All about New York


It is not without a reason that New York is called the capital of the world. It is probably the most frequentplace on everyone’s ‘must see’ list. After all, it is America in a nutshell and at the same time, the antithesis of the country. A country of strong identity and interesting, but often times tragic history, which has influenced its atmosphere and the sense of local patriotism among the citizens residing here for centuries from all parts of the world.
As in the case of a fascinating metropolis, New York is full of iconic views known in every corner of the Earth, but also interesting places which you should also be sure to see during your visit. These include Williamsburg in Brooklyn or SoHo in Manhattan; whose artistic energy emanates into the entire world.

The biggest attractions in New York


Museum of Art

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25$

Natural History Museum

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22$

What can you find in the city?


The diverse tourist offer of New York includes hundreds of interesting places, illustrating the history of the city and the United States. One of them is the National Museum of the American Indian, which also has its headquarters in Washington and Suitland, Maryland. Museum exhibitions present the material and immaterial culture of American Indians (free admission).

One unforgettable experience that’s on offer is a visit to the largest interactive museum of miniatures in the world, Gulliver’s Gate. Here you can see famous New York monuments and characteristic buildings in micro version (admission: approx. 31 dollars; family ticket for 5 persons: 108 collars). Tourists seeking spectacular views can treat themselves to a cable car ride to Roosevelt Island (cost: approx. 2.8 USD). The isolated island features a picturesquepark (F.D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park).

RECOMMENDED PLACES

National Museum of the American Indian

COST: FREE

Gulliver’s Gate

COST: 31$

Attractions in the region


During your stay in New York, be sure to visit Lower Manhattan. Here you can find the famous Wall Street and the oldest Chinese district in town, Chinatown. This was also the place of the twin towers, World Trade Centre. You can admire Lower Manhattan as well as the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge from the Staten Island Ferry, moving between Manhattan and Staten Island. To get on the ferry from Manhattan, you need to head for South Ferry (Whitehall station).

Fans of ‘Downtown Abbey’ will surely find interesting the fact, that there is an unusual exhibition at 57th Street dedicated to the British TV series (admission: approx. 30 dollars). It is worth combining your recreation in Central Park with a visit to the Belvedere Castle which is currently the seat of the Nature Society. The castle offers a beautiful panorama of the neighbouring parts of the city.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Staten Island

DISTANCE: 20 km

Williamsburg

DISTANCE: 5 km

Cuisine


It is difficult to find another place like this in the world which offers a place serving freshly made dishes of the American, French, Italian or Chinese cuisine at every time of day and night. The diversity of New York’s gastronomy makes everyone feel at home here. Pizza, sushi, or maybe falafel? Restaurants offer everything you can imagine: from seafood, through crème brûlée, finishing off with cheesecake and the Polish dumplings.

New York eateries are famous for their delicious food. The unbelievable mix of dishes and snacks from different parts of the world makes it easy to find your favourite. It is worth trying the local delicacies served in food trucks. Almost every street has a place where you can buy a burger with fries, hot dog, meat sandwiches or Chinese food. There are also vegetarian and vegan delicacies.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Borought Market

Camden Market

Covent Garden

Real Foods Market

What should you try?


When in New York, it is worth trying the traditional American clam chowder soup, called the ‘fisherman’s soup’. A popular snack is beef sandwiches (reuben), as well as bagels and donuts eaten for breakfast or lunch and sipped with coffee. New York is also paradise for enthusiast of grilled meat – steaks or pieces of chicken, served with French fries and salad.

MENU


Clam chowder

thick soup with mussels, potatoes, celery and onions

Reuben

sandwich with cabbage, Swiss cheese, beef and Russian sauce

New York Strip

aromatic roast beef steak

Doughnut

a disk-shaped glazed doughnut

Where to visit?


You can find tasty burgers at an affordable price in Shake Shack at Madison Square. Russ&Daughters offers original bagels. For an Asian dinner, go to Joe’s Shanghai in Chinatown, or try a traditional pizza at Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn. Great desserts are served at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. You can also taste vanilla ice cream with sea salt in the iconic Big Gay Ice Cream ice cream shop.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Shake Shack

BURGER: 8$

Russ&Daughters

BAJGIEL: 10$

Weather


New York is located in the continental climate zone, but the effects of a humid subtropical climate are also visible here. The sun here for an average of 234 days a year. The summers are generally very hot, with a temperature exceeding 30℃. In winter, the average temperature fluctuates between 0-1℃, but there are also colder days when it drops to -10℃. The average annual rainfall is about 1,200 mm.

THE COLDEST MONTH

January

/ -3°

Average temperature day/night

THE WARMEST MONTH

July

29°/ 20°

Average temperature day/night

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE

in the year

17°/ 9°

Average temperature day/night

When is the best time to fly to New York?


New York is full of life around the clock, 365 days a year. The impressive number of New York attractions and cultural events of international reach attracts travellers like a magnet. Tourists fly to New York every season of the year. Meanwhile those, who are not fans of heatwaves, usually book their stay in spring or autumn, when the weather is pleasant and the temperature does not exceed 20℃.

New York is around
4000 km from Los Angeles.
The flight is 5 hours and 30 minutes

New York is around
5600 km from London.
The flight is 7 hours and 40 minutes

New York is around
6400 km from Berlin.
The flight is 9 hours

How to get from the airports to the city


There are 3 main airports in New York: LaGuardia located approx. 13 km from Manhattan, Newark at a distance of approx. 25 km from the city centre and the John F. Kennedy airport in the Queens Quarter. You can get a free Airline Connection bus, the AirTrain overhead rail or thefamous yellow taxi to get from Newark Airport to downtown New York.

To travel from LaGuardia to Manhattan, you can take the NYC Airporter bus running every 30 minutes, which is stationed at the Grand Central Station. To reach the centre from the JFK airport, you can ride by bus, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) or subway.

NEW YORK

John F. Kennedy

22 km

From the city centre

JFK

METRO

7,75$ (50 min)

Train

15$ (35 min)

NEW YORK

LaGuardia

13 km

From the city centre

LGA

Bus

2,75$ (50 min)

Train

15$ (45 min)

NEW JERSEY

Newark

25 km

From the city centre

EWR

Bus

17$ (55 min)

Train

13$ (25 min)

How to get around the city?


New York can boast a perfectly developed public transport network. There are over 300 bus lines, 24 metro lines (round-the-clock), the iconic yellow taxis, minivans and limousines for rent. It is worth buying the MetroCard, which allows an unlimited number of trips by metro or bus (price of 7-day card: approx. 32 dollars).

Before traveling to the USA, consider the option of renting a car – especially if you want to explore the neighbouring states of New York. Moving by car through the city centre, you can expect traffic jams, increased pedestrian traffic (especially in Manhattan) and lack of parking spaces.

Prices in the city


What prices are there in New York? The answer can only be one: very high. Even though you can shop relatively cheap in the city, the costs of residing in the Big Apple are usually very high. As far as accommodation is concerned, it is best to choose districts like Brooklyn and Queens, not so distant from town. It is also worth bearing in mind that the prices in restaurant menus (and not just that!) do not include tax and tips.

Currency

U.S. dollar

Coffee

4$

Burger

10$

Lunch at the restaurant

35$

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