New York's Life Hotel is blessed with an authentic backstory.
Helicopters have been whisking the wealthy from Manhattan to New York's airports for decades. Now the ride costs as little as $US195 ($A280), and you can book it via a smartphone.
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In a city of fast fads and revolving-door restaurants, an extraordinary number of eateries have stood the test of time, serving as a living archive of New York's history.
The area around the World Trade Centre site is now a go-to district for culture vultures and foodies alike.
Looking for a culture hit? Here are eight destinations that will hit the spot.
Many a celebrity has been smitten by this authentic old-style watering hole.
This is where, 50 years ago, Bob Dylan tinkered on an Olivetti typewriter, producing 139 songs together with The Band.
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.