Discover New York: The Couples’ Guide

In City Escapes, Holiday Reviews - The Americas, Holiday Reviews - United States of America by The H4C Team

It’s one of the most exciting, romantic places in the world but as the most populous city in the USA, visiting New York can be a daunting prospect, even for the well-travelled couple.  

Getting the most out of this city is all about the neighbourhood you stay in, and trust us – they are all very different. That’s why we’ve compiled our individual neighbourhood guides to help you get the most out of your couples’ holiday to New York.

Upper West & Upper East Side | Midtown | Chelsea, Greenwich & West Village | East Village to Tribeca | Williamsburg & Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Image: Rhonda Bannister

From Harlem above Central Park in the north right down to the Lower East Side in the south and Brooklyn to the east, each neighbourhood possesses a distinct personality and unique vibe, so it’s a good idea to find out which best suits your personality before you book a hotel or apartment. Alternatively, to make the most of your visit, split your time with a few nights in upper Manhattan and the rest in Lower Manhattan.

Times Square, New York
Image: Rhonda Bannister

Need to know… 

East v West…

The island of Manhattan is only 21.6 km long and 3.7 km wide and because the streets are set out in a grid pattern with major avenues like Park, Lexington, Broadway and Madison running north-south and streets like 34th Street running from east to west it’s not hard to navigate your way around. The only trick is E or W! As an example, a street can be either W21st Street or E21st Street so just remember that the dividing point between east and west is at Fifth Ave and you’ll be all right. But, the exception to the EW rule is in the area south of Houston Street (acronym SOHO) in lower Manhattan where the Dutch, who first settled ‘New Amsterdam’ in 1625, used an irregular grid with street names rather than 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. Confused? Don’t be because when you’re there it will all fall into place like a jigsaw puzzle!

Getting around…

Taxis are reasonably priced but it’s the killer traffic that makes them an expensive way to travel. The subway is easy to use and can get you almost everywhere you want to go once you have worked out the grid of colours, numbers and letters – sounds confusing, but it’s not. Travelling north/south and vice versa is easy, just choose the right colour line to get you where you want to go. You can even transfer between lines at certain stations – for instance if you’re staying in the Upper East Side but want to get the subway to Bedford Street, Williamsburg, you would take the green line 4, 5, or 6 train south to 14th Street Union Square station and transfer to the grey line L train – all on one ticket.

In Manhattan, the Bronx is up, Brooklyn is down – Bronx bound trains are always heading uptown and Brooklyn bound trains are always heading downtown. Best advice is to get a subway map and study it. And don’t forget, this is a city made for walking so take your walking shoes!

Getting here…

Delta Air Lines operates daily nonstop service between Sydney and Los Angeles with convenient connections to New York all booked on one ticket. Choose BusinessElite® for the best experience with 180-degree full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access from every seat and a 15.4 inch screen with state-of-the-art entertainment system with an extensive library of movies, TV shows, music and games.

If departing from Melbourne or Brisbane you can fly direct to Los Angeles with partner airline, Virgin Australia.

Find out more about Delta destinations, schedules and fares online, or call toll free at 1800 144 917

Out of town…

The Hudson Valley is one of the locals’ favourite getaway destinations and you can easily do a day trip by train or, better still, hire a car and stay for a few nights in the lovely small towns like Saratoga Springs, Poughkeepsie, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow or Cold Springs where you’ll discover that life is lived at a much slower pace than in the city. Stay in traditional hotels and B&Bs, visit the many historic buildings, wineries and gardens and then potter around the lovely antique shops before settling into one of the cosy restaurants that thrive in these townships. 

Want more? Check out our individual neighbourhood guides to romantic New York: Upper West & Upper East Side | Midtown | Chelsea, Greenwich & West Village | East Village to Tribeca | Williamsburg & Brooklyn or read our feature article: Falling in love with New York City