When to fly to New York
Fall (October-December) marks the start of the cultural season. Ballet, theatre, and opera are in full swing. Finding cheap flights to New York during these months might be tricky, but the atmosphere is electric.
April to September is shoulder season. Temperatures are decent and there are several free outdoor entertainment opportunities.
The weeks following Christmas and New Years and up to March (excluding Valentine's Day in February) are low season.
The soaring city of steel and glass is a world city, up there with London and Sydney. Its five boroughs contain a world of entertainment, shopping, dining and cultural options. Its brashness, brilliance and bustle enthralls; no wonder 46 million visitors arrive on cheap flights to New York each year.
The landmarks - the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Broadway are legendary, but there are more. Each borough - The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island - has its own histories, ethnicities and traditions, all waiting to be explored.
From the street food - hot dogs, grilled kebabs, knishes, Middle Eastern wraps, pretzels, and roasted chestnuts - to high-end dining, New York is a gourmet paradise. The food of each community that has made its way to New York can be found here. It's like eating your way around the world in one city.
The shopping is legendary too, from top-of-the-line Fifth Avenue, home to Tiffany & Co, Cartier and Chanel, to the more price-conscious Lower East Side. You may need to pack an extra bag for your flights home.