What's unique about NYU

“I want to be a part of it, New York, New York!” With this, Frank Sinatra not only created a perfect hymn for New York, but also spoke from everyone's soul. New York is an urban jungle that amazes you as soon as you arrive. Who wouldn't want to visit the world's most exciting metropolis at least once in a lifetime and be part of the hustle and bustle? To help you plan your trip to the legendary Big Apple, I've got you guys in mine New York tips compiled an overview. Here you will find all the tips that could be interesting for your stay. SecretInsider tips and, as always, the best ideas for a unique stay are on top!

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Interesting facts about New York

The Metropole New York City is located in the state of New York on the east coast of the USA. The city has more than 8.6 million inhabitants, while the metropolitan region is already scratching the 20 million mark. The currency in the United States is the US dollar. 1 € currently corresponds to about 1.12 USD. Both in New York and in the rest of the United States, Credit card paid. Inquire in advance about credit cards without foreign transaction fees and apply for a suitable card.

Weather & climate in New York

New York can be visited at any time of the year. The winter months are often cold and snowfall must be expected, but New York exudes a very special charm in winter.

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  • March: 10 ° C / 9 rainy days
  • April: 16 ° C / 9 rainy days
  • May: 23 ° C / 9 rainy days
  • September: 26 ° C / 6 rainy days
  • October: 18 ° C / 6 rainy days

Quite a few people dream of visiting New York at Christmas or New Year's Eve. In the months of July and August, however, it is often very hot. The best travel time for New York are therefore the months from April to June and the autumn time. From my own experience, however, I can tell you that from mid-May it will be extremely crowded at many sights, which is why I would recommend early spring or late autumn for your trip.

Your New York arrival

To enter the USA, as a German citizen, you need a passport that is valid for at least the duration of your stay up to the day of departure, as well as an entry permit that you can use with the electronic entry authorization system, ESTA, can apply. This entry permit costs just under $ 14 and is valid for two years. A detailed article on the Entry into the USA can be found in the travel magazine.

You can reach New York via John F. Kennedy International Airport, in short JFK. However, you often spend a lot of time here, because the mass of aircraft that take off and land here can delay the arrival or departure process by an hour or more. The airports provide alternatives Newark (EEA) in New Jersey or LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in northern New York, which cannot be reached by direct flight from Germany. The direct flights from Germany take around seven to eight hours and are available for less than € 400. All Tips for long-haul flights you can find me.

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Accommodation in New York

If you want to be in the center of the action in the middle of Manhattan, you have to dig a little deeper into your pocket for your stay. Both Airbnbs and hotels cost significantly more here than in other districts. The cheapest option that I can recommend to you is one Airbnb in East Harlem - Certainly not the prettiest area of ​​New York, but it is well located and the subway takes you to Midtown in a few minutes.

If you want to save money on accommodation, but don't want to compromise on quality, then I advise you to go to an Airbnb or Hotel in New Jersey. These are much cheaper than in Manhattan and with the PATH A train that goes under the Hudson River will get you into Manhattan faster than from the other New York boroughs if the location is good.

New York highlights

Manhattan's skyline, that Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty - these are the sights that we first associate with New York, aren't they? But New York has an infinite number of places worth seeing. If you want to save some money on sightseeing, I recommend the popular New York Pass, with which you can visit many attractions cheaply. But now there is an overview of the most important highlights that you should not miss.

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Viewpoints in the Big Apple

Not only from the Empire State Building do you have a breathtaking view of the entire New York skyline. That too Top of the rock Rockefeller Center, which is just a few steps away, offers you this amazing view and is even my personal favorite. If you want to see the city from the south side of Manhattan, you should visit the platform One World Trade Center contemplate.

The best museums

Once you've got an overview, there are countless museums in New York that are definitely worth a visit. The most popular addresses are MoMA, das Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The latter is also an art museum, which, in contrast to MoMA, primarily shines with historical works from over 5,000 years of history instead of modern art. in the Museum of Natural History there is a glimpse into natural history and in 9/11 museum you will learn everything important about the attack on September 11, 2001.

Impressive buildings

If you are in Lower Manhattan, you have to take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge do it or ride your bike over there. The views on the bridge are unique, especially if you've already covered half of the way on the City skyline look and it becomes clear to you again where you are right now. The cars roar below you and you have to be careful not to walk or drive on the wrong side of the road, because the cyclists from Brooklyn will come towards you.

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Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge during the day and over the Manhattan Bridge at night - you will see the bridges once in full splendor and once with a sparkling skyline.

On the way back, I recommend a complete contrast program. If you've explored Brooklyn and the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood, you have to go to the Williamsburg Bridge or the Manhattan Bridge drive back or take a walk. Here you not only have the view of the Brooklyn Bridge including the skyline, but it is also much less crowded than on the Brooklyn Bridge.

For most of them it is sure statue of Liberty a must on a New York tour. For example, you can learn exciting facts about the Statue of Liberty on an audio tour on nearby Ellis Island. But if you'd rather save the money and just take a look, which in my opinion is enough, then just take the free oneStaten Island Ferrydriving right past the statue.

The most beautiful parks in New York

The most famous green space in New York is clearly Central Park. No matter whether on the bike, taking a walk or jogging Central Parkyou must have visited at least once. Thanks to the no less than 350 hectares of grounds, it is never too crowded here. An alternative is offered by, for example Prospect Park in Brooklyn, which is also great for walks and relaxation in the great outdoors.

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

It's best to choose a free Saturday for Prospect Park, because then you can visit the popular Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. The Farmers Market offers you a lot of goodies.

It is less well known Paley Park. In the midst of the skyscrapers in Midtown Manhattan you will find a beautiful little oasis. Take a coffee to go with you and just let your mind wander a little. The highlight in this small park is the waterfall that flows down one wall here. It’s just a few meters away in the busier Bryant Park to, because this is where the students who have studied in advance in the New York Public Library and all those who meet for an after-work drink on mild summer evenings meet.

For several years there has been a great project in New York that you should definitely visit:The high line - a former railway line that has been converted into a hiking trail above the streets. It is green and runs along the streets protected from traffic. You can get up in different places via the stairs or elevators and you should not miss this environment full of people, art and nature.

Guru tip: As soon as the temperatures climb towards 20 ° C, it can get really crowded on the High Line. If you still want to see them, it's best to go there early in the morning.

Diverse city districts & quarters

Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan - these are the boroughs that New York City is divided into. Sure, Manhattan is the classic and there is a lot to discover. But don't forget to think outside the box, because New York is much more than just Manhattan. But let's start with the classic first.

Manhattan's coolest neighborhood

The center of the action is arguably Midtown Manhattan, because here are the famous sights such as Rockefeller Center, MoMA or Times Square, where the most impressive party in the world is celebrated every year on New Year's Eve.

Maybe you can make it to Broadway and the Times square To visit in the evening, because then the illuminated billboards are just impressive.

It's not far from here to the famous one Fifth Avenue, which is considered to be one of the streets with the highest rents in the world and a shopping paradise for everyone with a slightly larger budget. Here you can choose a new smartphone in the famous Apple Store or treat yourself to a pair of trendy sneakers in the Nike or Adidas flagship store. Don't forget one Visit the world famous Macy's department store at 151 West and 34th Streets. You can get lost here, because there are so many departments, floors and entrances. Even if you don't have a dime to spare, 5th Avenue at the south end of Central Park is definitely worth a visit.

Further south, around Washington Square Park, you will find a village in the middle of the mega-metropolis: Greenwich Village. Fans of Sex and the City in particular will have the feeling that they have been to the streets here many times. Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, even lives here herself. And who wouldn't want that? Pretty boutiques,Vintage stores and cozy cafes make the area perfect for a lazy afternoon.

You don't have to go far from here SoHo. The facades of the houses with the typical fire stairs are legendary. The district offers you a large selection of shops that you can gradually roam. I'm sure you will find a bargain or two here and you can take a piece of New York home with you.

Still an absolute during the day Shopping paradise With shops from all famous designers, Soho only really comes to life at night. Enjoy a cocktail among the locals in a hip bar. The ambience is unique!

Trendy Brooklyn

New York is not just Manhattan, you will notice that at the latest when you cross the East River and drive to Brooklyn. If you only know the district from films, you probably have a somewhat ambiguous picture in your head. Brooklyn has meanwhile become a modern and hip part of the metropolis of New York City. Just Williamsburg is one of the trendiest districts.

Hipsters, intellectuals, artists and everyone who wants everything but the mainstream flock here in droves to sit in small cafes, browse through old record collections or just to enjoy the special atmosphere.

A little further southeast in Brooklyn is the rising neighborhood Bushwick. It still has its rough character, but colorful street art and trendy restaurants promise a positive development. Just stroll through the streets, admire the street art and have a treat among the young New Yorkers - you should definitely do that here. Mainly because the area is an absolute one for you Contrast program to chic Manhattan offers.

Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island

You can get even more contrast in the other three boroughs of New York. If you are looking for a reason to visit the bronx I recommend that to come Attending a Yankee game. The stadium is located in the south of the district and a game like this is definitely worth an experience. Tickets are available from around $ 20.

Queens is known for its multicultural existence: Irish pubs on 33rd, a bit of India on 74th or la Dolce Vita on 111st - you can get one here immerse yourself in all cultures. Of course, in Queens, as in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, there are also dangerous corners that you better not visit. They are everywhere. It is best to find out in advance which roads are considered dangerous and avoid them. If you want to take a look behind the facade and not just see the New York that everyone sees, you should definitely visit Queens.

One district is of course still missing from the list: Staten Island. Personally, the southernmost borough of New York City didn't really flash me on my last visit, when I sailed past the Statue of Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry, but maybe it's different with you? The almost 152 km² large island awaits you with its own zoo, a cultural center and botanical garden and a few other sights.

Sightseeing tours

You are looking for extraordinary sightseeing toursthat present New York from a different perspective? Would you like to reveal the last secrets of the city, find out everything about the Hollywood stars and starlets in New York or see the city that never sleeps from a bird's eye view? I'll show you extraordinary tours in New York that make all of this possible for you. If you are on a tight budget, I recommend that you cycle through New York by bike. If you are looking for a convenient alternative, you should try out the Big Bus Tours sightseeing tours. Ride in the stylish open Double decker buses through the city and experience all the sights in New York comfortably and in a short time.

New York culinary

You have probably already seen it in my previous New York tips: In New York, culinary highlights await you on every corner. If you want to try the various flavors here, you should plan a little more money, because in most restaurants you pay significantly more than here. You can find extensive tips on the subject in mine New York Food Guide. Of course, I don't want to withhold a few small recommendations from you.

Breakfast in New York

For a classic New York tourist breakfast you have to go to Ellen's Stardust Diner have been. While the waiters who serve you here show off a musical performance from time to time, you can have a typical American breakfast here. And of course that includesPancakes, bacon & eggs or bagels and coffee as much as you want. You can also get a classic New York breakfast, bagel and coffee, in the BO’s bagels - simple, cheap, but incredibly delicious.

A bite in between

For those who are peckish during the day, I recommend the Chelsea Market. In the hip market you will find many different food stalls as well as trendy shops and the atmosphere is cheerful and relaxed. It is not without reason that many New Yorkers spend their lunch break here.

In general, there are many cafés in Chelsea and the adjacent Greenwich Village where you can snack well. Otherwise you should visit one of the well-known ones Street food stallstry, which are spread all over the city. A hot dog or a burger always works, right?

In the evening in the Big Apple

If you don't want to commit to a restaurant for the evening, just stroll through Hell's Kitchen in Midtown, because here you have a huge selection of restaurants. One restaurant follows the next, there are kitchens from all countries and the prices are mostly very fair. For example, there are delicious burgers at 5 napkin burgers. As already mentioned, you can also use SoHo feast well or end the evening in a bar.

Rooftop bars in NYC

In my travel magazine I present you the coolest Rooftop bars in New York before - just have a look!

Manhattan has some pretty cool rooftop bars for you breathtaking view Offer. But if you prefer the quaint pubs, you will most likely find something around Washington Square Park near New York University or in Brooklyn. Around Midtown Manhattan you will find the classy and expensive bars. But each of you will find the right location in the city, I'm sure of that.

Guru tip: I recently got the rooftop bar The Skylarkvisited. At sunset and with an incredible view, I enjoyed an incredibly delicious dinner with a glass of wine and good music. I can heartily recommend this bar to you. It doesn't get cheap, but when you travel you can treat yourself to something, right?

New York map with all tips

So that nothing goes wrong on your next New York trip, I have put together all of the New York tips for you in a clearly arranged map. Then it can finally start soon. Pick your personal favorites and start planning your trip - New York City is waiting for you!

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New York really is a city that can do everything and delights the heart of every city traveler. With my New York tips you can discover exciting sights, incredible views, hip neighborhoods and feast your way through the delicious New York cuisine. No matter whether a short trip or a longer stay -New York will blow your mind! Have a look through my offers and find your perfect city trip to New York.

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