One of the most famous cities in the world, New York offers an array of attractions which keep visitors coming back every year. With restaurants, bars, museums and galleries, there is a little something for everyone.
Although New York is a popular destination throughout the year, it can experience extreme changes in seasonal weather. Winters can be very cold, while the summer months are often hot and humid. The cold winter makes December a special time to visit New York, with New Year's Eve in the city taking on legendary status. Other exciting occasions worth experiencing are Chinese New Year in February and St Patrick's Day in March. Fashion lovers will not want to miss Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which takes place twice a year, in February and September.
New York is located on the Eastern time zone (UTC -5). A visa waiver programme (VWP) is in operation for British citizen passport holders when visiting for less than 90 days. British passport holders with a different nationality require a visa to gain entry. Please check regulations. The cost of living in New York is, on average, a little higher than London. Grocery prices work out to be roughly 30% higher, while the cost of a meal in a restaurant is approximately 5% more than the equivalent in a London eating establishment. In contrast, it is possible to purchase electronic items and US designer clothing for less in New York. Visitors should also be aware that many of the prices on show in New York restaurants, cafes and bars do not include taxes. When tipping in a bar, it is customary to leave around 20% per beer. New York has strict tobacco and alcohol regulations in force.
There are a number of transport options to reach the city from JFK Airport. Express buses travel directly to Manhattan, while the AirTrain service to Manhattan requires a change at Howard Beach metro station. Taxis to Manhattan cost around $52. From LaGuardia Airport, visitors can reach Manhattan via the M60 bus route. A bus journey to the city from Newark Airport takes around 30 minutes.
Although New York is world-renowned for its yellow cabs, it is cheaper to get around the city by using public transport. Hotels in New York cost from around $40 per person per night, while hostels charge from around $34.