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Holiday Destinations #2: New York


There is little that can be said about New York that has never been said before, but if you want to argue about its continuing relevance as a tourist destination, just ask the representatives of the city’s tourist board, who will point to ever-growing numbers of visitors as a proof that people are still bewitched by the city immortalised in song by Frank Sinatra, The Pogues and Alicia Keys (and what other city can claim that?).

New York is just one of those cities that gets under the skin. Not everyone will like it – if you’re not one for masses of humanity then you maybe should give it a miss – but everyone will have an opinion on it, and most people will be able to find something that they love about it. It is also one of the most cosmopolitan cities around – if you are Irish, Italian or just about any other nationality, you’ll find somewhere that feels like home.

New York has some astonishing architecture – even since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 which removed the World Trade Centre from its imposing skyline. As well as this it has perhaps the greatest menu imaginable for the gastro-tourist, with eateries of all cuisines, and a nightlife that is unmatched by almost any other city in the world.

Like the other great cities of the world, you could put anyone into New York, and with enough time and patience they will find something and somewhere that they love completely. That is the mark of a city worth visiting and returning to – whether you are a theatre buff, a sports lover or an architecture nut, it is a sight to behold.

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