New York City Travel Essentials


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"The City that Never Sleeps"

New York City Tourism

An iconic global centre that has inspired the world with its brilliant architecture, movies, and art. Also known as the Big Apple, New York is well-known for its magnificent skyscrapers, Broadway shows and beautiful landmarks, making it the perfect destination for travellers from all over.

From the flashy neon lights, the beautiful chaos of Times Square, the skyscrapers of Wall Street and the verdant ways of Central Park, New York City never ceases to amaze with its energy and vibrancy. World-class exhibition halls like MoMA and exceptional world heritage sites like the Statue of Liberty are simply captivating and should be the topmost priority when you visit. Broadway shows, ethnic enclaves and shops, memorable lanes of stately brownstones, in vogue bars and diners all add to the urban buzz.

This modern city is home to millions of immigrants and is cosmopolitan in a way no other city can be. Rightly nicknamed 'The city that never sleeps', it is known for its extravagant nightlife - full of music, fashion and life. Words can little describe the unique aura the city radiates and you have to be there to experience it. So head to this great city and be ready to fall in love.

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Currency in New York City

New York being a well developed city, almost every restaurant and store will accept payment by credit or ATM cards. Some of the more popular and most widely accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. However, it is always advisable to carry some amount of cash in small denominations, which you might have to pay for entry fees at various tourist spots.

Shopping in New York City

New York city is a Shopping gem with innumerable shopping centres and stores to browse from. Stop by and explore the exotic collections at Bloomingdale's, Century 21, Macy's or Sak's Fifth Avenue. These shopping destinations house huge collections of fashion apparel ranging from the pricey designer labels to the small budget yet trendy brands. The city has a variety of options if you are in search for special souvenirs to take back home for your loved ones. You will find the IloveNYC printed T-shirts, key chains, small sculptures of statue of liberty and much more at gift shops like Babeland, Cc Gift Shop and Disney Store among many others, with most of them being located in the Broadway area.

Nightlife in New York City

New York city is best known for its fantastic nightlife. Roam about in Times Square at midnight to catch a Broadway show or simply explore the shopping stores, the area is equally cheerful at night as it is in daytime, if not more. While Broadway opera shows are very popular among tourists and locals alike, people often go to strip clubs, breweries and wine bars to relax and enjoy with their friends.

History of New York City

The city was essentially settled and structured by the Europeans and particularly the Dutch. New York city was referred to as the New Amsterdam by the Dutch. Colonisation and establishment of control by the British in 1783 made New York City a major attraction for the Loyalist refugees. The city with its splendid location and being a significant sea port, served as the national capital of the United States from 1785-1778. With a great foundation and an important hub for immigrants and tourists, the population in the city began to grow rapidly in the 18th century. By the 19th century, the city showed a remarkable improvement in terms of growth and developed, filled with all the possible amenities to serve its people.

Language of New York City

The official language of the country, and consequently of the city, is English. Around 60 % of the population is English Speaking. However, there is a huge number of Spanish and Chinese speaking people too, who make up the majority of the non-English speaking population in New York city.

New York City Customs

The general dressing style in New York city is the simple casuals including a pair of jeans and a top. However, you would see men and women dressed up perfectly in shorts, dresses, business casuals, and skirts. If it is the winter season, people are often spotted wearing trench coats, sweaters, jeans and boots. New Yorkers are generally found to be polite and friendly to the tourists. They will help you with the map and directions anytime you ask them. However, the city is very fast and people are always in hurry and it is advisable to ask for help from someone who does not seem to be in rush. The city is otherwise extremely affable with new comers, travellers and particularly senior citizens. The tipping practice is quite prevalent here with 15 - 20 % being tipped for a fair to good service in most number of restaurants and bars. You may pay a dollar or two for nice service, however this can increase if the service was phenomenal.

Religion of New York City

New York city, which is also an immigration hub for foreigners, is an abode to various religions. It has an interesting mix of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jews, Sikhism and Hinduism. Predominantly a catholic city with around 33 percent Catholics and 29 percent protestants, accounts for a total of 59 percent of Christians. Around 10 percent of the total population comprises of Jews.

Daily Budget for New York City

Budget travel: USD 30 - USD 50 per day Comfortable travel: USD 150 - USD 220 per day Luxury travel: USD 300 per day

Exchanging Money in New York City

Certain home banks may have an agreement with a U.S. bank such as Bank of America, Chase or Citibank, which means that the U.S. banks will waive ATM fees. Also, there are some credit cards such as American Express, Capital One, MasterCard and Visa that charge little or nothing extra for purchases made in another currency. Currency can be easily exchanged into USD in New York. People often get it exchanged at AFEX New York Retail, Omnex Group Uno Exchange, the Change Group New York and Travelex at Times Square. There are plenty others. One should avoid exchanging at airport or hotels, as their transaction fees are higher.

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FAQs on New York City

What is the local food in New york city?

New York City being extremely populated with different ethnic groups, has a variety of cuisines to offer. However, New Yorkers are fond of the regular hot dogs, baked pretzels, New York cheesecake and New York Pizza. Breads, cakes, Eggs Benedict, and fried chicken are also quite liked by the people living here. Hell's Kitchen which offers to be the best budget-friendly dining option along with several restaurants in the West Village area of the city.
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What are the places near New york city?

The top places near to New york city are Washington dc which is 327 km from New york city, Boston which is located 306 km from New york city, Baltimore which is located 272 km from New york city, Las vegas which is located 3585 km from New york city, Los angeles which is located 3936 km from New york city

What are the things to do in New york city?

The top things to do in New york city are Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Empire State Building, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge. You can see all the places to visit in New york city here

What are the top hotels in New york city?

There are 1777 in New york city which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in New york city are Apartment Clayton.2, West Hoboken, minutes to NYC w/access to backyard, Hoyt Townhouse II by Onefinestay, Newly Renovated Duplex Apartment 2, Steps to Subway! 20 min to Manhattan!, Lovely Gardens Apartment. You can see all the hotels in New york city here

What is the best time to visit New york city?

You can visit New York anytime of the year. Every season has its own charm in this city. While the summer brings the bright sunshine and happiness, early fall, which is September-November gets cool, crisp breezes to this city. New York is essentially pleasant during early fall. December-February witness heavy winter, and Christmas is a special time in New York. However, hotel prices are sky high this time. Spring is again a breezy and a pleasant season.
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Nehad Zein

on Statue of Liberty 5 years ago
The Liberty Statue can be reached on a ferry that takes you across the Eliis Island and around the Liberty Island. You don't realise how big the statue really is until you are close enough to it. Tho (Read More)se looking to climb the statue can do so by getting off at Liberty Island. The statue is magnificent and its history, even more so. The ferry can be boarded at Battery Park in New York city and other ferries operate from the Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
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