A week in New York
Welcome to New York City
We have gathered our favourite New York sights in this article based on how much time you can spend in New York City. You can find the perfect itinerary for a whole week in NYC, but we also have included a 3-day and a 4-day itinerary in case you have less time. What’s more, we have compiled the 10 most important New York tips and hacks that every visitor must know about plus a video of this incredible city. Trips to New York wouldn’t be complete without seeing the most famous sites of the Big Apple. This sleepless city is full of surprises from Broadway shows to museums and the best restaurants in the world. There are plenty of NYC attractions that will please visitors of all ages. To help you plan your New York sightseeing trip, just take a look at our itineraries below.
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A week in New York
Day 1: Our arrival in New York City
Day 2: Midtown
Day 3: Lady Liberty
Day 4: Explore Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea
Day 5: Let's Explore Downtown
Day 6: NYC's art museums and Central Park
Day 7: Williamsburg and Brookyln
10 New York City Travel Tips and Hacks
What are the New York City top tourist attractions?
Day 1: Our arrival in New York City and visiting Midtown
Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Since this is our day of arrival to NYC, we won't have time to spend the whole day exploring the city's sights. Depending on what time you arrive in the city, you can either do all the activities or just some of them. Our first day in New York City starts with the famous Times Square. This intersection is a major tourist destination and commercial hub located in NYC's Midtown. Over 20 million people visit the iconic Times Square every year, most of them come for the numerous Broadway shows and the excellent restaurants that are dotted around this area. You will get the best Broadway ticket deals after 2pm for the day you want to go to a musical. If you wish to start your first day by watching a Broadway show in the evening, it'd be a good idea to buy your discount ticket after 2pm from the TKTS office in Times Square. We recommend that you watch at least 1 show during your week of visiting New York. After all, no visit to NYC is complete without a trip to the theatre!
Now that we've bought our tickets for tonight's musical, we head to Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Centre to see the Empire State Building. The views from Top of the Rock are just as breathtaking and from there, you will see how the Empire State Building makes the other surrounding buildings appear so much smaller.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is where we are heading to next. This is a Neo-Gothic Roman church and a symbolic landmark in NYC. Located on the east side of 5th Avenue, this church is considered as one of New York's most visible Roman Catholicism symbols. The church is open daily from 6:30am–8:45pm, with 3 to 8 masses held every day.
The Theatre District is where all the Broadway shows are located on the western side of Midtown. This is where we will be spending our evening watching an entertaining show before retiring for the night.
Day 2 : Midtown
Grand Central Terminal
New York Public Library, Stephen A Schwarzman Building
Radio City Music Hall
A tour of the Headquarters of the United Nations
Our morning starts with a trip to the historic Grand Central Terminal train station, from where we will take a 5-minute walk to NYC's famous library afterwards. This busy transportation hub was opened on February 2nd, 1913 and is located on 42nd Street in Midtown.
One of our favourite top places to visit in New York has to be the New York Public Library, Stephen A Schwarzman Building. Here you can take a group tour of the library’s must-see spaces, including its exhibitions and the main reading room. There are free 1-hour group tours (maximum 25 people) available from 11am to 2pm Monday to Saturday.
A further 5-minute walk from the library, you will reach the Radio City Music Hall located on the 6th Avenue. This music hall has been restored back to its original state. You can either take a tour or attend a show with legendary rock stars making an appearance on an occasional basis.
We head to the Headquarters of the United Nations next, which is around 20 minutes away from the Music Hall, located on 46th Street and 1st Avenue. This complex has been the official headquarters of the UN since 1952.
You can book a tour of the building for an exciting opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes. Tours are available from 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. This is a perfect way to end the day after exploring some of the best known NYC sites.
Day 3: Lady Liberty
A tour of Statue of Liberty's crown and Ellis Island
Catch the ferry to Brooklyn and see the bridge
Explore Dumbo in Brooklyn
Our 3rd day starts with a guided tour of Lady Liberty’s crown and Ellis Island. You will learn about the history of the island and the Statue of Liberty as well as get access to the Liberty Island Museum. To reach the crown, you must be able to walk up 150 stairs or so on a spiral staircase. Access to crown is limited and tickets are sold out very quickly so you must buy your tickets well in advance. It is well worth the effort as going to the top of Lady Liberty’s crown is one of the most rewarding experiences of any New York City trip.
NY tip: the Lady Liberty tour is quite popular so queues can be very long. To avoid waiting, we recommend that you either take the first ferry that leaves around 8.30am, or book the 8.30am ferry as a guided tour. A New York tour guide will know how to avoid queues and pass you through security checks without hassle. The guided tour stops on both islands, first Liberty and then Ellis.
Visiting Ellis Island is a must as you can take a stroll through the tunnels that immigrants once used to reach America and start a new life. If you don't have enough time for a statue cruise, take the Staten Island ferry which departs every half an hour and takes around 25 minutes one way - you will make it back in an hour.
After touring the islands in the morning, it’s time to have lunch somewhere near Battery Park. There are lots of great restaurants, especially around the north cove of Battery Park.
After lunch, it’s time to catch a ferry to Brooklyn. You can take some great photos of Brooklyn Bridge on the way. Once you reach Brooklyn, you should walk from there to Manhattan to get a full view of the skyline in front of you. It’s a 2.3 km (1.5 mile) walk across the bridge. This is one of the most iconic walks NYC has to offer. At the Brooklyn-side tower, there are signs that pinpoint the sights you will see along the Manhattan skyline.
Before you take a walk over Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan, stop by the trendy neighbourhood of Dumbo, which is the first place you will come across on your way back. This arty hot spot has the best views of Manhattan with plenty of interesting shops and restaurants. You will also find art galleries in this compact neighbourhood with lots of exhibitions taking place here.
In the evening, why not go to a concert in Brooklyn; you'll find lots of great venues with plenty of entertainment.
Day 4: Explore Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen & Chelsea
The High Line
American Museum of Natural History
Metropolitan Opera House
Our 4th day will once again be jam-packed with lots of New York activities and places to see. After enjoying breakfast at one of our recommended restaurants, e.g. Balthazar in the heart of SoHo, we need to walk a little to burn off our calories. We will head to the High Line first before stopping by Chelsea Market on the way.
High Line is a 2.3 km (1.45 mile) long park on the west side of Manhattan and NYC. This beautiful park receives more than 5 million visitors a year and is open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 at night.
Chelsea Market is located in the centre of Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood and is a shopping mall as well as a TV production facility. This market is right next to the High Line and well worth a visit thanks to its mysterious past and secret passageways. After you've finished exploring this market, head to one of the world's most iconic skyscrapers: the Flatiron Building in Chelsea.
The Flatiron Building is the true symbol of New York City, located between the uptown and downtown of Manhattan. This amazing 21-storey building is famous for its triangular shape and was built between 1901 and 1903. You can have lunch in one of the nearby restaurants like Eataly NYC Flatiron and take in the views of this beautiful building or grab a bite in Chelsea Market where you will have plenty of food choices.
After lunch and all that walking through Manhattan's streets, we can hop on a bus. Although New York's tourist buses are not always recommended, it makes sense to hop on an open roof bus as you get to check out the city from the rooftop. Instead of taking the Midtown route (since you've walked it already) it's better to explore the Upper West and East Side on the bus. Along the way, check out west of Central Park.
Pay a visit to the American Museum of Natural History, which is just across the street from Central Park. This museum is one of the world's largest museums with 45 permanent exhibition halls as well as a library and a planetarium. It is best known for its exhibition of dinosaurs and the movie “Night at the Museum”. You could easily spend all afternoon exploring this place but if you're fascinated about historic theatres, you can spend the rest of the day touring the Apollo Theatre and Lincoln Centre.
In the heart of Harlem, the Apollo Theatre is located at 253 West 125th Street. If you want to learn the fascinating history of this theatre, it offers tours every single day of the week. Although these tours aren't free, they are still worth the price you pay.
The next cultural tour takes place at Lincoln Centre, with its many impressive theatres. There are specific events planned for each day of the week at selected times, including art discussions and background information about the building's history. The price for these tours is $18 per adult. In case the Lincoln Centre tour didn't feature the Metropolitan Opera House, you can visit it in the evening instead. This opera house is one of the most famous in the world with lots of international performers and opera singers showcasing their talents. Watching an opera performance at the Metropolitan Opera House is an excellent way to bring your evening to an end.
Day 5: Let's Explore Downtown
9/11 Memorial and Museum
Westfield World Trade Centre
Our 5th day starts with an emotional and moving tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It's a good idea to book a guided tour and listen to all the interesting stories told by the guide. If you spend an hour at the museum, you will be able to explore its North and South galleries as well as watch the video of the aftermath. At the Memorial Exhibition, you will see the photos of all the people who lost their lives including interactive information about each victim.
Afterwards, head to Wall Street and explore the district and the Bulletin. This famous street is situated in the southern part of Manhattan with some of the USA's best known financial firms located here.
After walking through Wall Street, make sure you check out the amazing Westfield World Trade Centre shopping complex. This is the largest mall in Manhattan.
Next, head to Chinatown for the most delicious and bizarre food as well as a touch of culture. In 1965, there was an influx of Chinese immigrants in New York, and soon after, Chinatown grew into Little Italy, Puerto Rico, and Dominican Republic all into one city. For lunch, I would recommend either a restaurant in Little Italy or in SoHo District.
SoHo is a great place for a little shopping as you can find everything from cheap street-wear to trendy designer clothes as well as home decor. Whilst you're in SoHo, you can treat yourself to some delicious sweets, cupcakes, or pastries at Dean & DeLuca.
In the evening, ask the locals for rooftop bar recommendations to enjoy a few drinks with the best views of Manhattan.
No need to check Tripadvisor or Lonely Planet websites for recommendations. Locals definitely know where the best rooftop bars are in Downtown and there are new trendy bars opening here all the time. A place like Refinery Rooftop provides awe-inspiring views of the city and you can listen to some fantastic music too. This is certainly a hip way to chill out in the Big Apple!
Day 6: NYC's art museums & Central Park
Exploring the best art museums in NYC
After enjoying breakfast at Jack's Wife Freda, time to take a walk through the the beautiful Botanical Garden. This garden is just under an hour train ride away from Central Park located in Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Subway ticket costs $3 one-way.
At the Botanical Garden, you will see more than a million different plants growing here. Take a walk through the garden to see the blossoming trees, the vast displays of palm trees from around the world, and the cactus-filled deserts.
Next, we head to the famous Central Park in Manhattan. This park is located between the Upper East and Upper West Side. Central Park is one of the most visited urban parks in the US and the 5th largest park in NYC.
Now we head to the amazing art museums on the East Side of Central Park. The first ones to visit near Central Park are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Located on the border of Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest and most complete art museum in the world. This museum has over 2 million artworks that span to 5,000 years ago, from ancient Egyptian artifacts to the most beloved impressionist paintings. Entry is free and there are many free tours to join throughout the day. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is located on the corner of Upper East Side in Manhattan. It has a permanent collection of contemporary and Impressionist art as well as special exhibitions all year round.
If you're more interested in modern art, your best bet is to visit MoMa (Museum of Modern Art). MoMa is an eye-opening experience and definitely a must-visit museum. It promotes the understanding of contemporary art, not just presenting it at its exhibitions. You will see art like you've never seen before so it's well worth spending an hour in this museum.
However, you won't have time to visit 3 museums plus the Botanical Garden and Central Park all in one day. Our best suggestion is that you visit at least one of these 3 museums: Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMa or Guggenheim, before spending the rest of the day exploring either Botanical Garden or Central Park, or even both!
Day 7: Williamsburg & Brookyln
A walking tour through Williamsburg
The Brooklyn Promenade
Visit a Concert in Brooklyn or in the Carnegie Hall
Start the morning with breakfast at The Butcher's Daughter, a vegan restaurant in West Village. Now you're ready to join a walking tour through the chic area of Williamsburg. This is the largest neighbourhood in Brooklyn and a great place for strolling through. If you dedicate a couple of hours of your morning to walking through the streets of Williamsburg, you will see some of the most interesting places along the way, such as the Russian Orthodox Church, East River State Park, Williamsburg Bridge, and Brooklyn Brewery, among many others.
After the walking tour, grab a delicious burger at one of NYC's oldest bar and restaurant; Teddy's Bar & Grill. After lunch, continue with your stroll through Williamsburg neighbourhood and stop at all the amazing and unique shops on the way. Explore the lively art and music scene and soak up the creative vibe in this hip neighbourhood. Once you've thoroughly explored Williamsburg, head to Brooklyn Heights. You will definitely be drawn to this neighbourhood's friendly locals and its impeccably renovated houses. The vibrant area of Brooklyn Heights is neither over-trendy nor commercialised. Within a short stroll away from Brooklyn Heights, you will reach the Brooklyn Promenade. This walkway offers stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River - a perfect opportunity to take some photos of the mansions and grand townhouses. The Brooklyn Promenade is a favourite place for walkers, skateboarders, and joggers. It's also a perfect destination to sit and read a book or enjoy the view. In the evening, why not visit a concert in Brooklyn?
Alternatively, visit the Carnegie Hall, a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan, just two blocks away from Central Park. This is a great place to watch classical or popular music concerts.
10 New York City Travel Tips and Hacks
Get a sim card for your mobile phone. Data roaming can become quite expensive and add up to several thousand dollars, so it will make sense for you to buy a local sim card.
Make sure you buy directly from At&T or Telecom in order to get the best quality. Be careful as sometimes third party provider promises to use At&t or Telecom network, but its still not the same quality so best to buy directly from AT&T or Telecom.
They advertise with “unlimited data”, but still limit you, which is known as data allotment. Make sure to specifically ask for the data allotment plan, so you know how many GB your speed will be reduced by.
Also if you want to use your phone as a Hotspot to connect to your laptop or any other device, you need to ask your carrier if it is possible to do so with your contract. This is especially important as some plans with lots of GB won't allow you to open up a hotspot, so make sure to ask if Hotspot or Tethering is allowed.
Lady Liberty Statue: visiting the crown of the Statue of Liberty is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City, but tickets are by advanced reservation only.
TKTS: staying in New York without watching at least one Broadway show would not be a complete visit. These shows are amazing and a must do, and for nearly all of them, up to 60% discounted deals exist with very nice seats at a special office called TKTS, which is located at Times Square. You can even view their discounts of the day online. If you want to watch an evening show, best to buy tickets after 2pm rather than directly from the theatre booth.
Getting around in NYC. Depending if its is a week day or weekend you should use different transportation to avoid traffic. During the week days, the fastest way to get around is by subway. Due to heavy traffic, Taxi or Uber can take you up to 4 times longer. On weekends however, you might want to consider getting a taxi or uber, since it is is more comfortable and less traffic and you will get around very quickly. Moreover, on weekends there is usually maintenance going on at the subway which might lead to closed stations, re-diversions, etc. By using a taxi you can skip checking the NYC map of metro, which is pretty difficult to understand when you're a New York beginner.
Take a ride on a bike; it's faster than walking, cheaper than a taxi, and way more fun than the subway.
Visit the Top of the Rock instead of the Empire State Building. The views are not any less breathtaking and ironically you will get the best view of the monumental Empire State Building, which is a building that dwarfs other buildings in height and size.
Subway Metro Card: don't make the mistake of uploading “value”, where you pay for each ride. It is much cheaper to upload “time”, where you can buy, for example, a 7-day ticket.
If you are in the city for a short time only and don't have enough time for a statue cruise (which goes all morning), you can take the Staten Island ferry to see Lady Liberty. The ride to Staten Island is about 25 minutes one-way, and the ferry departs every half an hour, so you can make it back within an hour.
If you are in New York to visit one of the world class art museums, you can check for a specific piece of art availability online first.
Lastly, don't forget, you are not the only person visiting New York City.
It is worth getting up early to avoid queuing up. Early birds do not only avoid waiting, but also get to capture the best pictures, without hundreds of other people in the photographs. Also, in order to avoid waiting, booked guided tours can save time. These were our top tips for visiting New York; enjoy your trip!
What are the New York City top tourist attractions?
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty has to be one of the top attractions of America and it has remained as a famous symbol of freedom. Visiting this iconic statue, which is just under 152 feet tall is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The next attraction is the huge Rockefeller Centre shopping complex in Manhattan. This Art Deco skyscraper is on 70 floors and offers stunning views over Manhattan. On the 70th floor, you can enjoy seeing the Empire State Building from Top of the Rock Observation Deck. The outdoor skating rink at the edge of the tower is one of the best activities to do in winter. There are also indoor and outdoor viewing spaces that offer excellent views throughout the day or night.
Another great attraction of NYC is the Broadway shows at the Theatre District. You can enjoy many long-running classics at the world’s most famous venues – just make sure you purchase your tickets after 2pm for discounts.
The High Line
The High Line is a new attraction in the Big Apple that has been transformed from a former rail line to an urban walking trail. This site is located above the city streets and has been planted with lots of trees and plants. The High Line is located on the West Side of Manhattan and runs parallel to 10th Avenue.
This market is a haven for shopping addicts. Mainly known for its huge range of eateries, Chelsea Market is one of NYC’s most famous food halls with more than 30 vendors. If you love lobster, cheese, chocolate, or a strong shot of espresso, this is definitely the market to come to.
Home to the oldest orchestra in the US, Lincoln Centre serves as a cultural hub for performing arts and theatre from around the world. This is a towering hall with 2700 seats and the most amazing architecture. If you love classical music, consider buying a ticket that costs from $30 to $130 and treat yourself to an unforgettable concert.
Fifth Avenue is one of the best known shopping streets in the US, where many top designers like Cartier, Gucci, and Armani have boutique shops there. Even if you’re not a fan of designer clothes or accessories, you can still enjoy a stroll along Fifth Avenue. It runs from the end of Central Park (south) all the way to the New York Public Library.
The iconic Brooklyn Bridge with its suspension cables is NYC’s most recognisable landmark. This historic bridge runs from the East River of Manhattan to Brooklyn. Its construction was completed in 1883 and was the first steel suspension bridge in the world. The best way to experience the Brooklyn Bridge is by walking across it.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This museum offers many free tours to join throughout the day. It is one of the world's largest art museums with more than 2 million collections of artifacts.
Times Square is a major tourist destination in Midtown, Manhattan. More than 50 million tourists visit this entertainment hub annually. It is a must-visit place when you come to NYC.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum
This museum pays tribute to all the victims and rescue workers of 9/11. There are exclusive tours and videos of the tragic attack as well as state-of-the-art multimedia exhibits and monumental artifacts.
Grand Central Terminal
This is not just a transportation hub but also an iconic landmark in Midtown, Manhattan. A great cultural place for dining and shopping in NYC.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Perhaps on of the most stunning architectural buildings, this museum is home to modern paintings and sculptures from famous artists.
The famous urban park of Manhattan is located between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side of NYC. Central Park is an ideal place to take a stroll and enjoy the scenery.
Upper east side
This area is a refined shopping street with plenty of boutique shops, a park, and famous museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Upper West Side
Sandwiched between Central Park and Riverside Park, The Upper West Side is one of the greenest areas of Manhattan. It has lots of restaurants and is an ideal place for families.
New York Botanical Garden
This 25-acre garden is a historic landmark in Bronx and a wonderland for plants. Over one million visitors come to see the garden's huge diversity of tropical and rich flora every year.
Apollo Theatre (Harlem)
This is a neo-classical theatre that offers visitors great tours about the history of Harlem. It is located at 253 West 125th Street, NYC.
Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade
This pedestrian walkway offers amazing views of Lower Manhattan's skyline as well as New York Harbour. The promenade runs between Atlantic Avenue and Brooklyn Bridge.
American Museum of Natural History
One of the world's largest museums located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it has over 30 million specimens including one of the biggest dinosaur fossil collections in the world.
This iconic twenty-one story building is well-known for its triangular shape and excellent views of the city. Flatiron Building is located between Fifth Avenue and Broadway.
Metropolitan Opera House
This famous opera house is located on Broadway and was opened in 1966. With a seating capacity of approx. 3,800, it is the largest opera house in the world.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Located in Midtown, Manhattan, this art museum is considered as one of the most influential modern art museums in the world. Its collections include architecture, drawings, paintings, prints, and photography, among many other works.
Radio City Music Hall
This is an entertainment venue located at the Rockefeller Centre. It offers many tours about the historic Great Stage, where you will discover the secrets of the venue's Art Deco interiors. The music hall is a large auditorium containing a variety of art.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
This Gothic-style Roman Catholic church is a prominent landmark in NYC. It is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue just across the street from Rockefeller Centre.
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
The amazing public library in NYC offers many excellent tours of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and the entire library. The free 1-hour tours start at 11am on Mondays to Saturdays.
This lower Manhattan neighbourhood is home to the biggest Chinese population in the US. It is one of the oldest ethnic enclaves in New York and a great place for foodies.
Home to many artists and art galleries, SoHo is best known for its trendy boutiques and international shops. If you love shopping, this is the place to come to.
This Lower Manhattan neighbourhood is home to the largest population of Italians. It is located in Mulberry Street and a great place for a spot of shopping and dining.
Wall Street Financial District
Wall Street is in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan and home to the world's two stock exchanges: NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange as well as iconic buildings like the Federal Reserve Bank. Upon your visit to this area, take the opportunity to capture photos of the Charging Bull statue, which is one of the symbols of Wall Street. As you take a walk through Wall Street, you will see the news bulletin board that represents what this district is all about.
Westfield World Trade Centre
This shopping complex is the largest mall in Manhattan. The building's stunning architecture is a futuristic design that is yet simple and elegant at the same time. This mall is situated very close to the tragic Twin Towers and marks the beginning of a new era for the New Yorkers. There are plenty of famous shops to explore in this beautiful complex.
Where is New York City located?
New York is located on the Northeastern coast of the US at the mouth of Hudson River.
Is New York City in New York State?
NYC is a state and one of the original 13 colonies that formed the US. It is sometimes referred to as New York State in order to differentiate from its city.
Where is New York City Centre?
There is no actual city centre in New York. There are many neighbourhoods in NYC with each of them having their own centre. However, most people consider Midtown and Times Square as New York’s city centre.
Where is New York City ballet?
Please refer to our New York map. It is located at 20, Lincoln Centre Plaza on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Where and when is the New York City marathon?
The marathon runs through the 5 boroughs of the city in a 41 kilometre (26 miles) course and is the largest marathon race in the world. It is held on the first Sunday in November. It starts on Staten Island and finishes next to Tavern on the Green.
Where is Times Square in New York?
Please refer to our map. Times Square is in NY’s Midtown on the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue on 42nd Street.
Where in New York is Central Park located?
See our map. Central Park is located between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side of New York. The southern part is on 59th Street, the eastern part is on fifth Avenue, the western part is on eighth Avenue, and the northern part is on 110th Street.
Where in New York is the Trump Tower located?
Refer to the map. Trump Tower is located in Midtown, Manhattan, on fifth Avenue between the streets 56th and 57th.
Where in New York is Ground Zero located?
See the map. Ground Zero is located across the street on the right side of the World Financial Centre.
Where in New York is Grand Central Terminal?
See the map. Grand Central Terminal is located at No. 89E, 42nd Street on Park Avenue, NY.
Where in New York is Harlem located?
See map. The district of Harlem is located in the northern section of Upper Manhattan.
Where is Broadway in New York?
See map. Broadway runs 21 kilometres (13 miles) from State St. through Manhattan and 3.2 kilometres (1.9 miles) through the Bronx.
Where in New York is the Bronx?
See our map. The Bronx County is located north of the Queens and Manhattan boroughs and south of Westchester County.
How was New York built?
From the mid 18th century, an influx of immigrants from Europe arrived to NYC and dramatically changed the city’s composition. The modern-day NYC’s 5 boroughs weren’t developed properly until 1898 when the US economy boom occurred following the Great Depression. Since then, New York has served as a main entry port for immigrants, who literally built the skyscraper city.
How and when was New York founded?
NYC’s history started around 10,000 BC when the Algonquian and Iroquoian (Native American) settlers first arrived to NYC. The Dutch colonists were said to have founded New York in 1624. Extensive waterways in the NYC region were made use of by the Native Americans for hunting and fishing purposes. The indigenous people of New York created paths and thoroughfares in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Broadway using sophisticated techniques to manage their resources. By the time the Europeans arrived, vast quantities of vegetation, fish, and shellfish were harvested and as a result, New York’s economy started flourishing. According to historians, there were approximately 80 different settlements from all over the world in the New York region.
How has New York City reduced its crime?
Since the 90s. NYC’s crime rates have dropped significantly as violent crime declined by more than 50 per cent in the city. Over time, many strategies have been put to use by the police and communities that helped make a difference on the streets. One of these strategies included the police’s use of latest technologies to get easier access to resources. Neighbourhood policing in more than 77 precincts has certainly been a game changer for the Big Apple.
How has New York City changed over time?
While the heavy traffic has always been part of NYC, the city has changed quite a lot over the past two centuries. The Twin Towers are no longer there, which has had a huge impact on the entire nation. Crime rates have significantly dropped and house prices have risen. With the increasing house prices, New Yorkers have as a result become wealthier; which can only be a good thing for the city.
Why is New York called the Big Apple?
The name, Big Apple, was first popularised in the 20s by the Morning Telegraph's sports writer, John Fitz Gerald. It was officially adopted by NYC in the 70s through a tourism campaign. It remained its nickname since then as the NY Convention & Visitors Bureau believed that it would brighten up the image of the crime-ridden city and revive its tourism. The term, Big Apple, was regarded as “an object of desire” and once it entered the high society's vocabularies, it slowly spread through Harlem's nightclubs and many famous musicians mentioned this term in their songs.
How to explore New York City using the subway?
You can buy a Metro Card and top up ‘time’ on the card for the 7 days or however long you are staying in the city. This will be much cheaper than topping up ‘value’ since you will end up paying for each ride. Catching a train on the subway is often faster than using a taxi or Uber because of the heavy traffic on the roads. This is especially a good idea during the weekdays, but on the weekends, you can also use a taxi or Uber as there is less traffic. What’s more, there is often maintenance going on at the subway so you’ll be faced with delays. For long distances to Brooklyn, for example, it would make sense to use the subway.
New York when to go?
The best time to go to the Big Apple depends on the purpose of your visit. There is no peak season in New York, which means prices remain almost the same throughout the year. There is, however, an off-period from January to February when the weather is cold and hotels aren’t as full as the rest of the year. These two months are possibly the cheapest time to visit NYC. But if you have children and wish to travel to NYC during the school holidays, then late August would be a better time due to the warm weather. NYC is also very popular during Christmas as the whole city is beautifully decorated with festive lights.
What’s New York like in December?
December is a great time of the year to visit NYC as you will get to experience Christmas in this city. This is the time of the year when New York turns on its Christmas lights and trees. The Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting is an event that takes place on 29th of November but you can enjoy its majestic beauty throughout the month of December. There are also many ice-skating rinks in NYC so if you love skating, head to Wollman Rink, where you can experience the most stunning skyline views from Central Park, or alternatively, go to the Rink at Rockefeller Centre. To witness the world’s largest annual lighting event, the Grand Army Plaza in Midtown’s Fifth Avenue and 59th Avenue is the place to be at Christmas. It will remain lit until 1st of January.
What is New York City weather like?
New York’s climate is generally humid continental since it lies in the subtropical climate zone. Winters are below freezing during January and February with most of the city covered in snow for much of the season. Summers are typically warm from June to mid September. Cooler weather is generally experienced from October to November.
How much is a new york city pass?
For adults, a 1-day pass costs $124, 3-day: $273, and 7-day: $369
For children aged between 4 and 12, 1-day: $94, 3-day: $199, and 7-day: $259. For a list of attractions you can visit with your pass, just take a look at this website.
Which New York City pass is the best?
Choosing the best pass depends on how long you are staying in New York and which attractions you want to visit. There are different passes, such as City Pass, New York Pass, NYC Explorer, etc. With the New York Pass, you can have free entry to over 100 attractions and tours with unlimited attractions for the entire duration. However, you can only visit each attraction once. To save money, it is best to use the pass for several days in a row.
What are New York City boroughs called?
Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
How to explore New York City?
NYC can be explored using subway trains and you can also rent a bike from one of the 600 stations across the city. On weekends, consider getting a taxi or Uber due to less traffic on the roads. Another great way of exploring NYC is by taking a long walk and daring to get lost in the city to find the Big Apple's hidden and unique places.
What is the current time in usa New York?
The standard time zone is UTC/GMT -5 hours.
Which New York City airport is closest to Manhattan?
Newark-Liberty International in New Jersey is the nearest airport to lower Manhattan. LaGuardia is nearest to Upper and Midtown Manhattan, however, this is mainly a domestic airport with limited flights to and from Canada.
Which New York City airport is closest to Broadway?
LaGuardia Airport is only 15 km (9 miles) away.
What is New York City known for?
The disparate landscapes of NYC include the fascinating skyscrapers that have made this city so well-known and popular among visitors. It is also known for being home to the world’s best theatres and Broadway plays. It would take travelers a lifetime to explore the entire state of New York thoroughly so no matter how long you are stating in this amazing city, you are sure to have something to do and see every day.
Which New York City museums are open on Mondays?
MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Whitney are all open on Mondays.
Why is New York the best city in the world?
There are many reasons why NYC is such a great city. From its Broadway shows to the iconic skyscrapers in Manhattan and Brooklyn, this is a city that has it all thanks to the vast diversity on its every street corner. No other city in the world has an urban jungle retreat like the leafy Central Park, or the amazing Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of the greatest metropolis. After all, this vibrant city is so good they’ve named it twice!
Why is New York City so famous?
There is no denying how famous the city of New York is thanks to its globally recognised icons, such as the Times Square, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Rockefeller Centre, Grand Central Terminal, Madison Square Garden, and so many other symbolic venues. In fact, no other city in the world has as many famous landmarks as the Big Apple, so it’s no wonder that in 2017 alone, there were more than 60 million people visiting New York.
What are New York's nearby cities called?
Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, Union City, West New York, Guttenberg, Secaucus, North Bergen, Bayonne, Fairview, Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Harrison, Kearney, and Ridgefield in NJ are all within 15 kilometres (9 miles) of NYC.
How far is delaware from New York?
239 km (148 miles).
Where are the nearest beaches to NYC?
Long Island has some of the best beaches within NY’s proximity. These beaches are known for their fine white sand and great restaurants. Less than an hour away from NYC, you can find Jones Beach State Park, which is a Long Island beach (on the west), and Hither Hills State Park in Long Island (on the east). These beaches provide the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, which are perfect for picnicking and taking long walks along the shore.
Which state is New York City in?
New York State.
What are the NYC's islands called?
Aside from the 3 main islands in NYC, Staten Island, Manhattan Island, and Long Island, every borough has its own smaller islands. NYC has a total of around 36 to 42 islands.
Is there a map of NYC islands?
Yes, please refer to our map.
Is New york city the most-visited city in the world?
NYC is the 8th most visited city in the world according to the World Economic Forum. On this list, London is ranked 3, Bangkok is number 2, and Hong Kong is at number 1.
What to do in NYC for a day?
If you are travelling to USA and stopping over at NYC for a day, it can be hard to decide what to do in such a limited time. To help you make the most of your day in the Big Apple, our 1-day itinerary consist of the following things to do in New York:
A 1-hour bus sightseeing tour of the city’s main attractions
Top of the Rock Observation Deck to see the Empire State Building
Stroll through the high Line and Chelsea Market
A visit to a museum or watch a Broadway show in the Theatre District
How to explore NYC in a weekend?
Please refer to our 3-day itinerary.
Any tips on New York City for first timers?
Get a detailed street map and subway map. Make sure your sightseeing plan for each day is grouped near each other so you can easily reach the attractions by train or bike.
Choose your hotel carefully as it must be close to the subway.
Don’t worry if you can’t squeeze all the sites to see in New York in one trip. Priortise the attractions that interest you the most and decide in advance which tour you want to go on.
The Lady Liberty cruise tour is the most time consuming visit so buy your tickets in advance and go there with a guide to save you from queuing.
For more NYC tips and tricks, refer to our article’s top 10 hacks.
What are the best New York City tours?
Hop-on hop-off cruise
For the most fun way of getting around the city, the hop on, hop off harbour cruise is a great choice. These water taxis depart from Midtown and take you on a 90-minute cruise along Hudson River, where you can see Lady Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge for some excellent photo opportunities. The boats leave every 45 minutes and offer many attractions along the way.
Staten Island Cruise
For an ultimate New York travel experience, take a 4.5-hour tour of Ellis Island, which includes a ferry ride from Battery Park to Statue of Liberty before paying a visit to the museum. The ferry ride will offer travellers the chance to listen to the guide’s narration and learn about the history of Ellis Island.
The Financial District walking tour
The next must-do city tour is a 75-minute walking tour to the legendary Financial District. This tour covers more than 4 centuries of history that led to the inauguration of Wall Street. You will see many famous buildings including New York Stock Exchange, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank.
Central Park bike tour
This cycling tour will cover most of Central Park’s 843-acre meadows and woods. Choose your bike and start riding from the south end of the park through sites like Sheep Meadow and Bethesda Terrace. The tour is limited to just 8 people so you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Exploring NYC architecture
This walking tour is also limited to a small group and includes Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library, and Times Square. All of these iconic landmarks are along 42nd Street in Midtown. This is a 3-hour tour and you will learn all about the city’s fascinating history through its amazing architecture.
Williamsburg walking tour
This historic walking tour through the colonial district of Williamsburg in Brooklyn is not only entertaining, but it's also educational. It also comes with a 1-hour ghost tour in the evening with legendary stories about each site you visit in this district all told by an informative guide who will walk you through some of the most interesting museums and memorial centres.
Where can I find a New York City tourist map from?
See this link for a free copy.
How far is New York City FROM JFK?
20.8 km (12.9 miles).
What is the distance from New York City to Newark Airport?
Newark Airport is approx. 30 km (18.6 miles) from Midtown Manhattan.
What is the distance from new york city to stewart international airport?
87.3 km (54.2 miles).
What is the best New York tour bus?
NYC offers many excellent bus tours for tourists. To help you choose the best ones, here are some of our suggestions:
Big Bus Tours
This tour includes 35 stops around the city on 4 routes. The bus will take you through Downtown, Uptown, Midtown Manhattan, and Brooklyn. You can download their map to help you plan your route. An English-speaking guide or an audio recording in 10 languages will be available on the bus and you are free to wander around on your own at every stop.
This open-top bus tour offers a vast range of tours that can be combined with other attractions. There are also combo packages for families, however, the guide will not accompany you off the bus.
This amazing bus is very much like a theatrical stage on 4 wheels. Instead of forward-facing seats, they are turned toward the floor-to-ceiling windows, like in a 3D cinema. The 75-minute tour combines many iconic landmarks and museums with lots of fun New York facts and history all told by the guide. There are also movie clips and break dancers to keep the passengers entertained.
How to reach New York from London?
Flights from London to New York take 8 hrs 20 mins from Heathrow Airport to Downtown Manhattan Airport.
What is the distance from NYC to the Hamptons?
455 km (282 miles).
What was NYC's original name?
New Amsterdam was the original name of NYC because of the Dutch settlers who first came to this city.
How to tip in New York?
In most restaurants, a tip between 18 and 20 per cent is standard. To show your appreciation for an outstanding service, you may tip up to 22 per cent. In a New York bar, one dollar tip for a beer is fine, but if the bartender pours a glass of wine for you, then a $3 tip would suffice. For taxi rides to Dumbo or Brooklyn, for example, a 15 per cent tip to the taxi driver is sufficient. When traveling to and from the airport, you can tip up to 22 per cent, or 25 per cent if the driver helps unload your luggage.