New York is a very exciting city that fascinates and offers a plethora of sights and things to do. From world famous landmarks, to a vibrant nightlife and eclectic cultural offer, one of the most popular American cities entices numerous visitors at any time of the year.
New York can be visited in all seasons, but summers tend to be hot and winters can be very cold. There are numerous events and festivals all year round, starting with New Year's Eve, which is quite simply unmissable. In February, the Chinese New Year is celebrated, while St. Patrick Day's, in March, is quite an important holiday. For fashion addicts, September and February is when the world famous Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is held.
Travelling to New York may not require a visa for British citizens, who may be able to stay for up to 90 days through the Visa Waiver Program. For British passport holders of other nationalities, a visa will be necessary as they do not qualify for the VWP. Regulations for alcohol and tobacco are very strict in the United States. Many free events and activities are organised by the city. In terms of budget, electronics and American designer clothing are less expensive than in London. However, groceries are about 30% higher and restaurant prices around 5% higher in New York. Also, the prices displayed usually don't include taxes, and tips should be around 20%. The time in New York is BST -5 or GMT -4.
From JFK Airport, travellers can take the AirTrain to Howard Beach station and change for a Midtown or Downtown Manhattan train, with a journey lasting 40 to 75 minutes, catch a bus to the metro station, or board a Long Island Railroad train. Express buses also go to Manhattan, Hudson Valley or Long Island, and taxis cost about $52. In terms of accommodation, hostels cost around $34/person/night, while hotel rooms are about $40/person/night. Although New York legendary yellow cabs are used by locals, public transport is not only much cheaper but also usually faster.