No matter how many times you visit New York, this diverse and vibrant city will always find new ways to surprise you.
You might step out the door of your hotel and find a lively and colourful festival happening on the city blocks or turn a corner and stumble upon a bakery with fresh delicious cupcakes. Whatever you discover in New York, whether it’s your first visit or one of many, here are some tips to keep in mind.
A Place to Stay
New York is filled with hotel options, from budget to extravagant. You’ll pay more if you want to stay near popular locations such as Times Square or Central Park. If you’re looking to save money and willing to walk and explore a little more, consider staying in one of the outer boroughs or in New Jersey.
Luxury: From new masterpieces such as Pearl Hotel or Loews Regency to timeless classics such as The Plaza Hotel or The Pierre, New York has no shortage of luxury accommodation options. These beautiful hotels often have exclusive shops, spa services, room service, happy hours, music, and suites specially designed to make your stay memorable.
Mid-priced: In this range, you’ll find reliable chains like Westin or Hilton, as well as unique boutique hotels like citizenM or Ace Hotel. Comfortable and clean, these hotels have amenities like on-site restaurants, in-room coffee, and fitness centres.
Budget: In New York, inexpensive is often synonymous with innovative when it comes to locations; try Manhattan’s avant-garde Pod Hotels or the classic Roosevelt Hotel, an art deco building with a ballroom.
What to Do
With so much to see and do, you’ll have no trouble filling up your itinerary. After taking the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, seeing the sights of Times Square, or visiting the Empire State Building, here are a few more things you won’t want to miss.
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge. This historic bridge, built in 1883, offers breathtaking views of Manhattan to pedestrians. Stop and get some famous New York pizza while you’re there!
Exploring Central Park. This urban playground has over 800 acres to experience. In addition to its famous bridges and pathways, the park is also home to a zoo, a seasonal amusement park, two restaurants and live theatre.
Seeing a Broadway show. There is no theatre experience in the world quite like Broadway. Looking for a discount? Get in line early at the TKTS booth in Times Square for same-day savings of up to 50%!
Shopping Fifth Avenue. One of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world, Fifth Avenue is an amazing place to spend the day even if you don’t intend on making a purchase. The beautiful interiors and window displays of these shops make them popular attractions during the holiday season.
The best way to see New York is on foot, so be sure to bring shoes you can walk comfortably in. When you’re not walking, the subway is a great cost-effective way to get around. You can purchase a seven-day unlimited pass for around $30 at any subway stop. New York’s multiple taxi companies can also get you where you want to go safely and reliably.
When to Visit
While many tourist activities operate year-round, some of the most iconic New York sights are seasonal, so plan your trip accordingly. If you want to ice skate in Central Park, you’ll need to visit between October and April. If you’re looking to ride the famous Coney Island Tea Cups, operating season runs from May through September.
Where to Eat
You may have heard that you need to spend a lot of money to eat in New York, but this is not always the case. While you might want to experience fine dining in the evening at one of Manhattan’s many beautiful upscale restaurants, for lunch or breakfast, your best bet is to check out a less expensive option. Food markets like Chelsea Market and UrbanSpace have a huge variety of vendors offering many types of international and American cuisine, at prices reasonable enough you don’t have to choose just one!
In most areas of the City, anywhere you are during the day is going to be reasonably safe. Be street-smart and pay attention to your surroundings, like you would in any major city and you are not likely to encounter problems. At night, stick to high-traffic areas such as brightly-lit rows of restaurants, theatres, nightclubs, or shops.
Other Things to Know
New York is a huge, diverse city that is home to people from all over the world. You’ll hear many languages spoken and see many cultures represented. Tourists and locals alike make up a tapestry of people and ideas. A few last tips to consider:
Keep walking. People in New York move fast, and it can be easy to get run over by the crowd. If you’re lost or want a closer look at something, move off to the side before you stop.
Carry cash in a secure place. While card readers on cell phones are becoming more and more common, there are still many merchants that only accept cash, especially for small purchases.
Plan ahead. It’s easy to get lost in a city as big as New York, especially if it’s your first visit. Apps such as Sidewalk Guide can help you get the most from your trip.
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