Destination Guide - New York

Two words: sensory overload. From the height of the tallest skyscrapers to the depths of the subway – life is on overdrive in NYC. Manhattan is like a pizza with the lot: shopping, galleries, dining, nightlife, theatre and architecture; topped with millions of people. A moment of solitude may be asking a bit much, although Central Park is so expansive that it is possible to find a quiet spot and a moment of respite from the pace. But you won’t want to pause for long – Barney’s, MoMA, and Broadway are calling…

The Basics

Currency: US Dollar (US$)
Population: 8,000,000
Time zones: -5
Daylight savings: Start second Sunday in March end first Sunday in November
Language: English
Country code: +1
Area codes: 212, 718, 917, 347, 646
Electricity voltage: 110V
Electricity hz: 60Hz
Electrical plugs: American-style plug with two parallel flat blades above a circular grounding pin, Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • Central Park
  • Galleries (MoMA, Guggenheim)
  • Empire State Building
  • Times Square

Events

  • 31 October
    New York's Village Halloween Parade
  • 31 December-1 January
    Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration
  • 4 July
    4th of July Fireworks

Weather

Temperatures in NYC go from one extreme to another. In winter (December to February) it dips below 0°C while in summer averages are around 30°C and extremely humid.


Getting there and around

The subway is cheap, efficient and reasonably simple to navigate. Taxis can be a good option. Car hire is not recommended as it’s expensive and difficult to drive around the city.

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New York: Bowery power

Once a down-and-out locale, New York's Bowery has been reinvented as one of Manhattan's quirkier quarters.

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Food & Drink

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New York: Behind bars

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Big Apple budget bites

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First we eat Manhattan

From bakeries and butchers to cheese specialists and Chinatown, New York’s rich food culture is best experienced on foot. Warm up for a gastronomic marathon.

See & Do

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New York: Track & field

A disused railway line in the Big Apple has been transformed into parkland – where you can stroll high above the city streets.

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Travel Blog

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Global Roaming: NYC neighbourhood favourites

A selection of New York's eateries that may not feature on international "hot tables" lists but sure are popular with the locals.

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