DENSE, bustling, stylish and full of life, there is no place quite like New York City, whose impressive skyline includes the Empire State Building and where crowds flock each night to the theatres on Broadway.
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Famous for its bright lights and known as “the city that never sleeps”, New York keeps tourists on the go. With a subway system that runs 24 hours a day and the majority of the city planned as a grid, a good pair of walking shoes and a pocket-sized map are a visitor’s best friends.
The city is organised into five boroughs; however it’s Manhattan, the most urbanised and architecturally diverse of the five, that visitors are likely to envision when they think “New York.”
Manhattan boasts many neighbourhoods, from SoHo to Murray Hill, Harlem to TriBeCa, and each with their own unique flavour and style.
To get your bearings, hop aboard one of the city’s double-decker bus tours where a guided overview of the many districts is available in a variety of languages.
Emirates flies daily from Harare to Dubai via Lusaka, offering flights to New York via Dubai, taking you to the lights of Broadway and the shops of Fifth Avenue in style. Daily direct flights to New York are operated with Emirates’ A380 aircraft.
As well as flying to New York direct from Dubai, Emirates operates flights between New York and Milan.
Emirates flights to New York arrive at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) 24km from Manhattan.
A cost-effective way into Manhattan after your New York flight is via JFK’s Air Train to Howard Beach Station. Here, you can connect to the NYC Subway. Journey time to Penn Station is 65 minutes.
We also welcome our First Class and Business Class passengers to avail of our complimentary Chauffeur-drive service.
Emirates flights to New York bring you to the doorstep of Manhattan, whose impressive skyline includes the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. Your New York flight will also connect you to a shopper’s paradise, from the boutiques of SoHo to department stores Bloomingdales, Barneys and Saks.
For 12 million American immigrants between the late 19th to mid-20th century, Ellis Island was port of entry into their new homeland. Greeted by the famous Statue of Liberty and then registered at Ellis Island, the United States National Park Service has preserved these sites and created a museum where visitors can even trace their family’s ancestry from records once taken here.
Located in midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building boasts one of the most popular observation decks in the world; millions of visitors each year take in the impressive views from the top of one of the world’s tallest buildings.
Central Park, an oasis of green in the city’s centre, forms a link between Manhattan’s Upper East and Upper West sides. The park offers horse-drawn carriage rides, bike rentals, sprawling meadows ideal for a picnic lunch, a popular jogging track encircling a scenic reservoir; and in winter, an ice-skating rink.
Running the full length of Manhattan, Broadway is the oldest main thoroughfare in New York and dates back to the first New Amsterdam settlement.
At the intersection of 42nd Street is Times Square; awash in neon lights and a few steps away from Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller Center, and the city’s behemoth department stores Saks, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, this also happens to be the spot where New Year’s Day is greeted by enormous crowds of revellers cheering for the glittering ball to drop at midnight.
The most famous stretch of this wide and historic avenue runs through midtown Manhattan and is lined with theatres offering musical entertainment each night. For something more offbeat, skip the queues on Broadway and head down to the Lower East Side.
Here you’ll find smaller, ‘black box’-style theatres with a quirkier selection of performances at typically nominal admission fees.
New York boasts some of the world’s finest restaurants and the variety of cuisine on offer is without compare.
New York loves to eat and New Yorkers are passionate about their favourite spots for everything from where to find the best bagel to the finest five-star gastronomic experience.
On the restaurant scene, competition is fierce, and there’s always a new must-try restaurant in the spotlight, as well as long-standing institutions that have served their beloved recipes for generations, such as The Russian Tea Room and Carnegie Deli.
Just let the city’s many neighbourhoods guide you. Stop for dim sum in Chinatown, pasta in Little Italy, or southern-style ‘soul food’ in Harlem.
Even on the city’s streets, there is authentic American snack fare on offer – roasted nuts and grilled hot dogs whose powerful aromas prove irresistible to tourists and locals alike.
Manhattan alone can occupy a tourist for weeks, but a trip beyond the city is rewarding. With New York’s plentiful transportation network, trains and buses can take you beyond the city or even outside the state.
Just outside Manhattan, Brooklyn is a popular borough enjoying a present-day cultural renaissance. In and around the Williamsburg neighbourhood, many city artists and young entrepreneurs come to launch their careers, opening eclectic restaurants and boutiques, giving performances and showcasing innovative artwork.
For further exploration of America’s northeast, the heart of New England lies a few hours from New York. Spend a day in Boston sipping coffee with intellectuals in Harvard Square, or enjoy a whale-watching cruise from the city’s harbour.
From there, head to the mountains of Maine or Vermont where winter skiing, summertime hiking and beautiful autumn foliage make for outdoor adventures in all seasons.
EK 713 departs Dubai every day at 0925hrs, arriving in Lusaka at 1435hrs. The service departs Lusaka at 1605hrs, arriving in Harare at 1710hrs. The return flight leaves Harare at 1840hrs, arriving Lusaka at 1950hrs.
It departs Lusaka at 2125hrs and lands in Dubai at 0640hrs the next day.
For visa information contact the US Embassy at 172 Herbert Chitepo Avenue Harare; Tel: 04 250593; website: http://harare.usembassy.gov/.
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