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New York – the arrival

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New York has been high on my list for as long time now. Siteseeing, shopping, food, glamour, it’s really got it all, as well as being the set for countless popular movies.

My husband and I booked a five night, early March trip to New York City, flying direct from London Gatwick to John F Kennedy Airport with British Airways. As soon as we arrived in the city we ticked off one of the first must-dos of the place – the subway. Getting a yellow taxi may have been more convenient, but we were keen to save our dollars for cocktails the following evening. The subway is so easy, it was a good decision.

Getting There

For first timers, leave the airport and head towards the Air Train, there are plenty of signs. Get off at Jamaica Centre and buy a AirTrain + Metrocard ticket, which is $7.50 and will cover the fare for the whole journey. From here you’ll be able to get the Subway directly into Midtown Manhattan. It takes around 45 minutes to get from JFK to Penn Station.

Travel Tip: Before your trip, download an offline map of New York in the Google maps app, plus the New York Subway app.

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

It was around 11pm by the time we reached our stop near Madison Square Garden, perfect timing to enjoy the lights of NYC. Seeing Manhattan for the first time was one of the best travel memories I’ve got, and possibly will ever have. Climbing the stairs out of the subway station, the Empire State Building right in front of us, that iconic art deco jewel of New York, it was a great start to the trip.

Next up on the blog, NYC’s best eateries, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, a spot of shopping, and lots more New York…

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