New York state

New York Travel Guide


New York City is unique in every way: no other major US city can compete with it in terms of population, cultural diversity, entertainment, economy and commerce. But just a day’s drive away in New York State you’ll find beautiful beaches and ocean vistas, tranquil, forested mountains, pretty small towns and a variety of historic attractions. Long Island, east of Manhattan, is the largest island off the mainland United States and a destination for many city dwellers. The well-known holiday region The Hamptons is also located here.

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Getting there

Arriving by plane

Various airlines offer direct flights to New York (JFK) from cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland: United (UA) from Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Geneva and Zurich; Delta Air Lines (DL) from Berlin (seasonal) and Zurich; Lufthansa (LH) from Hamburg and Munich; Austrian Airlines (OS) from Vienna; Swiss (LX) from Zurich and Geneva; Condor (DE) from Frankfurt am Main

Note on arrival by plane

Inter-Airport Connections: JFK – LGA/LGA – JFK NYC Airporter offers bus service between JFK and LGA airports (journey time: 45 minutes). JFK – EEA/EEA – JFK ETS Airport Shuttle (journey time 90 mins) and NYC Airporter (journey time 45-65 mins). LGA – EEA/EEA – LGA ETS Airport Shuttle (journey time: 45-60 mins) and NYC Airporter (journey time: 45-60 mins). Taxis and limousine/van services are available for all connections.

Flight times

New York – Atlanta: 2 hours 40 minutes; New York – Baltimore: 1 hour 20 minutes; New York – Boston: 1 hour 10 minutes; New York – Chicago: 2 hours 50 minutes; New York – Dallas/Fort Worth: 4 hours; New York – Detroit: 2 hours; New York – Honolulu: 12 hrs; New York – Houston: 4 hours; New York – Los Angeles: 6 hours; New York – Miami: 3 hours 10 minutes; New York – Montreal: 1 hour 25 minutes; New York – San Francisco: 6 hours 10 minutes; New York – Toronto: 1 hour 30 minutes; New York – Washington DC: 1 hour 10 minutes; New York – Frankfurt: 7 hours 30 minutes; New York – Vienna: 8 hours 50 minutes; New York – Zurich: 7 hours 15 minutes


The Jet Blue Airpass lets you book 3 or more flights across the entire Jet Blue network in the US at once. The Jet Blue Airpass is valid for 90 days, can be changed flexibly, and luggage is included. For more information on the availability of limited contingents, contact STA Travel at +49-69-255 150 000. New York City is a Jet Blue hub.

Arrival by car

From Manhattan to New Jersey you drive over the George Washington Bridge or through the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects Brooklyn to Staten Island, the Queensborough Bridge connects Manhattan to Queens, and the Triborough Bridge connects to northern New York State. The New England Thruway and the Bruckner Expressway lead to New England. New York City has a speed limit of 25 miles per hour (just under 40 km/h) on most streets. Bus: Numerous long- and short-distance buses depart from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (40th Street/8th Avenue). Toll roads in New York state are: – Berkshire Connector, a section of I-90, connecting I-87 to the Massachusetts Turnpike. – Niagara Connector on I-190, from Buffalo to Niagara Falls. – New England Thruway on I-95, which runs from Pelham Parkway in the Bronx to the Connecticut border. It is possible to pay the toll either in cash or with an E-ZPass, which can be purchased when renting a car.

Note on arrival by car

Average car travel times: New York – Philadelphia and Hartford: 2 hours each; New York – Albany: 3 hours; New York – Boston and Baltimore: 4 hours each; New York – Washington DC: 5 hrs; New York – Portland (Maine): 6 hours; New York – Montreal: 7 hours; New York – Buffalo and Pittsburgh: 8 hours each; New York – Toronto: 9 hours; New York – Cleveland: 10 hrs; New York – Indianapolis: 15 hours; New York – Chicago: 16 hrs; New York – Miami: 27 hours; New York – Dallas: 33 hrs; New York – Los Angeles: 58 hours; New York – San Francisco and Seattle: 61 hours each. All journey times when driving non-stop within the speed limits. Average bus travel times: New York – Philadelphia: 2 hours 20 minutes; New York – Albany: 3 hours; New York – Washington DC: 4 hrs 40 mins; New York – Boston: 4 hours 45 minutes; New York – Montreal: 8 hours 30 minutes; New York – Buffalo and Pittsburgh: 9 hours each; New York – Cleveland: 9 hrs 30 mins

Arrival by train

Pennsylvania Station (33rd Street/7th Avenue) serves Long Island Railroad (Long Island and New Jersey) and Amtrak trains. Acela bullet trains connect New York City to Washington DC in 3 hours. From Grand Central Station (42nd Street/Park Avenue) trains run to the northern part of the state (Metro North) and to Connecticut. There are regular services to Montréal and Toronto.

rail passes

The Amtrak USA Rail Pass is valid on the entire Amtrak network. Detailed information under Arrival USA.

Note on arrival by train

Average Amtrak travel times: New York – Montreal: 10 hours 55 minutes; New York – Philadelphia: 1 hour 30 minutes; New York – Harrisburg: 16 hrs; New York – Buffalo: 8 hrs; New York – Niagara Falls: 9 hours; New York – Toronto: 12 hours; New York – Baltimore: 3 hours; New York – Washington DC: 4 hours; New York – Jacksonville: 18 hours; New York – Orlando (Disneyland): 21 hrs; New York – Miami: 26 hours; New York – Tampa: 23 hours; New York – Charlotte: 10 hrs; New York – Atlanta: 16 hrs; New York – Birmingham: 19 hours; New York – New Orleans: 27 hours; New York -Washington DC 2 hrs 50 mins; New York – Boston: 3 hrs 40 mins

Arrival by ship

New York Water Taxi offer various boat trips; including a ride on the Statue of Liberty Express to the Statue of Liberty or on the Beast, a speedboat that travels down the Hudson River at around 40 mph with a view of the Statue of Liberty. Statue Cruises is the only cruise company that offers a tour of the interior of the Statue of Liberty up to the crown. From there you have a breathtaking view of New York.

Cruise ships

AIDA departs from Warnemünde via Iceland and Greenland to New York. Phoenix offers a cruise from the Bahamas via New York to Bremerhaven. TUI Cruises and MSC serve the US East Coast and the Caribbean. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises offer a variety of cruises around Manhattan Island.

Ferry provider

The Staten Island Ferry (departs from Whitehall Terminal, journey time: 25 minutes) runs free between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island. Regular NY Waterway and Seastreak ferry services from Manhattan to New Jersey. Lake Champlain Ferries offer Lake Champlain crossings between New York State and Vermont. Horne’s Ferry operates daily between Cape Vincent, New York and Wolfe Island, Ontario during the summer months. Wolfe Island has a year-round ferry service to Kingston, Ontario.

Routes across the rivers

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises offer tours of the Hudson River.

Passport and visa regulations

Entry with children

Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Contact addresses

Discover Long Island

c/o Get It Across

(also responsible for Austria and Switzerland)

Neumarkt 33
+49 221 476 71 20. Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance
309 Lake Street
US-14527 Penn Yan, New York
United States
(315) 536 74 88, (800) 530 74 88 (toll free within the US). Visit Buffalo Niagara
403 Main Street, Suite 630
US-14203 Buffalo, New York
United States
(716) 852.05.11 or (800) 283.32.56 (toll free within the US). Greene County Tourism
700 Route 23B
US-12451 Leeds, New York
United States
(518) 943 32 23, (800) 355 22 87 (toll free within the US). Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau
25 Quackenbush Square
US-12207 Albany, New York
United States
(518) 434 12 17, (800) 258 35 82 (toll free within the US). Long Lake Tourism Department
1130 Deerland Road
US-12847 Long Lake, New York
United States
(518) 624 30 77. Thousand Islands International Tourism Council
PO Box 709
US-13640 Wellesley Island, New York
United States
(315) 482 25 20, (800) 847 52 63 (toll free within the US).

Where Your Next Adventure Begins Orange County Tourism
124 Main Street
US-10924 Goshen, New York
United States
Tel: (845) 615.3860. Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation
10 Rainbow Boulevard
US-14303 Niagara Falls, New York
United States
(716) 282.89.92, (877) 325.57.87 (toll free within the US). New York City & Company Convention & Visitors Bureau

c/o Aviareps Tourism GmbH

Josephspitalstr. 15
D-80331 Munich
(089) 552 53 38 07.



North of New York City, on the banks of the Hudson River, lies Albany, the capital of New York State. Albany is a good base for exploring the north of the state. You can rent cars and caravans. The Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, where one attraction follows the other, is the symbol of the city. The magnificent New York State Capitol is located here. Also a must-see for visitors to Albany is the New York State Museum. It is dedicated to the history of the settlement of New York City.

Beach life around NYC

Southeast of New York City are beautiful beaches. Just an hour’s subway ride from Times Square, Coney Island ‘s wide, sandy Brighton Beach and family-friendly Manhattan Beach offer seaside respite. The beaches on Long Island’s north and south shores are also recommended. The Hamptons, the maritime resort area of ​​the super-rich just outside NYC, line the east end of the Long Islands. The Long Beach Located in southern Long Island on a barrier island, it stretches for miles like a beautiful ribbon of soft sand. Getting there by subway takes about 1 hour from Pennsylvania Station.

The beach in Jones Beach State Park, also located in the south of Long Island on an offshore island, is very popular with New Yorkers. The 20 km long beach has all the amenities of a seaside resort. Access to the beach includes rail and bus services from Pennsylvania Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Queens and Brooklyn also offer trips to Jacob Riis Park and Rockaway Beach in Queens. From Pennsylvania Station you can reach Rockaway Beach within 1 hour and 20 minutes.

In the Bronx, Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park gets busy on the weekends,

Southwest of New York City, Staten Island features South Beach and the natural sandy beach at Wolfe’s Pond Park.

Native American cultures

The National Museum of the American Indian-New York City, George Gustav Heye Center is home to the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, a grandiose Beaux-Arts building on the southern tip of Manhattan next to Battery Park. The George Gustav Heye Center is one of three branches of the National Museum of the American Indian and is part of the famous American research organization Smithsonian Institution. With approximately 825,000 artifacts, the museum represents more than 1,200 Native American cultures spanning the present day to 12,000 years in the past. The multimedia exhibitions, together with dances and songs, touch all the senses of the visitors. Interestingly, the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House stands on the very spot where New York City began as New Amsterdam. Appropriately for this fact, it is named after one of the founding fathers of the United States of America.

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Niagara Falls

Taxis run from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) to the city of Buffalo, nine miles away, or directly to Niagara Falls in Niagara State Park. Amtrak trains and regional buses regularly connect Buffalo to the world-famous falls. The Greyhound bus provides direct access to Niagara from New York City. Niagara Falls consists of three falls formed by different branches of the Niagara River: American Falls, Canadian/ Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Boats operate above and below the slopes. The difference in height is 55 m. Several tunnels lead to the observation platforms on the sides and even behind the waterline. Niagara Falls is a popular destination for honeymooners.

Parks & Gardens in NYC

In addition to Central Park, New York City has many other green oases: Riverside Park is on the banks of the Hudson and Fort Tryon Park is on the northern tip of Manhattan. Here are the Cloisters, which are stylistically based on various European buildings of the Middle Ages and belong to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and house an important collection of medieval furniture and tapestries. Lower Manhattan is home to Battery Park and Washington Square ; in Brooklyn, Prospect Park and Marine Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The grounds of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Cunningham, Pillowa Park and Jacob Riis Park are in Queens. Clove Lake Park and Fort Wadsworth are located on Staten Island, a quiet residential area below the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. From here you have a beautiful view of the harbor of New York. The Bronx has a beautiful botanical garden. Also worth seeing are Bronx Zoo, Pelham Bay Park and Van Cortlandt Park. No park should be entered unaccompanied after dark.


New York City, the »Big Apple«, can hardly be compared to any other city. When the first Dutch settlers settled here over 390 years ago, sailors coming into port were drawn to the floral scent of Manhattan Island. Today the silhouettes of the skyscrapers announce the proximity of the metropolis. With a population of around 8.5 million, New York City is the ninth largest city in the world and the largest city in the United States. This fascinating melting pot is home to Germans, Poles, Puerto Ricans, West Indians, Greeks, Scots, Hungarians, Chinese, Koreans, Irish, Italians, Africans and Romanians, among others.

Catskill Mountains

The Catskill Mountains are just a 2 1/2 hour drive north of New York City in the heart of the Big Indian Wilderness. If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of the metropolis New York City, you will find relaxation in nature with hikes, canoe tours, camping or fly fishing. The region also offers ski resorts (including Hunter Mountain ), white water courses and activities such as zip lining. Families can stay on a farm in the Catskill Mountains, stay in family-friendly campgrounds or stay in an all-inclusive hotel.

Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley National Heritage Area extends north to south between Albany and Yonkers in New York State on the northern edge of New York City. The region was the scene of several battles during the American Revolution and is known for its influence on 19th-century painting and architecture. Regional architectural landmarks include the New York State Capitol, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s residence, Montgomery Place, St. Luke’s Chapel and Lyndhurst. Also worth seeing are the landscapes and public gardens in the Hudson Valley. A Hudson river cruise is informative and an unforgettable experience.

Adirondack Park

The Adirondack Mountains are located in northeast New York State in the natural paradise of Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Park is a beautiful destination all year round: in summer its miles of sandy beaches and hiking trails lure, in winter its ski areas (including Lake Placid ) and in autumn the leaves on the trees turn every imaginable warm shade from golden yellow to dark red during the Indian summer and orange. In spring, climbers can pursue their hobby in mosquito-free air, but they should avoid climbing areas above approx. 900 m at this time of year for environmental and safety reasons. The Adirondack Mountains include Mount Marcy, the highest mountain in New York State.

One World Trade Center

The Manhattan skyline is still unmistakable after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Today, where the Twin Towers once stood, One World Trade Center rises a symbolic 541 meters into the sky. From the observation deck on the top floor, visitors have a fantastic view of Manhattan, the Hudson and New York Harbor. Dining at the One Dine restaurant on the 101st floor is also an unforgettable experience.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

At Ground Zero, next to One World Trade Center, is the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The multimedia “Historical Exhibition” offers an overview of what happened on September 11, 2011 at the World Trade Center. The Witness at Ground Zero exhibition features more than 500 photographs by French photographer Stephane Sednaoui, who photographed the events at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011. The “Memorial Exhibition” is dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Statue of Liberty and Immigration Museum

The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and the neighboring island of Ellis Island with the Immigration Museum can be reached by ferry from Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan and from Liberty State Park were subjected to lengthy and difficult trials before being allowed to enter the land of opportunity or being sent back to their homeland.

Today, insightful guided tours are organized on this island, nicknamed the Isle of Tears. The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island. Underneath the Statue of Liberty is the new and large Statue of Liberty Museum, which tells the story of the Statue of Liberty.

A staircase and elevator inside the statue lead to an observation platform. Only Statue Cruises passengers are permitted onto the Observation Deck in the Crown of the Statue of Liberty. Tickets for this usually have to be reserved a year in advance. Tickets for the base should also be reserved months in advance.

There is an excellent view of the Statue of Liberty from the water. A ride on the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island takes about 25 minutes, is free and offers stunning views of Manhattan, New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The Staten Island Ferry’s Whitehall Terminal is located on the southern tip of Manhattan.

Grandiose panoramic views of NYC

Numerous skyscrapers in New York City are architecturally impressive and allow wonderful views of the metropolis. Rockefeller Center ‘s observation deck, located between 5th and 6th Avenues, is named Top of the Rock and is the undisputed number one spot for the best views of NYC. From here you have a magnificent all-round view of the Big Apple. The Observation Deck extends over three floors at a height of 260 meters. A forerunner of the viewing floors was opened in 1933. There is a busy ice rink on the Lower Plaza in winter.

Perhaps the prettiest skyscraper is the Chrysler Building, entirely in the Art Deco style; the most unusual is probably the triangular Flatiron Building (5th Avenue/23rd Street).

The Empire State Building, one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in the world, stands on 34th Street at 5th Avenue. An elevator leads to the observation decks, which are located on the 86th and 102nd floors. Even at night you have a wonderful view of the city that never sleeps.

The other popular observation deck in New York City is on the top floor of One World Trade Center.

From the top of the Statue of Liberty you have a unique view of the New York City skyline.

The highest observation deck opens on March 11, 2020 with The Edge at Hudson Yard. The glass floor of the platform at a dizzying height is only for visitors with strong nerves. Those brave enough to overcome their fear of heights will be rewarded with a 360-degree panoramic view of the New York City skyline all the way to the Statue of Liberty.

Art Museums in NYC

Art museums and galleries can be found throughout New York City, but the largest and most important are in Manhattan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in the world. The Met Cloisters museum, which belongs to the Met, is housed in a monastery in the far north of Manhattan. In keeping with its ambiance, The Met Cloisters features medieval art. The Museum of Modern Art has one of the world’s most important collections of contemporary art from Europe and the USA. The sculpture garden is also worth seeing. The Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a seven-storey, white, conical building with a permanent collection of modern art and important temporary exhibitions. You take the elevator to the top floor and walk down a spiral ramp past the exhibits. Built by architect Renzo Piano, the Whitney Museum of American Art houses one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of American modern and contemporary art. The Frick Collection is housed in a neoclassical palace on 5th Avenue/70th Street. The collection consists of the palace’s original furnishings. The museum shows works of art by European masters in changing exhibitions.

Popular museums in New York City

The approximately two hundred museums in New York City cover every imaginable area of ​​interest. High on the list of the most popular museums in New York City is the American Museum of Natural History, a natural history museum that is unique in the world only in the Smithsonian Institution Natural History Museum in Washington DC. Both houses are huge and each have their own unique assets. The Tenement Museum, which traces the history of American immigrants, can only be visited as part of a guided tour. New York City is the city with the highest number of Jewish residents in the world. Accordingly, there are numerous Jewish institutions and museums in New York City, such as the Jewish Museum and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Both museums give visitors deep insights into Jewish culture and history. Fire department fans are in the right place at the New York City Fire Museum. If you are interested in New York City, you will get a lot of interesting knowledge about the city in the Museum of New York City. The permanent exhibition and the changing exhibitions cover countless areas such as fashion, politics, history, art and science like a kaleidoscope. In this way, visitors can view New York City from many different perspectives and at the end of the visit begin to get an idea of ​​the multifaceted nature of the metropolis.

Districts in NYC

New York City consists of five boroughs. With the exception of the first developed area south of 14th Street, the streets were laid out according to a rectangular system. Most of the sights can be found on the island of Manhattan, the business and entertainment district of the metropolis. Streets running east-west are numbered 1st-240th Street. Avenues running north-south are numbered 1-12 and have the letters AD. The remaining counties—the Bronx to the north, Queens to the east, Brooklyn to the southeast, and Staten Island to the southwest—are mostly residential. Each borough has affluent neighborhoods and slums – signs of New York City’s diverse social fabric.

NYC’s Unique Sights

In addition to the Statue of Liberty, great museums, impressive skyscrapers, Central Park and interesting ethnic neighborhoods, New York City has many other unique sights to offer. A New York City landmark, the Brooklyn Bridge is an imposing 19th-century suspension bridge that connects the banks of the East River with Manhattan on one side and Long Island or Brooklyn on the other. Broadway is the heart of the theater district. The world-famous Times Square with its colorful, blinking, constantly changing neon signs lies at the center of Broadway. Other attractions include the cultural center Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the United Nations building (the UN headquarters), Coney Island with theNew York Aquarium and beautiful city beaches, the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Roosevelt Island Tramway, which connects Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. The New York Stock Exchange is located on Wall Street in the financial district and Trinity Church is sandwiched between skyscrapers. The New York Public Library with its main building on Fifth Avenue is also impressive.

Chinatown, Harlem, Greenwich Village & Co

The famous ethnic neighborhoods of Chinatown and the former Italian neighborhood of Little Italy are in Lower Manhattan. However, Flushing in Queens is an even bigger Chinatown than its better-known sister in Lower Manhattan. The German influence in what was once Germantown along 86th Street today consists primarily of German inscriptions on some buildings. There are cafes, craft shops, theaters and nightclubs in Greenwich Village, the former bohemian district, and in SoHO. The Jewish culture and way of life is at home on the Lower East Side in southeast Manhattan and in Brooklyn in Williamsburg. Harlem is the center of African-American culture in NYC. The Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum are located on the neighborhood’s main street, 125th Street. In addition to wonderful musical experiences, participants on a Harlem Gospel Tour also learn a lot of interesting things about the history of Harlem.

Central Park

The huge, elongated rectangle of Central Park (from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West and from 59th Street to 110th Street) is the green lung of New York City. There’s more to this world-famous park than just walking. Visitors to this local recreation area, which is also very popular with New Yorkers, have a wide range of leisure activities to choose from: you can lie in the sun on one of the many lawns, go jogging, go inline skating or cycling, go for a walk, visit a café or a concert, have a picnic, ice skate Walk, visit the Central Park Zoo, take a boat trip on one of the lakes, watch free Shakespeare performances at the Delacorte outdoor theater, visit the Victorian Gardens amusement park in the summerwanted or simply enjoy the atmosphere of the hustle and bustle around artistic water fountains and other attractions of the park. John Lennon fans will want to make a pilgrimage to the Strawberry Fields Memorial.

Thousand Islands

The beautiful, natural region of the Thousand Islands on the Canadian border actually consists of almost 2000 islands of various sizes at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River in Lake Ontario. Boat trips and many outdoor activities are offered. The most famous resort is Alexandria Bay. The centers of the numerous villages in the region, in which the colors green and blue dominate, are just as much a attraction as their nature reserves.

Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes region in northwest New York State between Buffalo and Syracuse is named for its eleven parallel lakes, which are shaped like fingers. The Finger Lakes region was once home to the Onondaga Indians, some of whom still live on the reservation today. Popular activities in the area include hiking, canoeing, boating, camping, fishing and biking. The area’s numerous attractions include the National State Forest, several state parks, the National Soaring Museum and numerous waterfalls, which can be found in Watkins Glen State Park, among others.



The world famous department stores Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Gimbels, Alexander’s and Saks Fifth Avenue are located between 5th Avenue and Herald Square. Countless elegant boutiques invite you to go shopping. Chinatown, Little Italy, and Yorkville shops sell food and other neighborhood goods. Special offers are available on Orchard Street. The antique, jewelry, leather goods and fashion shops in Greenwich Village offer something for every taste. There are countless galleries, bookstores, art exhibits, and flea markets. Special Offers: The back streets of the Lower East Side are home to numerous special offer shops. Many streets have their own »specialties«, e.g. B. Fashion, jewellery, musical instruments, flowers or delicacies. You often get a lot more for your money in discount stores than in the so-called special sales of brand name stores.



Magazines such as Where, Promenade, Village Voice and the New Yorker keep visitors up-to-date with information on Big Apple events and fun facts. Nightclubs: Supper clubs are plush nightclub-style restaurants that present two entertainment programs per night featuring popular artists. The cover charge is usually quite high, but does not include food or drinks, but is more like an entrance fee. Nightclubs may also require visitors to spend a minimum amount on food and drink. There are countless nightclubs.



The offer ranges from gourmet restaurants to pretzel stands. Steaks, seafood, and hamburgers, American staples, are readily available. Excellent French dishes can be found in the restaurants between 5th and 3rd Avenues (on East 50-60 streets). Spanish, Indian, Thai, Turkish, Jewish and Cuban restaurants nestle between Broadway and the Upper West Side. There are German, Czech and Hungarian restaurants in Yorkville, Italian restaurants in Little Italy, Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, Greek and Armenian restaurants on 5th Avenue. In Greenwich Village there are mainly Mexican, Italian and Spanish restaurants. In Manhattan you can find everything: cheap diners, cafes, milk bars and elegant luxury restaurants. Many restaurants are open late into the night. The portions served are generous, and the prices are often quite reasonable. A free restaurant guide is available from the New York Convention & Visitors Bureau. The weekly New Yorker Magazine has the addresses of countless restaurants. Drinks: Most singles bars are on the Upper East Side (between 59th and 86th Streets, on 3rd, 2nd and 1st Avenues). Food and drink prices are reasonable. Many bars are open until 4am. You’ll find elegant cocktail bars as well as seedy pubs. Many bars have “Happy Hour” between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. some even offer free hot and cold snacks. Theater & Concerts: The most famous theaters are on Broadway. There are also numerous off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theaters for young playwrights and experimental actors. There are smaller and less expensive theaters all over the city. Radio City Music Hall hosts concerts, revues, and special performances year-round. Lincoln Center is home to the Metropolitan Opera House, the New York City Opera & Ballet and the American Ballet Theater. Carnegie Hall hosts symphony and solo recitals during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Greenwich Village and SoHo are home to the best jazz and rock clubs, movie theaters and off-Broadway fringe shows (experimental theatre). In the city center are the more conventional cinemas and theatres. Inexpensive tickets for same-day events are available from the TKTS counters on 47th Street and Broadway. Free tickets to various TV shows are also available.


Social Rules of Conduct

Smoking: In New York City, only people over the age of 21 can purchase cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. If you cannot prove your age with an ID card, you are not entitled to buy tobacco products. Smoking (including smoking e-cigarettes) is prohibited in New York City in public places such as parks and the city’s beaches, as well as in restaurants and bars.


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Changeable with occasional rainfall; In summer there are sometimes heat waves. Temperatures up to 38 °C are not uncommon and can last for a few days.

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