New York has four distinct seasons, ranging from cold winters to hot summers. Spring and Autumn are generally regarded as the best time to visit as it is not too cold or too hot.
Many Europeans come across during the winter months to shop and are amazed at the beautiful blue sky but surprised at how cold it is. If they are lucky and there is a snow fall, they will flock to Central Park and join the locals sledding and some even ski on Pilgrim Hill. Most tourists try to avoid New York in the summer when temperatures are often unbearable.
Many tourists flock to Fifth Avenue where there are several parades held there each year and also free concerts. St Patrick’s Day Parade consists of tens of thousands of locals covering the entire area in a sea of green costumes and floats on March 17th each year. The parade starts at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street at 11am each year.
Another parade not to be missed is Easter Parade when New Yorkers dress up in their best clothes and stroll along Fifth Avenue from 44th to 86th Streets every Easter Sunday. In mid May they celebrate Martin Luther King; in fact New Yorkers like to celebrate with parades most months and many of these parades start on Fifth Avenue.
New York offers a wide range of accommodation catering for most price brakes. A new popular form of accommodation is the renting of holiday apartments and homes in the heart of the city.
The City is famous for the large number of restaurants that it has. It is said that there are over 17,000 and just about every imaginable taste is catered for. New Yorkers are hard people to please when it comes to their food and as a result restaurants offer excellent service and quality of food to please them. New Yorkers also like good value for money and in order for restaurants to survive, they have had to offer extremely good value for money.
As well as fine food, there are plenty of coffee houses, grills, steak houses and Chinese restaurants offering a great choice of cheap food with quick friendly service. For people in a rush, New York offers some of the best fast food outlets in the world. It does not matter if it is day or night, you can always get something to eat twenty four hours a day in New York.
Coffee houses are also open twenty four hours a day in New York and many serve hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches. There is something special about having a strong black coffee in New York sitting in a Coffee House watching the rest of the City go about their work as you relax taking in the atmosphere.
As well as having some fabulous shops on Fifth Avenue (Most of the famous department stores are based here), New York is also home to Trump Tower. It is worth a visit to Trump Tower just to experience the sheer elegance and opulence of the boutiques.
As well as fashion, New York has a great selection of antique shops and art galleries. It is regarded as the entertainment capital of the world with ballet, dance, concerts, opera and theatre. Most tourists come back to New York year after year as the City has so much for them to see and do.