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%


    Great stay in HI NYC

    Stayed there 4 nights. Staff was very helpful, answered all our questions, provided interesting and exciting trips (tickets to Yankees, walk through central park.

  • 100%


    New York City

    I don't need to say anything other than: Just do it! It is a busy and beautiful city that offers so much.

    Insider Tip:Central Park

  • 100%


    I love NYC (just like the T-Shirts say)

    I had a great time in NYC, you can literally never get bored there. It's quit good value for money especially for shoopping, but don't get too carried away with food/drink as you'll need to add a 18-20% tip.

    Insider Tip:Use apps such as Goldstar or YPlan to look out for cheap last minute deals. Try to avoid the subway on the weekend it is regularly under construction, diverted or delayed on the weekends and you may miss things if you're on a tight schedule (I did twice).

  • 90%


    NYC Rocks!

    Yes,it's kinda grungy,over-crowded and expensive but it's a fantastic city in spite of all that. There's so much to see there so just do a lot of sight-seeing and don't eat in the restaurants too much(luckily,there's plenty of great places that to eat at that aren't restaurants) As for shopping:window-shop or look for discount stores.Also, there's the museums ,many where you can pay what you can. and finally, Central Park is great just to walk around in and is free.(Of course) Happy Travels!

    Insider Tip:See above. Also,if you don't have your bank located there,go to a Drug Store or Bodega and buy some bottled water rather than pay the high ATM fees. & Starbucks(which are on every corner) lets you sit as long as you want and has great Wifi as well,(in case your Hostel doesn't) I also suggest buying a MetroCard since you'll probably be using a lot of public transportation. Also,avoid taxicabs and take an Uber instead. Finally, the Hop-on,Hop-Off Bus Tours are great for 1st time visitors especially.

  • 80%


    Do as much as u can and take pocket size map with u

    I didn't really realize the magnificence of this city before I visited. We did so much in a week, we had such a fun and multicultural experience. I recommend to take New York City Pass that u can access to six different activities/museums and there are couple to choose on. For us it was perfect! If u have change to go to see sports in Madison Square Garden do it even though u might not like sports. Buy the cheapest tickets u get from stubbhub, the show is worth it!

    Insider Tip:Try Chinatown's little restaurants, super cheap and food is great! Do not dine near the tourist location if you are on budget holiday. Shopping center in Queens named Rego Park is worth of visiting if u want to find good clothes cheap price.

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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