Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
Best for: City adventures, nightlife, history
Don't miss: Any Broadway show
Be sure to try: New York bagels (and pizza!)
Fun fact: More than 800 languages are spoken in NYC
A little background
New York City as we know it today was founded in 1898 - that is, when all of the five boroughs (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens) were incorporated to be one great city. As the single most populous city in the US, experiencing everything NYC has to offer in one visit is nearly impossible - and even long-time city residents find something new when they explore. With more than 75 museums, over 1,700 parks, and just over 100 National Historic Landmarks, New York City really does have something for everyone. JetBlue is proud to call New York its hometown - so if you find yourself in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi!
Empire State Building
A staple of the New York City skyline since its completion in 1931, The Empire State Building is perhaps one of the city's most iconic buildings. It is recognized as an American cultural icon, and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The view from the top is one of the best in the city - providing sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower, Central Park, all of Manhattan, both the East and Hudson Rivers, as well as much of queens and parts of New Jersey. This is without a doubt a "must visit" on any trip to New York - and no matter how many times you go back to the top, the view is always new and awe-inspiring.
Tip: The top of the Empire State Building is often lit with different colored lights, and there is almost always a reason or event behind the colors chosen.
New Yorkers do Sunday Brunch like no one else. If you happen to be in the city on a Sunday and want to check out what all the hype is about, head to brunch. You can find great spots across the city with a wide range of culinary options that are sure to satisfy any palate. When it comes to brunch, New Yorkers really do go big or go home. Bottomless brunch, anyone? Enjoy!
This New York City neighborhood is the epitome of successful rejuvenation and rebirth. An area once stuck in decline is today one of the city's hottest, hippest neighborhoods. SoHo also exhibits a large collection of historic cast-iron buildings. Many of them were constructed during mid-19th century when cast iron was discovered as a material that was flexible, yet sturdy enough to use to build decorative facades. From artists' studios and high end chain store outposts to historic buildings, SoHo is worth visiting - even if you don't buy anything.
Tip: SoHo is named for being South of Houston street - but you might get funny looks if you pronounce "Houston" like the city in Texas. Here, the street is known as "how-ston".
Completed in 1883, The Brooklyn Bridge quickly became an icon of the City of New York. As its name suggests, the bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn - and is beautiful not just for its iconic construction architecture, but also for the view offered from the bridge. Pedestrians and bicyclists alike are easily able to enjoy all the bridge and its parks have to offer!