Some call New York the chameleon of American cities for its capricious tendencies. As one posh eaterie closes, another opens. Outlier boroughs like Brooklyn are vibrant centres of arts, music, food and fashion, while northern Manhattan neighbourhoods impress with their history, jazz roots and majestic red brick townhouses.
Go anytime of the year and there is something extraordinary happening, like the Tribeca Film Festival and spring and autumn fashion weeks.
In September, the uptown Metropolitan Museum and downtown Chelsea art galleries buzz with life once more as New Yorkers return to the city invigorated from their summer holidays. New clothing boutiques spring up almost weekly in the narrow streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Rockefeller Center in December, with its Christmas tree, ice skating rink and busy commuters carrying packages, is one of the most charming times to visit, though summer never disappoints, especially along the Hudson River with white sangria at the city’s waterfront hot spot, the Frying Pan.
New York City is a leading urban centre in park design, with green spaces like the reclaimed High Line Park where children play and dog walkers roam. Central park continues to inspire locals and visitors, and is a great place to relax after a shopping spree or a museum tour along 5th Avenue.