Hostelworld Guide for New York

Colm Hanratty

The Essentials Getting There
By plane: New York has three airports − JFK Airport, in Queens, La Guardia Airport, also in Queens, and Newark Airport in northern New Jersey. All three are connected to Manhattan by bus/train. By bus: New York's main bus hub is Port Authority at Eighth Avenue and 40th Street. By train: New York has two main train stations Grand Central Station and Penn Station.

Climate
Here in New York it can get bitterly cold in winter especially between November and January. In April the temperature can drop to 3°C, but rise to 12°C. These temperatures rise steadily by June, and for the next three months New York becomes extremely hot and muggy, but many say the city really comes into its own in the fall. During this season New York can be breathtaking, particularly Central Park.

Getting Around
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. Walking around Times Square for the first time is extremely surreal because, for a split second, it seems like you are in one of those movies. 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. Ironically, one of its best features is that there is too much to see and do - within hours you will be planning your second journey. On foot: You can't get around all points of interest on foot, but places like Times Square and Central Park are within walking distance of each other. By subway: The subway is the best way to get up and down Manhattan, although getting crosstown can be a nightmare at the best of times. The L train goes crosstown from between 14th St and 8th Ave and 14th and Park Ave. By bus: Buses are the best way to get from one side of Manhattan to the other. By taxi: New York's yellow taxis are omnipresent in Manhattan. They are all regulated so no fear of getting ripped off. Don't forget to add 20% for a tip.

Good to know...
Language: English Currency: US Dollar Electricity: 110/120 volts AC/50Hz, 2-pin plug Area Code: +1 (USA), 212/646 Manhattan Emergency Codes: Ambulance / Fire / Police 911 Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT - 5/7) Central Post Office: 421 Eight Avenue at 33rd Street, Midtown Manhattan Main Tourist Office: New York City & Company, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, Midtown Manhattan

New York facts In this Guide...
Useful Information After Dark Places to Eat Top Attractions Budget Tips Where to Shop Name: New York has numerous nicknames including the 'Big Apple' and the 'City That Never Sleeps'. Location: New York city is located the state of New York on the East Coast of the United States. Population: The population of NYC now stands at around 8.5 million people. Area: The city covers an area in excess of 1,210 kilometres squared.

Consulates
UK: +1 212 745 0200 Canada: +1 212 596 1628 Australia: +1 212 351 6500 South Africa: +1 212 213 4880 Ireland: +1 212 319 2555 Germany: +1 212 610 9700 Spain: +1 212 355 4080 Italy: +1 212 737 9100 New Zealand: +1 212 832 4038 France: +1 212 606 3600

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when it's chilly in the Big Apple. Televisions outnumber the barmen. Tick Tock Diner. After Dark Slane. for free tickets (Sun-Thurs) visit the same site and click on 'special offer' on the right . visit this bar. www. Delis and hot dog stands Dotted all over New York are delis. Comedy Cellar is one of New York's best-known comedy clubs. MoMA gets our vote as it showcases everything from innovative European art to modern forms like film and photography. 1590 2nd Ave.Martin Luther King Jr Day Every year on the third Monday of January a parade between 61st and 86th St. Open Wed-Mon 10. Technically an Irish bar (there's nothing particularly Irish about it other than the owner). namely due to the countless movies and TV shows it has appeared in. 79th St & Central Park West. Open daily from 11am-close. Open daily from 10am-5. Hostelworld Guide for New York . Bleecker Street Pizza is a great (and cheap) place to grab a pizza slice.30pm (8pm Fri). be it baseball. the 'Nonna Maria'. ancient civilisations and more. this food festival attracts a million people who come to sample culinary delights from all over the world. for the best views of Manhattan (and smaller queues) visit the 'Top of the Rock' at the Rockefeller Center. 11 W 53 St. Merchants is the perfect spot.com. Visitors get to enjoy views from the observation deck. Cnr of 7th Ave & Bleecker St. Fri-Sun midday-4am.New York gets in on the act also! Third Ave closes and drinking. Remember it is standard practice to tip bartenders every time you are served. The views of Central Park and the Empire State Building are breathtaking. The Sixth Ward. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). October . during the week it's perfect for a quiet beer while at weekends things get noticeably livelier. play various games at different stalls. December . suggested admission $16.comedycellar. July . It's also a popular hangout with local New York University (NYU) students. adm $20. Ship of Fools.it all depends on the night. Upper West Side This enormous museum has extremely impressive collections on dinosaurs. Liberty Island Donated to the United States by the French in 1886 to commemorate the alliance of both countries during the American Revolution. this isn't just New York's best-known attraction. 102 MacDougal St. West Village Famed for their thin-based. Beginning at 11am.stateferries. Greenwich Village Whether it's singer-songwriters. Midtown It's tough choosing an art gallery in NYC. Mark Your Calendar January .Oktoberfest Munich isn't the only city where Oktoberfest is celebrated . you just have to make sure you get a spot close to the river! August . or otherwise. To make sure you witness it. Instead we recommend you try Eisenberg's where you'll get the exact same thing at almost half the price. Merchants. 117 MacDougal St. March . barbecued food and a huge fireworks display at this one-day festival as part of the Hudson River Park's 'Summer of Fun'. Midtown The first time you set foot in Times Square is a surreal experience. Open Mon-Thurs 3pm-4pm. The best-known places are Katz's and Carnegie Deli. For stage times visit www. Open daily from 11am-2am. Make this electric circus one of the first places you visit. 43rd St & 7th Ave. no trip to NYC is complete without visiting an all-American diner. Chelsea If you want to dine in style without paying too hefty a price. but arguably America's. 50th St (between 5th & 6th Aves). and everything German is celebrated. so if there's a big game on. Open 24 hours. Tuscan-style pizza slices. Don't Miss Statue of Liberty. on 5th Avenue commemorates the famous civil rights activist. Open daily from 10am-4am. rock outfits or reggae bands. For ferry times and costs visit www. They've a wide range to choose from but their specialty is their take on the margherita.hostelworld. Comedy Cellar. catch it here. and if you're not hungry. but they are quite expensive. dancing. Extremely welcoming thanks to the friendly staff. you're bound to find them in this bar that has live music 7 days a week from 7pm on.St Patrick's Day Parade New York is famous for its Patrick's Day parade which is the world's largest outside Ireland. Sample various culinary delights. One of these is Splash (West 17th St between 5th & 6th Aves) which is packed with clubbers each night.Museum Mile Festival For one day in June NYC's Museum Mile becomes one big block party.San Gennaro Festival Little Italy becomes awash with activity for this annual festival which takes place on Mulberry St. American Museum of Natural History. between 82nd and 83rd Sts. there's a pool table out back when it's pool you want to shoot and not liquor.Independence Day On July 4th a huge fireworks display takes place over the East River. If you want something even quicker you can grab a hot dog from one of the stands that are all over Midtown Manhattan. 151 Bleecker St. Upper East Side For the 'all-American' sports bar experience where you'll see football jocks throw high fives and where bottles of beer blanket the wooden tables. November .Grand Central Laser Light Show A spectacular light show is beamed on to the ceiling on New York's central train station for 6 weeks at the end of every year. June . Lower East Side While this is one of the newer bars on the LES. Open daily from 7. A fascinating place. In them you'll find an array of salads and hot foods like pasta and noodles and they're great for something quick. Hell's Kitchen Along with pizza and pastrami. Barbecue and Fireworks Festival Enjoy free music.30am-8pm. 112 7th Ave (between 16th & 17th Sts). Midtown While you may be intent on visiting the top of a different skyscraper when in New York. 191 Orchard St. The Red Lion.30am-5. 481 8th Ave (between 34th & 35th Sts). enter the pedestal of the statue and see exhibits at the museum. P is for pastrami Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop. September . Book your spot on Fifth Ave for the best view.45pm. 174 5th Ave (between 22nd & 23rd Sts).Cheap Eats Bleecker Street Pizza.Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade This huge parade is one of the biggest events of the year as massive balloons and floats make their way down 7th Ave. Greenwich Village This popular Irish bar can be either an intimate place for a beer or the complete opposite . you'll be thankful of the roaring open fire warming the patrons.Ninth Avenue Food Festival Just two blocks west of Times Square in Hell's Kitchen. It is also adjoined to the 'Rose Center for Earth and Space' which will enthral budding astronomers.Tartan Day Parade Over 10. Both well and lesser known acts appear on stage to cause a giggle or two and Chris Rock and Robin Williams have both appeared in the past. Times Square. eating. This extremely cosy bar and restaurant does great sandwiches and burgers. The Sixth Ward has already firmly established itself as one of its favourites. admission $21. Greenwich Village Located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Open daily from 8am-11pm. Open daily from 11am-2am. Top of the Rock.000 pipers and drummers congregate on 6th Ave to celebrate their Scottish roots for this annual parade. May .com. April . Flatiron District New York is famous for enormous pastrami sandwiches so devouring one is part of the experience. This one has everything you'd expect on the menu such as 'grits' for the morning and burgers for the evening.com Rock on Gay / Lesbian New York New York's gay scene is thriving and the gay community is most evident around Chelsea which is home to a whole host of gay clubs. Service is friendly and.Blues. There's live music and lots more. the shows take place every 30 minutes until 9pm. Open daily from 10am-4am.

I'd love to be in that audience€' Well make your way down to the TKTS booth in Times Square on Mondays or Tuesdays and you should find somebody heckling about free tickets to something. The first is the busy and bustling Grand Central Terminal at 46th St and Park Ave. Enjoy highlights such as Strawberry Fields. It likes to think of itself as New York's 'best kept secret'. Rather than simply crossing and turning the back. north of Houston St Simply known as 'the Village'. both in the West Village. www. East Village (east of 3rd Ave. 22 Cortlandt St (between Broadway & Church St). east of 6th Ave. You are now in the heart of Greenwich Village. the Madison Square Garden and much more. Take the 1 train back up to Christopher St/Sheridan Square. and the views will take your breath away. Chelsea is the art and gay capital of Manhattan. Midtown Weaving your way through the thousands of people who ramble up and down Fifth Avenue every day. Sheeps Meadow. you don't need to worry so much about what you're wearing or who you're talking to in the East Village and the Lower East Side. Hostelworld Guide for New York The world's largest store Chill out in Central Park Affectionately known as 'The Lung of New York'. Lower Manhattan Century 21 has built up a reputation as the best place to get top quality goods at discounted prices in New York as they are known to knock anything up to 75% off some brands. The Village A walk in the park Greenwich Village. south of Houston S Over in the east part of town in Downtown Manhattan. Open daily from 8am-8pm. cafés and bars.Canal St which borders the south end of Soho is where to go for those not-so-authentic goods. visit the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park on the Brooklyn side. 9. but the secret. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge Jump on a 4. south of Houston St Soho is all about shopping.30am-9pm. Visit the 'Top of the Rock' at the Rockefeller Center. Pick up everything from Ralph Loren to DKNY at 'discount prices'. Open Mon-Fri 7. Sat 9. things are a little rougher around the edges. north of Houston St.. The heart of the action is around the intersection of Bleecker and MacDougal Streets. 11. while on other streets like Mercer St and Greene St you'll find boutique stores owned by the coolest designers about. Jump on board the Staten Island ferry for unforgettable views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. west of Broadway. visiting Times Square. Take in one of the city's best-loved museums. Macy's. Midtown Since opening as a small dry goods store back in 1858. west of 6th Ave. jeans and t-shirts. Wander down Bleecker Street until you come to MacDougal St. Visit two of New York's best known (and free) buildings Two of New York's most visited buildings are both free to enter. the Bow Bridge and the Bethesda Fountain.com . Just small-rise buildings housing alternative shops. 498 Red Apple Court. many of which are along 7th and 8th Ave. south of 14th St. 151 West 34th St at Broadway. along with many more affordable ones too.15am and 12 noon. Retail Therapy Fifth Ave (between 47th & 59th Sts). Soho. Grab a container and fill it with salad. A Day in New York. 5 or 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge and within a few minutes you will be at the Manhattan end of New York's most famous bridge. north of Canal St.30am. It's not all chic here though ..hostelworld.com.30pm. Take the 1 train from Times Square to South Ferry. log on to www. Greenwich Village is probably the coolest neighbourhood in New York. Take a couple of hours to explore Central Park. Open daily 10am-9pm. Macy's at Herald Square now covers over one million square feet of retail space. journey costs $42 return from Port Authority. NY Located just 1 hour outside of Manhattan. Canal Street. The characters walking the streets are far more 'colourful' and all in all the east side is a lot more alternative. while the other is the (understandably) far more subdued St Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Sts. while the Village's Washington Square Park is another place you should check out. Follow the aromas to one of the numerous delis on 7th Ave. east of 7th Ave. Otherwise. at least save yourself some dollars for a short trip to this outlet. No skyscrapers here. Many of these outlets sell designer goods at bargain prices so if you're planning to go ga-ga with your credit card. As well as this are a selection of restaurants and small businesses. Century 21. Leaving from South Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan. on it you can enjoy breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan's skyline and an even better one of the Statue of Liberty. a ride on the Staten Island ferry is arguably the best thing to do for free in New York City. Chinatown This wide street which rolls through Chinatown is where you can pick up those 'not so authentic' goods. Explore Midtown Manhattan. Sun 10am-8pm.nytix.prices are lower too. south of 34th St. south of 14th St) / Lower East Side (east of Chrystie St. New York For Free Get the Staten Island Ferry Taking 25 minutes each way. Woodbury Common has over 220 shopping outlets. It's not just the bars and stores that are different . Due to the size of the area it covers. north of 15th St) One of Manhattan's bigger neighbourhoods. is definitely out. buses depart from Port Authority at 8. Woodbury Common. Go for a beer in one of the many bars. pasta or whatever else takes your fancy from the counter. There are over 100 different art galleries in the neighbourhood. It is by far the best place for a bird's-eye view of Manhattan.45am. row a boat across 'The Lake' and go rambling through 'The Rambles'.45am-8. it seems. thoughts of skyscrapers and traffic quickly fade away as you stroll through 'Sheeps Meadow'. seeking out what you are looking for can be challenging. Central Valley. Broadway here has store after store selling the latest trainers. Get take away pizza in 'Bleecker St Pizza' or sit down in 'John's' on the same street. Hail a famous yellow cab and get yourself to one of the bars in the East Village around St Mark's Place or in the Lower East Side near Orchard St to finish the night off. As a result. Go to a top TV show for free! Have you ever watched David Letterman in your living room and thought 'Gee. west of Broadway. Visit one of the museums on Central Park the Met on the east side or the American Museum of Natural History on the west. most of which are between 20th and 27th Sts.Neighbourhood Watch Chelsea (east of the Hudson. Stretching from 59th St in Midtown Manhattan to 110th St in Harlem. Fifth Avenue. you won't know whether you should be keeping your eye out for celebs or some flash threads! All the top designers have stores here. Central Park is one of the most beautiful parts of New York and you can see why locals love it so much. Oh no.

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