Many tourists think of New York City as a long extension of Manhattan. However, there is so much more to NYC than just Manhattan! Although Manhattan is definitely the most popular tourist neighbourhood, the other neighbourhoods are no less worthy of attention.
Come with me on an exploration of New York boroughs and the top places to stay in each.
The Bronx is perhaps most famous for being home to the Yankees Stadium, an honour that locals do not take lightly. Here, you’ll also find the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Gardens, and plenty of parks and museums.
One of the best places to stay in the Bronx is Residence Inn by Marriot New York, which is both elegant and conveniently located.
New York City’s most populous borough is also one of its most culturally rich. There are many famous sights to see here, many of them being architectural. The Brooklyn Bridge, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch, and Brooklyn Borough Hall are all attractions worth seeing. If you have kids visit the fun fair at Luna Park, Coney Island, have an ice cream and ride the rollercoaster and ferris wheel.
If you want a cool hotel in this area try the Box House Hotel, which has contemporary lofts and suites, exceptional staff and colourful public areas.
The neon and music of Manhattan is a huge tourist draw, as is beautiful Central Park, Broadway, and Times Square. See some of the most famous New York sights here. Go to the top of the Empire State building, or visit the One World Trade Centre and Ground Zero for a thought-provoking memorial to the people killed in the ISIS attack on 9/11.
There are many chain hotels of a good standard in Manhattan such as the Hilton Garden Times Square which is in the middle of all the action. If you want a boutique hotel the Library hotel offers stunning surroundings, with free breakfast and an evening cheese and wine reception all in with the price, as well as access to over 6000 books.
Unisphere and Freedom of the Human Spirit statue, Flushing Meadows
Of all the New York boroughs, Queens takes up the largest area. The diversity within this part of the city is incredible, even by NYC standards. It is the most ethnically diverse city region in the world, making it an excellent place to visit for a cultural experience. With all this diversity comes a range of restaurants to suit all tastes. It is also home to the New York Mets, Flushing Meadows, and the famous Astoria district.
Sleep in the designer style led Paper Factory Hotel for a fun and funky stay.
The Staten Island ferry
Staten Island is rather different from its neighbours. It has no subways, gets little attention, and certainly doesn’t seem as flashy. Don’t write it off so fast, though—it still has historic Richmond Town, the Staten Island Ferry, and the zoo.
Stay in Hampton Inn and Suites for a not-too-urban place to relax and breathe, or try an Air B and B for good quality accommodation at a great place.
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