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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

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    I Love New York

    Out of all the cities I have visited, New York has always been my favorite one. Anything that you could possibly want to do or experience can be found there. Just avoid driving at all cost, public transport will make your experience so much less stressful and save you lots of money.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    New York - Has something for everyone

    NYC is huge and diverse with so many things to do. If you don't like huge crowds and the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, head to Brooklyn, Queens or Central Park. The subway is easy to use and with a bit of walking, you can reach everywhere in the city. New York has great shopping, sights, bars, clubs, parks, sports games, theatre and restaurants.

    Insider Tip:For Broadway, if you didn't book way in advance, you can get tickets on the day in Times Square for a lot off (We got 50% off). Going to the top of Rockefeller is better than the Empire State Building and the 9/11 Memorial is well worth the entry fee. If you want to see the Statue of Liberty, take the Staten Island ferry which is free

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    My kind of town

    The subways are much safer now than years ago. Download the NY Subway App and you can get around the city so easily.

    Insider Tip:If you want to purchase a discount ticket to a Broadway show, TKTS on 48th Street is great. Best tip: if you want to go back for a second time during the week, you don't have to stand on line. There is a dedicated window for VIPs. Just show your ticket stub from the previous show.

  • 100%

    benjaminxh

    New York City ... the city that makes your jaw drop

    I loved the City... i just don't have enough words to describe it! Really... i am not kidding! Those tall buildings, the life, the people, the constant rush... the city just makes you move... it never stops! You will enjoy all those big stores, coffee shops, restaurants, streets, Time Square, Hershey stores... i don't have enough words, you just gotta experience it. And it's safe, i have been in Manhattan though... but i went everywhere by foot, and it was safe even in 3 am.

    Insider Tip:Don't take transportation vehicles if it's near.. Buy a map, learn the streets, it's very easy! Explore the city, just walk around... there is A LOT to see :)

  • 90%

    Fitz

    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.

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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