New York

Accommodation:

  • Hilton Times Square

Transport:

  • The city’s rail and bus system, run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and known as MTA New York City Transit, operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week
  • If buying a Metrocard, you need to put on $5.50, which you can do at the automated machines in the subway stations or from booth attendants. However, the booth take cash only.
  • A single subway or bus ride costs $2.75. Customers can buy a pay-per-ride card, an unlimited MetroCard or a SingleRide card. The latter costs $3 and is sold at vending machines.
  • An unlimited MetroCard allows customers to ride as often as they like within a fixed time period. A seven-day ticket costs $31
  • All city buses accept the MetroCard and exact coin change
  • The city has yellow taxicabs and green Boro Taxis. Taxis that have their numbers illuminated are on duty and can be hailed
  • A taxi’s minimum metered fare is $2.50, which increases 50 cents every fifth of a mile or every minute. There is also a New York State tax surcharge of 50 cents per ride
  • An additional $1 surcharge is added to the meter Monday–Friday, 4–8pm, and a 50-cent surcharge is added at night, 8pm–6am
  • The city has an extensive ferry system that can takes you uptown, downtown and across the rivers to Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey

Things to see:

  • Times Square
  • Chinatown
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Central Park
  • Grand Central Station
  • Broadway
  • Empire State Building
  • Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall
  • Battery Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • Hudson River
  • Rockefeller Centre
  • Ellis Island
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • The High Line
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • New York Harbour
  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Coney Island
  • Little Italy
  • Chelsea Market
  • Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

Tips:

  • When getting on a bus, check the route sign on the front before boarding to ensure it’s the bus you want. Make sure you know if it’s making all stops or only limited stops
  • The Roosevelt Island Tram gives you an aerial view of Midtown East along its path from 59th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan to Roosevelt Island, located in the East River between Manhattan and Queens
  • The Staten Island Ferry is free and is great for sightseeing as the route goes between Staten Island and Manhattan’s Whitehall Ferry Terminal. This 25-minute mini-cruise enables beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan
  • For more information on New York and getting around, click here

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