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

  • 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.

  • 100%


    Great time in New York!

    The city is amazing, full of life and people everywhere even in the middle of the night. Also the police officers everywhere are very tourist-friendly, they laugh with you and give you directions to everywhere. Even are willing to check on their phones the website of any attraction if your phone is unavailable

    Insider Tip:BRING RUNNING SHOES! i had to buy a pair of running shoes on the third day, i thought i was going to lose my feet (also i walked on the first day from broadway to central park and back, and the second day from greenwich village to the empire state building which was a lot, but still bring comfortable shoes). And if you're planning on attending a broadway show, buy your tickets with anticipation, i tried to attend Hedwig and the Angry Inch and it was all sold out for a month, same for statue of Liberty.

  • 60%


    A dream come true

    Simply the most amazing city I have ever visited. Everyone was fun and friendly, all the stalls, shops and venues i visited i was treated with respect and greeted professionally and it was an absolute joy to visit. I felt safer walking around New York at night than ny own town.

    Insider Tip:Get a metrocard and top up, the subway is amazingly easy to use and only costs $2.50 per ride

  • 80%


    New York

    Absolutely must see within life-time. I wouldn't recommend going to Brooklyn, rather stick to Manhattan - nothing is going on in Brooklyn (or perhaps I missed it).

    Insider Tip:Check out Dallas BBQ in Times Square, absolutely amazing food and for a great price! Definitely go on a bike ride around Central Park (do NOT rent a bike for full price, always ask for less, for example, we got 3 hours for $10 instead of $15).

  • 70%


    New York City in August

    Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge! I enjoyed the whole Brooklyn area and I would probably stay there next time I am in New York. I recommend sitting there at sunset and watching the cityscape light up. Grimaldi's pizzeria is famous and you may have to queue up outside. I enjoyed it but I've had better pizza!! Walked Broadway, hung out in central park and rented the row boats. Four days would be enough time in New York if you are travelling alone, maybe six if you're with people with many agendas.

    Insider Tip:Take the free ferry to Staten Island to catch a glimpse of the statue of liberty closer up.

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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