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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

    NYC

    Amazing place to visit, but very busy as expected. it is expensive! but definitely a great place to go, did everything and saw everything but unfortunately wouldn't go back simply due to hecticness but that is a personal thing nothing against the city itself.

    Insider Tip:i am a big promoter of the hop-on hop-off tours which i use in every place i go as they offer the cheapest, easiest and hassle free way to see everything. this in not the case in NYC given that yes its a very busy city and there were delays a bus was promised every 15 minutes which was more like 45-60 minutes, which reduced my time that i gave to visit individual things or skipping them altogether to insure i saw everything before i left.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    I can't wait to live here

    Expensive, but worth every penny. There is always something going on, and the bars don't close until 4am

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    What an amazing city

    It blowed up my mind. No city are similar than NYC, just wonderful and huge! So many things to visit and places to go out.

  • 100%

    Lettyst

    One of the World's Top 5 City Experiences

    New York has a little bit for everyone. If you are into art, make sure not to miss the MoMA. Nothing tastes better than $1 pizza in St. Marks after having a couple of beers in the area. If you're lucky enough to be visiting in December, it is one of the world's most magical places.

    Insider Tip:As a first-time visitor you might be tempted to stay around the Theatre District, but strolling around East Village is a delight.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Amazing city

    Very vibrant, so many things to do and see. I quite liked the locals, mostly very welcoming and friendly.

    Insider Tip:It's worth staying at least a week

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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