysler Building

Standing at 1,047 feet, it was the world's tallest building before the Empire State joined the city's iconic skyline in 1931. A classic example of Art Deco architecture, the skyscraper is a modern marvel.

where to park?

Try the indoor garage on East 43rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).

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5. Little Italy

While many Italian families have now moved to the suburbs, this Lower Manhattan neighbourhood is testament to a once thriving community. The delis, cafes and Mafia landmarks remain.

where to park?

There are a number of car parks in the neighbourhood, try the open-air lot at 200 Broome Street, between Suffolk and Norfolk Streets).

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and 4 to drive to...

1. The Palisades

New York isn't all hustle and bustle. Drive to the spectacular cliffs on the Hudson River's western shore and gaze back at the city's famous skyline.

how to get there?

A 30-minute drive from New York City, drive north on Harlem River Drive and take exit 24 to cross George Washington Bridge. Continue onto the US-9 South and take exit 74 for Palisades Interstate Parkway.

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2. Long Island

The beaches, historic sites and vineyards of this charming neighbourhood are just minutes away. Make like a local and take a trip to the sun-soaked Hamptons during summer.

how to get there?

Cross Brooklyn Bridge and follow the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway north. Turn right onto the Long Island Expressway at exit 35E.

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3. Hickory Ski Center

Novice and veteran skiers alike indulge in frosty fun at this family-friendly resort, where the powdery slopes are maintained whether or not Mother Nature works her magic.

how to get there?

Follow the Palisades Interstate Parkway and take exit 9W to merge onto the I-87 North towards Albany/Montreal. Turn left at Co Road 35/Diamond Point Road and follow signs to the centre. The journey should take around four hours.

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4. Belleayre Ski Resort

The magnificent Belleayre is a glorious outlet for lovers of winter leisure pursuits, making this resort a prime destination for skiers and snowboarders all around the world.

how to get there?

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway and merge with the I-87 North at exit 9W. After roughly 70 miles, turn off onto the NY-28 North - the resort is on the right.

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