Tuesday 24 April 2018

New York - need to know

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power


Aer Lingus (0818 365 000; aerlingus.com) flies twice daily from Dublin to New York JFK and four times a week from Shannon to New York. Fares start from €219 one-way, including taxes and charges.

Travel into the city in style with a pre-booked Town Car for $65 (€50). A stretch limo or seven seater SUV costs $110 (€85), but add on a 20pc tip. A good old-fashioned yellow cab costs $45 (€35) into Manhattan.


Bairbre stayed at the glamorous Four Seasons Hotel (57 E. 57th Street 001 212 758 5700; fourseasons.com), where a double room costs from $755 (€594) per night. Ladies planning a weekend away should keep an eye on special offers such as the three-for-two-nights package running between May 26 and June 30, which works out at $1,326 (€1,044) for a double room or $663 (€522) each for three nights. Breakfast, which costs about $45 (€35), is one of the best in Manhattan.

The hotel provides complimentary cars, which will drop you to your destination within a 20-block radius of the hotel.


American Holidays (01-673 3840; americanholidays. com) has a three-day shopping package from €619pp based on travel in November and four people sharing. Accommodation is at the Holiday Inn in midtown and includes return flights and taxes.


  • Why pay for a harbour cruise when you can ride the ferry free to Staten Island both ways. Take the sunset journey out and come back to the vista of a twinkling skyline.
  • Be a culture vulture for free on Friday nights, when the Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org), the Whitney Museum of Art (www.whitney.org) and the Guggenheim Museum (www.guggenheim.org ) waive their entry fees.
  • Get free tickets to TV shows such as David Letterman, filmed at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Broadway, Rachael Ray at 222 E. 44th St -- or, better still, Saturday Night Live at the NBC Studios in Rockefeller Plaza. See nytix.com. A visit to the Paley Centre for Media (25 W. 52nd Street; 001 212 621 6800) is a must for TV fans. For $10 (€7.70), you can view old TV shows.
  • Stretch those shopping legs with free yoga, Tai Chi or fencing at Bryant Park, behind the Public Library at 41st and 5th Ave. See bryantpark.org.
  • Get up early and queue for free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. They're available from the Delacorte Theater, Central Park; access from 79th Street and Fifth Ave. This summer's plays are Merchant of Venice and The Winter's Tale. See publictheater.org.

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