This vibrant US city has a character all of it's own. Known as the city that never sleeps, New York City truly does have something going on at all times.
The climate in New York City can be pretty extreme. Summers are hot and humid, while winters can be quite cold and even snowy. However, many people plan to visit NYC specifically in the winter for one exciting reason - the legendary New Years Eve celebrations on Times Square! If visiting New York City in February, make sure you partake in Chinese New Year. Or head to the city in March for the St. Patrick's Day parade. September and February are the best times to visit if you are a fashionista because that is when the city hosts Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
British citizens with British passports may be able to take advantage of the Visa waiver programme (VWP) for visits of up to 90 days. British passport holders with other nationalities can not visit under the VWP and will need a visa. Please check with the US Embassy before travel. Once there, take advantage of the many free activities and events offered in the city. Be aware, however, that there are strict alcohol and tobacco regulations in the City. Electronics and US designer clothing is often cheaper in New York than in London. If planning an extended stay, you'll probably notice that prices for groceries average about 30% higher in New York City than in London. Restaurant prices are around 5% higher there. Also, the prices listed in restaurants and bars often do not include taxes or tips. Plan to add 20% extra for tips. The time zone in NYC is BST -5 / GMT -4.
For transport to the city centre from JFK Airport, take the AirTrain to "Howard Beach" metro station. Change there for mid or downtown Manhattan. This trip can take from 40 to 75 minutes. Alternatively, you could take the bus to the metro station or Long Island Rail Road. Express buses go directly to Manhattan, Hudson Valley or Long Island. Flag down a taxi to Manhattan from about $52.
Once in the city, you'll need a place to stay. Hostels start around $34 per person per night. Hotels range from about $40 per person a night. New York is famous for its yellow cabs, however, public transport is much cheaper and often faster.