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It’s exceptionally difficult to adequately convey in words just how extraordinary New York City actually is! Despite being only 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide, it is the most populated city in the United States, with over 8 million residents (twice as big as 2nd place LA) – where over 800 different languages are spoken. It’s the most cultural diverse city you could find, anywhere in the world – by miles! It’s also the most densely populated city in America – and when you’re out and about on the streets of New York you can certainly appreciate this – as there is no waste land or undeveloped space ANYWHERE! Buildings pour out of other buildings and the intensity of New Yorkers, mixed with the constant noise and energy makes it a truly magical place to spend time.

As a Camp America participant, you are give a FREE London to New York return flight and therefore you are GUARANTEED to spend at least some time, in New York City. Everyone’s seen it on TV (Friends, Home Alone 2, Ghostbusters) and everyone knows the tourist hot-spots (Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building) – but New York has to be seen to be believed...

If shopping is your thing, then you couldn’t be anywhere else better in the world! If you’re looking for something chic and unique, head to Soho and check out its plethora of boutiques and flagship branded stores. If you’re looking for a bargain, head to Chinatown where you can also sample some of the best Chinese food outside of China. And if it’s the high-end stuff you’re into, get up to Fifth Avenue, where you’re met with wall-to-wall super-brands, such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffanys.

If you’re a foodie – then consider this place food heaven! Being so cultural diverse, every style of food is represented between New York’s 20,000 (yes TWENTY THOUSAND) restaurants. You can eat like a king on a low-budget and when you see the portion size you’re given then you’ll understand why our Trans-Atlantic friends pack on a few extra pounds... Many delhi’s in New York stay open 24/7 and here you can build your own feast from an unbelievable range of meats, salads and local dishes.

If you’re a big sports fan then there may not be a better city to see sport played, at the highest level. Take the Subway up to the Bronx to see the world-famous New York Yankees – where you can sit in the bleachers for $10! (There’s also 160+ baseball games per season – so you’ll never not get a ticket!) If baseball’s not your cup of tea then check out the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden (where you’ll maybe catch Jay-Z and Beyonce court-side). At Madison Square Garden you’ll also find the New York Rangers, who are the resident Ice-Hockey team of New York. The US Open Tennis Finals usually kicks off at the end of August, so if you’re a big tennis fan you can take the train out to Flushing Meadows and see the world’s best players compete for the final Grand Slam of the year. And if American sports just aren’t your thing, then take the train out to the Red Bull Arena to see the New York Red Bulls; where you’ll maybe see Thierry Henry, Teemu Tainio and even Wayne Rooney’s brother John, in action.

Cultural/tourist wise; you’d need 6 months in New York to see and do everything! Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, take the ferry out to Ellis Island and see Lady Liberty, check out a free-gig in Central Park at the Summerstage, go to Katz’ Delhi (where they filmed When Harry Met Sally) in East Village for the biggest pastrami sandwich you’ll ever see,

visit Times Square at night and stand with your jaw-dropped/mouth open in sheer and utter amazement at the neon lights and its sheer magnitude, take the Subway – just for the sake of taking the Subway, head to Fulton Street and see them bring in the days catch at the Fish Market, go to Macy’s on 34th (the biggest department store in the world), go to the top of the Empire State Building and see the view, go to Madison Square Park for a burger from Shake Shack (guaranteed there won’t be any fewer than 50 people in-line), go hit golf balls at the driving range in Chelsea Piers at 4am, check out the Flatiron Building on 23rd or check out the Guggenheim or the Natural History Museum – or both! These are only our suggestions – but there are literally a million and one things to do in this amazing city! Why not take part in our One Day Trek - Slice of New York and see the city with an expert tour guide?

Accommodation wise, New York has a multitude of hotels and hostels; starting from around $20 per night for the more budget places. Hostels are always clean, populated and packed with facilities; such as pool tables, TVs with cable and internet access. Hostels are always full of camp participants in August and early September, so they’re great places to meet other applicants who are up for exploring the city!

All in all, there’s potentially not a greater city in the world – and with Camp America, we’re providing you with a fantastic platform to explore all the city has to offer!

"I have really enjoyed my time at camp and the whole experience has opened my eyes to want to try new things"

Sophie Phillips, 2012 Participant, YMCA Camp Fuller

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