New York: never asleep

New York is a large city, capital of New York state, often referred to as a global power city, or financial and cultural capital of the world. Famous landmarks including the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Central Park and Times Square.  

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Holidays and festivals, climate and best time to visit

New York is a city that can be visited all year round. Summers can be hot and winters can be very cold, with spring and autumn typically mild. Spending New Year's Eve in New York is a legendary experience. In February, residents of New York celebrate the Chinese New Year. In March, they celebrate St. Patrick's. New York is also famous for its bi-annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in February and September. 

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Visas and things to consider before you set off

British citizens and British passport holders may be eligible for the Visa waiver programme (the VWP) for stays up to 90 days in length. British citizens with dual passports or other nationalities will need to apply for a Visa as they do not qualify for the VWP. Please check the US embassy website.

There are strict regulations on both tobaco and alcohol in the United States. The legal drinking age is 21 and the minimum legal sale age for tobacco and cigarettes is also 21. 

Many events and activities are free in New York city. Be sure to check what's on before you travel. 

Designer labels and electronic items including games consoles and games are typically cheaper to buy in New York than in London. However, groceries and restaurant prices are between 5% and 30% more expensive than in the UK. Prices on the bills in bars, restaurants and cafes do not include taxes. The general rule of thumb is 20% extra. 

Timezone is Eastern Time Zone.  

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Travelling to and around New York City 

Passengers travelling via JFK airport can get the AirTrain to the Howard Beach metro station and change for destinations in downtown Manhattan or mid Manhattan. Estimated travel time is between 40 and 75 minutes. Buses to the metro station and journeys via the Long Island Rail Road are also possible. Express buses travel to Long Island, Hudson Valley and Manhattan direct for upwards of $50. Newark Airport to the city is approximately 30 minutes by bus.  Accommodation is relatively cheap with hostels available for approximately $35 euros a night for one person and hotels from $40. Though famous for its yellow taxis, visitors can use public transport which is both faster and cheaper.

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