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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%

    Anonymous

    NYC

    What's not to love about NYC? There are endless possibilities and adventures at your feet. Get out of Times Square and go to the dive spots. You'll meet great people.

    Insider Tip:EmbarkNYC app makes the Subway extremely easy. It's the way to get around!

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    University Group Trip

    Atmosphere is fine, location fine, noise level is really loud (yes they give you ear plugs) but it's pretty bad.

    Insider Tip:Stay here if cost is your most important priority. If your coming from Manhattan-the M train doesn't run at 10pm, and the L train has alot of delays.

  • 60%

    geauiza5436

    I left my heart in NY

    NY is a wonderfull and magic city. It was love at a first site. Please, don't loose this incredible city.

    Insider Tip:Theatre and museum.

  • 80%

    lindag19027981

    It is New York City, what else to say?!

    It is just amazing. I have no words. Just do the known touristy things but also just walk through some neighboorhoods and talk to the People that are in streets. Sometimes they'll recommand you very cool things.

    Insider Tip:I definetley recommand to buy a Metro Card (3 day ticket/7day, etc). You'll Need it.

  • 90%

    jmp614

    New York in a few days

    Stick to Manhattan if you just have a few days. Day One: go downtown to see the Freedom Tower, ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and then hit Chelsea Market for dinner and shopping. Day Two: walk or run Central Park planning to be on the east side of the park at the end so you can visit all of "Museum Mile" (Metropolitan Art Museum, Guggenheim, etc.), then drop down to Times Square for dinner/shopping. Day Three: Walk Brooklyn Bridge and visit some old churches.

    Insider Tip:Jimmy's Corner in Times Square actually has cheap drinks (no food) right in the middle of the action. It's a great retreat from blowing money on cocktails, but it's small so get there before the evening rush. Cathedral Church of St John the Divine is not-to-miss if you're into some religious history.

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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