New York, New York, New York! Do you plan to visit New York City? Good choice! I am pretty sure you will enjoy a lot in this city.
New York City is not just about tourist places. This city will offer you many things in different aspects like culture, diplomacy, economy. In one word you will be amazed by the variation of things that you will see. No surprise that it is the financial and cultural capital of the world.
This megacity which is the most densely populated city in the United States, is globally known for welcoming people from different countries with different languages and cultures.
Many say that this city never sleeps, hence, for getting the most out of this city you also need to avoid sleeping, although it will happen naturally, as you will have jet lag traveling from the other side of the world to New York.
In addition, at first you might have a feeling of getting lost in this huge city with the mix of dizziness because of the speed of life there, but a bit later when your body starts to get used to the difference, your mind will also relax and enjoy more.
Top 10 must-see places in New York City
Are you ready, to know more about this city? Well, let’s read what I have prepared as the 10 essential places to see in New York City.
1. Statue of Liberty
Let’s start with the Symbol of New York, Statue of Liberty. This 93-meter (from ground level to torch) copper statue was gifted by the French people to the people of America in 1886 for commemorating the American Declaration of Independence.
It is located in the Liberty Island in New York Harbor. An interesting fact is that it has been designed by Gustave Eiffel, the designer of Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The colour currently is green, but you might get surprised to know that originally it was made with an exterior of copper and had a far shinier appearance. By the time, it has naturally oxidized to form the green ‘patina’ coating.
America’s Great Lady, as they call it in the United States is the symbol of freedom and democracy in the world.
For visiting this monument, you have two options:
1. Buying tickets
The ferries taking you to Liberty Island, with access to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. It is recommended to buy the tickets in advance. It is also included in most tourist cards in New York. To skip the queue, you can also check here.
For visiting the Pedestal and the Crown, you need separate reservations. It is better to know that Crown tickets are only available by advanced booking. During holidays and summer vacation, crown tickets are normally booked up to six months in advance.
Pay attention that buying tickets through vendors can cost you more than the Statue Cruises. Ideally, purchase your ticket online, or validate it with one of the tourist cards.
2. Or free
If you just want to take photo, the great option is to take the ferry to Staten Island, where you can see the statue perfectly, along with the Manhattan skyline and the rest of the islands. It leaves at Whitehall Terminal, south of Manhattan, and there is one available every half an hour. As it is free, all you need, is to just go there and get in. It is better to be on the right side while you go towards and left side coming back, then you will have the better view of Statute. It is normal that many people have the same idea in mind, so be sharp to take the good place.
Pay attention that you don’t have to pay anything, not even get a ticket. Avoid people trying to sell you anything as a ticket or so.
2. Brooklyn Bridge
Walking on the hybrid cable-suspension bridge of Brooklyn is one of the must-do things in New York City. A bit more than two kilometres, it will take you around 30 minutes to walk (without stop) from one side to another, of course you will need more time, as you would like to stop and take photos on the bridge.
This bridge connects the Manhattan to Brooklyn borough. It is recommended to walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan to have a quite spectacular skyline view.
From Brooklyn side, you have two options to reach the pedestrian walkway: intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place or the underpass on Washington Street.
From Manhattan side, the entrance is in the northeast corner of City Hall Park along the Center Street.
You will have free 24-hour access to the Bridge. However, the best time is close to sunset time when you can enjoy the beauty of sunset on the background of your skyline view.
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge as the oldest suspension bridge in the world by walking or bicycling, perhaps is the best way to reach these boroughs which both (Manhattan and Brooklyn) have a lot to explore.
- DUMBO: Try to explore this area where you can take one of the most famous photos of New York City, the Empire State framed on the Manhattan Bridge, at the crossroads between Washington Street and Water Street.
- Williamsburg: Is another neighbourhood in this borough, which people are more Orthodox Jewish and nowadays with a bit of hipster culture. You will see many kosher shops and many signs in Hebrew, and people dressed in black clothes.
- Bushwick: If you would like to see spectacular graffities, Bushwick neighbourhood is an old industrial area and has lots of urban arts and graffities.
- Coney Island: It is almost an hour by subway from Manhattan, but you should not miss the beach (however a bit crowded in vacation times). There are different rides and attractions like the Wonder Wheel and Luna Park in this part which will make your day, especially if you go by your kids.
- The New York Transit Museum: Don’t miss visiting this historical museum. It shows the subway of New York City in detail. In addition you’ll understand how New York City Subway works (which is not easy), the museum allows you to visit an old subway station and stroll around wagons from different eras.
3. Central Park
While you are in the borough of Manhattan, you should take time to visit one of the most-filmed locations in the world: Central Park!
This huge park (341 hectares) in New York City is the lung of Manhattan. However, it is still the fifth largest park in New York City.
Central Park, however, is more than a park, you have many things to do in this park. In addition to large grass areas like Sheep Meadow (61,000 m2 grass area) where you can lie down, have a picnic and rest for a while, it is well prepared for walking. On its paths you will encounter many New Yorkers who take the opportunity to run or walk and sometimes with their dog.
It will take you hours to explore the park by walking, another way is to rent a bicycle. In the main entrances you can find places for renting bicycles. Another option is to pay for horse carriage tour, although it is a bit expensive.
You can download the map of Central Park from here to have an idea of what will be your options in the park. However, in general there are options that you should not miss visiting:
Strawberry Fields: Is a circle mosaic in the pathway with the word IMAGINE which is the name of one of John Lennon’s songs. This was made in memory of John Lennon, who was murdered in front of the Dakota apartments in the west side of the park.
Belvedere Castle: This miniature castle will give you a spectacular view of the park and the city from its rooftop lookout. As the Belvedere in Italian means beautiful view. You have the opportunity to take very good photos in this spot. Inside the castle there is a small museum of natural history that is free.
The Central Park Zoo: If you are interested in animals, there is a zoo in Central Park which has more than 100 species of animals. This huge zoo is an integrated system which consists of four zoos and one aquarium. You can buy your ticket from here.
Conservatory Garden: It is the only formal garden in Central Park which you can enjoy the beauty of thousands of trees and shrubs in this area of 24,000 m2.
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain: With a view to the lake these two are the architectural features of Central Park. The terrace has the fountain, and Angel of the waters in the middle.
The Mall and Literary Walk: Is a pedestrian path with elm trees at both sides. Walking there gives you the good feeling of peace and calmness. Walking through the mall, you will see sculptures of Romeo and Juliet, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Buns, William Shakespeare, Victor Herbert and many others.
Photography tip: If you want to have special photos in this park, do not miss visiting Central Park in foliage season in the fall when all the 20,000 trees of the park amazingly changes to beautiful shades of fall like yellow, orange and red. You can download the Central Park fall foliage map from here.
4.The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art or simply “the Met” is in the top 10 most visited museums in the world with almost 7 million visitors yearly.
This museum is made up of three museums (The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters). The main one is the Met Fifth Avenue. The great collections of more than two million artworks including painting, sculpture and archeology and the collection of more than 33,000 costumes and accessories during seven centuries from five continents, an interesting journey through the history of fashion. For purchasing the skip-the-queue tickets, click here. For buying normal tickets, check the official website.
The Met Breuer, on Madison avenue and East 75th street, is dedicated to contemporary and modern arts. The Met Cloisters, in Washington Heights, has the artworks of European medieval architecture and sculpture from Romanesque and Gothic periods.
Obviously, you won’t be able to visit all of these in one day. For having an idea for a visit, I will give you a short list of some top artworks that you should not miss visiting them:
Death of Socrates: This is the masterpiece of Jacques Louis David in 1787 which depicts the moment before Socrates drinks hemlock.
Ugolino and His Sons: This very expressive sculpture shows the story of Ugolino from Dante’s Inferno and how the Count Ugolin and his sons were imprisoned and died from starvation.
The Sphinx of Hatshepsut: Located in the Egyptian art part, this colossal sphinx shows the female pharaoh Hatshepsut with the body of a lion. The only human element is the face which is surrounded by a lion’s mane.
Self-Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh: This painting is one of the more than 20 self-portraits of Van Gogh which is with Straw Hat and created in 1887 with Neo-Impressionist technique.
Met’s Costume Institute: If you have time, I recommend you to take a look on Met Costume Institute to enjoy seeing the change of fashion world across the years.
In addition to the above mentioned spectacular places, the Metropolitan Museum is one of the cultural center of New York City, not only for the quality of its exhibition but also for the important events like the Met Gala which is an annual charity festival that brings together many celebrities for fundraising.
The entrance to the Met is valid for three days, and is also included in the City Pass (you can validate it at any of the ticket machines) or the New York Pass (here you have to go to the counter reception, it takes only five minutes). If you have the New York Pass for several days, use it here at the last, so you still have two extra days to get to know the Met more thoroughly.
And finally do not forget to go up to the terrace, on the fifth floor. The view is amazing.
5.Times Square and Broadway
You probably have seen the celebration of New Year’s Eve in many American movies which is held in Times Square. At the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, this square is full of flashy billboards sometimes called the “center of the world”.
It is known as the most visited place of pedestrian visitors with over 131 million a year. Don’t forget to take advantage of seeing some free concerts or take a photo with typical characters like the Naked Cowboy.
While in there, you will also see Broadway. Broadway is a long road that runs through the borough of Manhattan and the Bronx (almost 25 Km in total but mainly in Manhattan). This avenue is home for many theatres, well, world-known for its theatres.
The Theatre District includes Broadway (theatres with 500 seats or more) and the Off Broadway (theatres with smaller capacity). You can find many musical plays here. It is also known as “the great white way” because of the millions of lights on the billboards and theatre marquees.
Whether you’re fond of the theatre or not, going to a Broadway show (usually a musical one) is a nice tourist experience. There you can see the shows of the season, which always include classics like The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady or The Lion King, one of the latest additions are Hamilton (unfortunately, the most expensive of all) Waitress or The Book of Mormon.
If you want to watch a special show, don’t forget to buy the ticket beforehand. And if you don’t mind watching any show and just want the experience of going to the theatre in Broadway, get up early and stop by the TKTS offices in Times Square (under the red stairs where everyone is taking pictures). There you will find unsold tickets on sale! Just be prepared to stand in the queue.
6. World Trade Center
Located in Lower Manhattan, the World Trade Center Twin Towers (or Ground Zero, named after the September 11, 2001 attacks) was once one of the outstanding landmarks of New York before the terrorist attacks which lead to a death of almost 2900 persons working in the towers, firefighters, and plane passengers.
In 2004, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation selected Michael Arad’s design, called “Reflecting Absence” for making “National September 11 Memorial & Museum”. The Memorial includes a forest of swamp white oak trees with two square reflecting pools in the center symbolizing Twin Towers.
Visiting the Memorial of 9/11 is free (7:30 am to 9:00 pm) but for the Museum you need to buy the ticket. Tickets can be bought up to six months in advance and then you have access to enter to all exhibitions. In the Museum you will see photographs, voice recordings and many pieces that tell you the story of that day.
Here you can also see the new World Trade Center, one of the last skyscrapers built in the city (2014), with good views from the observatory of the last floor.
After a visit to World Trade Center you can also go to Wall Street which is very close. Take the opportunity to visit one of the most important financial centers in the world. Stroll around the neighbourhood to see the Federal Reserve, the Stock Exchange, the Chamber of Commerce and lots of other important buildings. Do not forget to go through Trinity Church, of Gothic inspiration, hidden among large buildings. You can also take a photo in this street with the bronze statue of the “Fearless Girl” if you can find an opportunity to be alone as normally there is a queue to take photos.
7. View from Skyscrapers
If you would like to have a breathtaking view of New York City, both the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center give you the opportunity of a 360° view. (You also have the option of the One World Observatory, atop the One World Trade Center, as the highest point in NYC).
If you want a perfect experience, the ideal is that you go up twice, once during the day and once at night which both give you an impressive sight. You might find the pre-going up experience a bit annoying especially in the Top of the Rock which they make you go through a lot of hallways and you have to stand some promotional videos while you wait for the elevator. You can also take a typical photo with chroma, which of course you have to pay at the end (not mandatory, in any case). Book your top of the Rock Observation flexible ticket from here.
But when you already have gone through this, you will see that it is totally worth it. At the Empire State Building, you have two observatories: the 86th Floor Observatory which is the highest open-air observation deck in NYC, and the Top Deck on the 102nd Floor. You will also have an amazing view from the “deck,” in the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors at Rockefeller Center which offers you outdoor and Indoor unique views.
If you want to go up at a certain time, you can buy tickets in advance, in any case you want to skip the queue, it is better to purchase the ticket beforehand. To watch the sunset from above, keep in mind that tickets in that time slot are more expensive in the Top of the Rock. You can always go up early and wait.
8. Grand Central Terminal
The Grand Central Station is built during the end of the 19th century. It is still today the largest train station in the world based on the number of platforms (44 platforms). It doesn’t matter if you don’t want to leave the city, it is totally worth to go and visit this station with its Beaux-Arts Architectural style. Apart from its special architectural aspect, there are some interesting things to visit in this station.
For example, you can see the largest Tiffany Clock in the world (almost 4 meters) right outside on the station’s façade. You may be surprised to know that there is a Tennis Court on the fourth floor that you can use although a bit expensive.
Don’t miss the Whispers Gallery at Grand Central Station, too! If you go with another person, stand at the opposite ends and chat quietly as if you were close, thanks to the curious acoustic effect of the vaulted archway.
After finishing the visit and before heading to the next place that I am going to introduce which is very close to Grand Central Station, take a walk through the commercial galleries or stop to eat something in one of the many restaurants of the station, like the very famous Oyster Bar.
Now that you have done your visit to the Grand Central Station you can also visit the historical building of the New York Public Library which is located in a 6-minute walk from the Grand Central Station. For sure you have seen this in many movies.
If you enter from the Fifth Avenue, you will find the Astor Hall, built in white marble. And once inside, you can visit the different rooms. The Rose Main Reading Room is essential, with huge oak tables and hanging lamps, where you can sit and rest and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.
Very close to the library is the Bryant Park, known as Manhattan’s Town Square, one of the most fashionable green areas of the city, which is famous for the lush seasonal gardens.
9. Fifth Avenue
It is not possible to be in the borough of Manhattan and not pass the Fifth Avenue, either for shopping or for visiting one of the museums in this street.
If you walk along this street, you should know that you are walking in one of the most expensive and prestigious streets in the world. Along the Fifth Avenue and between 59th Street and 96th Street, there are mansions which belong to rich New Yorkers. This part is famously called as Millionaire’s Row.
You can also find a lot of luxury brand boutiques such as Prada, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Gucci, Armani, and many others. It is not important that you do shopping in this street, you can just enjoy a coffee in front of Tiffany!
If you are not a fan of shopping you have other options in this Avenue. As mentioned before there are lots of museums in 5th Avenue.
It is interesting to know that there is a stretch called “The Museum Mile” which is full of museums and fine art institutions. Like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, Jewish Museum, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts and Goethe House German Cultural Center.
10. Other Places To Visit
As it is not possible to limit places to visit in megacities like New York to just 10 places, I will provide more options in brief. So you have the main ones with details and some complementary places according to your interest and time.
- One World Observatory: This Observatory is located on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors of One World Trade Center Building which has been constructed between 2006 and 2013. You will have an amazing view from this observatory which is even taller than the Empire State Building.
- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): For visiting this museum you would need at least a half-day if you just want to see the basics. If you don’t have much time, don’t miss the fifth floor, where you can see the works of Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Matisse, Picasso and other artists.
- The Guggenheim Museum: It is a contemporary, modern and impressionist art style. The Guggenheim Foundation has an impressive collection of works of contemporary art, which rotates in temporary exhibitions: check the program before going. But even if you are not interested in these subject still visiting the cylindrical building of this museum designed by Frank Lloyd is interesting.
- The High Line: It is a public park that takes advantage of an old elevated train line on the West Side. The result is a combination of green areas, sculptures and rest areas, between typical houses and other new constructions. Recommended to see.
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Its architecture imitates European Gothic, and is a reference point for Irish Catholics who emigrated to the United States. It occupies an entire block, between Fifth Avenue and Madison. Admission is free, although there are areas, such as the catacombs, where you have to pay or take advantage of your tourist card.
- The Radio City Music Hall: The most important theatre in the United States and perhaps in the world. It is a jewel of architectural style “Art Deco” which is perfectly preserved and in use. This Hall is part of the Rockefeller Center. The guided tour lasts about two hours and is full of anecdotes and curiosities.
- Madison Square Garden: This multi-purpose indoor area is used for many forms of sports and entertainments such as boxing, ice hockey and basketball, ice shows, wrestling and also for concerts and circuses.
Free Museums in New York
Most of the museums or emblematic places of New York City have some options that allow you to visit them for free. Actually, if you visit the website of many tourist attractions, you may see up to four forms of payment:
General admission is the price of the normal ticket office. There are usually discounts for students, children, and seniors.
Free admission, is when the entrance is free. Sometimes you find a piggy bank where you can leave a donation, but it is not mandatory. There are cases in which you can access the general facilities for free, but you will have to pay to see certain rooms, such as the New York Public Library.
Many museums have “open door” schedules, so it is better if you can organize to take advantage of them. For example, you can enter The National September 11 Memorial for free on Tuesday afternoons.
Suggested admission, is when you pay what you want. It is available, for example in the American Museum of Natural History, but only in physical ticket offices (not online), so you may have to wait in the queue. Logically, they prefer that you pay the full entrance fee. The Guggenheim also has this option on Saturday afternoons.
If you are going to be in the city for several days and do not have very rigid schedules, check before going if the visit you want to do has any (semi) free option. Saving a few dollars is always fine!
What to see in New York in 3 days
1 Today we are going to do a lot. Start from Times Square. As first thing to do try to get tickets for a musical show. From there, head to the south: Chelsea, Soho, Chinatown … take the opportunity to see the different neighbourhoods, which are all amazing. In about three hours of walking you will reach the south of the island. Take the ferry to Staten Island to see the Statue of Liberty up close.
On the way back, go through Wall Street and the financial district and stop at Ground Zero. Even if you do not enter the museum, stop for a moment at the fountains where the Twin Towers were previously located. It is overwhelming. Finally, take advantage of those tickets and end the day with a Broadway Musical.
2 After yesterday’s walk you can take it easy walking through Central Park. On foot or by bike, try to at least reach the main lake, and then you can always take a nap on the lawn, or regain strength by taking a hot dog or any meal from a street stall (they are at the entrances of the park).
On one side of the Central Park is the Guggenheim Museum: if you can, enter. If not, at least approach to see it from outside.
On the way back, go down through the Fifth Avenue and do some window shopping or enter the stores. In addition, you will pass in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
3 Cross the Brooklyn Bridge and go around at least DUMBO neighbourhood and Brooklyn Heights. Here you can take many good photos of Manhattan skyline. In the afternoon go up to one of the skyscrapers of Manhattan to enjoy the sunset views from the top.
What to see in New York in 5 days
If you are going to stay at least 5 days, for the first 3 days, take the previous route, although having more time maybe you can reduce the pace a bit. Especially the first day which is fairly scheduled too much.
For the 4th and 5th days, the plan is as below:
4 Stay downtown. Visit the Rockefeller Center (try to go up), then Grand Central and the New York Public Library. Take a guided tour of the Radio City Music Hall or the Madison Square Garden. Go to the Flatiron area (an interesting triangular shaped skyscraper) and visit the Sex Museum.
5 The best option for this day is to spend the day at the Met. If you prefer to take it more calmly later then go to Harlem and see a Gospel Mass. It should be a Sunday or Wednesday. I would say that if you can match it, don’t miss it. Take the opportunity to eat a good meal in the neighbourhood. Then spend the afternoon doing the last shopping, for example, at the Chelsea Market.
What to see in New York in 7 days
If you can spend a whole week in New York, it’s perfect. Although, it won’t give you time to see everything, but you will be able to integrate a little more into the rhythm of the city.
6 The Met. Now, there is no excuse. Spend at least one day seeing the main building. If you want, you can approach to see the Met Cloisters at the southern part of the island, though it will take a bit of your time going and coming back, so you may want to take advantage of everything in the same area.
7 If at this point you are a little tired of so many people, traffic and mess, I recommend a walk along the High Line: it is not too long and allows you to rest from the hustle and bustle without leaving the city. If you still have energy after seeing the Met, do not miss the MOMA.
New York Pass
This card combines the parameters of time and number of attractions. Here you can choose six of nine attractions for 9 days. It includes the basics: Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Metropolitan, American Museum of Natural History, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, and Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be the most important entrances, although you can exchange one for the Guggenheim, a cruise on the Hudson or the entrance to the Intrepid Museum.
If the offer fits you, it is the most economical thing you will find. And so, you don’t have the pressure of having to do it all on specific days. In addition, most museums and tourist attractions have it as the most common card, so it is the easiest to validate at the box office.
New York Pass, City Pass, Explorer Pass, Sightseeing Pass
What tourist card to buy in New York?
In most of the big cities you have the option of buying a tourist card that facilitates your entrance to the museums or attractions. In that sense, New York is not going to be less, but it can be messy because you have several but very similar options. Here I will explain you the main ones:
Cards per day:
They work for days in a raw, in which it is “all inclusive” within a huge list of activities. The price between both options is similar, although the offer is a bit different. It seems that in both there is quite a thing, but in any case, with a little planning you can take advantage of it.
|New York Pass||Sightseeing Pass|
|Duration||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 o 10 days||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 o 10 days|
|Viewpoints||Empire State Building|
Top of the Rock
|Top of the Rock|
One World Observatory
|Touristic Bus||24 hours ticket||Limited|
|Recommend for||Those who want to see mostly museums and do more conventional tourism.||You want to look for more experiences than cultural tourism, with guided routes and attractions.|
Is it worth buying a tourist card for days? It depends: if you are going to use it just for a couple of days, it is better to buy tickets directly on the places you go. Although, if you have a pass you save most of the queue, something that must not be neglected.
But if you look only at the economic aspect, I should say it starts to compensate after day 3. Consider that you have many options, but a limited number of hours and you will not be able to visit everything. The longer your card lasts, the less it will cost you to pay it off.
Cards for attractions:
Here you have no time limit (well, one month), but simply choose the number of activities you want to do from a list. Again, the price between one and the other is quite similar, although there are usually specific offers that may keep the balance for one or the other.
|New York Explorer Pass||Sightseeing Flex Pass|
|Duration||4, 5, 7 o 11 attractions||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 o 12.|
|Viewpoints||Empire State Building|
Top of the Rock
|Top of the Rock|
One World Observatory
|Touristic Bus||24 hours ticket||Limited|
|Recommended for||Those who want to see mostly museums and do more conventional tourism.||You want to look for more experiences than cultural tourism, with guided routes and attractions.|
Is it worth buying a tourist card for attractions? If you are going to do the typical thing – viewpoints, museums, cruise, etc. – yes, without a doubt. If guided tours and experiences are your thing, look well for the card that convinces you.
Public Transport in New York
Surely, you’ve heard it sometime, and I confirm it: the subway system seems crazy, especially for a European. It will take you a bit of time to understand, but once you got it, life looks easier.
Three things you have to know:
- On the same platform different lines can stop, so look well on which train you get on. There are lights and signs to show you the directions.
- The same train can have Local and Express lines. The latter goes faster and only makes several stops, so confirm that your stop is included in this line: they are the ones that have the stars on the map.
- Buy a MetroCard. It is a paper card with metal band that recharges with the number of trips you want. Recharging costs is the same as buying single tickets, and is much more convenient.
In addition to the subway (which by the way works 24 hours), there are public buses. And of course, tourist buses from different companies: do not worry, if you walk through the center you will see them. The commercials approach you in every corner of the street, anyway. They are not cheap but comfortable, and most tourist cards include the use for at least one day.
You can also take the typical yellow cab (taxi), which is not especially expensive, and lately VTCs proliferate. In any case, the traffic in the center is quite insane and my advice is that whenever you can, go to the subway: it is faster, cheaper, and reliable.
When is the best time to visit New York?
There is no low season here, so the answer is: whenever you want!
Maybe summer is the worst time because in July and August the temperature is too hot.
In spring and autumn, the weather is better, although in spring you can see occasional rain (and when it rains, it can be two hours of torrential water) and in autumn it can be cold. It is also a time for cost updates, so hotel prices can go up even more (and usually they are not cheap anymore).
Winter is hard, so bring a lot of warm clothes, but if you have that, the truth is that Christmas in New York is special, the city will be charming in a thousand way.
What should I take on my trip to New York?
Comfortable clothes and shoes for this huge city is inevitable. Even if you want to use public transport, still you need to walk good amount of the city.
Visa and health insurance:
For entering to United States you need a valid visa (of course depending on which country you come from the process of getting visa is different). Try to have it ready while in the airport to facilitate the process of entering.
In addition to haveing your passport and valid visa in order, you also need a health insurance. Health care system in the US is mostly privatized, and if you have a problem, the first thing they are going to ask for is a credit card. A simple sprain can cost you a lot. So, my recommendation is that you buy an insurance that covers at least the basics (and a little more, to be sure).
Take a special adapter for the plug:
The plugs in the USA are different from the European ones. Do not forget to put an adapter in the suitcase, which you can buy at any hardware store. If you are going to use several electrical devices: mobile, laptop and portable dryer, the simplest thing is that you take a strip of household plugs, so with a single adapter you solve everything.
Have enough amount of credit in your credit card:
Apart from the fact that you are going to use it, because in New York you can pay practically everything with a card, it is quite common for hotels to keep an amount as a deposit. They will return it to you, but just in case it is good you have enough amount of credit.
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