New York, New York… Who doesn’t have a visit to the Big Apple on their bucket lists? Here’s why it’s on ours.

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1. The Manhattan skyline

Close your eyes and think of a skyscraper. If you’re picturing the iconic skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan, then you’d be forgiven for assuming that New York boasts the world’s tallest or even oldest buildings. While this is untrue, the New York skyline remains the most iconic in the world. And if you are an architecture buff, the city has also devoted an entire museum to cloud-piercers – the Skyscraper Museum.

2. The art and history

There are nearly 700 galleries in New York city. Within a week, you can experience an overwhelming amount of art and history in any of New York’s museums and galleries. From fossilized dinosaur bones and other world wonders at the Museum of Natural History, to ancient art and Jackson Pollock’s at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – you can experience it all in one place.

3. The diverse population

New York is home to 8.4 million people, making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world. This gives travelers the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Learn more about other cultures, practice a new language or simply sample cuisines from all corners of the globe in this diverse city. Travelling solo? You’ll never feel lonely here.

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4. The chance to experience global cuisine on every corner

The city features over 8000 restaurants, and that’s excluding the countless food trucks, deli’s and street food options available. With a variety of 24hr gourmet options with Asian, Indian, Italian or even Easter Eurpean influences, you’re likely to find a cure for even the strangest of midnight cravings.

5. The variety of sartorial destinations

New York offers a plethora of diverse shopping experiences. Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and spend a day shopping at Fifth Avenue, the high-end designer stores of Madison Avenue or the independent shops of Williamsburg.

In just 720km, New York offers travelers more experiences than you could ever hope to encounter in one lifetime. This is the reason the Big Apple is our must-visit city for 2015.

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