New York, New York!

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From the chorus lines of Broadway down to the grungy cabarets of the Village, it’s practically impossible to swing a dance belt without hitting a comedy club, jazz lounge or off beat theatre. And beyond the scope of live acts lurks an electric world of art and artefact housed in world-class museums of encyclopaedic proportions and up-and-coming galleries showcasing relevant creators. So set your expectations as high as the skyscrapers and you’ll quickly uncover a myriad brilliant moments of sensory overload far beyond the twinkling lights of NYC’s poster child, Times Square.

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The Big Apple is, more than anything else, a wildly diverse urban ecosystem, and there’s no better way to access the city’s cornucopia of cultures than through the dinner plate. NYC’s eating scene is a parade of superlatives culminating in a constellation of Michelin stars. From the Caribbean kitchens in Harlem to modern iterations of new American comfort cuisine downtown, New York offers endless opportunities to stamp your palate’s passport.

New York, USA, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Times Square

With topics that trend faster than a Twitter feed, New York City always seems to have its finger on the pulse, making it one of the most progressive and innovative pinpoints on the globe. In this land of perpendicular gridiron you can get anything at any time, from the latest couture from the Parisian runways to the most ergonomic lounge chairs from the design ateliers of Tokyo. Sand passes through the hourglass much faster here – change is constantly afoot, as locals hunt down the latest and greatest with alacrity only to shift gears the following week in search of the next big hit. They don’t call it a ‘New York Minute’ for nothing!

New York, USA, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Times Square

One hundred years ago the torch-wielding icon, clad in copper greens, welcomed the ‘tired, poor, and huddled masses’ – she was quite the sight for sore eyes after a long journey from the other end of the globe. Today, The Statue of Liberty stands guard over a modern set of human pursuits. New York has become so much more than a gateway to opportunity – it’s a city of triumph, a capital of exploration and experimentation; it’s a place where one is truly free to be themselves. So come as you are, shed your apprehensions, let it all hang out and join the fray.

New York, USA, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Times Square

While global warming has brought recent oddities like 70°F January evenings, there is still a basic framework you can usually count on. Spring in New York is lovely – blossoming trees pop into reds and pinks, sunny days glimmer and even rainy days have a lovely, cleansing feel to them. The temperatures can still dip down to a chilly 40°F in early April evenings, but average temperatures hover at around 60°F, creating days that are perfect for strolling in the city.

Summers can be aggressive, as temperatures in July and August can climb to the 100°F mark; usually it’s between 70°F and 80°F, with occasional thunderstorms that light up the sky and cool everything down until the sun comes out again.

Winters, of course, are cold. It can be grey for days, with sleet and snow showers that quickly turn into a dirty brown film at your feet, and temperatures that can easily dip down into the single digits come January.

February 2013