Before You Arrive Articles
Safe Reopening NYC: Post-Coronavirus Cleaning and Social Distancing Plans
New York City is already into its Phase 2 of reopening, with restaurants, bars, museums, and attractions all ready for their comeback. What are the plans for post-coronavirus cleaning and social distancing? We have all the latest procedures and protocols for the city's responses to COVID-19 here.
Places to Go in NYC: Virtual Tours of Observation Decks
If you're planning a trip to New York, check out these virtual tours of our famous observation decks so you'll be ready to choose the best one for you.
Planning a New York City Trip: How to Know Your Hotel Room Is Clean
It's almost impossible to find a hotel that hasn't introduced a new sanitation program, promising its rooms are squeaky clean and coronavirus-free. But how do you know if your hotel room is really clean?
The Pros and Cons of Staying Near Times Square
If you’re going to visit New York City, particularly for the first time, it’s likely you’ve at least considered staying in or near Times Square—here are some pros and cons.
Luggage Storage NYC: Where to Store Your Luggage in Midtown
To store luggage in NYC you'll find a range of options, from app-assisted to traditional storefronts. Read on for our picks for the best luggage storage in midtown.
NYC Destinations Offering Student Discounts
College comes with a lot of challenges (term papers, budgeting), but there are plenty of perks too (boundless learning opportunities, free time on weekdays). Take advantage of your student life, whether you’re attending NYU or a CUNY campus—or if you’re visiting the city. We’ve assembled a list of NYC performance venues, museums, retailers, and restaurants where a valid student ID can get you a percentage off the price of your purchase.
Getting Around: New York City Taxi Tips
Everything you need to know about hailing a New York City taxi and tips to maximize your experience.
7 Tips for Not Getting Ripped Off in NYC
Tourists come bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to New York, eager to see the sights and engage with the city. People who’ve been around the block once or twice know what first-time visitors often don’t: there are a lot of people trying to take your money in this city. These seven tips should help you get wise to the common ripoffs around town and how to avoid them.
Visiting NYC with Special Needs
Visitors with special needs will find NYC surprisingly welcome. Here is a primer on how to make getting around even easier and more comfortable.
What to Do to Prepare for a Flight to NYC
New York City is certainly one of the greatest cities in the world, but it is hardly one of the cheapest to both get to or stay in. For the budget traveler, every second counts, which means that many of you won’t want to waste time refreshing yourself or settling in after your flight in. To help you both survive a flight—especially if it is a long haul one—and to get out and about into NYC as fast as possible, all you need to do is follow these steps and prepare.
Fall Packing Essentials for NYC
Fall is here, and you might be planning a trip to New York for a concert, a play, a game, or just a much-needed getaway. The weather might throw you for a loop in autumn, but there’s no need to stress over the packing process.
How to Walk Like a New Yorker: City Sidewalk Etiquette
To get where you're going in New York City (and maybe to pass for a local, if you'd like), it's good to know the rules of the road. New York sidewalk etiquette is easy to master if you take a minute to study up on how to walk like a New Yorker.
The Best Sightseeing Passes for NYC
There’s so much to do and see in New York City that you’d be hard-pressed to do and see it all. Package pass deals are one of the best ways to see as much as possible in the city with whatever time you have. Go way beyond the New York Pass with these five alternatives that will help you experience the sights and sounds of NYC at a discount.
Taxi Lost 'n' Found: How to Get Back Something Left in an NYC Cab
You’ve hopped out of a taxi, when you realize you left your phone in the cab. Follow these steps to get your phone or other lost items back.
14 Mind-Blowing NYC Secrets We Learned From The Bowery Boys' New Book
City Guide has been experts in New York for a long time, so it takes some effort to reveal city secrets to us. The Bowery Boys, a beloved podcast dedicated to NYC history, has done that and more with their new book Adventures in Old New York, “an unconventional exploration of Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods, secret spots and colorful characters.” Read on for the 14 mind-blowing New York surprises we learned from reading Adventures in Old New York.
The Latest Changes to NYC's Subway
With a new year comes plenty of new changes, and that includes with NYC’s famed (and occasionally infamous) subway system. A new Second Avenue subway? Yes, please! Read on to learn about all the new lines, new stops, and new fares for 2017 that await New York City’s public transit’s future.
Proud Pets: Traveling with Animals in New York City
New York welcomes animals of all kinds, from poodles to parakeets. Whether you live in town or are coming to visit, all pet owners need a primer on traveling around the city with dogs or cats.
The 6 Mistakes Most NYC Tourists Make
New York City is guaranteed to provide you with a good time no matter what season of the year you’re visiting, and if you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple, you’ll want to be sure to get as many tips from locals as you can. While there are plenty of things you can and should do while in the city, there are also a handful of things that you shouldn’t. Listed below are the six biggest mistakes that most NYC tourists make. Read them over, and then avoid them at all costs!
Doctors 24 HS Brings Medical Attention Right to Your Hotel Door
Visiting New York City can quickly go from an exciting to a frightening experience if one becomes ill on vacation. Language barriers, food poisoning, lost luggage, exacerbated medical conditions, excessive drinking, coupled with not knowing where the nearest hospital is, or if a visit to the ER is even warranted, can all contribute to a possibly panicky situation. Thankfully, concierges at the 400+ hotels around the city know who to contact in the initial stages of possible medical emergency—Doctors 24HS, which swiftly provides round-the-clock medical care, right in your hotel room.
City Guide: NYC's #1 Tourist Guide Free at 300+ Hotels
For 34 years, City Guide, New York's most popular tourist guide, has been bringing NYC visitors the most up-to-date information on theater, culture, dining, sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife, as well as providing readers with the best in NYC coupons and discounts.
How Much to Tip in NYC
Every city has its own tipping culture, and NYC is no exception. If you’re visiting Manhattan, you’re likely going to be spending a lot of time at hotels, in taxi cabs, and at restaurants, so it’s important to learn the proper tipping etiquette before you arrive. Rounded up below are seven of the most common tipping situations that might arise during your trip to NYC, so make sure you give them a read-through before you arrive in the city.
9 Tips for Money Changing in NYC
We know exchanging your currency for dollars is a high priority if you’re coming from a foreign country. While the process of money changing is fairly straightforward, certain places charge exorbitant fees for travelers who don’t know better. Follow these nine tips to save your dollars—or yen, or Euro, or Renminbi—when you visit New York City.
NYC Senior Travel Tips
Whether you’re a senior citizen traveling to New York City on your own, or whether you live in the Big Apple yourself and are trying to plan a trip for your parents or senior friends, these seven NYC senior travel tips will come in handy. If you want to get the most out of your vacation, you have to think ahead, and while New York is packed with activities for people of all ages, it’s important to make sure you’re catering to the needs of your specific age group. These tips are quick yet useful, and they’ll helpfully guide you in planning the perfect trip for any senior citizen!
Where to Celebrate a Senior Birthday in NYC
New York City isn’t just a place for the young. The city's sophistication and diversity allows anyone to feel at home. When it comes time to plan a senior friend or grandparent’s birthday party, you’ll probably want to avoid the nightclubs and walking tours. So where should you celebrate? These seven spots are our top recommendations for senior excitement, because great food, great views, and great performances can be enjoyed at any age!
The Secret Treasures of Central Park
Central Park is the most popular attraction in all of New York City, drawing more than 42 million visitors every year. To help you make the most of your foray, we’ve compiled a list of secret Central Park treasures organized by areas of interest.