City Guide New York, USA

Visiting New York

New York is just like it is in the movies. Horns whine constantly from yellow cabs, hot dog vendors adorn every street corner and fading wisps of steam can be seen trailing from every second manhole. Even though it is just like it is in the movies, nothing can prepare you for your first visit. But it isn’t all towering skyscrapers and busy sidewalks. The East and West Villages are surprisingly low-rise, while Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho are close-knit communities where you will find many of the best restaurants in the city.

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New York Podcasts

New York City - Ask the locals

Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of New York City to ask the people who live there what their favourite bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods are. Listen to find out why Williamsburg in Brooklyn is so popular and what makes the bar 'Black and White' in the East Village so unique.

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New York Videos

How to save money in New York City

Find out to save money when ordering taxis in Manhattan, when shopping in Macy's and more.

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New York Pocket Guide

New York Pocket Guide

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New York City Reviews

  • 90%


    Metro Card

    Metro card gives you a free transfer (within 2 hours) from subway to bus, or bus to subway, subway to subway.

    Insider Tip:Add just enough $ (system gives you a 5% bonus) for either 4, 6 or 8 rides -- at $2.50 each. That would be either $9.55, $19.05 and $38.10. Otherwise you are likely to have $ left on the MTA card that is unusable -- less than $2.50.

  • 90%


    My take on NYC

    NYC is amazing, and should be on any travelers itinerary in the USA. Lots to do, lots to see. Easy to escape the hustle and bustle in the parks too!

    Insider Tip:Top of the Rock gets you a 70 storey high view of Manhattan. Same price as the Empire State building and you can see the Empire State and central park. Its top of the Rockerfeller centre.

  • 90%


    New York

    I loved this city, amazing, alive with plenty of things to do and it's pretty easy to go from one way to the other thanks to the subway. The only negative thing is that this city is kind of expensive.

  • 80%


    Sampling the Big Apple

    New York is a dream city for visitors of all kinds. This is a city that should be visited by world travellers at least once or twice in their lifetime. The city is rich in history, culture, arts, taste, and enjoyment.

    Insider Tip:Be sure to plan ahead if you know what you come to see here in NYC as things may not turn out the way you want and plan your timing well also as New York is a big city too. One of the best ways to get around the city is on foot, only if you like to walk, as you can visualize a great deal of things and take pictures as there are full of photographic eye candy in the city. Be familiar with the subway system as you may get confused with how it works, you might be taking wrong directions.

  • 60%


    They charged me more than I was expecting. I asked for a 3 beds and they gave me 2 beds. A had to make a deposit to get the towels and my card also. I didn't like that, they should trust in their clients. Very tiny place, but it's ok because it is NY. However, the bed are very clean and the location is very good. I didn't like the advertising asking a 90% and up review, in change to have a chance to win a trip. They should work harder to give a friendly and cheap place.

USA: Itinerary

Ok, so three days is nowhere near enough time to see everything the Big Apple has to offer, but you can give it a shot! It is enough to time to see the city's landmarks and maybe even a little bit extra also...

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