New York Travel Guide

New York Overview

New York is the biggest and most diverse city in the United States.   With the hectic streets of Manhattan, flavorful outer borough neighborhoods, numerous cultural activities, endless food options, and happening nightlife, New York has it all.   New York is located on Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Hudson River and has been an important trading port since the 1700’s.
New York, also know as New York City, NYC, and the Big Apple, consist of 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.   Every borough has is own distinct vibe and cultural significance. Most of the tourist activities, hotels, cultural events, restaurants and nightlife are centered in Manhattan, however we highly recommend you visit at least two other boroughs to get a good feel for the city.
New York is one of the worlds most import cities for politics, finance, culture, art and fashion. The diversity of the residents range from immigrants from all over the world - to the poorest homeless person living on the streets - to the riches people in the world. Manhattan is generally a safe place to visit, and although New Yorkers have a reputation of being rude, they are quite friendly and helpful. 
There are basically three options for getting around in Manhattan; walking, subway or taxi. We do not recommend renting a car. During the day, if the weather is nice, walking the streets of New York is quite enjoyable. If the place you’re trying to get to is too far, the subway is a fast, easy and cheap option. Taxis are more expensive but recommended especially at night.
There is no bad time of year to visit New York, but to avoid the extreme cold of winter and the extreme heat of summer you may want to visit in the spring or fall.

Things to do in New York

Walking New York.

Just walking the streets of New York is interesting in and of itself. Be sure to check out neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Soho, Meatpacking District, Chinatown, Little Italy, East Village, Lower Eastside, Time Square, and the Upper West Side. 
New York Central Park
Central Park is a great place to spend a day. There are many picturesque lawns, lakes, and trees all set to the backdrop of New York’s cityscape.   During the summer New Yorkers flock to Central Park on weekends to sun themselves, watch concerts, run, bike and play any of a number of sports.
Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour.
Walking across the historic Brooklyn Bridge is a fun way to pass an afternoon. Start on the Manhattan side and walk to Brooklyn. On the Brooklyn side there is a nice little park where you can rest and take a few photos. 
Visit Grand Central Station
If you’re in New York during the working week, check out the chaos of Grand Central Station at rush hour to get a good idea of how many people move through this city on a daily basis. Stop by the Campbell Apartment, a swanky lounge on the mezzanine level, for a cocktail or glass of scotch. 
New York Museums
New York has some of the best museums in the world, and even if you aren’t a museum type of person you should check out at least one. Many of New York museums are free or cost very little. Here are a few we recommend:
Museum of Sex, Fifth Avenue (at 27th Street)
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 12th Ave & 46th St
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 81st Street
Guggenheim, 5th Avenue and 89th Street
Museum of Modern Art(MoMA), 53 St (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
International Center of Photography, 6th Avenue (at 43rd Street)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5th Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York Nightlife
Some of the hottest nightlife in the world can be found in New York. If you’re looking for Lounges and clubs be sure to check out the Meatpacking District.  Some popular spots in the Meatpacking district are:
Beer Garden at the Standard Hotel – located at 848 Washington Street
Rooftop Lounge at Gansevoort Hotel – located at 189th avenue (at 13th street)
Kiss n Fly – great club located on 13th street at 9th Ave
27th Street around 10 Avenue is considered Club Row and is where you can find club after club in a 2 block radius. If you’re going to Club Row, go late – around 1:00 AM and dress hip. 
The Lower Eastside is known for it grungy bars, lounges and music venues. 
Soho has hip bars and lounges with pricy cocktails. 
The East Village has hundreds of bars and an alternative vibe.  

Chelsea has a big gay scene.

Hotels in New York

It’s difficult to find cheap hotels in New York so be prepared to spend some money on accommodation. 

The 414 Hotel – Simple, clean and excellent value. Located just a few blocks from Time Square. Tel: (212) 339-0006
Chelsea Hotel - This renowned rock n roll / artist hotel offers affordable rates, cool lounge and is centrally located. Tel (212) 243-3700
The Gershwin – Affordable, hip rooms and centrally located. Tel: (212) 545-8000
Hotel on Rivington – Located in the Lower Eastside and a favorite of musicians, actors and those in showbiz, has a hip lounge and club attached. Tel: (212) 475-2600

Hotel Gansevoort – Luxury urban resort located in New York’s Meatpacking District.   Hip vibe with a cool rooftop lounge. Tel: (917) 210-2583

New York Weather

New York Travel Resources

Cheap Hotels in New York - good resource for booking affordable rooms in NYC

New York CityPASS - Ticket booklet that gets you in to the top attractions in NYC for less.


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This page was last modified on 26 Mar 2013 by Matt