New York City Travel Guide

New York City Travel Guide

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The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham: whatever its name, New York City has something for every taste and every traveler. From incredible... Read More

The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham: whatever its name, New York City has something for every taste and every traveler. From incredible art galleries and museums to some of the world’s best restaurants, New York’s many offerings are well known to most visitors. But to explore the real New York, the vibrant, charming, and predictably unpredictable city that engenders such passion among locals and envy among visitors, it helps to have an insider’s perspective. Which sexy speakeasies do native New Yorkers actually go to on the Lower East Side? Where do Brooklynites grab coffee during an afternoon spent wandering Cobble Hills’ brownstone-lined streets? T+L’s New York City travel guide offers a curated, insider-approved list of the best things to do, drink, eat, and shop (not to mention where to stay) in each of the city’s distinct neighborhoods.

Needless to say, New York is a city in constant flux, with swanky new hotels, restaurants, bars, and attractions popping up all the time. In the past year alone, the city has seen major openings like the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new home designed by Renzo Piano, luxe new accommodations like the Baccarat Hotel, the New York Edition and 1 Hotel Central Park, and buzzy additions to the dining scene, like Gabriel Kreuther and the Clocktower. Whether you want to check out the hottest new cocktail bars by world-renowned mixologists or the best artisanal shops in the most up-and-coming neighborhoods, we’ve got you covered. T+L editors are always out on the town vetting the latest openings in order to bring you the latest news. Check back often for updates and additions to our New York city guide.

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Best Time To Go

Year-round. Central Park is as beautiful in full bloom as it is blanketed in snow. Each season offers something just a bit different—and equally worth seeing.


With more than 650 miles of subway track and the largest fleet of busses in North America, NYC’s public-transit system is the easiest way to get around. A single MetroCard ride (good for all subway and bus routes, plus access in and out of New Jersey on the efficient PATH train) costs $2.75; a seven-day unlimited MetroCard costs $31.


January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 36°F (2.2°C). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 83°F (28.9°C).

Know Before You Go

Snag considerable deals on hotels—and experience NYC when it’s not packed to the brim!—just after New Year’s and in summer. These seasons offer easy access to what would otherwise be crowded exhibitions, activities, and restaurants.




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