It's not often a writer gets to travel on Aladdin's magic carpet, but that's one way to describe my latest trip.
We're a family with two teenage children. We need shopping, history and ease of travel.
Even the most sceptical child can become bewitched by the lights on Broadway.
We were warned there would be food - and lots of it.
The Big Apple can be daunting for first-timers. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your stay.
Use pedal power to see New York City like a local with the Big Apple's bike-sharing program, writes Kristie Kellahan.
A refreshing change from the polished perfection of most urban luxury hotels.
Even in the biting cold, a spell on New York's Broadway warms a theatre lover's heart, writes Angie Kelly.
Everything here is familiar but on a much larger scale. Whether it be craning your neck to gawp at monolithic skyscrapers and the neon lights of Times Square, to the smoke that pours from street potholes and its yellow cabs, New York makes any trip to the US epic. Don't miss iconic sights such as Fifth Avenue, Central Park and the Empire State Building, grazing your way through amazing delicatessens and visiting Broadway.