New York City
“The Big Apple,” or New York City is one of the most famous cities in the world and the social hub of America. If you can think it you can find it in “The City That Never Sleeps” with nearly every culture in the world represented. Here is our guide of many things you need to know about NYC.
5 Cool Sites
- Empire State Building: Even before you arrive within city limits, the Empire State Building is visible from miles around. A trip to the top is an unforgettable experience.
- American Museum of Natural History: The Natural History Museum contains aweing exhibits displaying cultures and time periods throughout American and world history.
- Broadway Play: During your visit, be sure to catch one of your favorite plays showing at one of the numerous theaters around the Times Square neighborhood.
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Perhaps New York’s biggest attraction is its magnificent skyline, and the top of Rockefeller Center grants the perfect view.
- Times Square: A world-renowned icon that truly symbolizes New York City, Times Square is the perfect place to walk around or grab a bite to eat.
5 Kid Friendly Sites
- Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum: Kids will love seeing life-size figurines of their favorite celebrities and characters, as well as taking pictures with them.
- Intrepid Aircraft Character: Great outing for parents and kids, visitors can tour all areas of the aircraft carrier, from the bridge all the way down to the hangars. Visitors can take pictures in the gun turrets, climb inside an actual fighter jet, and take part in a flight simulator.
- American Girl Store: Geared toward a mother/daughter outing, young girls will love seeing and playing with the dolls on display. Customers are invited to bring in their own dolls for a “makeover” in the doll salon, and then sit at the table in the café.
- Bronx Zoo: As the largest urban zoo in the world, the Bronx Zoo is a great place to observe wildlife within the confines of an urban jungle.
- FAO Schwarz: This massive toy store headquarters is a must-see attraction for kids, even if you’re not looking to buy.
5 Free Things To Do
- Central Park: Visitors to the city should take time away from the hustle and bustle to stroll the huge, beautiful grounds of Central Park.
- Washington Square Park: Definitely a different feel than Central Park, Washington Square Park is a great place to sit down with a hot chocolate or an ice cream to people watch and listen to a myriad of street performers.
- Grand Central Station: Experience the beauty of this turn-of–the-century train station. The site is much more than a train station now, with eateries and shops inside.
- Brooklyn Bridge: Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River connecting two of New York’s most famous bureaus.
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Whether you are religious or not, this piece of gothic architecture paints a beautiful contrast against the rest of the New York skyline.
5 Great Restaurants
- Katz’s Deli: A perfect spot when you are craving a great sandwich with a crunchy pickle. Not much has changed since it was first founded in the late 1800’s, including how you order.
- Blue Smoke BBQ: Satisfy that need for some savory BBQ at Blue Smoke. Easily the best ribs you might ever eat and some great appetizers.
- Shanghai Café: Located down in Chinatown, this may well be the best Chinese food outside China. The combination of food and neighborhood-feel make this a great spot.
- Los Tacos No. 1: Boasted as the best taco spot in New York City, Los Tacos No. 1 lives up to the substantial hype.
- Joe’s Pizza: You can’t visit New York without grabbing a slice of authentic New York City Pizza. Joe’s is the perfect spot to satisfy your pizza craving.
5 Great Nightlife Spots
- Apollo Theater: Perfect for a music lover, take a trip up to Harlem to experience some of the finest raw talent in the City.
- Alphabet City: Venture down to 14th Street then head east to Avenue A to explore a hip-hopping bar scene that never sleeps.
- Madison Square Garden: At any given time, there is bound to be an exciting game or concert going on in MSG, dubbed “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
- Ava Lounge: No sneakers or jeans allowed at this fabulous rooftop bar. Enjoy a cocktail while you watch the sunset and gaze out over Times Square here.
- Blind Tiger Ale House: A great low-key bar with a fantastic selection of craft beers.
5 Romantic Getaways
- Central Park: Central Park hits the list again as a timeless romantic spot. Be it on a bench or in a row boat, couples have been enjoying each other’s company in the park for over 100 years.
- Night-time cruise: If you and your other want a night in the city but not actually IN the city, take a dinner cruise around the city to see the lights, sunset, and skyline to enjoy a meal together.
- Little Italy: Love is in the air in Little Italy. Whether you’re dining on fine Italian food or enjoying gelato, there is a classic feel to the neighborhood that is perfect for a romantic experience.
- Rockefeller Center: This is the perfect destination for romance in NYC. Depending on the season, ice skate through the iconic rink, or just enjoy the plaza in the summer.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: As one of New York City’s most famous museums and the largest art museum in the U.S., the Met is a must see.
5 Great Hotels
- Plaza Hotel- 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
- Ritz Carlton at Central Park- 50 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
- Trump International Hotel- 1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
- Washington Jefferson Hotel-318 W 51st St. New York, NY 10019
- Seton Hotel- 144 E 40th St., New York, NY 10016
5 Must Try Foods:
- “Dirty-Water Dog”: A trip to the city is not complete without a good ole hot dog from one of New York’s hundreds of street vendors. May not be gourmet, but it is a true classic.
- $1 Pizza: Another NYC staple, the $1 pizza stand provides a slice of cheesy heaven for something that nearly everyone has…one dollar.
- Cheesecake: No place better to grab New York style cheesecake than New York. Whether you like yours thick and rich or light and fluffy, there are diners throughout the city that have a range of styles.
- Bagel and Lox: Bagels are absolutely a New York staple. Head to Russ & Daughters or Ess-a-Bagel for the best in town.
- Burgers: Some of the best burgers are made in restaurants around NYC. Tip: Try one from The Burger Joint, JG Melon, or Corner Bistro.
Climate and What To Pack: Summer: The summers can range from the mid 70’s to the 90’s, so tee shirt and shorts are definite necessities. Falls: During mid-September until mid-November, temperature drops down to range between the 50’s and high 60’s. We suggest bringing pants, tee shirts, and definitely some sweatshirts or cardigans for the nighttime. Winter: During wintertime, definitely bring a warm jacket and mitts. Winter temperatures can drop into the 20’s, so be sure to bundle up outside again. Spring: In the spring, temperatures climb up to the low 60’s, so pants, tee shirts, and sweatshirts will suffice. Electrical Converter Information: Most electrical outlets throughout NYC are equipped for standard U.S. plugs, best for 120 volt appliances with 60 Hz. Cultural Differences: New York is a very fast-paced city. NYC natives walk fast, talk fast, and eat fast. While there, don’t feel flustered if you seem to be the slowest person on the block. Use your time to take in the sites and the feel city. At restaurants, don’t worry about taking a while to enjoy the fine cuisine; you are in the city to enjoy yourself at your own pace! Transportation: The NYC Subway System is one of largest, most efficient, and convenient mass transportation systems. For someone visiting the city, the size of the subway system may be daunting. If you cannot quite understand the maps, feel free to ask a subway employee or NYPD officer. Above ground, the famous yellow taxis weave all about the streets; there are also a number of taxi services like Uber available. Or if it is a nice day, the city is laid out in a grid system above 1st Street, so it is not hard to orient yourself to where you need to be. Safety Precautions: It’s important to keep in mind that New York is a big and crowded city. Because of this there are always precautions to take that reduce the risk of loss and theft. Scan all major documents and email them to yourself before leaving, so even if your bag goes missing you still have copies. Be sure to keep a list of your emergency contacts with you at all times and always send your itinerary to a friend. Both men and women should avoid carrying valuables in their pockets, especially in their back pockets. Paperwork Needed for the Trip: For U.S. residents only the paperwork that is required by the airline is needed to visit NYC. Vacationers who are driving or taking public transportation should be sure to bring an I.D. to enjoy the nightlife. Air Travel Information: New York City is serviced by three major airports: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and LaGuardia Airport (LGA). All three airports have ample public transportation and taxi services to carry you to and from your destination. Nearly all major airlines fly to these airports such as: JetBlue, United, Delta, Southwest, American Airlines, and more. Trip Highlights: You will have so many amazing experiences to share it will be hard to start with one. First start with your fantastic pictures from the top of the Empire State Building, then tell them about your dinner in Little Italy and the exhibits you saw at the Museum of Modern Art. This should be just enough to get them to the city themselves. Best Luggage to Use: Wheeled luggage is the way to go because often in the city you are walking from block to block for a taxi or subway. Also, a small over the shoulder bag or backpack would be useful for daily travels. Must Have Travel Accessories: As with any city, it is best to carry your money and credit cards in your front pocket. To accommodate this, try using a small money clip to keep in your pants pocket. Also, these garment bags maybe useful if you plan to bring a suit or dress for a night on the town check out our garment bags. We also recommend looking at our packing accessories.