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Hop on and Hop off Bus

The Hop-On, Hop-Off Double Decker Bus Tour is a great way to get around, as well as take in the sights. It's like killing two birds with one stone. The bus will take you to all the main tourist spots and most tickets will include a ferry to the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island. Prices tend to start at US$39 for the day.

Take a taxi

When you've got four people needing to go somewhere, taking a taxi is surprisingly affordable, maybe even more so than the subway. The minimum fare is US$2.50. Additional charges are $0.40 per 1/5 of a mile for every two minutes of time spent stationary or travelling below 6 mph.

NYC Subway

The best way to get around is by far the New York City subway, which also includes the buses. Fares cost US$2.25 per round trip (single trip tickets are US$2.50). Express buses run into the city from outer boroughs for US$5.50 each way. Staying longer? A one-week unlimited Metrocard is US$29 or US$104 for a month.

Walk

Using your own two feet can sometimes be the fastest way to get around New York City. The grid system makes locating places easy and if traffic's bad, you can even beat it on foot. Walking gives you a great opportunity to get a feel of the city and notice new things that might have sprung up since you were last here. Best of all, it's free!

Take a helicopter ride

Take to the skies above Manhattan for a bird's eye view of the city that never sleeps. A helicopter ride is a great way to see the city's highlights, like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Ground Zero and Wall Street. Helicopter tours run every day and are best booked when you get there.

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Centre, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

MoMa's cutting edge kid sister doesn't get nearly enough hype but in truth it's probably even better. Across the East River in a refurbished public school, P.S. 1 proudly displays work from the most provocative artists in the world. The architectural garden changes all the time and on Saturdays head there early for the free evening Warm Up Session dance party.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

As much a staple of New York as the Empire State Building, MoMA is a must-see in Manhattan. Take in modern and contemporary art and exhibitions in the most influential museum of modern art in the world, featuring a host of mind-boggling work by influential European and American artists.

Take a New York Liberty Cruise

If you've only got limited time to take in as much of the city as possible, this 75-minute harbor cruise to the Statue of Liberty from Midtown Manhattan will give you some great photo opportunities from the water. You'll see and hear about Ellis Island, the historic immigration centre, the World Financial Centre and the skyscrapers that make up that infamous skyline.

DAY 1: Central Park

The world's most famous park can take you all day to explore. Take in the lakes, ice-skate, hire a boat and feed the ducks. Just before sunset, head to the Time Warner Centre on Columbus Circle at the southwest corner and enjoy a cocktail with spectacular views of the park from the Stone Rose Lounge, or the classier Mandarin Hotel bar.

DAY 3: Bikes and bridges

Rent two wheels from Bike and Roll at Battery Place and West Street and take yourself for a waterfront spin and one of the best bike rides in New York, on the Esplanade, along Battery Park City along the Hudson River. Relax and then head down to South Street Seaport to see the Brooklyn Bridge and the shops. Have dinner at Harry's Cafe and Steak at 1 Hanover Square.

DAY 2: Walk from the West Village to Broadway

The West Village has stayed pretty much the same since the 19th century and its brownstone buildings and cobblestone streets create an amazing maze. Queue for cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery (401 Bleecker Street) then cruise the shops along Bleecker St and Commerce St and walk up to Broadway to take in an evening Broadway show. That theatre seat will feel so good.

DAY 4: Visit Brooklyn

Jump on the L Train and get off at Bedford Avenue. Take a stroll around the Williamsburg neighbourhood. As hipster central, here's where you can shop for vintage items to your heart's content. Relax in Greenpoint Park and have a go at ten pin bowling complete with craft beer and mid-century kitsch at The Gutter (200 North 14th Street, Brooklyn). For dinner head to Diner (85 Broadway, Williamsburg) for the best grass-fed burger in the world.

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