Travel Resources

To make your New York City adventure unforgettable, consider these essential travel resources:

  • Flights: Use our flight search tool to find affordable options to JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark airports.
  • Travel Insurance: Protect your trip with comprehensive coverage for unexpected events.
  • City Passes: Consider purchasing a New York CityPASS for discounted access to top attractions.
  • Guided Tours: Discover NYC’s famous sights and hidden gems with expert-led tours.
  • Subway Map App: Download a reliable subway map app for easy navigation.

Some History First

New York City’s rich history spans centuries:

  • 1624: Dutch settlers establish New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island.
  • 1664: The British take control and rename it New York.
  • 1789: New York City briefly serves as the first U.S. capital.
  • 1820s-1860s: Major immigration waves begin, shaping the city’s diverse culture.
  • Late 19th-Early 20th Century: Rapid growth, construction of iconic skyscrapers.
  • 1898: The five boroughs consolidate to form modern New York City.
  • 20th Century: NYC becomes a global center for finance, culture, and immigration.
  • 21st Century: Resilience and renewal following the 9/11 attacks.

New York City Today

Modern New York City is a dynamic metropolis known for:

  • Financial Center: Home to Wall Street and global financial institutions.
  • Cultural Capital: World-class museums, Broadway theaters, and music venues.
  • Media Hub: Headquarters for major news and entertainment companies.
  • Diverse Neighborhoods: Each with its own unique character and attractions.
  • Culinary Scene: From street food to Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • Fashion Capital: Home to top designers and Fashion Week.

Is New York City Safe?

New York City is generally safe for tourists, but like any large city, it’s important to take precautions:

  • Stay alert in crowded areas and on public transportation.
  • Keep valuables secure and be aware of pickpockets in tourist hotspots.
  • Use licensed taxis or reputable rideshare services, especially at night.
  • Stick to well-lit, populated areas when walking at night.
  • Trust your instincts and avoid confrontations.

Where is New York City?

New York City occupies a strategic location:

  • Located in the northeastern United States, in the state of New York.
  • Coordinates: 40.7128° N, 74.0060° W
  • Comprised of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
  • Covers an area of about 6 square miles (783.8 square kilometers).
  • Situated at the mouth of the Hudson River, with access to the Atlantic Ocean.

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What is the Best Time to Visit New York City?

New York City is a year-round destination, but certain times offer distinct advantages:

  • Spring (April to June)Mild temperatures and beautiful blooms in parks. Perfect for outdoor activities.
  • Summer (July to August)Warm weather with numerous outdoor events, but can be humid and crowded.
  • Fall (September to November)Pleasant temperatures and stunning foliage in Central Park. Ideal for sightseeing.
  • Winter (December to February)Cold with possible snow, but magical holiday decorations and fewer tourists.

Note: Consider major events like New Year’s Eve, Fashion Week, or the NYC Marathon which can affect crowds and prices.

How to Get to New York City & Around

Navigating to and within New York City:

  • By Air:
    • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens.
    • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in nearby New Jersey.
  • Getting Around:
    • Subway: The most efficient way to travel around the city. Purchase a MetroCard for convenience.
    • Buses: Complement the subway system, especially for cross-town travel.
    • Taxis and Rideshares: Readily available but can be expensive during peak hours.
    • Walking: Many areas of Manhattan are pedestrian-friendly.
    • Cycling: Citi Bike offers bike rentals throughout the city.

Things to Do in New York City

New York City offers an endless array of attractions and activities:

  • Iconic Landmarks: Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, One World Trade Center.
  • Parks: Central Park, High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • Museums: Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, American Museum of Natural History.
  • Entertainment: Broadway shows, concerts at Madison Square Garden, comedy clubs.
  • Shopping: Fifth Avenue, SoHo boutiques, Chelsea Market.
  • Neighborhoods: Explore diverse areas like Greenwich Village, Harlem, and Williamsburg.
  • Food Tours: Sample cuisines from around the world in various neighborhoods.
  • Observation Decks: Top of the Rock, Edge at Hudson Yards, Summit One Vanderbilt.

Where To Stay In New York City

New York City offers diverse accommodation options:

  • Midtown Manhattan: Central location near major attractions and business districts.
  • Upper East Side: Upscale area near Central Park and museums.
  • Chelsea: Trendy neighborhood with art galleries and the High Line.
  • Lower Manhattan: Close to Wall Street and historical sites.
  • Brooklyn: Hip neighborhoods like Williamsburg and DUMBO offer a more local experience.
  • Long Island City (Queens): More affordable options with quick subway access to Manhattan.

What To Eat In New York City

New York City is a culinary paradise with options for every palate and budget:

  • Pizza: Try authentic New York-style pizza at local pizzerias.
  • Bagels: Enjoy fresh, hand-rolled bagels with various toppings.
  • Deli Sandwiches: Visit iconic delis for massive pastrami sandwiches.
  • International Cuisines: Explore Little Italy, Chinatown, Koreatown, and more.
  • Food Halls: Sample diverse offerings at Chelsea Market or Essex Market.
  • Fine Dining: Experience Michelin-starred restaurants and celebrity chef establishments.
  • Street Food: Try hot dogs, pretzels, and halal carts for quick bites.

Don’t miss: A classic New York cheesecake or a cronut (croissant-donut hybrid).

Entry & Exit Requirements

For U.S. entry:

  • Valid passport required for international visitors.
  • Visa or ESTA: Check if you need a visa or are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program.
  • Proof of onward travel may be required.
  • Customs declaration forms to be filled upon arrival.

Always check the latest requirements with the U.S. Department of State before traveling.

What To Pack For Your Trip

Essential items for your New York City trip:

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: You’ll likely do a lot of walking.
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Layers for variable temperatures, especially in spring and fall.
  • Rain Gear: Umbrella or light rain jacket for unexpected showers.
  • Portable Charger: Keep your devices powered for long days of exploration.
  • Subway Map or App: For easy navigation of the city’s extensive transit system.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated while reducing plastic waste.
  • Small Daypack: For carrying essentials during day trips.
  • Dressy Outfit: For upscale restaurants or Broadway shows.

Remember to check the weather forecast before your trip, as New York City’s weather can vary significantly by season.


Take a taxi, airport shuttle, AirTrain, or rideshare service to reach Manhattan from JFK or LGA airports.

Explore diverse neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, Williamsburg, Harlem, and the Lower East Side.

Catch popular Broadway productions like Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, and Dear Evan Hansen during your visit.