YOU could spend months exploring the five boroughs of the headquarters of the world.

But if you have only a day in New York, skip the icons and delve into some of Manhattan’s lesser known treasures to see why the natives are so besotted with this exceptional city.


Be prepared to open your wallet as this can be America’s most expensive city for accommodation, but there are bargains if you hunt around. Hotel Chelsea, popular with artists, musicians and other sundry celebrities at 222 West 23rd St, has doubles from $150.


For maps, brochures and advice, begin at the tourist office NYC & Company at 810 Seventh Ave.

If you would prefer a guide, save money with a New York local volunteer guide from the Big Apple Greeter program who can show you the funkier neighbourhoods such as SoHo or TriBeCa and other insider treasures off the beaten track.

Take the subway to Spring St, SoHo, and brunch with the locals at Balthazar Brasserie on fresh-baked croissants and quiche or temptations such as brook trout with a warm spinach, walnut and lentil salad and excellent coffee out of a bowl, French style.


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