New York: A something for everyone city

New York buzzes with energy all year round. There are museums, theatres, zoos, gardens, sports, entertainment and shopping to suit all ages.

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New York climate, attractions and tips

New York is a popular, year round destination. Summers are hot and winters cold, but there are always festivals and holidays to celebrate. New Year's Eve in New York is legendary and in February Chinese New Year is a not to miss event. There are street parties on St. Patrick's Day in March, and September and February host the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

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Be Prepared

Before travelling be sure passports are valid. British passport holders can obtain a Visa waiver programme visa for visits of up to 90 days. All  British passport holders with other nationalities need a visa. Alcohol and tobacco regulations are strict so check allowances. There are many free activities and events in the city, discover free neighbourhood walks. Shopping is fun, electronic goods and American clothing are cheaper in New York compared to London. The cost of living is more expensive than in London. Grocery prices are higher and so are restaurant costs. Prices in restaurants, cafes and bars often do not include taxes. Remember to add 20% extra for tips.

New York is at Time Zone, BST-5/GMT-4 

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Transport on arrival, getting around and accommodation

From JFK airport to central New York take the AirTrain to the "Howard Beach" metro station. Change there for the mid or downtown Manhattan train. The journey takes from 40 to 75 minutes. An alternative is to take a bus to the metro or Long Island Rail Road station. There are Express Buses that go directly to Manhattan, Hudson Valley and Long Island. A taxi to Manhattan costs about $52.

From Newark Liberty Airport take the Northeast Corridor Line and North Jersey Corridor Line to New York City. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. The bus from Newark to New York city also takes 30 minutes. To reach Manhattan from LaGuardia Airport take Bus M60.

The range of accommodation is wide. Rated hotels in tourist centres are expensive but there are hostels that cost about $34 per person per night. Hotels are available from $40 per night. Public transport is efficient, convenient and cheaper than taxi travel, but it is fun to hail a Yellow Cab. Explore city neighbourhoods by bus and the Metro.

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