Manhattan Island is a borough of New York City, which holds America’s commercial, financial and cultural hubs. The vast majority of famous sights in New York are actually those of the Manhattan skyline, from the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building to the most famous city square in the world; Time Square. Anyone hoping to wake up right in the centre of New York and experience the true New Yorker lifestyle must rent an apartment in Manhattan. You could not get closer to the action, however hard you try!
As America’s commercial and cultural centre, you can never run out of things to do in Manhattan, New York. Even living here full time is a constant struggle to try to fit everything into your week, but as a visitor, there are simply too many shops, landmarks and events to choose from. Every day, the streets of Manhattan are awash with street performers, artists and market stall holders, which gives the district an amazingly vibrant, almost carnival atmosphere.
As you walk the streets of Manhattan Island, your eyes will automatically be drawn to the skies. The Manhattan skyline consists of huge skyscrapers, many of which you will have seen many times before, in magazines, papers and on the TV. The famous financial district of New York, Wall Street, the cities tallest building, the Empire State Building, and the green heart of New York, Central Park, can all be found within the crowded streets of Manhattan Island, and you will undoubtedly be drawn towards all three during your stay. Tourist information on Manhattan’s monuments and attractions is easily available upon your arrival. Central Park is a wonderful place to walk, with many paths, two ice rinks and even a wildlife sanctuary.
Culture lives on strong in Manhattan. Many of the finest plays and theatrical performances grace the stages of Manhattan’s theatre district, the centre of which is Time Square. This is known as the Broadway theatre district, with 39 large international theatres here alone. Downtown, the Chelsea district of Manhattan is the artistic centre of New York, offering more than 200 art galleries and a range of cultural events for your viewing pleasure. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum can all be found in the culture rich streets of Manhattan, New York. There is also plenty of sport to be seen here, mainly thanks to Madison Square Garden, where the New York Knicks and New York Rangers play their home games.
July in Manhattan can be very hot, with monthly temperatures averaging up to 30°C, which can seem amazingly hot in the city. There is no best time to visit Manhattan, but temperatures average over 20°C from May until late September. Winters on Manhattan Island can be remarkably cold, as anyone who has looked into having a New York Christmas will know, with average temperatures in January remaining between 3°C and -4°C depending on the year.
With the proximity of JFK, New York’ main airport, your first glimpses of the Manhattan skyline are not far away! There are many regular flights direct from the UK to New York, and the exceptional transport system of New York means that you can be settling into your self catering Manhattan holiday letting and deciding how to spend your day within hours of leaving home.