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Welcome to New York City

City description  

A leading light in the world of finance and the media, the hotel industry and gastronomy, art and culture, shopping, fashion and entertainment, New York City combines everything a capital could hope for. Often referred to as the “Capital of the world”, brimming with energy and creativity, the city boasts the reputation of being the place where everything is possible, between a perfect home for show-offs, and a cradle for alternative movements like hipsters or yuccies.

New York City has a thousand and one different captivating faces, and almost as many descriptions: the Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps, the most visited city in the States… Electric, fascinating, intoxicating even, the city cries out for superlatives. This cosmopolitan hub was summed up perfectly by the illustrious radio presenter of Letter from America, Alistair Cooke: “New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world”. SoHo, Chinatown, TriBeCa, NoLiTa… Its different neighbourhoods feed off all the influences of its multitude of ethnicities, creating a fantastic cultural melting pot.

The gastronomic capital of the United States is home to a plethora of Michelin-starred restaurants, attracting the best chefs from around the globe, including from France: Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Jean-George Vongerichten have all come here seeking glory and the chance to bring their American Dream to life. But cuisines from every corner of the globe have found a home here, a mirror image of the city itself and its countless communities.
From Madison Square Garden to the Radio City Music Hall via the theatres of Broadway and the Barclays Center, Brooklyn’s multi-sport venue that hosts concerts as well as basketball and hockey matches; from Central Park, Manhattan’s green heart, to Coney Island; from Times Square to the Empire State Building; from the prestigious Fifth Avenue to the fantastically renovated industrial Meatpacking District that is now one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods… New York buzzes at any time of the day or night.
Speaking of which, it is at night that the heart of the city really comes to life. Some of New York’s open-air bars occupy the dizzying heights of skyscrapers, quite literally, living the high life. Come along to have a drink, boogie on down to tunes chosen by the best DJs, try some tapas, and rub shoulders with real New Yorkers, as well as celebrities from all walks of life.
Depending on how much time you have, you can put together a cultural itinerary to suit you, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and the MoMA, some of the most famous and jam-packed museums in the world. And if you can squeeze it in, treat yourself to a visit to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
It’s impossible to talk about New York without mentioning the event that changed its horizon forever: the destruction of the World Trade Center, the Twin Towers, followed by their replacement with the Ground Zero Memorial and its September 11 Memorial Museum, which opened in 2014. A new attraction is the One World Observatory, which opened on 29 May 2015 and attracted 100,000 visitors in its first two weeks. So you may have to be patient… and make sure you don’t suffer from vertigo, as it’s located on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floor of the One World Trade Center, now the tallest building in the country. With guaranteed panoramic views from this new attraction that almost outdoes the famous Statue of Liberty. Standing tall for 130 years, this flamboyant sculpture by Frenchman Bartholdi, with the help of Gustave Eiffel, is still a must-see attraction, first and foremost for its breath-taking view of the famous Manhattan skyline from its recently reopened crown.

  • Café


A pioneer of the American coffee roasting scene, Stumptown boasts top coffee spots across North America from New Orleans to Seattle. With a portfolio of addresses in New York, Stumptown is particularly known for its Greenwich Village cafe, where a former bookshop has been transformed into a full coffee bar with soaring high ceilings and well-stocked bookshelves.


Blue Bottle

With eight New York addresses and a dedicated roastery, Blue Bottle’s ethos is to serve beans roasted no less than 48 hours before brewing, which means you’re always sipping the freshest coffee. Make sure to visit their stylish Bryant Park cafe with its beautifully tiled floors and curved coffee bar, next to the co-working company WeWork.


Toby’s Estate

Toby’s Estate is a renowned small-batch roaster and cafe chain with Brooklyn roots, which is known for its serious coffee expertise. Toby’s Estate espresso bar is set amidst rough brick walls, chalkboard menus and wooden floors. Make sure to try the signature Flatiron Espresso Blend. 


Culture Espresso

Culture Espresso is a haven of expertly-made speciality coffee in New York’s Midtown district. Home to a loyal neighbourhood crowd, Culture Espresso is a cosy space filled with shared tables, where you can sample coffee sourced from a variety of select roasters. Make sure to try the daily range of fresh pastries and sweet treats.

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Practical information

  • Travel transportation
  • event calendar

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When to go

NYC is a great city to visit all year around, however the best time to visit the Big Apple is generally from April to October, when the temperatures are warmer with a minimum of 10° Celsius. In January and February, expect temperatures below 0° Celsius, including an average -3°C during these months. The most rainy months tend to be from May to July.

New York city annual calendar

  • Jan

    New York Boat Show, early January

  • Fev

    New York Fashion Week, mid-February

  • Mar

    Madison Square Garden Big East Basketball Tournament, all March

  • Apr

    Tribeca Film Festival, late April

  • May

    Frieze New York Art Fair, early May

  • Jun

    Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park, from late May to late August

  • Jul

    Central Park SummerStage, June to August

  • Aug

    New York International Fringe Festival, art performances, mid to late August

  • Sep

    US Open, late-August to early September

  • Oct

    Restaurant Festival, all October

  • Nov

    New York City Marathon, early November

  • Dec

    Rockfeller center Tree Lighting, all December

Travel transportation


Transportation is very easy to organise in New York City and includes many options: local cabs, private car services, rental car, subway trains, buses, Citi Bikes and even ferries.
The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) operates public transportation in the five boroughs of NYC and provides more than 7 million weekday trips via:
Subway: 24 lines and 468 stations, many of the lines operating 24 hours a day.
Bus: 233 routes with more than 4.000 buses.
Tickets can be purchased from automated vending machines and at kiosks in subway stations for a price of $2,50 for a single ride (for both subway and bus), or $29 for a 7 day Metro Card.
Keep in mind that when driving in New York City, you must drive on the right side of the road.
The NYC Subway is very convenient and often the fastest way to travel around NYC.


According to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission there are approximately 13.500 yellow cabs and more than 14.000 registered Uber cars. You can hail them in the street, find them at taxi ranks or book one through a NYC taxi operator. The initial charge is $2,50 and each additional 1/5 mile is $0,50. Some additional charges may apply. A tip of 10% - 15% is not included and passengers must also pay bridge and tunnel tolls as relevant. Credit and debit cards are usually accepted, with an additional fee applied. Keep in mind that it can be difficult to find a taxi in NYC between 4pm and 5pm when drivers change shift.

getting to & from the airport

There are three major airports in NYC:
- John F. Kennedy (JFK) International airport is located 30 km from Downtown Manhattan. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes (depending upon traffic) and there is a flat fee of $52 + charge and tips.
- LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is located 15 km from Downtown Manhattan. The journey taxes approximately 30 minutes according to the traffic and will cost $48 + charge and tips.
- Newark Liberty International airport is located 27 km from Downtown Manhattan. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes according to the traffic and will cost $40 + charge and tips.
Metered taxis are available and private transfers can be arranged at the airport.
Buses and shuttle services are also available from both airports to downtown
You can also use the AirTrain JFK to and from JFK for only $7.50 and it will take you 35 minutes to Penn Station. However, you will need to connect to the subway to finally reach Manhattan.

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