Essential New York

The Big Apple is the city that never sleeps. Even people who have yet to be seduced by New York already feel they know it thanks to films, TV shows and iconic images. This city therefore, needs no introduction. If you are planning a trip to Skyscraper National Park, you probably already know to go to the MoMA, The Empire State Building, Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty, The Guggenheim, The Rockefeller Centre, Central Park, Times' Square, Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

But these sights you can visit anytime, why should you visit New York now? Aside from being a Christmas shopaholics dream, there is plenty going on in this world city, which will make you want to go before 2010 is over.

New Yorkers love high society and the arts and from the first to the third of October, the aptly named New Yorker Festival celebrates the arts through excursions around the city as well as readings, debates, musical performances and interviews at venues including the New York State Theatre and Florence Gould Hall.

Baseball is an American institution and New York is home to two of the USA's best teams, the New York Yankees and the Mets. The first weekend in October is the when the last games of the season will be kicking off. So don't miss your chance to catch a game and snack on beer and hot dogs.

Seeing as New York has been the star of many a movie, it makes sense that it should hold its own film festival. From 24 September until 10 October The Lincoln Centre will premier over 25 films from foreign and domestic directors alike and welcomes up and coming talent as well as established greats.

Way back in 1492, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue and discovered a new land of hope a freedom, little did he know that over 600 years later Americans would celebrate this discovery with the Columbus Day parade in the Big Apple. Expect plenty of food, live music and American patriotism; bring out the apple pie and Star Spangled Banners.

Just because you are miles away from Germany, doesn't mean New Yorkers will want to miss out on an opportunity to drink beer all day. Oktoberfest in New York takes over Third Avenue for beer, bratwurst, pretzels and even a few lederhosen.