If you’re only going to visit one city in the United States, New York should be it. Visitors have a treasure trove of options for food, entertainment, shopping, and culture. Whatever you do, don’t miss world-famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. Look for an apartment in a distinctly Manhattan neighborhood like the West Village, or consider branching out to boroughs like Brooklyn and Queens if a larger brownstone is more your style.

Getting there

If you’re flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), board the AirTrain to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Howard Beach station, where there’s a subway into Manhattan. That route will take you about an hour.

But a taxi isn’t really faster. With traffic, it’ll take at least an hour to get into the city, and they’re particularly hard to come by around 4 PM. Consider flying into the smaller LaGuardia International Airport (LGA), where taxis and rideshares are available to whisk passengers into Manhattan in about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.

Weather

New York City has distinct seasons: a cold, snowy winter; a damp but blooming spring; a hot summer amplified by humidity; and a crisp, picturesque fall. There’s no ideal time to visit, since every season features unique attractions, but spring and fall are the most forgiving for outdoor activities.

Annual events

Tribeca Film FestivalApril

Founded in 2002 by actor Robert DeNiro, the Tribeca Film Festival is known for championing independent films.

Central Park SummerstageJune- September

An eclectic lineup of mostly free international live music shows and big-name benefit concerts thrills the city all summer long.

US OpenAugust-September

National tennis champions are decided in Queens at the U.S. Open, a tournament of five championships.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeNovember

The televised tradition of floats and giant character balloons is even more special to experience in person with local and visiting families.

Rockefeller Center Tree LightingDecember

NYC’s grand holiday tradition of lighting the city’s most show-stopping Christmas tree takes place steps away from 30 Rock.

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