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City Guide: New York City

It's a great time to visit the greatest city in the world. Come be a part of it.

The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. The Greatest City in the World. Whatever you call New York City, a visit here is sure to be one of the most memorable of your life.

And New York City is back, with award-winning restaurants serving incredible food, world-famous attractions open and welcoming visitors, and Broadway tickets on sale. Here, you’ll find it all, from historic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building to new icons like Moynihan Train Hall, and from bustling neighborhoods that showcase New York’s diversity of cultures to the world’s favorite museums. Go for a walk on the High Line, the elevated walkway with beautiful landscaping and incredible views, or head to Central Park and stare up at the skyscrapers from a grassy meadow.

Our partners at NYCgo.com can help you plan a New York City trip that will be fun for the whole family, and you can explore things to do and places to see below. Come to New York City and be a part of it!

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Fun Facts

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  • New York City has seven of the world’s 50 tallest buildings, including One World Trade Center (1,776 feet) and the Empire State Building (1,454 feet), which was the tallest building in the world until 1971.

  • Huge boulders within Central Park were deposited by receding glaciers 12,000 years ago. Rat Rock, also called Umpire Rock, is a particularly large and popular formation around 62nd Street and Seventh Avenue, measuring 55 feet wide and 15 feet tall. The rocks are a favorite spot for picnics, climbing, or just relaxing.

  • The borough of Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the entire world, with a Guiness Book of World Records-topping 138 languages spoken by its residents, although some say there are even more!

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, better known to New Yorkers as The Met, is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, with more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture. 

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getting there

By Train

Railway access to New York City via Amtrak is available through Penn Station. Metro-North trains arrive at Grand Central Station with stops in The Bronx and Harlem. The Long Island Railroad has stops in Queens, at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal, and at Penn Station. 

By Plane

New York City is served by three international airports, the newly renovated LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport, both in Queens, and Newark Liberty in New Jersey, which is accessible to Manhattan by train, bus, or taxi.

By Car

From New Jersey, the George Washington Bridge connects to Manhattan and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island; the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels connect to Manhattan. From Long Island, drive to Queens and Manhattan via the Long Island Expressway. Entry routes from the north include Route 9, the Saw Mill Parkway, Interstate 87, and the Bronx River Parkway.

By Bus

Buses arrive into Manhattan at Port Authority Terminal

Getting Around

The New York City Subway is open 24/7 and is the largest subway system in the world by number of stations. New York City buses and the subway are operated by the MTA. New York City taxis come in two colors: yellow for getting around Manhattan and green for trips from or within the boroughs, or from Upper Manhattan (north of West 110th Street on the West Side and north of East 96th Street on the East Side). The Staten Island Ferry is a free service running from the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island. The NYC Ferry has stops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx as well as service to Governors Island.