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.

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.

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Hostelworld Guide for New York

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

www. south of 34th St. No skyscrapers here. Take a couple of hours to explore Central Park.30am. Take the 1 train back up to Christopher St/Sheridan Square. seeking out what you are looking for can be challenging. south of Houston St Soho is all about shopping. Central Valley. The characters walking the streets are far more 'colourful' and all in all the east side is a lot more alternative. but the secret. Macy's. Midtown Weaving your way through the thousands of people who ramble up and down Fifth Avenue every day. Open daily from 8am-8pm. Go to a top TV show for free! Have you ever watched David Letterman in your living room and thought 'Gee.45am. a ride on the Staten Island ferry is arguably the best thing to do for free in New York City. while the Village's Washington Square Park is another place you should check out.Neighbourhood Watch Chelsea (east of the Hudson. Central Park is one of the most beautiful parts of New York and you can see why locals love it so much. Just small-rise buildings housing alternative shops. things are a little rougher around the edges. many of which are along 7th and 8th Ave. Greenwich Village is probably the coolest neighbourhood in New York. Canal Street. 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. Oh no. As a result. Jump on board the Staten Island ferry for unforgettable views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. pasta or whatever else takes your fancy from the counter. Retail Therapy Fifth Ave (between 47th & 59th Sts). journey costs $42 return from Port Authority. row a boat across 'The Lake' and go rambling through 'The Rambles'. log on to www. south of 14th St) / Lower East Side (east of Chrystie St. Chinatown This wide street which rolls through Chinatown is where you can pick up those 'not so authentic' goods. Open daily 10am-9pm. while the other is the (understandably) far more subdued St Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Sts. Century 21. Grab a container and fill it with salad. Woodbury Common. the Bow Bridge and the Bethesda Fountain.15am and 12 noon. 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. both in the West Village. north of Houston St Simply known as 'the Village'. while on other streets like Mercer St and Greene St you'll find boutique stores owned by the coolest designers about. As well as this are a selection of restaurants and small businesses. 9. 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. west of Broadway. Enjoy highlights such as Strawberry Fields. 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. Stretching from 59th St in Midtown Manhattan to 110th St in Harlem.30pm. Midtown Since opening as a small dry goods store back in . the Madison Square Garden and much more. Hostelworld Guide for New York The world's largest store Chill out in Central Park Affectionately known as 'The Lung of New York'. Soho. NY Located just 1 hour outside of Manhattan. Get take away pizza in 'Bleecker St Pizza' or sit down in 'John's' on the same street. Visit the 'Top of the Rock' at the Rockefeller Center. The heart of the action is around the intersection of Bleecker and MacDougal Streets. There are over 100 different art galleries in the neighbourhood. Many of these outlets sell designer goods at bargain prices so if you're planning to go ga-ga with your credit card. New York For Free Get the Staten Island Ferry Taking 25 minutes each way. jeans and t-shirts. south of 14th St. most of which are between 20th and 27th Sts. visit the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park on the Brooklyn side. 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. The Village A walk in the park Greenwich Village. Visit two of New York's best known (and free) buildings Two of New York's most visited buildings are both free to enter. north of Houston St. It is by far the best place for a bird's-eye view of Manhattan. Otherwise. East Village (east of 3rd Ave. Due to the size of the area it covers. north of 15th St) One of Manhattan's bigger neighbourhoods. west of Broadway. Woodbury Common has over 220 shopping outlets. Macy's at Herald Square now covers over one million square feet of retail space. 22 Cortlandt St (between Broadway & Church St). Follow the aromas to one of the numerous delis on 7th Ave.Canal St which borders the south end of Soho is where to go for those not-so-authentic goods. north of Canal St. Sat 9. visiting Times Square. Take the 1 train from Times Square to South Ferry. is definitely out. it seems. east of 7th Ave. Wander down Bleecker Street until you come to MacDougal Rather than simply crossing and turning the back. Go for a beer in one of the many bars. 11. 151 West 34th St at Broadway. A Day in New York. Take in one of the city's best-loved museums. You are now in the heart of Greenwich Village. 498 Red Apple Court. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge Jump on a 4.45am-8. It's not all chic here though . south of Houston S Over in the east part of town in Downtown Manhattan. and the views will take your breath away. cafés and bars. It's not just the bars and stores that are different ..30am-9pm. west of 6th Ave. Open Mon-Fri 7. thoughts of skyscrapers and traffic quickly fade away as you stroll through 'Sheeps Meadow'. on it you can enjoy breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan's skyline and an even better one of the Statue of Liberty. It likes to think of itself as New York's 'best kept secret'. Broadway here has store after store selling the latest trainers. along with many more affordable ones too.prices are lower too. Fifth Avenue.. buses depart from Port Authority at 8. at least save yourself some dollars for a short trip to this outlet. Visit one of the museums on Central Park the Met on the east side or the American Museum of Natural History on the west. Pick up everything from Ralph Loren to DKNY at 'discount prices'.hostelworld. Leaving from South Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.nytix. Sun 10am-8pm. Explore Midtown Manhattan. Sheeps Meadow. east of 6th Ave. The first is the busy and bustling Grand Central Terminal at 46th St and Park Ave. Chelsea is the art and gay capital of Manhattan. 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.

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