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New York

Introduction

New York is one of the best known cities in the world. A true world city, NYC is a global hub of finance, business, entertainment, culture and the arts. Built around the Hudson and East Rivers, the city encompasses 5 boroughs; Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The city is dominated by the skyscrapers of Manhattan and there is so much to do that boredom is an impossibility! NYC is the "city that never sleeps".



Getting there

Air: New York is served by three main airports. The best known is JFK. Located east of the city, this is New York's largest airport. Connect with the city by taking the JFK AirTrain which connects with the subway at Howard Beach and Jamaica stations. Alternatively you can queue for a famous Yellow Cab.

Newark Airport is located in New Jersey to the west of NYC. Transfer to the city by taking the Air Train to Newark Airport station on the regional rail lines. From there connect to Penn Station in the city on a NJ Transit or Amtrak service.

La Guardia is another airport option. It is smaller and older than the other two and commonly used for domestic shuttle services. Bus or taxi is your best options to the city.

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Rail: NYC has two main rail stations. Long distance Amtrak services leave from Penn Station and this includes transcontinental services to California. Various commuter lines leave from both Grand Central and Penn Station to the suburbs and beyond.

Bus: Greyhound is the main bus service provider although competition is increasing. Services leave NYC for all over the USA and Canada.

Accommodation

New York has a wide range of tourist accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out for the best offers.

What to See and Do

New York's numerous attractions include the following:

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Catch the ferry from Battery Park (every 25 minutes) and sail across to Liberty and Ellis Islands. The views will be familiar from TV and movies but it's even better in real life. Make sure your camera is well charged! A trip to the old inbound immigration point at Ellis Island is a must see and there is a free museum. Well worth a visit.

Brooklyn Bridge: Connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge gives classic NYC views. We recommend you take the train across the bridge and walk back across into Manhattan. Stop for a coffee or beer on the Brooklyn side and soak up the views.

Central Park: An 850 acre oasis in the middle of NYC mayhem, Central Park is a must visit destination. This is the place to walk, jog or cycle if you are feeling energetic. The park also has skating rinks in the winter. Bird watching is also popular as the park is used by a number of migrating birds. If wildlife is your thing, Central Park is also home to New York Zoo.

Getting Around

The best way to get around New York is to use public transport and your own two feet!

Subway and Bus: New York City Transit operates the bus and subway network. Buy a Metro Card to save time and money. The subway has 26 lines. Extensive Bus routes operate on the surface

Train: Train services operate from Grand Central and Penn Station.

Ferry: Staten Island Ferry gives great views of the city and best of all is free! Other ferries connect to New Jersey on the other side of the Hudson River.