A long way from home: Franz Ferdinand soak up the sights and sounds of New York
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The boys get their photo taken with one of the city's famous yellow cabs
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FRANZ FERDINAND TAKE MANHATTAN BY STORM

Making an impression on the Big Apple is no easy task. Every year countless numbers of aspiring stars head for the streets of Manhattan in the hope of making a name for themselves, but only a handful will ever manage to establish themselves on the city's A-list. Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand look set to do just that, however, as they are currently riding a wave of success right into the heart of New York.

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The Glaswegian quartet, who have stormed the US charts with their second album You Could Have It So Much Better, were photographed soaking up the bright lights of the metropolis in between concerts. And they were welcomed by one of its most iconic residents, London-born David Bowie, when they performed at the famous Madison Square Garden venue.

Given that he has been living in New York for well over 20 years, David no doubt had plenty of tips on the best places to eat and hang out. Most of his adopted home's main attractions will already have been known to the band, however, as the sights of Manhattan are famous the world over.

Anyone paying a visit to the island would head for the legendary Statue of Liberty, while a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge offers some stunning views of the city's skyline. The Empire State Building is another must-see, along with the buzzing billboards of Times Square and the awe-inspiring arches of Grand Central Station.

A stroll through Central Park meanwhile makes for an idyllic way to wind down after an afternoon on the tourist trail, but those who prefer to indulge in a little retail therapy may prefer to take advantage of the unparalleled shopping opportunities that fill the surrounding streets.

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