Thursday 17 October 2019

Ireland's No.1 City Break: 'There's always something on, always something new'

Winner: New York

Reader Travel Awards 2019

"The buzz keeps you going."

Your phrase perfectly sums up New York's electric energy, and the electric energy required to navigate the place.

"It has everything," you said of a metropolis that takes pride of place among your top city breaks for the second year running.

"There's always something on... always something new," you added. "Great sights and food, and easy access to the rest of USA too."

New York City sunset. Photo: Deposit
New York City sunset. Photo: Deposit
Helicopter view of Lower Manhattan
Statue liberty and Ellis Island. Photo: Deposit
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: People look out at Manhattan and beyond at One World Observatory at One World Trade Center on August 22, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY. Photo: Deposit
911 Memorial, New York, overlooked by the 'Freedom Tower'
SoHo. Photo: Deposit
Winter in Central Park, New York City. Photo: Getty
Empire State Building, New York

Of course, it's not just Manhattan. You also name-checked Brooklyn, Harlem, Queens and Liberty Island on your travels. You raved about foodie fixes like "getting to order eggs over-easy", or "eating a genuine New York chilli dog". You walked, Subwayed and Yellow Cabbed yourself silly.

And this year, with a new Statue of Liberty Museum, WorldPride (the world's biggest ever celebration of Pride) and the opening of the riverside Hudson Yards with its new observation deck, you've got even more excuses to visit.

"It is an overwhelmingly rollercoaster city," as one reader put it. It's got "everything America has to offer in one place" said another. "There's just so much to see, so many places to go, venues and shows to get to, it's impossible to run out of things to do!"

Ireland's Top 5 City Breaks

  1. New York
  2. Rome
  3. Paris
  4. Barcelona
  5. London

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NB: The Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2019 are sponsored by Iarnród Eireann. Read the full list of winners here.

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