About New York


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New York is referred by many synonymous names like ‘The Big Apple’ and ‘The City That Never Sleeps. There’s extreme diversity crammed into one place where millions of people from diverse race and background throng and call it their home.

The metal and glass-clad high rises nicely fuse with the charm of the old-world Victorian structures etched with emblems and statues. The name of the city instantly brings to mind the iconic structures like the Statue of Liberty, the lofty Empire State Building and the iconic Wall Street with its famous charging bull.

Whether you take a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge, ferry to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty, the cities’ memory would never fade away.

You just can’t miss a stroll down the busiest place in the world- the Times Square. Large neon hoardings, music in the background, busy sidewalks and the smell of hot dogs and fresh pretzels are simply unforgettable.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and New York’s very own Central Park where you see every style, fashion, and behavior are its other famous landmarks. 

  • Counties: Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)
  • StateNew York
  • Country: United States
  • Latitude: 40.7141667
  • Longitude: -74.0063889
  • Time zone: America / New York
  • Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -4 hours

Weather in New York

New York’s climate ranges between the warm and humid subtropical to humid continental. The temperature falls below freezing point and snows profusely in January and February. Summers are warm marked by hot days and late sunset prevailing from June going way up till September. Winters season is chilly and crisp though the sky remains clear mostly. It lasts from November through April in northern New York, and retracts slightly early in the southern New York.

Summers can be a bit hot but the mild spring season and the autumn month makes for a perfect time to plan a trip to New York.

  • Climate:  Humid Subtropical Climate
  • Best Time to Visit: April to June and September to Early November  

Location

It is the most densely populated city of the state of New York of the U.S.A. with a population of about 8,550,405 (2015 Census)

Distance from New York center to Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport (Busiest Airport for International Passengers of North America), Newark Liberty International Airport (4th Busiest US Gateways), and LaGuardia Airport.

  • Driving Distance: 19 miles / 31 km (JFK)
  • Driving Time: 38 Minutes (JFK International Airport)
  • Languages: Of 800 languages spoken in New York City English is followed by 51 percent followed by Spanish and then Chinese.

Modes of transport

 

Most popular airlines that fly to New York are Virgin Atlantic, United, Air Canada, Delta, Lufthansa, KLM, Qatar, Norwegian, and WOW air. Being a popular destination all major airline fly to New York and the route is always busy with flights ticket getting more expensive in November and December. January and February are the quietest months and airlines come up with attractive offers during the slack period to boost the sales.

New York’s subways cover most of the Manhattan and nearby areas. Buying a metro card solves the purpose of commuting in the metro and utilizing the large network of bus routes.

  • Airport:  John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport
  • Rail: New York City Subway.
  • Road: Bus – MTA Regional Bus operations (RBO); Taxi – Yellow Taxicabs

Customs and Tipping

Tips in New York are greatly expected and appreciated as well. There may be an increased number of restaurants that are implementing a no-tipping policy however they add a service charge in the bill itself.

  • For Restaurants and Bars:
    • Waitress and Bartender – 10 – 15 % of the Bill.
  • For Hotels:
    • Room Service: 10 – 15% of the Bill
    • Housekeeper: $1 - $2 per Day
    • Concierge: Between $5 - $25
  • Valet Parking:
    • Parking or Returning Car: $1 - $2  

Nearby Tourist Cities




Jersey City

Location

It has earned the place as the second most populated city in the US sate of New Jersey.

Weather
  • Climate: Humid Subtropical climate
  • Best Time to Visit: January to April
Tourist Attractions
  • Liberty State Park
  • Jersey Shore
  • Ellis Island 




Newark

Location

One of the oldest European cities of the US, Newark is the most populous city of New Jersey.

Weather
  • Climate - Humid Subtropical and Humid continental climate
  • Best Time to Visit: March to May (Spring Season)
Tourist Attractions
  • Essex County Courthouse
  • John Ballantine House
  • Branch Brook Park

Emergency Contact Numbers in New York city

  • Fire / Police/ Ambulance: 911
  • Railroad: (718) 330-1234
  • Cab: +1-800-609-8731 (Yellow Cab Toll Free Number)
  • Airport: (718) 244-4444 (John F. Kennedy International Airport)
  • Hospital: (877) RED-CROSS (American Red Cross)

Events

New York has more to it than the Parties in Brooklyn, US Open at the Flushing Meadows in Queens, and the New Year Ball Drop at the Times Square.  Winter is just catching up and there are many events and occasions lined up like the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade where 50-foot balloons of cartoon characters and superheroes float in the air followed by the iconic ball drop and in times square and the Rockefeller tree lighting ceremony.
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  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade New York City
  • New York Comic-Con
  • Electric Zoo – Music Festival

Tourist Attractions

New York is an extremely lively city with lots of activities and places to visit. The whole list of choice gets somewhat overwhelming but its best to start with Manhattan’s topmost building; the Empire Square to get a bird’s eye view of the entire city from the 86th and 102nd floors that provide mesmerizing 360° view of the city or reserve a table at the 101st floor at the One World Observatory.

Kids simply love the Christmas tree and the ice rink at the Rockefeller Center combined with the tour of the NBC studios at the Top Of The Rocks.

Check out one of the most visited museums in the world; The Metropolitan Museum of Art which is the 10th most viewed museum in the world. The American Museum of Natural History at the top of the list of the best Science museums in the world.

Walk through the themed rooms of the Madam Tussauds Museum which houses more than 200 figures.

Some must-see places in New York include the beautiful American Museum of Natural History, Ellis Island and Coney Island, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, and Times Square.

  • Statue of Liberty
  • The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • Strawberry Fields, John Lennon Memorial

Theatre & Concerts

  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • The Phantom of the Opera

Visit Top Restaurants in New York

  • Gabriel Kreuther
  • Los Tacos No. 1
  • Pisillo Italian Panini

Top Shopping Centers in New York

From the fashionable boutiques of La Jolla to the thriving antique district in Ocean Beach, San Diego has things that suit all tastes and interests.

Try La Jolla if you like to buy upscale clothing, art and jewelry items. The Westfield Horton Plaza and Fashion Valley are other upscale urban shopping mall located near the waterfront.

The Gaslamp Quarter has many big brands and a few quirky independent boutiques and offers some of the best shopping experience in the downtown district amidst a traditional Victorian charm.

And if you like to pick a perfect vintage piece to embellish your living room, there is the Ocean Beach Antique District where hundreds of antique dealer sell souvenirs and antique pieces.

  • Chelsea Market
  • The Strand Bookstore
  • Economy Candy

Museums, Galleries and Gardens

  • Frick Collection
  • Shakespeare Garden
  • Agora Gallery

Iconic Delicacies of Iconic Restros

  • langoustines– Daniel
  • Wild Alaskan King Salmon – Per Se
  • Carne Asada Tacos – Los Tacos No. 1

Sports Club

Headquarter for National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer and National Hockey League

Shelling Out Dollars

  • Imported beer: $2.67 / 0.33 liter
  • Taxi: $2.50 (base price)
  • 3 BHK (Downtown): $3360.29
  • Cheap meal: $18.00
  • Gasoline: $0.68 / liter
  • 3 course meal: $75.00

Information about San Francisco

Nearby Tourist Cities

Modes of transport

  • Airport: San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport.
  • Rail: Amtrak, National Rail Passenger System and Caltrain.
  • Road: Bus – Muni Buses, Nextbus and Trolley Buses; Taxi – Yellow Cab Co-op

Airport

There are 3 major airports that are a convenient and easy option for travelers; all within a close distance to each other.

San Francisco Airport, SFO: San Francisco is the largest airport and named among the best airport worldwide in the Skytrax Passenger's award 2014 besides ranking. It serves every major US airline and foreign carriers. The airport is located 13 miles south of San Francisco.

Connectivity: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has the best connectivity in San Francisco. Cab services like Uber and Lyft are also available for a pickup.

Flight to San Francisco

SFO is particularly suited if you were to be headed to the center of the city where public transport is quite commendable.

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

A viable alternative to SFO, this is also equally well connected to the major tourist destinations; especially worth considering if someone is headed downtown. It is more manageable and not inflicted with the infamous SF fog.

Connectivity: OAK has train connector that connects OAK to full BART system. Travel time including interconnection is 35 minutes. There are ample shuttle services connecting SFO from here.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

This is smaller out of the other two but has ample services along the west coast and is acclimatized with a favorable weather. This airport is best suited to travelers headed to the Silicon Valley.

Connectivity: Taxi services are expensive. A trip to San Francisco would easily cost $150 and a shared shuttle about an $80. Parking fee alone can be as high as $50. The area has a more suburban background. Local CalTrain that links SJC to Santa Clara is the easiest alternative.

San Francisco International Airport for commercial service and Oakland International Airport is an alternative for San Francisco’s Primary Airport.

OAK Airport

Driving Distance: 13 miles / 21 km

Driving Time: 16 Minutes

Languages: English followed by Spanish, Filipino, and Chinese

Customs and Tipping

 

There are several ways to calculate the right tip at different places in San Francisco. While grabbing a take away like Starbucks a tip is optional. A lot of locals resort to an easy calculation of multiplying sales tax by two and paying that amount as a tip; else tip at a restaurant is generally 15% of the bill. 

At Gas stations in California where there is hardly any full-service station, it's mostly self-serve so tip is not required. Tip for the porter can be the same as that of a shuttle driver.

It’s common to leave the money underneath the pillow or on the bathroom counter to tip housekeeping. People leave 1-3 dollars depending on if they want to continue staying for the next day and also on any special request. Tip for a bellman is generally $1 a bag.

  • For Restaurants and Bars:
    • Waitress and Bartender – 10 – 15 % of the Bill.
  • For Hotels:
    • Room Service: 10 – 15% of the Bill
    • Housekeeper: $1 - $2 per Day
    • Concierge: Between $5 - $25
  • Valet Parking:
    • Parking or Returning Car: $1 - $2 
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