New York is one of the biggest and most bustling cities on the planet. The list of sights to see and areas to visit in this city can seem endless to a first-time visitor.

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What activities you plan to do during your visit to New York will depend on what kind of travel experience you want to have. Do you wish to see some of the main NYC tourist attractions like the Rockefeller Centre and the Empire State Building? Or would you prefer to see the “real New York”? The beauty of this large city is that there is a little something for everyone.

The unfortunate truth is that you’ll never be able to do and see everything in one trip. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself. We advise that you stick to two or three neighbourhoods. To help you with this decision, here is the lowdown on three of the most interesting areas in New York.

Midtown

Midtown

Midtown

Midtown is the heart and hub of the city. This area is, literally, the middle section of the Manhattan borough of New York. It is the central business district and therefore is one of the busiest and most fast-paced areas of the city. Midtown is home to some of NYC’s most famous architecture including the Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal. It is also where you will find Times Square and Broadway, amongst other must-see sights. There are a number of holiday apartments in New York available for rent, a number of which are located in Midtown. It’s a perfect neighbourhood to be in if you want to be within walking distance to many of the popular attractions and if you plan on doing a lot of retail therapy. If you are keen to sample the city’s many culinary offerings, this is also a great neighbourhood to visit.

Inwood

Inwood

Inwood

This area would suit a visitor to New York wants to see a glimpse of how the residents of this city live. It is located to the north of Manhattan Island, and it is easy to reach using the direct line from Midtown. The neighbourhood is historically quite poor and can still be a bit dodgy at night, so do be cautious. However, don’t be put off by this fact. The area has improved significantly in recent years and is home to many artists and musicians. In this area, you will find many interesting shops, restaurants and, of course, the beautiful Fort Tyron Park. In the park, you will find The Cloisters; a branch of the Metropolitan Art Museum. The museum houses a very special collection of medieval art and sculpture and is well worth a visit.

Upper East Side

This neighbourhood is historically elite and remains a very wealthy part of the city. If you are looking for a luxurious experience in New York, Upper East Side is the place to visit. The streets are lined with boutique hotels, beautifully presented apartments and posh restaurants. The area is home to many important sights including the Guggenheim, the Met and the Museum of the City of New York. As well as this, spend your time strolling in Central Park and browsing the designer shops on Madison Avenue. The area is safe, and quiet in the evening.

These are just a sample of the many interesting neighbourhoods in New York. If you want to find out more, check out this section of Time Out.