Escape to the Big Apple

Whether it’s your first or your 100th visit to the Big Apple, the buzz of the city never fades. New York City’s five boroughs are home to iconic landmarks and endless entertainment opportunities. Manhattan Island packs in more highly recognisable locations, famous buildings, sporting, musical and theatrical events than probably any other city in the world. Whatever your agenda or interests, there is more than enough to keep you entertained when visiting New York.

Cayman Airways now offers direct flights from Grand Cayman to New York’s JFK airport up to twice a week. It’s only a four-hour relaxing hop away on

board Cayman Airways – making it the ideal weekend getaway.

There are numerous shows, concerts and sporting events on throughout the year, but the run up to the holiday season is a particularly popular time to visit with a number of seasonal events in store.

While in NYC don’t miss some of the city’s top attractions:

Empire State Building: an Art Deco masterpiece, the empire State Building towers over Manhattan. Visitors can ride the elevators up to the 86th floor to the observation deck and enjoy panoramic views of the famous city skyline, from 1

,500 feet up.

Times Square: Day or night, Times Square is buzzing and filled with people staring up at the vast digital billboards, street vendors, shoppers, theatre goers and the infamous Naked Cowboy playing his guitar.

Statue of Liberty: One of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, you can see Lady Liberty from land or, better still, from boat a tour. Tickets to view the pedestal and observation deck are limited to 3,000 per day and the admittance to the crown is by reservation only.

Central Park: In the midst of one of the most densely populated cities on earth, Central Park’s 843 acres of fields, ponds and paths in the heart of Manhattan offer a remarkable escape from the frenetic pace of city life and is a breathtaking spectacle when blanketed by winter snow.

Museums: Don’t overlook the cultural offerings in New York, including the massive Museum of Natural History across from Central Park and the Midtown Museum of Modern Art, which houses some of the most famous paintings of all time. Museum Mile, stretching slightly farther than a mile along Fifth Avenue, lays claim to one of the world’s densest concentrations of culture, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum among others.

Shopping: New York is a shopping mecca. With upscale department stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman, street markets and thousands of other retail outlets, you can find it at all in NYC! Clothing and shoes priced at under $110 are now tax free too.

Theatre: With Broadway and off Broadway shows nightly, there is never a shortage of theatrical performances to take in. Popular productions showing include the Addams Family, Billy Elliot, Chicago, the Book of Mormon and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Sports: New York has a wealth of sporting events open to spectators. Throughout the season you can catch the New York Giants and the New York Jets on Sundays at the Met Life Stadium and New York Nicks at Madison Square Garden.

Music: Over the next couple of months visitors can catch the following in concert at various venues around the city: Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Enrique Iglesias, Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Tori Amos, Ryan Adams and Phish.

Over the next two to three months don’t miss the following seasonal events:

9-13 November: New York Comedy Festival: five days of stand up comedy across 10 venues with the country’s best comedians including Russel Peters, Norm MacDonald, Tracy Morgan, Wanda Sykes and Bill Maher.

11 November – 2 January: Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. A traditional holiday season show, filled with high kicks, precision choreography and exciting show stoppers with more than 140 performers.

24 November: Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, 9 am. One of the most extravagant celebrations in the US, 3 million viewers turn out to watch the hundreds of cheerleaders, dancers, clowns, floats and performers as they make their way along two miles off Manhattan streets in technicolour outfits.

30 November: The Rockerfeller Christmas Tree Lighting. The annual tradition, now in its 79th year, takes place in Rockerfeller Plaza. A massive Norway Spruce, usually between 75 and 90 feet tall is decorated with 30,000 environmentally friendly lights and topped with a Swarovski crystal star.

19 December: Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Avenue and 59th Street). This 32-foot-high, gold-coloured, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon will be lit every day throughout the holiday season.

6-8 January: Built Ford Tough Series. For the sixth year in a row the toughest cowboys and baddest bulls on the planet rock Madison Square Garden for three consecutive nights.

7 February: Run Up Empire State Building. Top athletes will take the stairs – all 1,576 of them – up to the top of the tallest building in New York.

So there you have it, a complete, jam-packed list of NYC’s eventful holiday season and Cayman Airways will be happy to take you there. See you onboard!

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