An iconic global centre of the world 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 the world.
From the flashy neon lights and the hustle and bustle of Times Square to 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. 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. It is impossible to describe the vibe of New York in words. It's a force that demands to be reckoned with, and you have to be there to experience it. So head to this great city and be ready to fall in love.
Being one of the most visited cities, New York has ample of hotels to choose from. Staying in New York is extremely expensive. However, there are a few lodgings and hotels for those with shallower pockets. It is difficult to pinpoint one location to stay in, since New York has a plethora of beautiful locations to offer. While some may choose to stay near Times Square for the glimmer and lights, some may also choose to stay in Greenwich Village or the Upper West Side, where the New Yorkers reside. Brooklyn also offers comfortable stays in Williamsburg and Park Slope.
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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.
US Dollar (US Dollar) 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.
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.
Budget travel: USD 30 - USD 50 per day Comfortable travel: USD 150 - USD 220 per day Luxury travel: USD 300 per day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.