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%


    Much of the following is common sense: great sites, galleries and culture venues almost at every street corner, abundant wonderful restaurants and convenient transportation. You can never exhaust the city but neither can other people, so the streets are filled with travelers every day. And naturally, expect to spend twice of thrice the money on food, accommodation, etc. as you would elsewhere.

    Insider Tip:The Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry trip that allows you to see the Statue of Liberty from a distance--the perfect distance for pictures. If you want to visit the statue itself (many find it unnecessary as you would be too close to have the full view of the statue) you need to make reservations way ahead of time, especially if you want to climb all the way to the crown.

  • 80%


    I Love NYC

    Amazing location, walking distance from Central Park, Times Square, 3 different subway stops, bars and restaurants. The staff is also very helpful and cool. I had a blast in New York always so much to do!

    Insider Tip:Buy a subway pass for a week, great value since getting around on the subway is the best method of transportation.

  • 50%


    First time New York Visit, won't be back soon!

    While I enjoyed my visit to New York City, I wasn't impressed and don't plan on coming back anytime soon. I enjoyed seeing the major sights, taking a walking tour and learning about the history of the city and the role it played in immigration, but for such an expensive and well known city, it sure isn't well kept. The subways especially...majority of the city's inhabitants and work force must travel via subway and they are forced into dank, foul smelling, and simply OLD infrastructure.

    Insider Tip:See the Lion King! It was just as good as everyone says! Take a big bus tour, it's cheesy and unoriginal, but it seriously was the best decision I made, I learned tons and saw a lot of the city I wouldn't have. You can hop off and explore an area and then keep going, or take the whole route. I went with the red tour, not the green buses...

  • 70%


    NYC a good time in the big apple

    NYC was a fun time with my best friend and I but some tips. Always carry a bit more money then what you think you need. The city is very pricey and you will be buying extra things like bottles of water. Take and wear walking shoes, we both learned that the hard way. Never take anything from street peddlers. They want money, all of them! Just keep walking. If you are smart and keep an eye on your items and phone you will have a good time.

    Insider Tip:Always read the subway map and carry it around. There are so many different lines on the same color. Its easy to get lost if your not sure. Another tip carry a water bottle and take a back pack, there are needed in NYC to survive. You will be walking alot.

  • 80%



    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!

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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