NEW YORK CITY & THE LAID BACK DELIGHTS OF LONG ISLAND
Manhattan with its instantly recognizable skyline helps make New York a one of a kind destination, whether it’s your first or fiftieth visit there is always something new to see and do in the city that never sleeps.
Getting around in New York City could not be easier and the best way is on foot, the avenue’s run roughly North & South, except at the very tips of the island, and the streets East & West so getting lost is virtually impossible! However, if your feet really cannot take anymore then hop on, and off, the double decker city sights buses which stop at various points of interest all over Manhattan, Times Square, Macy’s, Empire State Building, Chinatown, Wall Street, Central Park, the list is endless.
New York is made up of the 5 boroughs, Manhattan, Staten Island, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, and it is through the borough of Queens that you leave the skyscrapers and hustle and bustle of the city behind as the scenery changes to magnificent landscaping, rolling hills and vineyards, and the mansions of The Hamptons, home to the rich and famous!
At 118 miles long and up to 20 miles wide hire car is the easiest way to see most of what long island has to offer, pick up your car in New York and take the Long Island Expressway to the North Shore, travelling into The Gold Coast area immortalised in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. The area is so called because of the affluent families who chose to build their mansions here, many of which are now open for the public to have a glimpse of how the other half lived!
As you head east towards the North Fork you can stock up on some bargains at Tanger in Riverhead, Long Island’s largest factory outlet featuring over 165 designer shops, open 363 days a year it is a bargain hunter’s paradise. What better way to relax, after shopping till you drop, than a spot of wine tasting. There are over 60 vineyards on Long Island, more than 30 of which are open to visitors, sample the latest award-winning vintage and enjoy lunch at one of the fabulous local restaurants. Paumonok vineyards produces an outstanding wine that is included in the ‘1001 wines to taste before you die’ book.
Take the car ferry between the North & South Fork, with hourly services from Greenport and Sag Harbor, Southampton, Bridgehampton and East Hampton are just a few of the charming and historic villages waiting to be discovered, chic and always with the possibility of spotting a celebrity, roam around to experience some of that ‘Old Time Charm’ that still exists in this area. It is well worth a drive to the end of Long island and Montauk Point, home to Long Islands oldest lighthouse where you can climb the 137 steps to the top of the tower.
Of all the attractions spending a day at the beach is top of the list, Long Island beaches are renowned for their fine white sand, spectacular waves and beautiful sunsets and the South Shore is the best place to experience them, with its miles of hiking trails and boardwalks. It is worth taking a ferry trip across to Fire Island, virtually traffic free it is a tranquil wilderness of sand dunes, forests and wildlife.
With so much to see and do it makes sense to speak with Amity World Travel the tailor made specialist, with a wealth of personal experience they can help you to decide how to make the most of your time in and around the Big Apple.