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Flights to New York John F. Kennedy

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport is in the borough of Queens in New York which is approximately 19km southeast from lower Manhattan. JFK international airport is North America’s busiest airport, handling over 50 million passengers a year with over 70 airlines operating out of it.

What to See and Do

New York City or The Big Apple is quite simply the most famous city on the planet. The city is home to approximately 8.2 million New Yorkers and lies at the mouth of the Hudson River. New York City has long been a centre for food, clothes, music, film, art and architecture. New York is also one of the world’s major trade and financial centres. This city offers an extraordinary array of attractions to suit and please everyone’s tastes. Do remember to bring a sizeable memory card for your camera as every turn on the streets of this famous city is a fantastic memory waiting to happen.

New York City is certainly a sightseer’s dream. The 5 boroughs of New York City are home to some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks and attractions. Two of them are the Empire State Building and the Chrysler buildings. A view of the skyline from the top of these buildings will leave you awestruck. Admire the majestic statue of Liberty before setting out to explore the world’s most expensive piece of real estate -- Central Park. Did you know that there are more varieties of wild birds here than anywhere else in North America?

And, of course, the dazzling lights of Broadway and Times Square are never a disappointment and are a great place to catch a show or pick up the obligatory souvenir for the folks back home.

Getting Around

JFK International Airport is an exceptionally well-connected airport, with rail links to the New York Subway, and regular buses that go to Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Long Island, plus a free shuttle bus that links to the Subway. New York's famous Yellow Taxis are also available at the airport at a flat rate of $52 from the airport to Manhattan (this journey can take anywhere between 35 minutes to 60 depending on traffic and where the drop off/pick up is).

Most of New York City is laid out in a grid, which makes navigation pretty easy around the city. Streets are numbered and numbers rise the further north you go and most avenues are numbered from east to west (so 1st Ave is east of 2nd).

There are many ways to get around all the boroughs of New York City. Walking is certainly possible and at times quite rewarding especially in Manhattan. Please do be careful of the traffic, as accidents are common. If you wish to ride the local buses and subway then you’ll need a Metro card. These cards can easily be bought at station booths and vending machines. The subway operates 24/7 and is by far the fastest and best way to travel around the city. New York City Big Yellow Taxis are found throughout Manhattan, but do bear in mind that they are not the most cost-friendly means of travel.

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