The Big Apple 's unique flavour has been tempting visitors to take a bite for more than 400 years, which explains why it's one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. Squeezed into a sliver of land just 19x2 miles Manhattan Island boasts enough museums, galleries, theatres and restaurants to keep you busy for a lifetime. It's no wonder that nearly 20 million New Yorkers want to be a part of it.
Doubtless the city has a big heart, but just about everything else is big too, and things don't come much bigger than the Empire State Building . Zip up 102 floors in the elevator and the view form King Kong's favourite hangout stretches up to 80 miles on a good day. A ferry ride to see New York's iconic first lady, the 46.5 meter Statue of Liberty, is at the top of most visitor's to do lists, followed by a neon-lit hot dog in Times Square and a break from the mayhem in Central Park. Then things really begin to get really interesting.
New York 's cultural scene is the envy of the world and covers everything from the decidedly low to the distinctly high brow. For a taste of the city's bohemian side it's hard to beat Greenwich Village . Admittedly today you're as likely to bump into a real-estate agent as the next Hendrix or Dylan, but the Village's colourful collection of bars and boutiques promise a memorable slice of city life. It's also a good starting point to begin sampling the city's nightlife.
Even the most culturally ravenous will find the prospect of digesting everything that the Museum of Modern Art has to offer daunting. MOMA's catalogue reads like the definitive history of contemporary art, with additional lessons provided by Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum.
In the unlikely even that you're still hungering for more the 30 million artifacts at the American Museum of Natural History should do the trick. Famed for her 24-hour insomnia, New York has plenty of ways of keeping busy after dark. For many a city break in the Big Apple isn't complete until they've taken in Broadway show, while others are happy to shoot the breeze with the locals over a bottle of Bud. Eating out is one of the highlights of a trip to New York , and the city offers a truly global menu, covering everything from midnight noodles in Chinatown to enormous bowls of fresh spaghetti in Little Italy.