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Great Saunter to explore rim of Manhattan on foot

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Adventurous holidaymakers planning New York tours later this year may be interested in taking part in the Great Saunter, a hike around the rim of Manhattan.

The 32-mile walk, which will be held for the 24th time this year, is scheduled for May 2nd.

Most of the route is fairly flat and the pace is described as "steady but not fast", although visitors should be aware that the walk will take place come rain or shine so waterproof clothing may be necessary.

Setting off from the South Street seaport at 07:30 local time, participants in the Great Saunter will pass through 20 parks and see the Statue of Liberty, all four of New York’s outer boroughs, the New Jersey Palisades and other sights.

Described as a "world famous civic event", the walk has received support from high-profile figures including secretary of state Hillary Clinton and New York mayor Mike Bloomberg in the past.

It is organised by Shorewalkers, which arranges numerous hikes across the state of New York throughout the year.

An itinerary arranged for April 26th will take in three lakes and three parks in Queens, while on May 9th visitors will be able to take part in a tour of the bridges and waterways of Central Park.

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Visit New York for the Five-Boro Bike Tour

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New York will become a hive of energy and activity at the beginning of May as it plays host to the Five-Boro Bike Tour, one of its most popular annual events.

Scheduled for May 3rd this year, the event will give people on New York tours the opportunity to travel 42 miles through the city using nothing but pedal power.

Some 30,000 people will hop on bikes to take part in the tour, making it the largest recreational cycling event in America.

The journey begins in Manhattan and heads north, passing through Central Park, Harlem, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, taking in some of New York’s most iconic sights along the way.

Registration is limited so people planning to take part will have to act fast, but those who do not participate can still gather at various locations to see the impressive sight of 30,000 cyclists rushing past.

The Five-Boro Bike Tour is organised by Bike New York, which will also arrange events in Harlem, Long Island and New Jersey later this year.

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New isango! travel experiences – January 09 update

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Hello “isangoers”!

In January we have released a great number of new tours, activities and experiences and I would like to introduce them all to you. We have some exciting products in New York (spa days, river cruises and others), things to do in Orlando, San Francisco, a selection of tours for Elvis Presley fans, activities in Singapore and more. So without further ado, this is what we have “fresh from the oven” just for you:

New Things to do in New York

Statue of Liberty Cruise – This one-hour audio-guided tour explores the history of New York City and shows the best views of its present. It tells the story of the harbor from its first settlement through 9/11 till the present day.

New York Hop on Hop off Tour (1 or 2 days) – Get unlimited access to a fleet of fast, fun boats serving ten stops at the city’s hottest neighborhoods and attractions. Water Taxis are fast and fun, so you’ll see more sights in less time and enjoy a stress-free, breezy ride.

Sunset Cruise in New York – Unwind after a long day of sightseeing with a drink and a front-row seat to the greatest show in the world – the sun setting behind the New York skyline.

Exploring New York with the Flexpass -Make the most of your stay in New York City with this very convenient and great-value Flexpass. Choose between a Single Flexpass or a Double Flexpass and enjoy the flexibility to tour the Big Apple according to your convenience and comfort.

Fourth of July in New York – Be prepared to be mesmerized on this unforgettable Fourth of July cruise as you watch the New York skyline explode with a dazzling display of fireworks. continue reading

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Christmas Shopping Adventures: New York

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This post is the first of 3 about our favourite places for Christmas shopping and the things you can do while you are there. Today, New York.

It goes with out saying that New York is one of the world’s most fabulous Christmas shopping spots!

Why not turn your Christmas shopping trip to New York into a Holiday adventure? continue reading

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New York, New Year in Times Square

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The heart of downtown Manhattan, Times Square is the center of the cultural and social life of the city – making it an appropriate location for the one of the biggest and most famous new year’s celebrations on Earth.

On December 31st the iconic spot will see hundreds of thousands of revellers of all ages gather to enjoy the last moments of 2008 and usher in 2009.

While all the usual accoutrements of the passing of one year to the next are observed – not least a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Syne – the most well-known tradition is one unique to the city: the dropping of the ball at One Times Square, which marks the stroke of midnight.

Bars, restaurants and hotels around the area will be packed out with happy partygoers, with some of the more high-rise establishments offering some very special deals and exclusive views of the evening’s proceedings.

Visitors to the Big Apple enjoying one of the many New York tours on offer over the festive period should consider making Times Square their party point of choice on New Year’s Eve.

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Christmas shopping in New York still on the cards

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Despite the slump in the value of the pound against the US dollar, British people might still consider jetting off to the Big Apple to do their Christmas shopping, it has been suggested.

According to a leading travel publisher, the sustained interest in this seasonal treat might even be because of the credit crunch, rather than in spite of it.

Tom Hall, travel editor at Lonely Planet, said: "The temptation of busting out of the gloom that surrounds them [UK holidaymakers] at the moment and going and living it up in New York for a few days, might override other concerns."

In addition, Mr Hall suggested that the environmental impact of long-haul travel might also be put on the back burner while the economy is in the doldrums.

"I think everybody is aware of the environmental impact of a huge number of things in their life, flying is obviously included in that. Whether it stops people going who want to go, I’m not sure."

Founded by Tony and Maureen Wheeler when they published their first guide, entitled Across Asia on the Cheap, Lonely Planet has become one of the best-selling travel book series worldwide over the last 30 years.

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New York ‘the premier Christmas destination’

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New York is the "ultimate city" for a Christmas break, one travel expert has said.

The city offers appeal all year round, but comes into its own over the festive season, said Tom Hall from the Lonely Planet.

He explained that the "thought of hopping across the Atlantic for a few days" is appealing to holidaymakers, explaining that low-cost travel and hotel accommodation is widely available.

Just before Christmas is a "good time" to visit New York as prices tend to be more affordable than over the actually holidays.

"Ultimately the more cities you visit, the more you realise that New York is, in many ways the ultimate city, and it’s somewhere that goes beyond shopping, so it’s great for three or four days, or even longer if you can spare it."

Research from the Post Office Travel Services Christmas Shopping Guide has revealed that consumers can save 17 per cent on presents by shopping in New York.

The best savings were found on designer clothes, with many other bargains also available.

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Manhattan gets spooky

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On October 31st, the people of Greenwich Village in Manhattan are preparing to put on the best Halloween parade in the event”s 35-year history.

The pagan festival is celebrated the world over in one shape or another, but many think of the US as the birthplace of its modern incarnation.

Each year”s Village Halloween Parade in New York City is one of the liveliest and most colourful parties around. More than two million spectators flock to the streets to see over 50,000 participants creep, crawl and stilt-walk their way along 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village.

The theme for this year”s festival is ghosts, which will no doubt be interpreted as simple as a white sheet with cut-out eyeholes or as something far more elaborate by the thousands of revellers.

Music is also a huge part of the festival, with over 50 bands playing many different types of music along the route.

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NY set for a ”Chilli” September

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This year”s Chile Pepper Fiesta will take place in Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in New York on September 27th 2008.

An afternoon of music and dance performances and workshops accompany a selection of spicy food celebrating the many uses for the much-loved food stuff.

Tourists will be able to attend this hot one-day event from noon until 18:00 local time.

For those that have already paid to get into the gardens themselves entry is free for this festival which, unsurprisingly, is a heated affair in everything from entertainment to cuisine.

Highlights include a special concert featuring guitarists Pete Seeger and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, as well as fire eating and juggling.

Meanwhile, Mexican, Indian, African and Thai dishes are among just some of the many foods that will be available for guests to sample at this spicy event.

Officials at the Botanic Gardens recently underlined its commitment to preserving rare wildlife by signing an agreement to concentrate on the conservation of plants heralding from outside of New York City.

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Met celebrates 125th anniversary with ”special” opera

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There will be a special performance at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York on September 22nd to celebrate the company”s 125th anniversary.

However, it will not only be audience members in the prestigious Big Apple venue that will be able to watch Act II of Verdi”s La Traviata unfold on the opening gala night.

Some 600 movie theatre audiences around the country will also be able to watch the performance in high-definition as part of The Met: Live in HD season.

Nearly one million people tuned in to watch last year”s 225 performances that were broadcast to theatres throughout the US, which will be shown in digital 3D this year.

The Metropolitan Opera House will also be hosting a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti on September 18th, which has free tickets available for those quick enough to apply.

Pavarotti, who died on September 6th last year, made his debut at the New York venue in 1968 with a performance as Rodolfo in La Boheme.

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