About New York

The epitome of the American dream, the city that never sleeps; it's easy to feel like you're at the center of the universe when you're in New York. Indeed, there is no other city on Earth where you can feel the atmosphere equally as strongly as you can see the sites or hear the excitement. With a population of 8.5 million, and over 60 million visitors per year, we know you'll love the irrepressible spirit of New York – and New Yorkers – just as much as we do.

Ready to experience New York? Start with our FREE Tour of New York, which gives you an overview of the city's history and main attractions.
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Airport Transfer

Depending on where you’re staying, which airport you need and how heavy your bags are, you might want to travel to the airport with public transport. If not, you should check out the NYC Airporter buses. To JFK for $18 or LaGuardia for $15, and with departures every 30 minutes, they leave from major interchanges like Grand Central and Penn Station. Book through our website for a $2 discount!

Currency

New York uses the US Dollar. Do be aware though that NYC prices on goods and services typically DON’T include sales tax (although SANDEMANs New York’s paid tours do!), which is 8.875%. However, there are no taxes on clothing or footwear under $110, food items purchased at grocery stores, or on prescription drugs.

Public Transportation

The quintessential yellow cab is iconic, but not the fastest and definitely not the cheapest form of transport. Uber is huge in NYC, so you won’t be waiting long for a ride, while the subway is climate controlled (yes!) with some lines running 24 hours a day. An unlimited travel MetroCard covers subways and local buses, and is a bargain at $32 for a week.

THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY ...is free! And used by locals and visitors alike! With great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan, this is an easy activity that won’t break the bank.

Safety

Those old myths about New York being a dangerous city firmly belong back in the ‘80s. In fact, NYC is now ranked as one of the safest big cities in the entire US of A. While you’ll still want to use the common sense techniques you’d use in any city – not making yourself or your belongings an easy target for pick-pockets, avoiding panhandlers, and not walking alone by yourself in unlit areas at night – safety need not be one of your main concerns while you’re planning your trip.  

Tipping

For those not familiar with the US tipping culture, it can be hard to figure out when you’re being overly generous, or accidentally stingy. Here are the generally accepted NYC tipping rules:

HOTELS:
Porters and bellhops – $1-$2 per bag
Doormen hailing cabs – $1
Housekeeping – $1-$5 per day of your visit

BARS AND RESTAURANTS:
Waiters – 15-20% of your total bill Bartenders (if you’re sitting at the bar) – at least $1 per drink

OTHER SERVICES:
Taxi drivers – 15-20% of your total fare
Hairdressers – 15-20% of your total
Theater ushers, coat check staff etcetera will also appreciate a dollar or two

Emergency number

911

New York Top Attractions

1. Central Park
– check out our Very Best of Central Park Tour!
2. Statue of Liberty
3. Empire State Building
– buy your tickets when you book our FREE Tour!
4. One World Observatory
– buy your tickets when you book our FREE Tour!
5. Times Square
– check it out on our Midtown Tour!
6. Brooklyn Bridge
7. High Lane
8. Grand Central Terminal
– and conveniently, the meeting point of our Midtown Tour!
9. Museum of Modern Art
10. American Museum of Natural History
 
Cool places to stay
in Manhattan
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Our picks

Freehand $$ - 23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY.
One of the coolest hotel groups in the USA is now open in New York’s Flatiron District!  Affordable and impeccably designed.
 
Wellington Hotel $$ - 871 7th Ave at 55th street New York, NY.
Nestled between Broadway, Carnegie Hall, the Rockefeller Center and Central Park, you can’t ask for a better location than this.
 
Chelsea International Hostel  $ - 251 W 20th Street, New York, NY.
Located in Chelsea (as the name suggests!) this affordable hostel is a great place to make new friends.
 
Broadway Hotel and Hostel $ - 230 West 101 Street, New York NY.
Chic, laidback, boutique and affordable, all in New York’s trendy Upper West Side.  What more could you want?
 
Holiday Inn NYC – Lower East Side $$ - 150 Delancey St, New York City, NY.
Located in the heart of the Lower East Side, this hotel is just a stone’s throw away from some of New York’s top attractions.
 
Hotel Newton $$ - 2528 Broadway New York, NY.
This hotel has received shout-outs in major papers such as the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune for being one of New York’s top mid-priced hotels.
 
Hotel 309 $ - 309 West 14th Street, New York NY.
Location, location, location at one of the best prices you’ll find in Manhattan.
 
Jazz on Columbus Circle $ - 940 8th Ave, New York, NY.
Right next to Central Park, this hostel has a different theme for every floor!
 
Marrakech Hotel NYC $$ - 2688 Broadway, New York, NY.
A Moroccan-themed boutique hotel in the heart of New York.
 
Morningside Inn $ - 235 West 107 Street, New York, NY.
Affordable accommodation for students and travelers, with short and long-term housing solutions available.
 
Night Hotel $$ - 132 West 45th Street, New York City, NY.
Right in the middle of New York’s iconic Times Square, you’ll walk out the front door and straight into the heartbeat of NYC.
 
Royal Park Hotel $ - 258 W 97th St, New York, NY.
Unbeatable room rates on the doorstep of Broadway.  Take a stroll outside and feel like a real New Yorker!
 
Soho Garden Hotel $$ - 276 Canal St, New York, NY.
With an emphasis on calm and relaxing, you’ll forget that the bustling streets of Downtown Manhattan are just outside the hotel doors.
 
Solita Soho Hotel $$ - 159 Grand St, New York, NY.
A small boutique hotel in the heart of Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho.
Cool places to
stay in Brooklyn
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Our picks

NY Moore Hostel $ - 179 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Experience the best of Brooklyn with this great Williamsburg hostel. Vibrant cafes, galleries and music venues are all at your doorstep.

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