NYC Guide

Want to experience NYC as a local? Here’s a hint: think like a tourist. Seriously! Just ask the members of our team. No matter how long we've lived here, the city still wows us the way it does first-time visitors. Check out our favorite NYC experiences.

  • The Brooklyn Bridge

    “Every time I have visitors the first thing they want to do is walk over the bridge. I always feel the enormity of New York City from there. NYC is extraordinary and you see it and feel it from there.” 

    – Josephine V., Security

  • *4*Families

  • Shows on Broadway

    The TKTS booths in Times Square, South Street Seaport, Downtown Brooklyn, and at Lincoln Center offer same-day discount tickets to musicals, plays, and dance productions.

  • The High Line

    “I love the High Line because you get to experience New York from a unique altitude. Elevated above the street on an old railroad track, you’ll find yourself looking up at the sky scrapers and down at the concrete jungle that is New York.”  

      Agustin N., Operations

  • The New York Public Library

    The New York Public Library presents 93,000 free exhibits, performances, and author talks each year.

*4*Foodies

  • Spend a tasty afternoon with Scott’s Pizza Tours
  • Discover the maze inside historic 112 year old landmark Chelsea Market
  • Explore Kalustyan’s, the best international food stockist in the country
  • Head to the Upper West Side for Zabar’s. Rugelach, bagels or chocolate babka anyone?
  • Don’t miss Eataly, foodie nirvana care of Mario Batali. 
  • Smorgasburg, a festival of food trucks and icon of Williamsburg’s and Prospect Park's summer life.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim

    “Frank Lloyd Wright really outdid himself. The building is as much a work of art as the collection it holds.” 

    – Matthew L., Security

  • Yankee Stadium

    “Some people criticize Yankee Stadium and say it looks like a museum. It is a museum! The Yankees have a lot of history. And rings! It's a unique place.” 

    – Diana T., Administration

  • New York Harbor

    You’ll enjoy sightseeing discounts and won’t have to wait in line at major attractions when you buy New York City attraction passes, all presented by the city’s tourism office. 

*4*Nature

  • Take a romantic walk amid seasonal blooms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Go walking, biking, or boating in Central Park, the first major urban park in the US. 
  • Enjoy gardens, artworks, and Hudson River views at Wave Hill
  • Admire the expanse of the New York Harbor on a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Stroll Fort Tryon Park along the Hudson River in upper Manhattan and visit the Cloisters.
  • Carnegie Hall

    Carnegie Hall offers free Neighborhood Concerts for the music lovers. The New York Philharmonic also presents free Concerts in the Parks each summer.  

  • One World Observatory

    “There are lots of places to experience one of those “Wow, I’m in NYC!” moments. But this one tops them all.”

    – Jen A., Customer Service

  • SoHo

    “I love the shopping selection, from designer names to indie boutiques. Sleek new buildings and Old New York architecture. And the buzz on the street! You can’t beat the energy.”

    – Timothy Q., IT Systems

*4*Art

  • Accessibility

    The New York City subway system is more than a century old and was built before people became aware of the importance of access for people with disabilities. System upgrades continue to address that issue. 

    As of January 2017, 117 New York City subway and Staten Island Railway stations meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility standards. Consult the MTA Guide to Accessible Transit for the latest information station by station. 

    The city’s 107-page Official Accessibility Guide provides accessibility information for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island and includes sections about accommodations, sightseeing, arts and entertainment, museums, dining, nightlife, and sports.

  • Taking the Subway

    To help you choose the best or fastest route to your destination, consult the MTA’s Trip Planner. It’s available on your computer or in mobile versions for Android and iPhone. 

  • Map & Service Changes

    There’s also a Planned Service Changes page to help you avoid stations that are closed for maintenance or lines that have been rerouted. These street maps can also help you navigate the city on foot. 

NYC Safety Tips

The New York experience is unlike any other. You’ll find the city and its people friendly and fabulous, and we want you to take only happy memories from here. That’s why, although we’re the safest large city in the U.S., we want to offer a few suggestions to help ensure that you and your companions remember your visit for all the best reasons. For your safety and protection, please remember:

  • Stay alert

    Sudden commotions, such as people who are fighting or appear to be in distress, can be staged as distractions for pickpockets.
     

  • Stand back

    When waiting for the subway, stand behind the yellow line at the end of the platform.

  • Stay focused

    Don’t lose track of your surroundings when taking selfies—city crowds move at a fast pace, and we don’t want you pushed off your feet!

  • Dial 911

    If you need an ambulance or emergency assistance from the police or firefighters, this is the number to call.
     

  • Copy your passport

    Keep the original in a safe place, but make a copy that you can carry with you while you’re sightseeing.

  • Beware of strangers

    If someone offers to escort you around the city or sell you a Metrocard, say no. 

T4 Tip

Traveling from JFK to Long Island? The AirTrain connects passengers with the Long Island Railroad’s Jamaica Station, where you can catch eastbound trains on the Oyster Bay, Huntington/Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma/Greenport, Babylon/Montauk, and Long Beach lines.