Cheap flights to New York
New York is often referred to as the "Big Apple" - and who could resist taking a bite? A bustling metropolis filled with iconic landmarks, New York has been the backdrop to countless films and is essential in popular culture. A cultural melting pot, the city's restaurants invite visitors to sample authentic and Americanised dishes from Italy, Russia, India, Mexico, China, Armenia and many other exotic places. The city is divided into five neighbourhoods: Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Home to famous landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, New York welcomes everyone.
Travellers can take advantage of cheap flights to New York throughout the year. Flights depart from most major cities and can be easily booked in advance. Flights from outside the US generally land at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in the New York borough of Queens. Situated in the Jamaica district, the airport is 16 km (26 miles) from midtown Manhattan. There are six terminals at present. Each terminal is connected to local train and metro networks by the JFK Air Train, a people-moving system that operates 24-hours per day.
New York covers an area of 784 square kilometres (302 square miles). Its five boroughs are built around one of the biggest natural harbours in the world and its JFK International Airport is among the country's busiest. Manhattan is considered the most affluent district and that's where visitors can find those famous skyscrapers and Central Park. In contrast, Staten Island is the most suburban and the terminus of the famous ferry.
Things to do in New York
New York is a dream destination whether you love films and theatres, art and culture, fashion, shopping or fine dining. Open spaces like Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn are fine places to grab a few moments respite from the bustle of the Big Apple.
Take time to discover some of the most famous landmarks. Many are in the Manhattan neighbourhood, including the Statue of Liberty. Take the Staten Island ferry for a closer look at the first lady of New York.
Head to Brooklyn for atmosphere, culture, views and food. The Brooklyn Bridge is a feat of engineering; walk halfway across for outstanding views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens before enjoying a delicious dinner in Little Italy.
Don't miss the chance to shop on Fifth Avenue while visiting New York. This is the most expensive shopping street in the city and it stretches across Manhattan from north to south. Highlights include Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Events in New York
There are hundreds of thrilling events to choose from every year in New York. From sporting events to parades, there is something to appeal to all age groups. The St. Patrick's Day Parade in March is one of the biggest celebrations of its kind in the world. It begins in midtown Manhattan and follows Fifth Avenue from 46th to 88th street. Expect marching bands, floats, street entertainers and much more.
Film buffs might enjoy the Tribeca Film Festival in May. The event is only a few years old but it is already considered an important fixture. See dozens of new films from established directors and new talent in the heart of New York.
The Labor Day Parade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn is a colourful and exciting celebration. It takes place each year on the first Monday in September.
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Practical information about New York
English is the official language. However, lots of locals speak second and even third languages so you may hear Spanish, Italian, Polish, Albanian, German or many other languages as you wander through the city.
Temperature in New York
Winter in New York can be cold and damp with temperatures of about 3°C (32.6 °F) in January. Summer, however, is warm to hot and humidity can be high. Temperatures can rise to 32 °C (90 °F) during the hottest months of July and August.
Required travel documents for New York
Overseas visitors normally need a full passport that is valid for at least six months after they depart from New York and a current visa. Visas can be applied for online or by post from the appropriate embassy or consulate.
Currency used in New York
The American Dollar is the official currency in New York. Travellers will find it easy to change Canadian Dollars, pounds, Euros or other currencies into dollars at almost any bank in New York. Some hotels in New York also offer an exchange service for guests.
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Departure airports from Canada to New York
From Canada you have the options to fly from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to New York.
Flights to New York
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