New York City

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Everyone wants to go to New York City. It is the most populous city in the USA and one of the most populous cities in the world. It is a center of finance, media, art, fashion, education and entertainment. The population is made up of many diverse nationalities and cultures with as many as 800 languages spoken by its citizens.

Your stay should include visits to New York's many landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, recognized by many as the symbol of the United States and its democracy. It has greeted millions of immigrants as they came to America since 1886 . Other famous sites include Times Square, the Broadway district, the New York Stock Exchange, Ground Zero, the Empire State Building and the many neighbourhoods and in the lower and upper Manhattan.

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To Do, To See, To Enjoy!


  • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
  • Broadway shows
  • Shopping
  • World Class Restaurants
  • Circle Line Cruises / 2-Hour Harbour Tour
  • The Bronx Zoo

Points of Interest

  • Battery Park
  • Central Park & Strawberry Fields
  • Times Square
  • Fifth Avenue ­ Museum Mile
  • South Street Seaport


  • Greenwich Village
  • Soho
  • Chinatown

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"Manhattan Neighborhood at a Glance"

Monuments & Architecture

  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Chrysler Building
  • Empire State Building
  • Observatory and SkyRide
  • Flatiron Building
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Lincoln Centre
  • Rockefeller Centre
  • St-Patrick's Cathedral
  • St-John de Divine Church
  • Statue of Liberty
  • United Nations


  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Frick Collection
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

Off the beaten track

Take a day tour to the Hamptons or Fire Island. Both offer exciting options for day excursions from Manhattan.

With a city this size and 5 burroughs, each with a distinct feel and energy, there is a treasure behind every corner. Go out exploring and you'll surely discover new ones on you own. See Alio's tips for some of our favourite spots.

Want to try something a little different, try an off-Broadway production. These hits of tomorrow cost but a fraction of their Broadway counter parts.

Manhattan Neighborhoods at a Glance

One island, a true melting pot of people, cultures, art, history and so much more.


Midtown is the center of many visitors' trips to New York City. Wander the streets and discover the beautifully restored Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, the United Nations complex, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Trump Tower. And what says New York better than Fifth Avenue stores? Midtown also includes the revitalized Times Square and the Theater District, where world-famous Broadway productions wow audiences nightly.

Upper East Side

From the world famous Plaza Hotel at the edge of Central Park to the top of Museum Mile at El Museo del Barrio, this is the city's Gold Coast. The neighborhood air is perfumed with the scent of old money, conservative values, and glamorous sophistication, with Champagne corks popping and high society puttin' on the Ritz. Shop the afternoon away at Bloomingdale's and the elegant shops of Madison Avenue, then make your way up 5th avenue to discover some of the best museums in the world including: the Frick, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, Guggenheim and many more.

Union Square, Flatiron District and Chelsea

As Broadway marches north and west across Manhattan it forms a series of squares beginning with Union Square at 14th Street. The Union Square neighborhood is a thriving cultural, business, educational and health care hub. Throughout Manhattan and beyond, the vibrant community is known as the Heart of Off-Broadway and is celebrated for its top-notch restaurants, diverse retailers, excellent universities and hospitals, and one of the city's most popular parks.

Chelsea, once a neighborhood past it's prime, is now Manhattan's hotspot for late hour clubbing. New upscale lofts and trendy eateries are springing up everywhere.

At the very end of the neighborhood on 34th street, why not take the time to take the elevator up to the Empire State Building or take in a New York Knocks basketball game at Madison Square Gardens?

Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village - also known as the West Village - is more upscale than the East Village and is the original corner of cool. This part of town has been home to artists and writers, nonconformists, entertainers, intellectuals, and bohemians since the turn of the 20th century. Downtown charm is personified in lots of low-rise townhouses, thumbnail size gardens, secret courtyards, and a wacky serpentine layout of streets. At night, Greenwich Village comes alive with sounds from late-night coffeehouses, cafés, experimental theaters, and music clubs. The Village is home to a large community of gays and lesbians. Across 7th Avenue is Christopher Street, site of a historic clash (in front of the Stonewall bar) in 1969 between city police and gay men, marking the beginning of the gay rights movement.


Within only a quarter of a square mile, SoHo has an estimated 250 art galleries, four museums, nearly 200 restaurants, and 100 stores. The blocks south of Houston (pronounced HOW-ston) and north of Canal streets are home to the city's largest concentration of the cast-iron fronted buildings, built as warehouses and manufacturing spaces, but converted to living spaces, called "lofts," for artists and sculptors who appreciated the larger spaces. These huge, 19th-century architectural gems (Victorian Gothic, Italianiate, and neo-Grecian among them) are prized by preservationists and the well-heeled bohemians of SoHo who call the neighborhood home.

Chinatown and Little Italy

South of Canal Street lies bustling Chinatown, which has over the years expanded into the Lower East Side and Little Italy. The largest Asian community in North America can be found among the narrow streets between Worth and Hester and East Broadway and West Broadway; its main street is Canal Street. Canal Street is a bargain hunters delight. Make your way through the Saturday afternoon crowds and haggle for everything and anything.

The heart of Little Italy is Mulberry Street. The street is only open to pedestrian traffic and classic italian trattorias abound.

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan (or Downtown), where the East and Hudson rivers meet, is where New York City began; it was also the nation's first capital. The heart of it all is the area clustered around Wall Street - originally a walled fortress. Titanic edifices such as the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank buildings line the streets here. Another famous landmark is the Trinity Church/St-Paul's Chapel, a national landmark built in 1766, featuring one of the oldest and most beautiful cemetaries in the US. At the bottom end, you will find Battery Park. Tourists find their way down here as it marks the departure point for the Statue of Liberty Ferry and the Staten Island Ferry.

Finally, the most visited site in this neighborhood is the site of the World Trade Center Memorial. Located on the shores of the Hudson River, a brand new development is slowly taking shape. A memorial to mark the 9/11 tragedy, accompanied by the construction of the tallest Skyscraper in the world. Construction will begin soon.

Alio's Tips

With a city the size as Manhattan, it's easy for passengers to get intimated.
Where do you start?

How can you make your way through the exciting but overwhelming maze that is New York City without feeling undaunted? In hopes of making it easy for you, we have compiled a list of suggestions. Alio's list of "Best of", if you will. Enjoy!


Dress like Cameron Diaz but at an average person's salary:
H & M : Scandinavian department store where up to date fashion and great prices create a perfect match. Many locations including 640 5th ave / 51 street

Loehman's: a New York institution. Designer discounters including anything from Calvin Klein to Donna Karan. 7th avenue at 16th street

My mother haggles better than your mother!
Canal Street: simply a haggler's nirvana. Knock off designer purses, watches and much, much more. Start off at the corner of Canal and Broadway. Saturday afternoons in summer are a real zoo.

A full afternoon of get your walking shoes ready to beat the pavement type of shopping:
Herald Square: Start off at the corner of 34th and Broadway and make your way through large multi floor outlets of Old Navy, the Gap, Victoria's Secret, H & M and of course, the largest department store in the world: Macy's.
Broadway ( Union Square to Canal Street): Funky, alternative and ecletic shops interspersed with well known names such as: Banana Republic, A/X Armani, etc.

Money to burn and you're itching to spend it:
5th Avenue between Rockefeller Center and Central Park: Gucci, Cartier, Henri Bendel, Manolo Blahnik, Brooks Brothers, Saks 5th Avenue amd many more.

Madison Avenue ( from 55th to 80th street): Michael Kors, Prada, Valentino, Vera Wang, Yves St-Laurent, Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, Givenchy and many other couture flagship stores.


Best value for your money: Hotel Edison (47th and Broadway). Location, location, location! Unbeatable price for quality lodging at a prime location.

Best option for those on a tight budget: Park Savoy (57th and 6th Ave). Who says budget means drab? The Park Savoy offers quality rooms in sleek surroundings.

For that grand stay: The venerable Waldof Astoria is pure elegance. A stay to remember.


Getting There

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• Air Canada • American Airlines • Delta • Porter • United Airlines • Westjet

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