New York’s Manhattan By Hire Car: What To Do & See

If you’re thinking of hitting New York and the famous streets of Manhattan then why not have a glance at our guide to what to see and do by car?

We’ve knocked out a short but sweet little outline of the main attractions in the area, so if you’re thinking of taking on Manhattan then check it out…

The much loved, much filmed borough of Manhattan is home to many of the world’s most iconic streets and monuments, including Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building and the United Nations HQ.

Of course it’s a huge borough and as such it’s divided into a number of different neighbourhoods. Some interesting places include Chinatown, downtown Manhattan’s oriental enclave, the Lower East Side, home to mixture of old world boutiques and avant garde fashion stores and Harlem – the vibrant African American district. Of course it’s well worth taking a trip to Little Italy and Greenwich Village while you’re here. The former was the cornerstone of Italian culture in New York, while the latter is a trendy bohemian spot littered with jazz clubs, funky bars and celebs.

When it comes to nightlife Manhattan is second to none. From the pulsating, party-all-night atmosphere of Times Square to the bouncing bars and clubs scattered all over the borough, there’s an array of nightspots that would satisfy even the wildest of party animals!

And of course the shopaholics amongst you will be well aware that New York is one of the worlds best shopping spots. Your first port of call should be Saks Fifth Avenue – you’ll find all the top designer shops here, along with Macy’s, the world’s biggest department store. Soho is also a popular shopper’s haven, as is Bleecker Street in the West Village, where you’ll find a range of goods old, new, conventional and quirky.

If on the other hand you’re more partial to a spot of sightseeing, then again New York is the right place. You’ll recognize plenty of the city’s streets from the many blockbusters movie that have graced our screens – New York is one of the most filmed cities in the world and it’s easy to see why….

Start by climbing the imposing Empire State Building or head to the Top Of The Rock Observatory Deck where you’ll take in famous sights such as the Chrysler Building, The Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and the Hudson River.

Of course you can see the Statue of Liberty up close and personal by getting a ferry out to Statue of Liberty National Monument Park, home to New York’s most iconic monument. While you’re here it’s well worth visiting Ellis Island. This is the famous landing point for immigrants arriving in New York, and you can take in its colourful history with a visit to the museum on the island.

Lovers of highbrow culture would do well to investigate New York’s many art galleries and theatres. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, better known as The Met, is home to over two million works of art, while the Frick Collection boasts various art collections from the likes of Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Vermeer, as well as many eye catching Limoges enamels and China porcelains.

Why not head over to Broadway to catch a show, take in a performance at the legendary Carnegie Hall or visit the Museum of Modern Art for a unique experience in contemporary aesthetic…

Of course you don’t need to stick to the city to do all your sightseeing, there’s plenty of things worth checking out in New York State as well. This is where having a car at hand really comes into play – go white water rafting on one of the states many rivers, roam the many park and lake lands, check out the local history in the museums and heritage centres – the choice is yours! Check out the official New York State tourist site for more info…

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Well, we hope you enjoy Manhattan and ‘The Big Apple’. Feel free to drop us an email in our comment box if you have any questions, suggestions or things to add… have a good trip!