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%


    Once New Amsterdam

    Great city, tons of history, so many things to see and do. Definitely recommend taking the road less traveled, that's how I ended up with my flat cap that I bought in Harlem and eating a delicious lamp stew from a stall at a weekend market at Union Square in lower Manhattan. The city is almost bursting from the endless possibilities.

    Insider Tip:Walk, limit the use of the subway system. I do not know how many places, people, and events I found just by randomly wandering about.

  • 60%



    Underground system trains needs revamping and standards are not like in London/ Bengaluru/Delhi. Sorry.

    Insider Tip:Good to use megabus trips and see statue of Liberty from Stanten island (free !)

  • 70%


    Cool city, but I didn't get nearly enough time there.

    I tacked on a trip to NYC at the end of a visit from Minnesota to Philadelphia to visit a grad school and spent less than 24 hours there. The city was pretty cool, I must say. Brooklyn was my favorite part. The pizza was great, but I still hold to the opinion that Chicago has the best pizza anywhere. The one food item that did really blow me away were the bagels. I did not realize bagels and cream cheese were something that can be as good as they are there. Get one if you visit.

  • 80%


    Mexican in NYC

    This was my first time in NYC and it was awesome. You need at least 5 days to visit every touristic place -if you go to 2 or 3 places per day-. The cost of living is high, but you can find prices for every pocket.

    Insider Tip:If you are staying more than 6 days, buy a metro card with time -not money-. there are passes that you can buy via internet. If you want to buy a hop-on hop off bus ticket, I would buy just one day because it gives you a perspective of the city and the rest of the days you can move by metro or by foot.

  • 80%


    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.

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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