There are certain things that you have to do in New York. Eat a hot dog in Central Park. Join the scrum in Times Square. Stand on the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to pay your respects to Lady Liberty.
But venture beyond Broadway and you’ll soon leave the tourist crowds behind. In a city this thrilling and diverse, everyone can find their own New York. All you need is a Metro ticket and an open mind.
While the Village used to be the centre of counterculture, now the cool kids have moved to the city’s outer boroughs. Brooklyn is currently hipster headquarters, with edgier outposts in Queens, Harlem and even New Jersey. The town that fostered the Harlem jazz scene and the beatnik poets continues to draw musicians, writers and artists from all over the globe. Whether it’s opera or electronica that you crave, you’ll find the brightest, the best and the most cutting edge.
New York is the 24 hour city, so make sure you fuel up. The world-class foodie scene is best enjoyed through that beloved New York institution: brunch. Every weekend, locals spill out onto the pavements, making the most of the street buzz and the bottomless mimosas. Since New Yorkers are obsessed with having the best of everything – be it perfect bodies, designer dogs, or the ultimate huevos rancheros – expect to queue for up to an hour for the hottest joints. But like everything else in New York, you’ll be glad you made the effort, because by God, this place is worth it.
No matter if it’s your first visit or your hundred and first, the magic’s the same. Walking around the familiar sidewalks, hailing an iconic yellow cab, it’s hard to shake the feeling that you’re starring in a movie – one that you never want to end.