New York Facts
Commonly referred to as the Big Apple and the city that never sleeps, New York City is one of the most popular destinations in the world.
Made famous by TV series like Friends and Sex and the City - and songs like Frank Sinatra's New York, New York - this lively and bustling metropolis is a must-see for everyone from cultural explorers to foodies, history buffs to art lovers.
People who stay in New York hotels will not run out of things to do on their trip, but instead may find themselves struggling to fit everything in during the time they have. There's the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square and the Empire State Building to name but a few - so you are unlikely to be spending all that much time in your New York hotel.
New York Travel Tips
Two major international airports and one major domestic airport serve New York.
Travel to and from both John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is easy. There is the slow and steady - but extremely cheap MTA NYC Bus, the AirTrain, the New York City Airport Bus and the yellow taxi cab that New York is renowned for. Getting to your New York hotel will be a piece of cake!
New York City is pretty compact, so many tourists find it is best to explore on foot - this is certainly the case during peak hours in midtown Manhattan, when traffic gets gridlocked.
However, the Subway is speedy and easy to navigate, especially with a MetroCard. It also stays open 24 hours, so is perfect for getting back to New York hotels after a night at the theatre or one of the city's many fine bars.
Alternatively, there are buses, the famous yellow cabs, water taxis and ferries.
You should have no problem getting around this interesting and diverse city - in fact, the only difficulty may be leaving your New York hotel at the end of the trip to go back home.
What to pack:
When it comes to packing for a New York trip, plenty of careful consideration is the order of the day. You will want to be well prepared, but you will also want to leave plenty of space in your suitcase for extravagant purchases - after all New York is renowned for its shopping.
In the summer, New York is hot and humid. Heading to Central Park in shorts and T-shit is the only option when temperatures hit 84F.
The winters can be severe, however, and if you want to leave your hotel in New York without freezing you are going to need a warm coat - and possibly gloves and a hat.
You are likely to be doing a lot of walking, so appropriate footwear is essential. That said, New York has plenty of glamorous night spots, so pack something dressy as well.
What to do and where to go:
The major landmarks in New York are spread over quite a large area, so it is a good idea to choose New York hotels close to some of the locations you know you want to visit, as this will cut down on traveling time.
Some of the most popular attractions and landmarks have been included in the New York travel guide below and hopefully it will help you to narrow down your must-see destination list.
The Statue of Liberty
The Empire State Building
Arts and Culture
Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History
One World Trade Center
The Metropolitan Museum
Parks and Recreation
New York Botanical Garden
Population: 8.2 million
Area: 790 sq km over five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
Currency: US Dollar ($)