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New York, New York, the city so great they named it twice, goes by many other names as well. Probably most interesting to the traveller is the unofficial declaration of being the "world's capital." New York is the largest city in the USA, the fourth largest city in the world, and one of the most ethnically diverse cities on earth. The city is made up of five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island. New York is the largest city in the state of New York and with a lively atmosphere it is a city worth visiting. The city is packed with museums, theatres, top class restaurants and shops.
The island borough of Manhattan is one of the most important financial and business centers in the USA and major center for international business. It is home to the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, as well as numerous skyscrapers in the southern end of the city (called "downtown") and the Midtown centered around Times Square at 42nd Street and Broadway. One of the reasons New York is called the "World's Capital" is the presence of the United Nations headquarters, in addition to the ethnically diverse neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Washington Heights. Newly hip areas like SoHo, TriBeCa mix with old money in the Upper East Side. The high rents of the Upper West Side eventually meld into Harlem, the once off-limits area of New York that is slowly becoming a tourist attraction. In the middle of it all is Central Park, a large natural oasis in the otherwise concrete jungle of Manhattan.
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The most ethnically diverse of the 5 boroughs, Queens offers the traveller a chance for great ethnic cuisine. It is also home to the New York Mets baseball team, the US Open Tennis tournament and the Aquaduct horse racing track. As the location for both John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, it is also a likely arrival point for most travellers.
The Bronx (officially just Bronx, but locals will always use "The Bronx") is the northernmost borough in New York City. The local people are known for there strong identity and is is a great place to spend a few hours.
Brooklyn, the largest of the five boroughs is separated from Manhattan by the East River, over which the Brooklyn Bridge spans. Coney Island is home to amusement parks, beaches and hotdogs, including the famous 4th of July Hotdog eating contest held every year at the original Nathan's Hotdogs. Brooklyn also contains a botantical garden and a world-class museum.
Staten Island is the southern most borough in New York, and the only borough not served by the expansive New York Subway system. Ferries crossing from the southern tip of Manhattan to Staten Island provide excellent (and free) views of the both Ellis Island the the Statue of Liberty. The Staten Island ferry runs 24 hours a day and is every half an hour from 8:00am to 9:00pm.
The sprawl around New York is impressive. It expands into an area covering 3 states and just keeps going!
New York is home to two of the most famous baseball teams in the world. These two teams also have one of the strongest rivalries in the country. A trip to New York can't be complete during the summer without catching a Mets or Yankees game.
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Central Park is the best known city park in New York, and maybe even in the United States. It was the first ever urban landscaped park in the United States and was opened in 1859 although not completed till 1873. An icon of New York and a great place to settle down from the hustle and bustle. It is located between 59th Street and 110th Street and from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue making a large green space in the center of the city that is over a square mile in size! The park is more than just a large flat green area. The park has several lakes, sporting facilities, and a couple of famous buildings including the Metropolitan Museum. The Great Lawn in summer also acts as a field for open air concerts. Another famous part of the park is Strawberry Fields, which was created in honour of John Lennon, who was murdered at the steps of the Dakota building, near Central Park. Furthermore you can find Belvedere Castle and a zoo in the Park. No trip to New York is not complete without a quick visit to Central Park and its large enough that its possible to find an empty space here among its 25 million annual visitors.
The Chrysler building, located at 405 Lexington Ave, and 42nd Street, was built between 1928 and 1930, and with 319 metres (the height of the antenna), it was for one year the heighest building in the world. It was built in the Art-Deco style that was fashionable during the twenties and early thirties. The Chrysler boss at that moment, instructed the architect, William van Alen to make some references to the Chrysler cars. Van Alen did this and on the building you can find gargoyles that are modeled after Chrysler automobiles, and other references to Chrysler cars. The most distinctive part of the skyscraper is the crown that is made out of stainless steel and small triangular windows. When it is dark the illumination of the crown, makes it to one of New York's most recognisable sights.
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Close to the Statue of Liberty and actualy a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island is the place where millions of new Americans entered the country. From 1892 until 1954, around 12 million immigrants arrived at the Ellis Island Immigration Station, of which 2% were denied entry to the country. Some of the notable people who started their new lives in the USA here were: writer Isaac Asimov, gangster Lucky Luciano, actor Rudolph Valentino, Olympic swimming champion, actor Johnny Weissmüller (Tarzan) and comedian Bob Hope, after whom the library of Ellis Island has been named. Nowadays the island is home to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which is visited by millions of people, usualy in combination with a visit to the Statue of Liberty.
To reach Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty you need to take the boat service with the Circle Line, which is the only company that has services to the Islands. The ferry leaves from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey and from the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City.
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The Empire State Building is, at 381 metres (or 448.7 metres if you include the antenna), the tallest building in New York City, located at the junction of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Built in a typical art deco style, that was in fashion before World War II, it was the heighest in the world from the opening in 1932 until it was surpassed by the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 1972. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, it again became the tallest building in the New York skyline. Visitors primarily come to the tower to have a look at the panorama over New York from the observation deck, which is located on the 86th floor. Most tourists tend to forget that in the building, around a thousand offices are located, employing about 21,000 people. The building has been a site of many films, most notable is King Kong, and maybe the least know is the film Empire by Andy Warhol, which is 8 hours and 5 minutes long, showing the Empire State building from July 25-26, 1964 from 8:06pm to 2:42am (the difference in the time, is because of the speed at which the film is projected).
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One World Trade Center (1 WTC), or Freedom Tower as it was called in the earlier stages, is the tallest building in New York City since April 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. The construction is part of an effort to memorialize and rebuild following the destruction of the original World Trade Center complex during the attacks of September 11, 2001. The building is build on the spot were 6 WTC used to be. On November 2, 2012 the concrete floor of the 104th floor was poured, which meant that the top floor was finished, and the construction of the antenna, which will reach up to 1,776 feet began (the number of feet bing a reference to the year of independence of the USA). The opening of the building is expected in late 2013.
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One the most famous statues in the world is the Statue of Liberty, officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World. It is not only an icon for New York but also the entire country. The statue was a gift from the French people to celibrate the centennial of the Independence of the United States. The statue was constructed in France, and after completion shipped to the USA, where it was stored for 11 months, to await the completion of the pedestal. The 46-metre-high statue was finally unveiled in November 1886.
Liberty Island was closed after the attacks of 9/11, and only reopened in 2004. The statue interior and the crown was opened to the public again since July 2009, but limited to only 3000 people a day. Two smaller statues predates the statue that is placed in New York. One stands in Paris in the Jardin de Luxembourg, and a second stands in front of the city hall in Maceió, Brazil. After the success of these statues, it was decided to go huge. Nowadays there are several copies of the statue of liberty to be found all over the world.
The High Line is a 2.5-kilometre-long part of the former elevated freight railroad of the West Side Line. Located along the lower west side of Manhattan, it has been redesigned and planted as a greenway. The original High Line was built in the early 1930's to prevent fatal accidents that occurred along street level and to offer direct warehouse-to-freight car service. It was in use until 1980. The new High Line opened up with the southernmost section as a city park on June 8, 2009. The "Lenape Edible Estate: Manhattan" officially opened to the public on Monday, September 14th and there were also festivities to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson to the island of Manhattan.
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Times Square, which began life as Formerly Longacre, was renamed to its current name in 1904 when the newspaper the New York Times moved it's headquarter to the square, in a tower called One Times Square. It is located at the spot where Broadway and 7th avenue are intersecting each other. An area stretching from 42nd street until 47th street. At the square you will find many lights, making one big commercial display. Since 1907 it hosts the ball drop at New Year's Eve.
One of the largest and most famous museums in the world is located on the eastside of Central Park. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or in short just the Met, houses a collection of paintings and sculptures from old over the world and from the old masters to modern artists. It also has a huge collection of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian, African, Asiatic, Oceanic and Islamic pieces of art in the collection. There is also a collection of musical instruments on display. In a separate wing of the museum you can find the Robert Lehman Collection, which was a private collection passed on to the museum after his death. It contains several works of famous artists like El Greco, Goya, Botticelli and Rembrandt.
At the Hudson river there is a dependance on 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, called the Cloisters. The branch of the Met, focusses on the Middle Ages in Europe. If you want to explore the entire collection of the Met, make sure that your visit to New York is a long one.
The Guggenheim is another great art museum. The Guggenheim museum is a museum that focuses on art from the 20th and the 21st Century. The collection was brought together by combining several smaller privately owned collections. the collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim and his niece Peggy Guggenheim together with the collections of Justin K. Thannhauser and Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo form the focal point of the Guggenheim. Nowadays there are also two dependances of the Guggenheim, one in Berlin, Germany, and the other one in Bilbao, Spain.
MoMA, as the Museum of Modern Art is usually called, is an amazing modern art museum with leading artists showing their work. A renovation project carried out between 2002 and 2004 nearly doubled the space for MoMA's exhibitions. Amongst the artists on display are famous names like van Gogh, Matisse, Cezanne, Mondrian, Warhol and Bacon. Besides paintings it also has a collection of films, photographs, multimedia, performance art. design and architecture.
New York City has warm summers and relatively mild winters, although temperatures occasionally drop to below -20 °C. Averages are around 4 °C though, with light frost at night. Summers are around 27 °C or 28 °C dropping to around 18 °C at night, but highs of well over 35 °C are measured regularly. Precipition is quite evenly distributed throughout the year, most of it falls in the form of rain, although sometimes decent amounts of snow leave the city with a white blanket. Spring and autumn are good times to visit The Big Apple.
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|Avg Min||-3.9 °C||-3.2 °C||1.1 °C||6 °C||11.3 °C||16.6 °C||20.1 °C||19.6 °C||15.6 °C||9.6 °C||4.7 °C||-0.8 °C|
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There are three major airports in the New York City area:
For more information about flights, destinations and how to get to New York City from these airports, visit the respective articles.
All trains going to New York are operated by Amtrak. Most intercity trains will arrive at Pennsylvania Station, located at 7th Avenue and 34th Street. Others (mostly from northern suburbs and Connecticut) will arrive at the Grand Central Terminal.
|Acela train||Boston - New York - Philadelphia - Washington, D.C.|
|Adirondack||Montreal - Albany - New York|
|Cardinal/Hoosier State||New York - Washington, D.C. - Cincinnati - Indianapolis - Chicago|
|Carolinian/Piedmont||New York - Raleigh - Charlotte|
|Crescent||New York - Atlanta - New Orleans|
|Empire Service||New York - Albany - Syracuse - Rochester - Buffalo - Niagara Falls|
|Ethan Allen Express||Rutland - Albany - New York|
|Keystone||New York - Philadelphia - Harrisburg|
|Lakeshore Limited||New York/Boston - Albany - Chicago|
|Maple Leaf||Toronto - New York|
|Northeast Regional||Boston - Springfield/Providence - New York - Washington, D.C. - Newport News|
|Pennsylvanian||New York - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh|
|Silver Service/Palmetto||New York - Washington, D.C. - Charleston - Savannah - Jacksonville - Orlando - Tampa/Miami|
|Vermonter||St. Albans - Burlington - Springfield - New York - Washington, D.C.|
Numerous roads connect New York with other parts of the US, with Interstates 78 and 80 running to the east and Interstates 87 and 95 running in north-northwestern direction, with the latter continuing southeastwards. Note that getting into New York or leaving the city by car can be an exciting experience to say the least.
Greyhound offers buses from New York City to many major cities in the USA.
New Jersey Transit has buses to Jersey, among which are 10-12 daily buses to Atlantic City. Peter Pan Bus has regular services to Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.. Shortline Bus offers buses to New Jersey and other towns and cities in New York State. Vamoose Bus goes to Arlington, Virginia.
Other options include Bolt Bus, Megabus, Neon Bus, Apexbus, Washington Deluxe, MVP Bus and Limoliner. Destinations are mostly the main cities in the northeast of the US.
There are very regular and cheap buses from Chinatown to cities like Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Check Fungwah Bus and 2000 New Century for this perfect options.
Driving around in New York is not only unnecessary but also not advisable. Finding a car park is hard and street parking is non-existent in tourist attractions or crowded areas. If car park is available, charges are very high and paying $40 a day is not at all uncommon. The entire city is a Tow Away zone and you can expect your car to be gone when you return if you leave your car parked illegally. Car rentals are generally more expensive than the rest of the country and a high deposit of up to $500 is required if you do not have a credit card. Driving in the city can be intimidating for the timid. Many city cab drivers are aggressive drivers, while traffic in the city centre and during rush hours can be overwhelming for the inexperienced. In other words, don't get a car unless really necessary. Public transportation is the best choice for visitors to get around New York City.
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
New York has one of the most expansive subway systems in the world, and especially for travellers is an ideal option, with many of the main tourist sites covered by the subway system, though with 422 stations and 26 different lines, the subway can be confusing, but free maps of the system are available at most hotels, or online in both interactive and PDF format.
Rides on the subways cost $2.00. To pay your fare, the subway system uses the MetroCard, a yellow paper card that has a "stored" value of money on it. For $10.00, riders get $12.00 deposited on their MetroCard (in essence, a free ride). Riders swipe the card when entering the subway station, and $2.00 for the ride is deducted. MetroCards can also be used on the MTA buses, as well as PATH trains, JFK AirTrain and the Roosevelt Island Tram.
In addition the subway system, there is an extensive network of bus routes running above ground at street level.
Use the MTA NYC Transit Trip Planner to plan your itinerary get detailed information on routes to take, schedules and fares for your journey. Be warned that most repair work that reroutes subways occurs on nights and weekends. You can have the MTA site email you weekend advisories.
The PATH Rapid-Transit System is run by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and connects Manhattan with New Jersey. The PATH system runs 24 hours, and makes staying in Jersey City, Hoboken or Newark an option for travellers wanting to see Manhattan and looking for cheaper accomodations.
There are 4 different lines in the PATH system, connecting Mid-town Manhattan (33rd Street) and the World Trade Center to Newark, New Jersey and Hoboken, New Jersey. You can check the current PATH fares on their website.
New Jersey Transit Trains and Buses
NJ Transit connects Manhattan with the cities and towns across the Hudson River in New Jersey. Bus service runs from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 8th Avenue and 42nd Street through the Lincoln tunnel into New Jersey. Train service runs into Pennsylvania Station at 7th Avenue and 34th Street.
Use the NJ Transit Trip Planner to plan your itenerary get detailed information on routes to take, schedules and fares for your journey.
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Running from Manhattan and Brooklyn out to the communities on Long Island, the LIRR is mostly a commuter service for workers living in the suburbs and working in New York City.
For travellers the LIRR can provide easy access to areas in Queens, specifically the US Open Tennis tournament or Shea Stadium for a NY Met's baseball game. The LIRR can also be used in commuting from the New York area airports.
Taxi cabs in New York City are bright yellow. They can be found at taxi stands, or hailed off the street (generally by raising your hand and whistling or yelling). Available taxis can be identified by the numbers on the roof of the cab. If they are lit, the taxi is available.
All yellow taxi cabs in New York City use a meter to determine the rate to be paid. Rates for taxi cabs are as follows:
There may be additional charges for tolls if you cross a bridge or tunnel. It is generally expected to tip the driver an additional 10% - 20% of the amount on the meter. Many of the taxis to the airports are flat fee.
Taxi costs sound a bit confusing so here is a list of a few standard taxi fares, these are only approximate and can vary due to traffic and other factors outside of the driver's control.
New York has, as you might expect of the Big Apple, all the eating options covered and you can find almost every type of food available and every cuisine of the world represented. There are literally tens of thousands of restaurants, ranging from dingy $0.99-a-slice pizza joints to $500-a-plate prix fixe sushi. Thousands of delis, bodegas, and grocery stores dot every corner of the city and do it yourself meals are easy and cheap to find. Street food comes in various tastes, ranging from the ubiquitous New York hot dog vendors to the many middle eastern carts at street corners in Midtown. Fast food is as plentiful and as diverse as you can imagine. Fruit stalls appear at many intersections from spring to fall with ready to eat strawberries, bananas, apples, etc. available at very low cost and vegetarian and vegan options abound throughout the city.
Maybe it's the size of New Yorkers' tiny kitchens, or perhaps it's the enormous melting-pot immigrant populations, but either way, this city excels at every kind of restaurant. There are fancy famous-chef restaurants, all ethnic cuisines and fusion/updates of ethnic cuisines (second-generation immigrants tweaking their family tradition), plus all the fashionable spots, casual bistros, lounges for drinking and noshing and more.
It's only a slight exaggeration to say that virtually every type of cuisine is available in New York. And in some neighborhoods you'll find many national and regional styles represented. However, certain neighborhoods, particularly those in Queens, really shine in terms of the sheer variety available to visitors. Where Manhattan's high rents often result in expensive restaurants and sometimes watered-down, unnaturally sweetened food, Queens' vast array of cuisines are often served primarily to patrons from the country where it originated. Not that Manhattan is completely bereft by any stretch, however: a wide variety of Chinese options can be found in Chinatown, there's the small Koreatown with some very good (but not necessarily cheap) restaurants, Washington Heights is the center for Dominican food, the East Village is full of Japanese eateries of various types, and part of Murray Hill is known as "Curry Hill" for its proliferation of Indian restaurants. But in Queens, Flushing offers a vast and diverse array of Chinese (including Northeastern, Sichuan, Hunanese, Shanghainese, etc.), Korean, and Indian eateries; Jackson Heights includes a prominent Indian section among a vast Latin American neighborhood whose eateries span the American continents from Chilean to Mexican and almost everything in between; nearby Elmhurst features various Southeast Asian (for example Vietnamese and Thai, with a couple of Indonesian and Malaysian restaurants thrown in) and Chinese cuisines, Long Island City has locally well-known Middle Eastern establishments among a very diverse set of good establishments; nearby Astoria is best known for its Greek food; and Rego Park has Uzbek dining halls. In Brooklyn, Brighton Beach is noted for its Russian eateries, while Sunset Park is home to a third Chinatown as well as plenty of Malaysian and Vietnamese options. Italian options can be found in virtually every neighborhood, although a higher number appear in Staten Island, the East Village, Greenwich Village, heavily Italian parts of Brooklyn like Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge, and the area around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. (Italian restaurants in Manhattan's "Little Italy" are mostly for tourists only, and New Yorkers generally avoid Mulberry St. between Canal and Broome.)
A peculiarly New York thing, a true New York pizza is a plain cheese pizza with a very thin crust (sometimes chewy, sometimes crisp), and an artery-hardening sheen of grease on top. From just about any pizzeria you can get a whole pie or a slice with a variety of toppings available, or ask for "a slice" if you just want a piece of plain cheese pizza. Just fold in half lengthwise, be sure to grab a lot of napkins, and enjoy. Or pick up one with pepperoni - the quintessential meal on the go in New York. Pizza-by-the-slice places can be found all over the city, and include the many different variations of "Ray's Pizza", all of which claim to be the original thing. However, perhaps the most respected of the corner joints is the wildly popular Joe's in Greenwich Village.
But while pizza in New York is generally considered a fast food, the most respected pizzerias in the city are those that act like sit-down restaurants, serving whole pies only; no slices. Except for DiFara's, all the following pizzerias use a classic New York style of coal-fired, rather than gas-fired ovens, which allows them to bake their pizza for a very short time at very high temperatures, producing a unique style of crispy, slightly charred crust that makes their output quite different from the average corner slice shop. Every New Yorker has their own personal favorite, but several routinely make it to the top of the list. Lombardi's in Little Italy is regarded as the oldest pizzeria in town and continues to draw in big crowds of tourists, but Patsy's in East Harlem has long been regarded by connoisseurs as serving perhaps the purest example of plain New York-style coal-oven pizza (don't order any toppings, though). Greenwich Village is the center of pizza on Manhattan, home to not only Joe's but also the classic John's and the popular Arturo's. In Brooklyn, Grimaldi's in DUMBO is hugely popular with lines that go down the street, while Totonno's on Coney Island and Di Fara's in Midwood remain mainstays with the locals. There are also excellent brick-oven establishments serving Neapolitan or other styles of pizza that are not classic New York but well worth having.
New York has one of the best nightlife's in the entire world! If you want dingy dive bars, underground clubs, giant discos, swanky lounges or just a bohemian arty hang out there are 1,000s to choose from no mater where you are in the city! Smoking has been banned in all New York bars and this has helped change there image. No trip to New York is complete with out a night on the town. But be prepared the drinks are not cheap anywhere!
On Manhattan, Greenwich Village is probably the best neighborhood to go if you are in town for just a brief period, full of locals of all ages, especially students attending NYU. Chelsea has lots of clubs and a thriving gay scene, and if you are European and looking for a discothèque, this is where you want to be. The Meatpacking District holds trendier bars and clubs and some expensive restaurants. The Lower East Side, formerly the dingy alternative to the West Village, has become trendier today, with an influx of hipsters in recent years. The East Village also has lots of bars, as well as a sizeable cluster of Japanese bars. Nearby, Alphabet City, once a dangerous drug-addled hell hole, has since cleaned up and is loaded with bars. Murray Hill is more hip with the 30-year-old crowd, with many Indian restaurants and plenty of watering holes, including a couple of fireman bars and an all Irish whiskey pub. Times Square is a very touristy area with a few classy hotel rooftop bars, although very few New Yorkers would be caught dead at these places.
In Brookyln, Williamsburg is the capital of NYC's hipster scene, and many of New York's small music venues are located here. Bay Ridge has one of the highest concentrations of bars in the city in a neighborhood that has been generally Irish/Italian and does not have the hipster/yuppie scene common in New York. Park Slope, however, is the yuppie capital of New York and you are more likely to find a tea house serving soy milk than a bar here. There is some low-key nightlife, although in recent years this has been on the decline. A number of lesbian bars are located in this area.
Queens is home to Woodside, an Irish neighborhood great for happy hour and drinking festivities before a Mets baseball game. Astoria is home to Queens' Bohemian Hall Beer Garden, which covers an entire city block, is walled and filled with trees, indoor and outdoor tables and a cool crowd, and serves great Czech and German beer. And on Staten Island, St. George has a few bars located south of the ferry terminal, with good live music.
New York City can be expensive for the budget traveller. Hostels generally cost about $25 to $35 per night for shared, dorm accomodations. Hotels start at $70 and run upwards, though location, time of year and day of week will affect the rates.
A unique compromise between hotel and dorm hostel is Bowery's Whitehouse of New York, providing single or double accomodations in miniscule rooms with open, lattice ceilings, offering the security of an enclosed, locked room with the space of a dorm room. Rates are around $30 per person, plus taxes, depending on time of year. Reservations are highly recommended as far in advance as possible, as the Whitehouse fills up quickly. Reservations and rates can be found at the Bowery's Whitehouse of New York website.
Brooklyn and Queens, both well serviced by the subway system are good alternatives to staying in Manhattan. As well, the PATH system running 24 hours means that travellers could also look at staying in Jersey City, Newark or Hoboken and still have great access to Manhattan.
|AAE Super Eight Hostel New York||139-01 Jamaica Ave Jamaica Van Wyck Subway New York||Hostel||74|
|American Dream Hostel||168 East 24th Street between Lexington and 3rd Av||Hostel||84|
|Central Park Properties Private Rooms & Apartments||242West 116th St New York, NY||APARTMENT||-|
|Chelsea International Hostel||251 West 20th Street||Hostel||79|
|Chelsea Star Hotel||300 West 30th Street NY 10001||Hostel||-|
|Chic&Budget 131 Guest House||269 West 131th Street Harlem||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Flushing YMCA||138-46 Northern Blvd. Flushing NY||Hostel||72|
|Greenpoint Lodge||95 Norman Ave Brooklyn||Apartment||76|
|Greenpoint YMCA||99 Meserole Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11222||Hostel||78|
|Harlem YMCA||180 West 135th Street NY 10030||Hostel||84|
|Hostelling International New York||891 Amsterdam Avenue NY 10025-4403||Hostel||86|
|Hotel 17||225 E. 17th Street||Hotel||76|
|Hotel 31||120 East 31st Street||Hotel||79|
|International Student Center||38 West 88th Street Manhattan NY 10024||Hostel||80|
|Jazz on the Park-Hostel||36 West 106th Street @ Central Park West New York City||Hostel||74|
|La Sienna||241 West 123rd Street||Guesthouse||80|
|Latham Hotel||4 E. 28th Street||Hotel||-|
|Marrakech Hotel on Broadway||2690 Broadway||HOTEL||75|
|Morningside Inn||235 West 107th street New York, NY 10025||Hotel||78|
|Serenity Guest House||57 Rutland Road Brooklyn New York||Guesthouse||82|
|SoHotel||341 Broome St 10013||Hotel||79|
|Sun Bright Hotel||140 Hester St||Hostel||-|
|Swiss 1291 Hostel||255 West 55th Street, (Between 8th and Broadway)||HOSTEL||-|
|Chelsea Inn||46 West 17th Street||HOTEL||83|
|The Gershwin Hotel||7 East 27th Street NY 10016||Hostel||-|
|The Jane||113 Jane Street||Guesthouse||78|
|The New York Loft Hostel||249 Varet St. Brooklyn, NY||Hostel||-|
|Twelve Towns YMCA||570 Jamaica Avenue Brooklyn||Hostel||-|
|Accommodation Alternatives (NYC)||41-35 45th Street,||APARTMENT||-|
|Urban Oasis||5 W 31st Street New York City||Hostel||-|
|Vanderbilt YMCA||224 East 47th St. NY 10017||Hostel||76|
|West Side YMCA||5 West 63rd St. N.Y. 10023||Hostel||73|
|Windsor Hotel Inc.||108 Forsyth Street||Hotel||-|
|Wolcott Hotel||4 West 31st Street||Hotel||-|
|ZIP112||112 N 6th st. 5F Brooklyn||Hostel||-|
|Chic&Budget 131 Apartment||269 west 131st street, New York||APARTMENT||-|
|AAE New York Hostel||13909 89th Ave JFK AIRPORT||Hostel||-|
|The Macaw Guest House||106 east 101st street||Guesthouse||-|
|Jazz on Amsterdam Avenue||201 West 87th Street New York, NY||Hostel||76|
|Home Away Inn||198 Rutledge Street||Apartment||-|
|Madison Avenue Suite B||3rd Avenue New York||Apartment||-|
|Madison Avenue Suite A||3rd Avenue||Apartment||-|
|Chic&Budget 127 Guest House||62 east 127th street||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|AAE Howard Js Hotel at JFK||153-95 Rockaway Boulevard Jamaica Area at JFK||HOTEL||76|
|Hotel 309||309 West 14th Street New York||Hotel||77|
|Lefferts Manor Bed & Breakfast||80 Rutland Road||Guesthouse||-|
|Times Square House||526 9th Ave 39th St - 40th St||Guesthouse||-|
|Broadway Rooms||337 West 55th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues)||Guesthouse||-|
|Best Western Kennedy Airport||144-25 153rd Ln||Hotel||-|
|Times Square Hostel||529 West 48th Street (Between 10th &11th Avenue) 1st floor||Hostel||-|
|Days Inn - JFK Airport||14436 153rd Court Lane||Hotel||-|
|Boutiques Hostel||450 West 46th Street||Hostel||-|
|The Riviera New York||2163 1 Avenue||Hostel||-|
|Living Well Short Term Rental Apartment||253-08 Craft Avenue Rosedale||Apartment||-|
|Times Square Dream Apartments||572 Ninth Avenue First Floor||Apartment||-|
|Lexington Inn Hotel||2473 Atlantic Ave.||Hotel||-|
|Comfort Inn JFK Airport||14436 153rd Lane||Hotel||-|
|Ramada of Rockville Centre||1000 Sunrise Highway Rockville Center||Hotel||-|
|Lula Apartment||233 West 111th Apartment 2A||Apartment||-|
|New York Homestay||17-19 8th Avenue Newark||Guesthouse||89|
|The Executive Days Inn-Meadowlands||2750 Tonnelle Ave North Bergen||HOTEL||-|
|Efuru Guest House & Suites||106 West 120th Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Red Roof Inn Flushing||36-31 Prince St||Hotel||77|
|City Center Suite||W 37th Street, New York||APARTMENT||-|
|Pacific Loft Guesthouse||1082 Pacific Street||Hostel||-|
|MOMA Suite A||E 53rd Street, New York||Apartment||-|
|MOMA Suite B||E 53rd Street New York||Apartment||-|
|Midtown Central Park Suite||E 59th Street, New York||Apartment||-|
|The Missing Lantern Guesthouse||1185 Dean Street Brooklyn N.Y.||Guesthouse||71|
|AAE New York Long Term Apartment||E Train Subway Line at JFK 139-09 89th Avenue at Jamaica Street||APARTMENT||-|
|Visit NYC-Sleep in Jersey City||JFK. BLVD/Fairview Ave.||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Union Hotel Brooklyn||611 Degraw Street||Hotel||-|
|MOMA Suite C||E 52nd Street||APARTMENT||-|
|MOMA Suite D||E 52nd Street||APARTMENT||-|
|Comfort Inn Bellerose||249-05 Jericho Turnpike Bellerose||Hotel||-|
|COMFORT STAY NYC||43 W 118th St||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel 89||89 Stockton Street||Apartment||-|
|New York Guesthouse||449 West 51 St. Bell # 1R First Floor||Guesthouse||-|
|NYC Guesthouse||272 Putnam Ave||Guesthouse||-|
|EHS Clark Residence LLC||55 Clark Street Brooklyn, NY 11201||Hostel||-|
|EHS VII LLC||1760 Third Avenue New York, NY 10029||Hostel||-|
|Super 8 Brooklyn Hotel||267 3rd Ave Brooklyn||Hotel||-|
|Broadway Hotel n Hostel||230 West 101 Street Broadway||Hostel||78|
|Royal Park Hotel and Hostel||258 West 97th Street||Hostel||72|
|East Village Apartment||55 clinton st||Apartment||-|
|The Contempo Design Suites||59 Fifth Avenue||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|New York Apartment Hotel||416 East 120 Street||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Pennsylvania||401 Seventh Avenue (at 33rd St.)||Hotel||-|
|Comfort Inn Brooklyn Cruise Terminal||17 Seabring Street||Hotel||-|
|Condo In The Heart Of Times Square NY||150 W 51st Street||Apartment||-|
|Equity Point New York @ Times Square||206 West 41st Street (between 7th and 8th Ave.)||HOSTEL||-|
|NY Moore Hostel||179 Moore Street||Hostel||81|
|Broadway Lodge||297 Broome St||Apartment||-|
|Chelsea Highline Hostel||184 11th Eleventh Avenue||HOSTEL||-|
|loftlan travel hostel||262 west 38th street||Hostel||-|
|Union Square Dorms||307 East 14th Street||Hostel||-|
|The Bowery House||220 Bowery||Hostel||75|
|Hamilton Heights Garden Apartment||W 145 St (between Convent and St Nicholas)||APARTMENT||77|
|Central Park Studios at Lexington Ave. Co.||150 East 105th Street||GUESTHOUSE||73|
|Chelsea GuestHouse||327 West 35th Street||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Metropolitan Museum Suite||3rd Avenue (between E88th and E87th Streets)||APARTMENT||-|
|East Village Suite||E 7th Street (between Avenue A and 1st Ave)||APARTMENT||-|
|Natural History Museum||W79th Street (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway)||APARTMENT||-|
|Lower East Side Suites||Eldridge Street||APARTMENT||-|
|Rockfeller Center Suite||W49th Street||APARTMENT||-|
|East Broadway Suite||Ludlow street||APARTMENT||-|
|AWA New York Downtown Hotel||765 8th Ave||HOTEL||-|
|Adventurehosteljfk /NYC||538 East 86th Street #3 Brooklyn||Hostel||77|
|Brighton Beach Guesthouse||3017 Brighton 8th Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Lsquare: The Clayton||2484 7th Avenue #19||Hotel||-|
|Lsquare: The Hamilton||#66 53 Hamilton Terrace||Hostel||-|
|Motel 6 Brooklyn||599 Utica Ave Utica Ave, Winthrope St And Rutland Brooklyn||HOTEL||-|
|Royal Suites||160 East 116 St.||APARTMENT||-|
|Lan's Hostel||140-26 Franklin Avenue Flushing||Hostel||-|
|New York Central Hostel||251 West 14th Street||HOSTEL||-|
|Westway Hotel & Hostel La Guardia New York||71-11 Astoria Boulevard||HOSTEL||-|
|Esperanto Guesthouse NYC||409 Willoughby Ave. Second Floor||HOSTEL||-|
|Times Square Hostel||442 West 54th Street||Hostel||-|
|Westway Hotel LaGuardia Airport||72-05 Astoria Boulevard||Hotel||-|
|Q4 Hotel||2909 Queens Plaza North||HOSTEL||82|
|New York Budget Inn||200 East 34th St.||HOSTEL||87|
|Cooper House||300 Cooper Street Brooklyn||APARTMENT||-|
|Grand Central Suite A||E49th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Ave)||APARTMENT||-|
|East Village Suite C||97 East 7 Street||APARTMENT||-|
|Herald Square Suite||E35th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)||APARTMENT||-|
|Uptown Deluxe Suite B||7th Avenue (btw 133rd and 134th streets)||APARTMENT||-|
|Uptown Deluxe Suite A||7th Avenue (btw 133rd and 134th streets)||APARTMENT||-|
|Brooklyn Deluxe Suite||Willoughby Avenue (between Taafle Pl and Classon Ave)||APARTMENT||-|
|Kings Hotel||820 39th Street||Hotel||-|
|Stay Inn NYC||33 Gold Street Suite 121||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|East Broadway Suite B||Division Street (between Orchard Str and Ludlow St)||APARTMENT||-|
|Lower East Side Suite B||Eldridge Street||APARTMENT||-|
|Grand Central Suite B||E49th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Ave)||APARTMENT||-|
|Uptown Deluxe E||7th ave (btw 133rd and 134th streets)||APARTMENT||-|
|Uptown Deluxe D||7th ave (btw 133rd and 134th Streets)||APARTMENT||-|
|Harlem Deluxe C||W126th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)||APARTMENT||-|
|East Village Suite E||E8th Street (between Avenue B and C)||APARTMENT||-|
|Midtown Central Park Suite C||E 59th Street||APARTMENT||-|
|Nesva Hotel||39-12 29th, Long Island City||HOTEL||-|
|Central Park North||67 W 126th Street||HOSTEL||-|
|Capri Whitestone Hotel||555 Hutchinson River Parkway||Hotel||-|
|The Portobello Suites||255 McKibbin Street||Apartment||-|
|Portobello Suites 1449||1449 Broadway||Guesthouse||-|
|Fifth Avenue Deluxe||5th Ave (on the corner with 132nd street)||APARTMENT||-|
|Uptown Central Deluxe||W135th Str (between 7th and 8th Ave)||APARTMENT||-|
|Brooklyn Arthouse Deluxe||Maujer Street (between Graham Ave and Humboldt Str||APARTMENT||-|
|Seton Hotel||144 E 40th Street||HOTEL||-|
|Pacific Loft Apartments||29 North Elliot Place||APARTMENT||75|
|The Rivieria New York||1590 106 Street||Hostel||-|
|Manhattan Broadway Hotel||273 West 38th Street||Hotel||-|
|Waterfront High Rise Deluxe||Christopher Columbus Drive Jersey City||APARTMENT||-|
|Seven Days Suites Hotel||728 East 10th St||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Vetiver||29-11 39th Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Sleep Inn Brooklyn||247 49th Street||Hotel||-|
|Salon 151||151 Kent Avenue #115||Guesthouse||-|
|Missing Lantern Residence Suites||1156 Dean Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Short Stay NY||1993 Lexington Avenue||APARTMENT||-|
|The Portobello Suites 57||454 West 57th Street||Apartment||-|
|Brooklyn Motor Inn||140 Hamilton Ave||Hotel||-|
|Galaxy Motel||860 Pennsylvania Avenue||Hotel||-|
|La Quinta Inn Brooklyn Downtown||533 3rd Ave||Hotel||-|
|West Harlem Deluxe||W 134th Street (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway)||APARTMENT||-|
|Sheridan Hotel||1440 Sheridan Expressway||Hotel||-|
|Yoav Lodgehouse||5461 New Utrecht Ave||Guesthouse||-|
|Uptown Riverside Deluxe||Riverside Drive (on W 151st Street)||APARTMENT||-|
|British North American Internship Program - Summer||176 Willoughby Street||HOSTEL||-|
|Five Spot Loft||459 Myrtle Avenue||Hostel||-|
|Uptown Hamilton Deluxe B||Amsterdam ave (on the corner with W 145th Street)||APARTMENT||-|
New York has come a long way since it used to be considered a relatively dangerous city back in the 1970's and 1980's. Since Giuliani became a mayor, crime rates have been dropping further and in 2009 it was the lowest since 1963. Still, the perception is that New York is a dangerous city, which maybe has something to do with movies like Taxi Driver or relatively new series like NYPD or Law and Order. But the truth couldn't be more different: New York is among the top 10 of safest cities in the USA and on the 26th of November 2013, New York experienced the first violent crime free day in history! Not a single murder, shooting, stabbing or other incident of violent crime was reported for that whole day.
Other than violent crime, of course the usual safety precautions should be taken and pickpockets still roam the streets looking for the traveller who make mistakes.
The New York City Department of Education manages the city's public school system: the largest in the USA.
Some of the best schools and universities include:
There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.
The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.
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