New York City Guide

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Historic landmarks, lush-green parks, grand skyscrapers, spectacular museums, thrilling nightlife, right accommodations and non-stop shopping – New York City has everything for everyone to immerse in. Whether you want to experience the vibrant culture infusing New York’s distinctive boroughs and neighborhoods or just want to soak up in the city’s grandeur, Big Apple invites everyone to explore its flourishing enclaves. But discovering and experiencing the brilliant best of New York City requires time and stamina as there’s always something to do in this city that never sleeps.

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There are so many things to do and see in New York that visiting this most populous city in U.S. in a day isn’t possible. In fact, you can spend a whole year exploring the city and still never see it all. It is better to break your trips into the key areas and focus on individual neighborhoods. While there are some really good deals in the city all the year round, a poorly planned trip to New York can take a big bite out of your budget. Here’s what to do, where to stay, eat, drink and shop in New York City.

Basic Information

New York City is situated in the North-Eastern United States with a population of over 8 million people. The city consists of five boroughs: Manhattan on Manhattan Island; Bronx situated on the mainland across the narrow Harlem River; Queens and Brooklyn on the western end of Long Island; and, Staten Island situated across the Narrows from Brooklyn.

New York is the largest city and one of the busiest and biggest seaports of the United States. It is also the financial, cultural and commercial center of the country. Thought it is not politically popular, it is the headquarters of the United Nations.

The city’s position at the mouth of the Hudson River provided it the advantage to quickly become a commercial capital as it was an easy route into the interior for the early settlers. Also being sheltered by Staten Island and Long Island, New York soon became a natural landing place and the funnel through which passed the early European settlers and the subsequent millions of immigrants.

DO & SEE

New York is always full of popular events as it is the center for fashion and culture. It is also a great location for sightseeing and for various day trips in and around the city. But New York is a city to walk around as most of the Big Apple’s iconic landmarks are situated just a stone’s throw away from each other. Whether you want to relax in the Central Park or take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, there are a plenty of things to do in NYC that won’t cost your savings.

ACCOMMODATION

New York offers a wide range of accommodation options to fit every taste and budget: from family-friendly hotels that are very close to the parks and the city’s greenery to boutique hotels on the city’s charming streets, everyone will find a perfect place away from home that surely fits their needs. Holiday apartments and hostels are another way of saving a good deal while having a comfortable stay in New York. Here are a few of the best hotels across the five boroughs in New York City.

Trump International Hotel and Tower

This 52-storey luxury tower overlooking the Central Park had a $30 million design renovation in 2010. The hotel is famed for its star-studded Jean Georges restaurant that spells grandeur. It is located just a few blocks away from the Broadway Theatre. Amenities include a Wi-Fi, high-tech spa, bar, fitness center, pool and a kids’ club. The hotel has 176 rooms with most of the rooms having European-style kitchens for those who wish to have in-the-room dining. Rates for the room start from $500 per night.

InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel

This glamorous destination is also one of the most luxurious in New York City, especially after its recent $180 million renovation. It’s located at a walking distance from some of New York’s major attractions like the Times Square and the Rockefeller Center. The hotels new Gin Parlour serves drinks over botanicals and cracked ice that is aromatized to tease your taste buds. From rooms starting as low as $120 per night, the hotels 702 are adorned with 19th century landscapes. Amenities include Wi-Fi, fitness center, bar and 42-inch LED flat-screen televisions.

The New York EDITION

Located ideally on Madison Square Park, it is one of New York’s most pleasing outdoor spaces. Dubbing the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, this building was once the tallest in the world. Nearby places include the Meat Packing district and the Village and the Union Square as are the Subway stations. The hotel has 273 rooms and the services include Wi-Fi, bar, a small spa and gym, laundry and a restaurant. The lobby bar here serves cocktail drinks in copper goblets that are shaped like an owl. Price for the room starts at $326 per night.

The Roxy Hotel

Built around a spectacular 8-storey atrium in the much sought after TriBeCa neighbourhood, this contemporary luxury hotel includes a restaurant, coffee bar, cocktail lounge, jazz club, cinema and a hair salon. Very close to New York’s major attractions including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the Hudson River, Roxy hotel is also just a walk away from the Statue of Liberty. It has 201 rooms with price starting from $215 per night. Together with amenities including Wi-Fi, laundry and room service, guests can indulge in some thermal therapy at Aire ancient Baths located nearby.

1 Hotel Central Park

This splendid hotel is just a 2 minute-walk from the Central Park making a perfect stay for the entire family. It is very close to the Museum of Modern Art. While some 24,000 plants adorn its interiors the ‘enchanted forest’ takes you to a wildly imaginative world. Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center and the Central Park are all very near to this hotel. The hotel has 229 rooms with beautifully crafted furniture, copper taps and stone sinks. Amenities include Wi-Fi, bar, a 100-seat restaurant and a fitness center. Rooms start at $320 per night.

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

This is the only full-service hotel in Brooklyn. It is very close to the famed Brooklyn Bridge and has 665 rooms. Amenities include ATM/banking, private bathrooms, fitness center, banquet and meeting space, in-room childcare, indoor pool, snack bar, free toiletries and a full-service spa among others. The price range is between $260 and 615 (based on standard room average). A $43 million renovation project this year has completely transformed the hotel for better. Convenient attractions to visit from here include the Brooklyn Bridge Park and Barclays Center.

DINING

New York is a melting pot and has a host of options for dining including superb restaurants, cafes and street vendors where you can try some of the best local food and also some best cuisines of the world. There are many kebab places, dollar slice shops, food carts and ethnic eateries peppered all around the city that will help you not to bust your budget on food. Whether you are looking for a Michelin-starred dining or looking for some budget friendly restaurants, New York has a lot of options to cover.

BARS & NIGHTLIFE

Rightfully known the world over for tripping the light fantastic, New York is loaded with so many dive bars, cocktail dens, night clubs and dance clubs for the night owl that picking the right one with just the right vibe is a little tricky. But not with this thriller list of the best bars and night clubs in New York!

Space Ibiza

An enormous dance floor, strobe lights, disco balls and the perpetual look of a Paris bistro all make this elegant dance club a perfect place for the party lovers in New York. It is a right choice for those looking for an ultimate nightlife experience in New York with performances from some of the world’s renowned deejays. The warm and cozy atmosphere of the club blends well with the sexy and stylish glamour of Manhattan.

Los Feliz

Spread over 3 floors and offering over 150 tequilas, this spacious bar is famous for its Mexican tacos, great service and good atmosphere. The dance floor downstairs is literally packed especially during the weekends and the music gets louder as the night goes on. The dining area looks very intimate with all its splendid murals and cobble stone floors. A perfect place for planning your coup d’etat. losfeliznyc.com/

Mayahuel

This agave spirit cocktail bar is well known for its spirits from Mexico. A cocktail menu featuring more than 50 drinks fit for all palettes and a snack menu offering some of the best Mexican food make this the place to go. It surely has reshaped the date night culture in New York City with fans flocking from all over the East Village. The food is amazing but served in small portions so maybe not worth a visit for food lovers.

The Spaniard

If you want to enjoy food like steak tartare and drink the old Gibsons or the modern Penicillin, this is the place for you to be. While the décor from the team behind the gastro pubs Wilfie & Niel and Bua is excellent, you’ll be overwhelmed to see the staff serving the old and new classics to the front communal tables and the leather booths at the back. Classic bar food, great beers and timeless cocktails all make this a new bar with an old soul.

Elsewhere

Elsewhere is a warm, lovely and inviting space and is less disorderly from its predecessor – the Glasslands. A great place for casual drinks and comfort food, it has a rooftop bar and a 24,000 square foot space for venue and arts. It is surely one of those intimate spaces in New York City for those who want to rejoice at an independent music venue known for its strong wines and delicious food.

Dromedary Bar

A unique addition to New York’s nightlife scene, Dromedary Bar offers some of the best tiki-inspired cocktails. While it doesn’t look much like a tiki bar with its Pizza Party, Booby Trap and Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen; it is good for an after-work unwind especially if you want to enjoy delicious signature drinks together with its ‘fast food’ menu that includes a range of pan Asian Eats.

DAY TOURS

Day tours from New York are an excellent way to see some of the other top travel destinations in the U. S. You can travel by bus or a van or even by air to farther places like the Niagara Falls. A full-day tour to Washington DC; visiting Boston by rail; and a private day trip to the Hamptons are some of the day tours to try and experience the panoramic sightseeing especially if you do not have dedicated time for visiting other spots.

CRUISES

New York overflows with so many must-see places and things that you can never ever completely experience the city by merely traveling around. But New York cruises provide an excellent way to see and experience the city in the best way possible. There are a wide range of cruise options that will take you most of the Big Apple’s adventure spots whether you want to travel day or night. There are also catered cruises that offer a wonderful mix of the city’s skyline with delicious dinners.

SHOPPING

From world renowned department stores to hipster flea markets, New York is truly a shopping heaven for every tourist. In addition to the best stores such as the Bloomingdales, Barneys, Macy’s, and Ralph Lauren the streets of New York and especially the 5th Avenue are perfect to shop and also do some window shopping. Whether you are looking for expensive items or massive discount stores to take home some souvenirs, you’ll find everything you want here.

TIPS

There are many tips for the New York traveler to see as many places quickly and do much more here while saving a lot of bucks and experience all the thrills. From taking free tours to getting cheap theater tickets or finding budget-friendly accommodations, New York has a wide range of choices for every traveler. So if you have a laundry list of too many things to do and a really frantic schedule, finding the best deals that save money and time is all you need in New York City.

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