NEW YORK CITY TRAVEL GUIDE

08.05.21 05:59 AM Comment(s) By Cars Staff

New York City

In the United States, New York (Big Apple) is one of the most overwhelming cities, famous for nightlife, art, food, fashion, and sites around every corner. You can enjoy various cultures, languages, attractions, food, fascinating museums, and spend a lifetime here exploring world-class beaches, iconic landmarks, exciting outdoor adventures, cozy hotel getaways, and delicious restaurants. Here’s our ultimate New York travel guide to help you plan your next unforgettable trip!

What to expect in New York

Currency: The US Dollar ($)

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

Credit Cards and Banks: You can easily find ATMs in the New York City, most places (hotels, restaurants, and shops) will accept credit cards.

Best Time to Visit: As New York City is one of the most amazing places in the world and always celebrating something, so there's no bad time to visit. Whether you’re visiting here for a business deal, to celebrate Christmas, or to enjoy warmer weather, there are tons of bucket list experiences throughout the year.

To enjoy pleasant weather, springtime (April to June) is the best time to visit, and the fall (September to early November). If you are looking for the cheapest time to visit, deep winter (January and February) is the best time. 

Helpful Guide: If you're planning to visit NYC during the winter months, you may experience snow! So, pack your bags with enough woolen clothes to keep you warm while you’re exploring this beautiful city!

Language: English is the main language, people speak in New York, but as you can find various cultures in this city, you’ll often hear Italian and Spanish languages too.

Things to Know

New York City is made up of five boroughs, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island with most tourist attractions in Manhattan.


Driving in Manhattan is unnecessary. As you can find an extensive public transit system, that makes it easy for you to visit anywhere by subway, bus, and cab. Uber and Lyft are plentiful, while parking can be an expensive experience. The good point is the subway is open 24/7.


New York is the crowded and busiest city that moves fast. Don't forget to stand on the right side of the escalator, so hurried commuters can walk on the left.  Also, take care of your phone.

Weather

The following are average Fahrenheit lows and highs by month.

January: 26°F to 39°F

February: 29°F to 42°F

March: 35°F to 50°F

April: 44°F to 60°F

May: 55°F to 71°F

June: 64°F to 79°F

July: 70°F to 85°F

August: 69°F to 83°F

September: 61°F to 76°F

October: 50°F to 65°F

November: 41°F to 54°F

December: 32°F to 44°F

 

New York has many different neighborhoods and each with a unique atmosphere. Here are lots of some other ways:

Subway: It's a super affordable way to get around NYC without experiencing bumper-to-bumper traffic. You can download a subway map, ensuring you get off at the right stop. The trains run 24 hours a day, connecting Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, and Staten Island.


Cars/Taxi: Consider taking a cab, if you've got heavy luggage or going for the business deal as subway trains may have a lot of crowds. You can easily find the yellow coloured cab from the street or book a ride with Cars or Uber. Although, taxis are an iconic part of this city, it is recommended to book your ride from Cars. The drivers are more reliable and even you can get chauffeur service and also experience luxury.


Walking: In this crowded city, as traffic is fairly heavy, so the best way to get around NYC is on foot. You can enjoy most of the top attractions which are located within walking distance of each other. So, you don't need to rely on public transportation to discover a few hidden gems along the way.

Getting Into NYC From The Airports

New Yorkers and visitors are blessed with convenient air access to and from numerous points. This city shares nonstop flights with almost every major city in the world and with many smaller centers.


NYC is served by several airports, but the main four airports are - LaGuardia Airport (LGA), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark International Airport (EWR), Westchester County Airport (HPN), making up the busiest airport system in the Americas.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

New York City

The largest airport in New York, consists of eight different terminals. Originally it was known as Idlewild Airport, renamed as a tribute to the country's 35th president. The airport is a hub for Delta, JetBlue, and American Airlines.

Location: Jamaica Bay, Queens (approximately 15 miles from midtown Manhattan).

Best Airport: If you need to fly internationally or access the airport via public transit.

Distance to Times Square: A taxi to Times Square will take approximately 40 minutes.

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LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

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LGA is smaller than Kennedy Airport. Many of its facilities are outdated because it's been subject to criticism over the past few years and a reconstruction plan was announced in 2015, set to be completed by 2026.

Location: Northern Queens (approximately 8 miles from midtown Manhattan).

Best Airport: If you need quick and easy access to Midtown Manhattan.

Distance to Times Square: A taxi to Times Square will take approximately 30 minutes.

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Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

New York City

EWR is the sixth-busiest airport in the U.S., serves 50 carriers. It is among the largest hubs for United Airlines. As like LGA, EWR is also connected to the city via train.

Location: Newark, New Jersey (approximately 16 miles from midtown Manhattan)

Best Airport: If you need a direct flight to a city not served by JFK.

Distance to Times Square: A taxi to Times Square will take approximately 35 minutes.

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White Plains Westchester Airport (HPN)

New York City

HPN is located in Westchester, has five airlines operating from it.

Location: White Plains, New York (approximately 33 miles northeast of Manhattan)

Best Airport: Easier to navigate than the big New York City hubs.

Distance to Times Square: The drive to Times Square will take approximately 90 minutes.

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Where To Stay

New York City

New York City offers an array of accommodations to fit every taste. Below we have chosen the best hotels to stay in NYC

CitizenM New York Times Square Hotel

Location: 218 W. 50th St., New York, NY 10019

Contact: (212) 461-3638
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The Empire Hotel

Location: 44 W. 63rd St., New York, NY 10023

Contact: (212) 265-7400
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DoubleTree by Hilton New York Downtown

Location: 8 Stone St., New York, NY 10004

Contact: (212) 480-9100
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Soho Grand Hotel

Location: 310 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Contact: (212) 965-3000
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The Plaza

Location: 768 5th Ave., New York, NY 10019 

Contact: (212) 759-3000
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The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Location: 50 Central Park S., New York, NY 10019

Contact: (212) 308-9100
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Yotel New York

Location: 570 10th Ave., New York, NY 10036 

Contact: (646) 449-7700
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TWA Hotel

Location: John F. Kennedy International Airport, JFK Access Road, One Idlewild Dr., 11430

Contact: (212) 806-9000
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What To Eat

New York City

NYC is famous for food, offers a wide range of options to fit every taste. Below we have chosen the best restaurants to stay in NYC

Katz’s Delicatessen

Location: 205 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002

Contact: (212) 254-2246
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Keens Steakhouse

Location: 72 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10018

Contact: (212) 947-3636
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Joe’s Shanghai

Location: 46 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

Contact: (212) 233-8888
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Tanner Smith’s

Location: 204 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019

Contact: (646) 590-2034
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Serendipity III

Location: 225 E 60th St., New York, NY 10022

Contact: (212) 838-3531
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Eleven Madison Park

Location: 11 Madison Ave,, New York, NY 10010

Contact: (212) 889-0905
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Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

Location: 529 Broome St., New York, NY 10013

Contact: (917) 639-3089
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Marea

Location: 240 Central Park S., New York, NY 10019

Contact: (212) 582-5100
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Dominique Ansel

Location: 189 Spring St., New York, NY 10012

Contact: (212) 219-2773
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What To Do

New York City

Discover major attractions in NYC and make your trip memorable. Below we have chosen the best things to do in NYC

Times Square

New York, NY, United States

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Central Park

New York, NY, United States
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Empire State Building

Location: 189 Spring St., New York, NY 10012

Contact: (212) 736-3100
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Top of the Rock

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Contact: (212) 698-2000
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One World Observatory

Location: One World Trade Center, 117 West St., New York, NY 10006

Contact: (844) 696-1776
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Location: 1000 5th Ave., New York, NY 10028

Contact: (212) 535-7710
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American Museum of Natural History

Location: 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 

Contact: (212) 769-5100
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Yankee Stadium

Location: 1 E 161 St., Bronx, NY 10451

Contact: 646-977-8400
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Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, United States
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Washington Square Park

Location: Washington Square 

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Statue of Liberty

New York, NY 10004, United States
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9/11 Memorial and Museum

Location: 180 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007

Contact: (212) 312-8800
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Best Shopping

New York City

Saks Fifth Avenue

Location: 611 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10022 

Contact: (212) 753-4000
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Macy’s Herald Square

Location: 151 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001

Contact: (212) 695-4400
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Bergdorf Goodman

Location: 754 5th Ave., New York, NY 10019 

Contact: (212) 753-7300
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Olde Good Things

Location: Multiple Locations

Harlem Haberdashery

Location: 245 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY 10027

Contact: (646) 707-0070
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Artists & Fleas

Location: Multiple Locations

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