New York - need to know
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.
SEX & THE CITY BREAKS
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.
FIVE TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY IN THE BIG APPLE
- 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.