New York City Travel Guide

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New York City Highlights

  • Pro
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    liqdstar says…

     diversity, you can satisfy pretty much any craving even at 2am!, lots of things to do, beautiful architecture, shopping, nightlife, ethnic food, pretty much everything about new york is a pro 

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    pigletsmom says…

     New Yorkers can sometimes be rude, and the taxi drivers can be insane 

  • In a nutshell
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    bct341 says…

     Great sites, people, food, theater, shopping, and architecture 

New York City Things to Do

  • Times Square

    It's a magical place. There's an ocean of lights and animated billboards; colours and images flow vertically up the side of the great buildings that surround the square. It's enough to grab the attention of any passerby, and the square gets plenty of those: the population of a small European capital city walks through every day. It's a magical...

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  • Central Park

    Central Park is immense. Not just in fame, or in size but in the sheer strength of will it took to carve the park out of the rocky, swampy soil that it was built on. Manhattan lies on a delta of long lost rivers. The natural course of water is to flow through and under the city. And it continues to do so, forcing the New York subway to pump out...

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  • Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island

    I had seen this place at some documentary films and really hoping to see the whole museum and the top floor rooms witch seemed to be most interesting. The tickest (to Eliis island, and walking around statue of Liberty) were 25 dollars, much more than in most quite new books. And because of that, it didn´t even cross my mind, that the top floor...

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New York City Hotels

New York City Restaurants

  • Serendipity

    The food is very over rated especially considering the prices. However the surroundings are really nice and that is what makes the experience. There booking system is shocking, they don't seem to be aware of modern technology your choices are either ring them or stand outstand the restuarant an 1-2hours before hand and hope you can get in. God...

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  • Katz's Deli

    I wanted to go here even tho I felt guilty for being attracted to what I thought might be a touristy version of my pastrami dreams. It was wonderful. The pastrami was steamy, and had the perfect amount of melt in your mouth fat bordering the meat. The homemade pickles were awesome. It's crowded, but the security guy streamlines the entry and...

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  • Carnegie Deli

    We went today around 2pm and walked right in. I got the Woody allen sandwich, which was HUGE and it was really tasty..I didn't know what to expect and thought it would be dry so got some mayo on the side and the nice waiter brought me 1,000 island dressing and said to put it on with some cole slaw as it was his favorite. I only ended up eating one...

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New York City Nightlife

  • SOB's

    I was at SOB's just last night as an invited guest. I was there to do a freelance job for Art of Rhyme which involved doing a video spotlight on one of the artist they had performing that night. We made all our arrangements with the club's publicist, Derick, who appeared to be very accomidating. He put our party of three on the "guest list" and...

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  • McSorley's Ale House

    Seriously, I want to move to East Village just to become a regular here. Just a couple singles gets you not one, but TWO delicious hand crafted beers. And it's not that crap Miller Light, gotta be ice-cold, tap the stupid Rockies crap. It's room temperature (the way God intended all fine alcohol to be... whiskey, cognac, red wine, beer, etc) and...

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  • Broadway & Shows

    Can you imagine that some performances were so good that I forgot to use my camera? I was lucky to see George Coleman playing sax, like God. It was such a great experience! I was hypnotized for an hour and a half, by the sounds of the Jazz music, played by the BEST! Smoke is a very small Jazz Club, so if you’d like to go there make sure you made a...

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New York City Transportation

  • Subway

    The New York subway is a wonder of engineering. Not only is it the largest network of its kind in the world, it links together the two islands of Manhattan and Long Island with the mainland state of New York across tunnels under the Harlem and East Rivers. It's also one of the oldest systems in the world, dating back to 1904. Today it runs 24/7 365...

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  • John F. Kennedy

    It still bemuses me that there is no direct mass transit service from New York City's major international airport - JFK - and the cultural, social, economic, commercial, and psycholgical hub that is Manhattan. But the Air Train is better than nothing! From the poorly organized JFK terminals, you can cross the road to take the Air Train to Jamaica...

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  • Taxis

    This was a great way to get to New York. We drove to a secure park and ride and had to be there 6:00 am sharp. We just sat back, relaxed and let them worry about the traffic, toll bridges, and parking. From there, they took us to Broadway in New York City where we were on our own to shop, sight see or whatever we wanted to do. Just had to be back...

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New York City Shopping

  • Century 21

    Century 21 Department Store is a legendary New York City retailer offering top designer merchandise at incredibly low prices. For over 50 years, they've kept shoppers adorned in the biggest names in fashion. With up to 65% off retail 100% of the time, anyone truly can afford to look great anytime. Besides facing Ground Zero, Century is...

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  • Macy's

    I had never been to NYC before; this was the first time. What a wonderful store and at Christmas, it was really "dressed for the occasion". Everything there that you could think of. Everything that you can't find in your home store and that's a lot. A little pricey, but what do you expect? It's the landmark store, the store of all stores.

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  • Canal Street

    If you come over to New York City with bargain shopping in mind (and there are many who do), then the one bargain place - and very possibly the best one of all - is Chinatown. No other place like it. But the best part of it too is that here one can combine one's visit to include practically everything from shopping to sightseeing to great...

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New York City Local Customs

  • Tipping

    We are going to NYC for our 2nd trip in just under 2 wks, I was looking for info on tipping to remind myself, and came across this. I think it's awful that these people have to rely on tipping to make a decent wage. For us personally, we have just put everything on our credit card for this holiday! We don't make a lot ourselves, so it will be...

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  • Walking

    There's really only a couple rules as a tourist walking the streets of NYC. The first one is you've gotta keep up. Don't lolliegag down the street and get in everyone's way. There's people who live here, and they've got places to go.. like work. If you can't keep up, then be sure to stay out of everyone's way. There's plenty of space on the right...

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  • Street Food & Festivals

    On a Sunday the Midtown stretch of Lexington Avenue is closed to traffic and it becomes a lively local street market. We stumbled across this by accident and were very pleased that we did so. Most of the stalls were selling pretty standard market gear that didn’t really appeal to us (a mix of cheap t-shirts and pretty ubiquitous ethnic crafts),...

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New York City Warnings and Dangers

  • Subway

    New York is a great place for kids, even small ones. My son was in love with all the noises and sights. He couldn't wait to get moving every morning. He loved Times Square in particular. It's generally an ok place to get around. The museums, shops, hotels and restaurants all have elevators and are usually quite child friendly. People are kind, and...

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  • Walking

    If you are going to walk uptown from the Manhattan end of the Brooklyn Bridge, especially at night, please be absolutely certain that you know your directions. While New York streets and avenues are relatively squarely aligned and sensibly named and numbered, such is not the case in lower Manhattan. During the centennial celebration for the...

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  • Driving

    A man walked into a New York City bank and asked for the loan officer. He said he was going to Europe on business for two weeks and needed to borrow $5,000. The loan officer said the bank would need some security. The man handed over the keys to a Rolls Royce that was parked on the street in front of the bank. Everything checked out and the loan...

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New York City Tourist Traps

  • Times Square

    I left NYC on December 30th, the day before New Year's Eve, so I wasn't there to see the madness in Times Square. But I did read a couple of accounts of people who waited to see the ball drop at midnight and it sounded like they were insane. What about the experience could possibly compel people to stand in freezing cold weather for a period of...

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  • Statue of Liberty

    The food at the cafe is not very good, eat before you come to the island. The food is all cooked up front and is left lying around so when you buy it is dry. Where you eat your food there are a lot of flys and birds pooping.

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  • Empire State Building

    The employees were really nice, most of them ask you where you come from, some say a phrase in your language, some say something related to your country. The audio tour is totally worth it...I mean, that way you do know what the heck you are actually watching, specially if you go at night. Another thing about the audio tour, it keeps you 'busy'...

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New York City What to Pack

  • Comfortable Shoes

    Pack light, cause I'm not going to carry your stuff. The most comfy shoes you got. Coat and Hat and Gloves. Boots too from Dec. to March. Ibuprofen, walking is pain... All you got. Hockey stuff. Skates. Bike.

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  • Dark clothing

    If you don't want to look like a tourist try these ideas. 1. Leave all of the college/highschool sweatshirts at home. This is an instant clue that you aren't from around here! 2. If it is winter, don't wear flip flops. The street can get nasty! Even in the summer, the streets are dirty. If you wear very open shoes, you feet will be black when you...

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  • Packing for Winter

    Sunglasses are necessary especially when driving. There are some new glasses out now that will get dark when it is too bright and will go back to normal when the light is normal. Moisturizer is essential in the bitter cold. The wind will beat your face up. Our winters have been heavy with snow recently. We also have ice storms. Hats, gloves,...

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New York City Off The Beaten Path

  • Columbia University & Morningside...

    Columbia is one of America's oldest and best-known colleges. Originally created by charter as early as King George II's time, the first institution met far downtown near Trinity Church. Over time the university migrated to midtown and finally to its present site in lower Harlem between 114th and 120th streets. Today the campus hosts a number of...

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  • Central Park

    Finding a quiet place in New York is a bit tough. If you'll accept people all about, but with the wind louder than the voices, then, you'll find that quiet in Central Park. No, we didn't get away from people, but we did get away from the feeling of needing to be on the move, of having a purpose. Sunny warmth on a cool day or shady breeze on a warm...

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  • Cloisters & Fort Tyron Park

    A walk through Fort Tryon Park in the middle of a March snowstorm - it really feels as as you are long way in both time and place from the rest of Manhattan. Originally this area was a private estate. It was purchased by John D. Rockefeller in 1917, and then donated to the city. Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (son of the landscape architect for Central...

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New York City Sports & Outdoors

  • New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium

    Even if you're not a fan of the New York Yankees, there is no denying the history and legend of the team and their famous stadium. Located in the South Bronx, just a short subway ride from midtown Manhattan, the stadium is easily accessible and a true New York experience. If the Yanks are in town, you may be able to purchase tickets to a game...

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  • New York Rangers at Madison Square...

    Promoted as "The World's Most Famous Arena" - and it probably is... MSG is home to the New York Knicks (NBA basketball), New York Rangers (NHL hockey), New York Liberty (WNBA basketball), and hosts concerts and other family events. Hubby and I came for the Nashville Predators vs. New York Rangers game (my brother-in-law has season tickets). The...

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  • Central Park

    In Central Park, at the pond known as the Conservatory Water, remote control model sailboats can be rented. This location, by the way is well worth a visit in it own right, especially in spring when the trees are in bloom. The images here focus on this beauty exclusively (sorry). See the link below for details about renting a model boat. There's a...

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New York City Favorites

  • City Tours - CityPass

    New York has so much to see and a lot of it is very expensive and accompanied by long queues. One of the best things you can invest in is a pass that will let you see the sights you want for a discount, while letting you skip past some of the ticket queues. You need to shop around to find out which pass suits you best, as there are a lot of...

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  • Empire State Building

    Here are some must-see's and must-do's in New York: 1.) Empire State Building (the queue here tends to be longer than at "Top of the Rock") 2.) Top of the Rock (shorter queue means less wait & designated admission time in ticket) 3.) Fifth Ave. (window-shopping or real shopping possibilities) 4.) Broadway Musicals/Off-Broadway musicals & plays...

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  • Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island

    The Statue of Liberty is probably the most famous Statue in the world, and most popular, just put statue in Google search and it will offer you the The Statue of Liberty. One of the most visited sites in this city but as you can see from my photo, I only saw it from far.

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