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Craig Doyle
At number 9, you chose New York as the second most popular city in the top 50.

New York, New York (so good they named it twice), has the formidable reputation of being one of the most exciting cities in the world. The spectacular skyline of Manhattan, although tragically redefined after the World Trade Centre disaster, remains distinctively recognisable.

King Kong�s favourite, the Empire State Building, has dominated the skyline for more than 70 years. Boasting 102 storeys and standing 1472 feet tall, including television antenna, it is still ranked amongst the tallest buildings in the world, and visitors welcomed to the 86th floor may enjoy visibility of up to 80 miles on a clear day, but on an average day it is likely to be between 10 and 20 miles.

However, the most enduring of America�s symbols has to be the Statue of Liberty. On her pedestal she is 305 metres high, holding a torch and clutching a stone tablet inscribed with the Declaration of Independence.

Since 1886 the statue has served as a symbol of freedom to all.

Positioned on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, the statue was one of the first landmarks visible to immigrants in search of the American Dream, and it was thanks to those early immigrants that the city boasts such a variety of ethnic neighbourhoods from Chinatown to Little Italy.

Where else but New York, New York could you find such a marketplace of cultures and contrasts? From artsy SoHo and Tribeca to Wall Street, Fifth Avenue to Spanish Harlem.

So what are you waiting for? Start spreading the news.

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Price: Flights about £350

Approx flight time: 7 hours to New York from London

  • in 1979, two Englishmen parachuted off the top of the Empire State Building before being carted off by the NYPD for disturbing the peace
  • the Statue of Liberty�s index finger is eight inches long
  • in 1664 the city�s tallest structure was a two storey windmill
  • there are 6,374.6 miles of streets in New York City
  • John Hertz founded the Yellow Cab Company in 1907. He chose the colour yellow because he read a survey which suggested that yellow was the easiest colour to spot
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