The Big Apple continues to attract visitors from all over the globe
With the Empire State Building, Central Park and Broadway just a few of its many attractions, it's not hard to see why every year New York draws in hordes of tourists all keen to take a bite out of the Big Apple.
And it seems that in 2012 more travellers than ever packed their bags, invested in holiday insurance
and enjoyed a trip to this bustling city.
Figures have revealed that in 2012 New York welcomed a record 52 million visitors, an increase of 2.1 per cent from the previous year.
Tourists to the US city spent some $36.9 billion - which is up from $34.5 billion in 2011 - and created an estimated $55.3 billion in economic impact.
"New York City continues to attract people from all around the world who want to experience our unique culture, food, parks, shopping, arts and energy," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"We are well on our way to achieving our new goal of 55 million visitors and $70 billion in economic impact by 2015."
But if you didn't get the chance to fly stateside last year, then 2013 could be the perfect time to pay a visit to the Big Apple. Whether you're after a spot of sight-seeing, a cultural trip or a family holiday, with it's dazzling array of comedy clubs, jazz venues, theatres and iconic sights New York is sure to have something for you.
And at this time of year there are often a number of great deals on holidays to New York so you won't have to break the bank on your trip.
If you've never visited the city before, chances are you'll want to start with the biggest tourist sights, including then Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Ellis Island.
But if this is your second or third time in New York you may want to spend a couple of days exploring the lesser known areas such as Harlem and Brooklyn, where you'll find some hidden gems beyond the bright lights of Manhattan.
By Dennis Clarke