Photos: Take a Bite Out of The Big Apple

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  1. A full moon rises over the skyline of New York City, as seen across the Hudson River in Weehawken, N.J., on April 25, 2013. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Commuters move through the grand hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Jan. 25, 2013. Since its grand beginnings in 1913, when it was dubbed the greatest railway terminal in the world with an $80 million price tag, Grand Central has been an integral part of New York City. (Brendan Mcdermid / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Revelers cheers under falling confetti at the stroke of midnight during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on Jan. 1, 2014. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. One World Trade Center overlooks the wedge-shaped pavilion entrance of the National September 11 Museum, lower right, and the square outlines of the memorial waterfalls in New York. (Mark Lennihan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout after flying out in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2011, at Yankee Stadium. Located in the South Bronx, the new stadium opened in 2009. (Jim Mcisaac / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Central Park was the first public park built in America. Its 843 acres include woodlands, lawns and water. Central Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and a New York City Landmark in 1974. More than 25 million visitors enjoy Central Park each year. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the U.S. The cathedral's construction began in 1858, and it opened its doors in 1879. (Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Skaters glide around the rink at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. The ice rink, open between October and April, has attracted more than 250,000 people a year since it first opened on Dec. 25, 1936. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Patrons line up outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem to see Amateur Night. Since 1934, Amateur Night at the Apollo has launched the careers of famous entertainers such as Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and many others. (Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The South Pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City commemorates those who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. (Justin Lane / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Pedestrians pass along a walkway under falling snow on the Brooklyn Bridge on Jan. 3, 2014, in New York. One of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S., the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. The Statue of Liberty looms over a visitor as he uses binoculars to look out onto New York Harbor on Oct. 13, 2013, in New York. About 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island each year. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Coney Island features entertainment parks, rides, an aquarium, a public beach, a boardwalk, fishing and Nathan's restaurant. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. New York City Subway dancer Marcus Walden aka "Mr Wiggles" performs acrobatic tricks on the subway while passengers watch Nov. 23, 2010. More than 4.3 million people ride the New York subway system every day. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of two-mile-long Roosevelt Island - between Manhattan and Queens - was dedicated in 2012. (Paul Warchol / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York has been around since 1924 and includes large balloons, floats and performances. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Visitors view the Manhattan skyline from Rockefeller Center's "Top of the Rock" observation deck. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Pedestrians walk along a path on the High Line park on June 7, 2011, in New York City. The High Line was formerly an elevated railway 30 feet above the city's West Side that was built in 1934 for freight trains. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The moon rises at sunset behind New York's Empire State building, which opened in 1931. At 102 stories high, the Empire State Building is the fourth tallest skyscraper in America. (Gary Hershorn / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 12/30/2008 9:51:19 AM ET 2008-12-30T14:51:19

The deal
Whether you’re a first time sightseer or a regular visitor, New York City is always a magical place to escape. Come to experience the winter wonderland of Central Park or spring’s enticing outdoor festivals, or just explore the city’s unparalleled cultural attractions, fashion-forward stores and topnotch restaurant scene.

With these wallet-friendly packages, you’ll enjoy deep discounts and savings on popular hotels and attractions. Note that some deals expire as soon as Jan. 31, so book soon for free nights and great rates from just $209/night.

3rd night free at prime luxury hotels
Book two consecutive nights at one of nine participating luxury New York City hotels from Jan. 9 through Feb. 27, and you’ll receive a complimentary third night with this fantastic winter offer.

Hotels participating in the free night promo include Jumeirah Essex House, Loews Regency, the London NYC, the New York Palace, the Sherry-Netherland Hotel, Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Plaza, the Waldorf Towers and the Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel.

Plus, enjoy special discounts on retail items at Saks Fifth Avenue and free post-shopping dessert and coffee in the flagship store’s Café SFA.

Embassy Suites New York sightseeing package
Located in the heart of downtown Manhattan, the Embassy Suites New York Hotel offers spacious suite accommodations within easy walking distance of the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry and amenities that include complimentary breakfast, snacks and high-speed Internet.

Book the hotel’s NYC Sightseeing Package and you’ll also enjoy discounts at popular city attractions including $30 off a World Yacht Dinner Cruise, $5 off a CitySights NY Double Decker All Around Town Tour, 20 percent off at Planet Hollywood and more. This special offer is available from as low as $209/night and valid through June 30.

Winter Wonderland package at New York Affinia hotels
Now available at Affinia Hotels in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., this special Winter Wonderland package includes admission for two at top city attractions along with spacious overnight accommodations.

Book the deal in New York City, and you and yours can spend the day ice-skating at Central Park’s Wollman Rink and bed down at a fine midtown Manhattan hotel. The package, which also includes free hot chocolate and gifts, runs through March 31 at a cost of $289/night.

Waldorf Astoria Museum of Modern Art VIP package
For classic New York City accommodations, consider a stay at the grand Waldorf Astoria, a luxury hotel since 1893. From spacious guestrooms to innovative dining to its posh new spa, this elegant landmark property leaves little to be desired.

Book the Waldorf’s Museum of Modern Art VIP ticket package and you’ll receive free VIP admission to one of the world’s premier art institutions (allowing guests to bypass lengthy ticket lines). Visit the museum before Jan. 5 and you can catch Van Gogh and the Colors of Night exhibit. We found the MoMA package available in January at a cost of $399/night, including deluxe queen room accommodations.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
New York in winter and spring is tourist city. Expect longer lines at top NYC attractions.

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