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Getting around New York can be confusing for the traveler, but luckily New York has an extremely well-organized public transport system. It includes one of the largest subway systems in the world and the iconic yellow cab. Then you have the NY water transportation and NY City buses. All of these options are usually economical and safe for travelers.
New York is nicknamed ‘the city that never sleeps’ for a reason – something is always happening, and there are always things to do in NYC and several New York attractions to visit. Buy Empire State Building tickets and go up 86th Floor Observation Deck to get a 360-degree open-air view of NYC. See the best sight of the city with a New York City Explorer Pass, New York City Pass, Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, or even a helicopter tour of New York. Go on a Gossip Girl Sites Tour or New York Hip Hop Tour. Pay a visit to Lady Liberty or the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
When it comes to shopping, New York probably is one of the best places in the world. New York offers shopping options for every possible taste and budget. Your choices can range from top department stores such as Bloomingdale's and Macy's to Fifth Avenue boutique shops to quintessential NYC specialty shops like Saks Fifth Avenue to the Green Flea Market. Breaking it down by neighborhoods – you should try Soho for cult brands (Zara, Levi’s), the Upper East Side for high-end luxury shopping, Canal Street for bargains, Nolita for up-and-coming boutiques and West Village that plays home to a mix of chic boutiques and famous brands.
New York is said to be the safest large metropolis in the country and boasts a crime rate that is lower than the national average. Even so, considering that it is the most visited city in America, there are instances of petty robbery against tourists. Tourists are therefore advised to follow all routine precautions that would generally take while traveling. Avoid Central Park at night, be vigilant while taking the subway (again avoid taking it late at night, especially if alone), protect yourself from pickpockets and you should be quite okay in NYC.
There are seemingly endless numbers of hotels in all the different NYC neighborhoods, and you will be spoilt for choice. Do make a wise decision based on your requirements because often enough where you decide to stay in NYC will affect not just how much you pay, but will also mold your experience of the city. Manhattan is a good choice – plenty of accommodation options for all budgets and all within walking distance of key places such as Times Square, Central Park, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). TriBeCa and Lower East Side are some of the hippest, albeit expensive areas of New York. SoHo is a charming neighborhood but offers mostly high-end accommodation. The Upper East Side is beautiful but quite expensive. Brooklyn and Queens are ideal if you are on a budget.
New York probably has the most diverse and thriving food scene in the country. You can take your pick from specialty restaurants, delis, diners, street foods and food trucks and cuisines from every part of the world. Some of the more fun places to eat in NYC are the Roberto's in the Bronx, Khiladi in East Village, Shopsins in Essex Market, Ellen’s Stardust Diner on1Broadway, Jekyll and Hyde Club on 91 7th Avenue S and E.A.K. Ramen in the West Village.
It’s often said the best time of year to visit New York is all year round – because each season brings its own charm to NYC. That being said, if you’re looking for great weather, the best time to visit NYC would be the months of April- June, and September – October. If you are looking for the cheapest time to visit New York, try January - February.