Touchdown in NYC for an Autumn Adventure

Now you can fly direct to the city that never sleeps by New York’s JFK and Newark airport.

In New York City, there’s a feeling that you’re in the centre of the universe. As one of the most diverse places in the world (over 800 languages are spoken across the city), there truly is something for everyone here.

Autumn is one of the best times to visit NYC after the summer humidity has died down, but before the snow kicks in. It’s also a great time for sports fans, catching the tail end of baseball season while basketball and football seasons get started. And with sports stadiums spread around the city, it’s a good excuse to get out of the tourist scene downtown and explore the real New York.

Once you get into town, start your morning off with a coffee-fuelled walk through Central Park, before ordering the pastrami sandwich at the legendary Katz’s Deli for lunch. Come evening, treat yourself to a Broadway show, before taking in the dazzling spectacle of Times Square at night.

Times Square

Enjoy a different type of spectacle at a Knicks game – the ultimate NYC sporting experience. Held in the iconic Madison Square Gardens, the atmosphere at these games is electric, and you’ll witness just how seriously New Yorkers take their sports. If tickets are hard to come by, check out a Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclay Centre instead where you might even see big fans, Jay-Z and Bey, sitting courtside.

While in Brooklyn, wander through Greenpoint, the city’s hipster epicentre. If vegan cafés, independent coffee shops, and tattoo parlours are your thing, you’re in for a treat. Make sure you stop by the Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop for a sugary afternoon snack. This old school bakery has been a Brooklyn fixture since the 50s and still sells its treats at retro prices. In the evening, go for drinks in Williamsburg at Barcade and try your hand at one of the 50 vintage arcade games while testing out the local craft beers on tap.

Madison Square Garden

For a more low-key sporting experience, nab a $15 ticket to a baseball game and cheer on the Yankees. There are few better ways to spend a warm afternoon than enjoying a beer and a hotdog at a ballgame. And this September you’ll even find a few games with rivals, the Red Sox.

A trip to Yankee Stadium is also a good excuse to get out to the Bronx. Once you’re there, explore the birthplace of hip hop, or visit the cottage where gothic poet Edgar Allan Poe worked on some of his best work. After a wander around the Bronx Zoo (one of the world’s largest), grab dinner at the nearby Full Moon Pizzeria & Restaurant where you’ll find some of the best New York-style pizza around.

The American football season also kicks off in early September, and with four Super Bowl titles under their belt, New York’s Giants are one of the NFL’s top teams. Expect a buzzing atmosphere, with cheerleaders and an energetic half-time show.

Statue of Liberty

After the game, sample the fresh seafood at local favourite, the Lighthorse Tavern, then take a stroll along the boardwalk in Liberty State Park for breathtaking views of the Manhattan Skyline. If you really feel like splashing out, how about a guided jet ski tour with Sea the City? Circling the entire island of Manhattan, this tour offers a unique perspective of well over a dozen landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

Whatever the score, a New York stay and a game are is a winning combination this autumn.

We fly directly to New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR).

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