Nightfall in Manhattan

There are so many different ways to explore New York, but without doubt one of the most original is to get to know the city by night.

Once the sun sets and the city lights flare up, the streets of the Big Apple are illuminated in a dazzling glow, creating a truly spectacular experience.

The stunning night-time cityscape can be viewed from the dizzying heights of the Empire State building or from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck in the Rockefeller Centre.

Imagine taking a trip to the famous Brooklyn Bridge under the shimmering moonlight; or a romantic ramble down the Hudson river.

You could also wander down Fifth Avenue, the city's most famous street, or through Times Square, the most vibrant zone in the city.

And perhaps on the journey back to Manhattan, you could pay a visit to Little Italy - the famous Italian suburb that has been featured in numerous films - or Mulberry Street, with its many restaurants and bars.

There is also the opportunity to drop by some of the bars in West Village, where jazz bands play late into the night.

With so much choice and such breathtaking views, a night in New York promises to be one you will never forget.