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New York – Still A Top City Destination

Wyndham Garden Long Island City Manhattan ViewThere are few cities in the world that create as much excitement in the human mind as New York City does. The Big Apple is, in fact, big in just about every sense of the world – from the size of the buildings, to the size of plates of food, and the size of the personalities – and yet geographically it is a lot smaller than many of the other ‘big’ cities on this planet.

I vividly remember my first glimpse of New York City. Having arrived at JFK Airport, I was sat on a coach heading for Manhattan. When you see that most famous of world skyline’s in the distance, with the Empire State Building standing tall and proud, you can’t help but feel joy, excitement and wonder.

New York truly is a must visit city. There are as many as 800 languages spoken in the city, and as such it’s a destination where you can eat food from every single corner of the world. From Italian (New York pizza is like no other), to Chinese and, of course, the good old American burgers and fries, New York’s culinary scene is a wonderful thing – with so many restaurants around you can eat well for a very pocket friendly amount.

Away from the dining table, there is no other island with so much to do. A visit to the top of the Empire State Building is considered a must, and while this was a tip I followed, I found the top of the Rockefeller Centre a more enjoyable experience: not only is the viewing platform friendlier in terms of space and fencing material, but you also get to have the Empire State Building in your photographs. Read the full story

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Luxury Retailer Saks Fifth Avenue Partners with Hotels to Offer VIP Shopping Experience

NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, today announced that 15 hotels in the Signature Collection, a group of New York City’s luxury hotels, will participate in the Signature Collection Third Night™ promotion this winter.

The program gives visitors a complimentary third night at participating hotels after booking and paying for two consecutive nights between January 4 and February 28, 2010. Detailed booking information for the promotion is available on NYC & Company’s official tourism website at nycgo.com/thirdnight

Central Park View room with chaise

Mandarin Oriental, New York Central Park View room with chaise

“This winter we want to encourage visitors and residents to take advantage of unprecedented savings by patronizing luxury hotels participating in NYC & Company’s Signature Collection,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “Through the Third Night promotion, consumers can experience the vibrancy of our City without breaking the bank.” Read the full story

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