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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

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New York City Reviews

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    NYC

    Amazing city, definitely worth a visit. I like how New York offers a variety of things to do from the very touristy Times Square and Empire State Building to the more authentic example of life for New Yorkers in the other boroughs than Manhattan. Manhattan is a lot of fun though and everything looks like the movies.

    Insider Tip:Never eat at a restaurant near Times Square, you will get ripped off!

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    It's a very expensive city, but it's worth it. Apart from all the known tourist attractions, it is very pleasant to just walk around the city. Manhattan is very walkable and public transport is everywhere. It is also worth crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and visiting Williamsburg.

    Insider Tip:I recommend buying the unlimited metro card, it costs 30usd and is valid for 7 days. With this card you can ride buses and subway as many times as you want in that period.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Totally worth the price!

    As we all know, New York is probably one of the most expensive destinations in the world if you want it to be. New York definitely has its fair share of amazing street food for little to no money. If you want the entire world at the palm of your hands, you should definitely head to NYC.

    Insider Tip:I would avoid city tours and sightseeing buses. Buy a metro pass and explore by foot. You will not get a true feel of NYC if you do not explore all of the boroughs!

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    New York is the most amazing place to visit. There's so much to do, you won't get bord easily. We stayed for a week and when we left, there was still so much more we could've done. Loved it!!

    Insider Tip:MoMA is free on Friday afternoons pay what you want admission fee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Washington Square Park Shake Shack

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    I love New York!

    I love NYC! I love Broadway! I love the street vendors! I love the fruit stands and outdoor markets. I love the exercise I get walking places.

    Insider Tip:Go to broadwayforbrokepeople.com and see how to get cheap Broadway tickets

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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