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Manhattan is one of New York's five boroughs and is what people most often think of when they picture New York. Manhattan is actually an elongated island and includes most of the best known and most popularly visited neighborhoods, including the Financial District downtown.

Districts

Map of Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan

The districts located south of 14th Street are considered part of "Downtown" (note: to go "Downtown" in Manhattan means to "go south"):

  • Lower Manhattan - the Financial District of New York, Wall Street, World Trade Center site, the Seaport and Battery Park, a departure point for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The neighborhood is full of turn of the century buildings and is a hive of activity during the day. At night it clears out considerably, though it is becoming an increasingly residential area, giving it more flavor than it has had in the past.
  • TriBeCa - the "Triangle Below Canal Street". Home to trendy restaurants and Robert DeNiro's annual film festival, it is popular with the affluent trendy crowd and replete with trendy restaurants. Unlike SoHo to the north, Tribeca is not over-filled with shoppers on weekends, and Greenwich Street could be mistaken for the main street of a beautifully preserved small town.
  • Soho - "South of Houston Street" flows north from Spring Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway and has largely completed its journey from 1980s urban artist colony to a fashionable, high-end shopping and entertainment district.
  • Lower East Side - famous as the Jewish immigrant ghetto of the early 20th century, the neighborhood today is enjoying a renaissance, with dozens of bars and restaurants.
  • Greenwich Village - coffee houses, wine bars, lowrise but high art and literary connections, located between Houston and 14th Streets. The bohemian center of yore, today's Village is strongly upmarket (especially west of 7th Avenue) but retains its diverse flavor, with its historic community around Christopher Street and thousands of students who attend NYU.
  • East Village - gritty and diverse but redeveloping, this area lies east of Broadway. Pockets of Ukrainians, Japanese, Indians and young professionals make it one of the most vibrant Manhattan areas. The once-shabby area formerly known as Alphabet City, centered on Avenues A through D, is now considered part of the East Village.
  • Chinatown retains its scruffy, exotic atmosphere, especially around Mott and Canal Streets. The diminishing Little Italy still exists on Mulberry Street (and comes out in full force for Italian festivals such as the Feast of San Gennaro in September), but the surrounding blocks are morphing into fashionable Nolita ("North of Little Italy") or have been annexed by Chinatown.

Midtown Manhattan

As the name suggests, Midtown Manhattan occupies the approximate middle reach of Manhattan Island, sandwiched between Lower Manhattan (below 14th Street) and Upper Manhattan (above 59th Street / Central Park). Midtown is divided into a number of neighborhoods, often indistinct (considerable overlap exists between them!):

  • Chelsea Garment District - now the center of New York's "village", this district will appeal to all with its great mix of fashion, design, art, culture, bars and restaurants.
  • Gramercy Flatiron - a chic, stylish district of stately residential areas, gardens and squares, trendy restaurants and bars
  • Theater District - 34th-59th Streets, roughly west of 6th Avenue - the name says it all: Broadway, Times Square, 42nd Street, Hell's Kitchen, Columbus Circle; often overlapping in the area between Fifth and Sixth Avenues with Midtown East. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is down on the Hudson River.
  • Midtown - also termed "Midtown East", this extensive area east of Sixth Avenue includes a number of New York icons: the Empire State Building, the United Nations, Grand Central Station and more.

Uptown / Upper Manhattan

  • Central Park - with its lawns, trees and lakes is popular for recreation and concerts and is home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park Zoo
  • Upper East Side - primarily a residential neighborhood, it remains New York City's most desired address. Museums and restaurants abound.
  • Upper West Side - often called the city's quintessential neighborhood and made famous by TV's Seinfeld, it includes delightful residential streets, the twin-towered facades of the old apartment hotels on Central Park West and Riverside Drive, two of the city's best-known markets (Zabar's and Fairway) and one of its major museums - the American Museum of Natural History
  • Morningside Heights - home to Columbia University and some large churches
  • Harlem - America's most famous black community, now home to an increasingly diverse range of cultures.
  • Washington Heights - a lively, predominantly Dominican neighborhood north of West Harlem, and also the home of Fort Tryon Park, the site of the highest natural elevation in Manhattan and home of The Cloisters, the Medieval annex of the Metropolitan Museum.
  • Inwood - at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, contains Inwood Park, the last remaining virgin forest on the island.
  • Roosevelt Island - an elongated strip of land in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. Part of the island is actually across from Midtown, but because of its quiet character, it really doesn't belong in the "Midtown" category.

Understand

Orientation

The Avenues (e.g., Fifth Avenue, Seventh Avenue) run north-south and are the long, wide streets. The Streets (e.g., 4th Street, 8th Street) run east-west and start at 1st Street (just above Houston Street), running up to 220th Street at the northern end of the island. (Warning: There is one exception to this. Numbered streets are not all parallel to one another in Greenwich Village, which is on the West Side below West 14th St. West 4th St. slants to the northwest, crossing higher-numbered streets up to 13th St.) For ease in calculation, note that a distance of 20 city blocks (north-to-south, counting numbered streets only, not avenue blocks) is equal to one mile. Going east to west, one mile is very approximately 7 avenues. Note that Park Avenue is a replacement for 4th Avenue; Lexington Avenue is between 3rd and Park Avenues, and can be thought of as a "3½ Avenue". Madison Avenue is between Park and 5th Avenues, and can thought of as a "4½ Avenue".

Get in

Manhattan being an island, access (whether by car, taxi, bus or by foot) has generally to be made by means of either a bridge or a tunnel. A pedestrian can walk into Manhattan over the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg Bridges from Brooklyn, the Queensboro Bridge from Queens, all the numerous small street bridges from the Bronx, and the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey. Probably the most famous of these is the Brooklyn Bridge. If you're coming from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) by cab, consider asking the driver to take the Queensboro or Williamsburg Bridges into Manhattan if you're going to Midtown or Downtown, respectively, and save yourself the Triboro Bridge or Queens-Midtown Tunnel toll.

Get around

The best ways to get around Manhattan are on foot, by cab, or by taking the subway or bus. Driving is strongly discouraged; most New Yorkers do not own cars and the infrastructure of the city is designed for people, rather than for automobiles.

When traveling by cab, it is best to ensure that you are using a licensed cab; the easiest way is to ask at the concierge at your hotel to flag down one of the ubiquitous yellow cabs or do so yourself. All licensed cabs are yellow, and no unlicensed (as a taxicab) livery services may be yellow. Note that it is customary and expected to tip at least 15% for normal taxi service.

Maps of the New York subway system and Manhattan buses, schedules of subway and bus lines, and information about temporary service changes due to construction can be found at http://www.mta.info. Bus schedules and route maps are also usually posted on poles at bus stops.

See

Downtown Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge
Midtown as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge
The United Nations Headquarters

Manhattan is home to many of New York's premier tourist attractions. Following is a selection of the higlights / "must sees" - the remainder will be found within the articles for the various Manhattan districts and neighbourhoods.

Landmarks

  • Empire State Building
  • Chrysler Building
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • United Nations
  • Grant's Tomb
  • Flatiron Building
  • The Dakota

Museums and galleries

  • Alice Austen House Museum
  • American Craft Museum
  • American Folk Art Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • American Museum of the Moving Image
  • American Numismatic Society
  • Americas Society
  • Artists Space
  • Asia Society and Museum
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
  • The Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • The Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Hall/Rose Museum
  • Central Park Zoo/Wildlife Gallery
  • The Children's Museum of the Arts
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • The Cloisters
  • Cooper-Hewitt
  • Dahesh Museum
  • Dia Center for the Arts
  • The Drawing Center
  • Ellis Island Museum
  • Empire State Building Lobby Gallery
  • Museum at FIT
  • Forbes Magazine Galleries
  • The Frick Collection
  • Grey Art Gallery
  • Goethe House
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum SoHo
  • Hayden Planetarium
  • The Hispanic Society of America
  • International Center of Photography
  • Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
  • Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
  • Jewish Museum
  • LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • Madame Tussaud's New York
  • Merchant's House Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Morgan Library
  • Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
  • Municipal Art Society
  • El Museo Del Barrio
  • Museum for African Art
  • Museum of American Financial History
  • Museum of Chinese in the Americas
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • Museum of Television and Radio
  • National Academy Museum
  • National Design Museum
  • National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, +1 212 514-3700, [1]. Open 10AM to 5PM daily, 10AM to 8PM Thursdays and closed on December 25th.
  • New Jersey Children's Museum
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • New York City Fire Museum
  • New York City Police Museum
  • New York Hall of Science
  • New-York Historical Society
  • New York Public Library
  • New York Transit Museum
  • Nicholas Roerich Museum
  • PS1 Contemporary Art Center
  • Pierpont Morgan Library
  • Queens Historical Society
  • Queens Museum of Art
  • Rose Center for Earth and Space
  • Schomburg Center
  • Seaman's Church Institute
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab
  • South Street Seaport Museum
  • Staten Island Institute
  • Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Taipei Gallery
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
  • Ukrainian Museum
  • Wave Hill
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

Parks and gardens

Here is a partial listing of Manhattan parks you may enjoy:

  • Central Park is situated between Central Park West and Fifth Avenue, stretching from 59th Street to 110th Street. The park was brilliantly designed in the 19th century by Vaux and Olmstead, who also designed Prospect Park in Brooklyn and parks in various other American cities. By far the largest park in Manhattan, Central Park is also known as the "lungs of New York." Visit the park on a sunny day and join the many New Yorkers and other visitors relaxing on the park benches, biking, looking at the ducks on the pond, boating on the lake, visiting the small Central Park Zoo, sunbathing on the Sheep Meadow, iceskating at the Wollman Rink, or seeing a concert or play. Guided tours are also available. For something different, consider one of the foraging tours led by "Wildman" Steve Brill (see [2] for more information).
  • Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan contains the highest point and some of the best views on the island. Also in the park are the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum that features Medieval art, including the famous Unicorn Tapestries.
  • Riverside Park is a long stretch of parkland running along the Hudson River from 68th Street all the way to 155th Street. Riverside Park makes for a lovely stroll or picnic overlooking the waters of the Hudson River and New Jersey on the opposite bank, and also has many bike paths and playgrounds.
  • Washington Square Park is a good place to hang out and feel the pulse of Greenwich Village and New York University. Easily accessed from the southern terminus of 5th Avenue, Washington Square Park is a shining example of a cosmopolitan space. People from every walk of life congregate in this park, making it one of the most dynamic people-watching locations in all of New York.
  • Bryant Park is behind the New York Public Library, 40-42nd Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues. One of the great success stories of urban parkland, Bryant Park is a small but completely charming park that springs up out of nowhere just a block away from Times Square. Those of you who visited some years ago may remember this park as a no-man's land of drug addicts, drunks, and the deinstitutionalized mentally ill; the fact that the park is a relaxing place to eat your lunch or just relax is due to a hard-won renovation. Free movies on summer nights are incredibly popular.
  • Battery Park, located at the extreme end of Lower Manhattan, is famous for its great views of the New York Harbor, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. The ferries to the Statue and Staten Island depart from here.
  • City Hall Park, north of the junction of Broadway and Park Row. This small but delightful square (most of the grass is fenced off for security) makes an excellent spot to rest after walking over the Brooklyn Bridge. Sit near the fountain and gaze up at the Woolworth Building, a classic turn-of-the-20th-century skyscraper and once the tallest in the world.
  • Columbus Park, between Bayard and Worth, and Mulberry and Baxter Streets, was part of the heart of Five Corners, the worst slum in mid-19th-century New York. Now it is a tranquil space, filled with people performing Tai Chi in the mornings and children playing in the afternoons. The northern end of the park is currently undergoing renovation.
  • Hudson River Park is located on the western edge of Manhattan, from Battery Park to 59th Street. Pieces of this park are still in progress, as New York moves to create an 'emerald necklace' of parkland running the entire length of Manhattan's waterfront. More of a promenade than a park, this is a great spot for a waterside stroll. Free movies play on the piers on summer nights.
  • Tompkins Square Park is situated between Avenues A and B from 7th to 10th Sts. A center for the street drug trade and homelessness into the early 1990s, Tompkins Square has undergone dramatic gentrification. Its heterogeneous crowds and large dog run make it popular with gawkers.
  • Union Square is located between 14th and 17th Sts. and bordered on either side by Union Square West (extension of University Place) and Union Square East (extension of Park Av. South/4th Av.). Broadway is interrupted by the park. Long the center for political protests, Union Square is also the home of a popular greenmarket and resting visitors and locals alike. Youths skateboard on the 14th St. end. Trying to find a seat in the park during lunch hour is a test of one's patience.
  • Gramercy Park Irving Place and 20th Street. New York's only remaining private park, Gramercy is a lovely London-style square. If you know someone who has a key, consider yourself among the blessed.
  • Madison Square Park is located between 5th and Madison Avs. from 23rd to 26th St. Madison Square Park is a lovely oasis in a bustling area, complete with views of the Flatiron, Metropolitan Life, and Empire State buildings. The Shake Shack take-out stand is enormously popular.
  • Carl Schurz Park East End Avenue and 86th Street. Home of Gracie Mansion, the Official Residence of the Mayor of New York, Carl Schurz Park also boasts wonderful views of Hell Gate and the East River. Compared to other New York parks, Carl Schurz is extremely quiet, given that the surrounding area is almost exclusively residential.

Do

  • Check out Literary New York
  • Take the Staten Island Ferry for a great view of New York Harbor
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Take a walking tour with Big Apple Greeters or a self-guided tour
  • See a concert at Carnegie Hall, an opera at the Metropolitan Opera, or go to one of the famous or less famous clubs for some jazz, rock, salsa, etc.
  • Go to a Broadway, off-Broadway, or off-off Broadway play
  • Take TimeLineTouring.com, 1-800-979-3370 (), [3]. a comprehensive 3 hour walking living history tour through New York City's celebrated Lower East Side. .

Learn

Work

Buy

New York is the fashion capital of the United States, and is a major shopping destination for people around the world. The city boasts an unmatched range of department stores, boutiques, and specialty shops. Some neighborhoods boast more shopping options than most other American cities and have become famous in their own right as consumer destinations. Anything you could possibly want to buy is found in Manhattan, including clothing, cameras, computers and accessories, music, musical instruments, electronic equipment, art supplies, sporting goods, and all kinds of foodstuffs and kitchen appliances.

  • Fifth Avenue From 59th Street to 42nd Street Fifth Avenue boasts numerous flagships stores of national chains. Perpetually mobbed with shoppers and tourists, Fifth Avenue is a virtual standstill during the Christmas shopping season, when Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Cartier, Tiffany's, and Lord and Taylor put out their holiday displays.
  • Macy's 151 W. 34th Street (at 6th Avenue). The flagship store of the national chain, this is the largest department store in the world, covering an entire city block. Its holiday window displays are so popular that they usually have a corporate sponsor. One useful tip for visitors is to go to the Macy's guest centre on floor 1 1/2 and they will give you a guest card that discounts virtually everything in the store by 11%.
  • Bloomingdale's 1000 3rd Avenue (at 59th Street). An enormous department store that is frequented by the glamorous and the masses alike. A must-visit for any serious shopper.
  • Barney's 660 Madison Avenue (at 60th Street). Anyone who hopes to make it into New York's high society makes regular trips to Barney's, where the clothes and accessories are priced to empty all but the fattest wallets.
  • Madison and Lexington Avenues In the heart of the ultra-wealthy Upper East Side, Madison and Lexington Avenues are the center of New York's haute couture, full of small shops selling fabulously expensive clothes, accessories, and housewares to people who can afford not to look at the price tag. Even if it's out of your price range, it's worth a visit just to gawk.
  • Canal Street The polar opposite of Madison and Lexington Avenues, Canal Street east of Broadway is the paradise of bargain hunters and people looking to buy counterfeit knock-offs of high-end clothes and accessories. If you want to impress people back home with the Louis Vuitton bag you got for $20, this is the place to go. Also look at the stores that line Mott Street between Canal and Chatham Square.
  • SoHo Formerly an artists' colony in a run-down part of town, SoHo is now a prime shopping destination, especially on the weekends, when the sidewalks of West Broadway, Prince Street, and Broadway become almost impassible.
  • NoLiTa First derided as a real-estate nickname and now repeated often enough to become official, the name NoLiTa (North of Little Italy) has become synonymous with avant-couture boutiques in charmingly dilapidated buildings. Some stores are so idiosyncratic that they appear not to sell anything at all, yet are perpetually crowded and passionately trendy.
  • FAO Schwarz 767 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street). One of only two FAO Schwarz stores remaining in the country, this is the Holy Grail of toy stores, with toys and collectibles ranging from the small, cheap, and mainstream to the enormous, expensive, and exotic. Take a walk across the giant piano on the floor to feel like Tom Hanks in 'Big.'
  • Strand Books 828 Broadway (at 12th Street). The largest used bookstore in the world, reportedly housing over 18 miles of shelf space, all of it crammed to capacity. A recent renovation has opened up the space tremendously, though that will be a surprise to any newcomer, who will marvel at the wall-to-wall crowds. If bibliophiles are good in life, they get to go to the Strand when they die.
  • J&R, directly across from City Hall, is the most likely place in the city to find the electronics or computer accessories you're looking for, usually at a good price. They also have a separate section selling CDs. Their cameras are good, but they occupy second place to B&H in that category. Don't miss their Discount Annex, where they sell discontinued and remaindered items at very low prices.
  • B&H, on 34th St. and 9th Av., is the place to go for any of the cameras and camera accessories you might want. The selection is good and the staff is knowledgeable and willing to discuss things with you. The store is run by Chassidic Jews and is closed on Friday nights, Saturdays, and all Jewish holidays, but open on Sundays.
  • Three Lives & Company 154 W. 10th Street (at Waverly). This microscopic yet utterly delightful bookstore is the essence of Greenwich Village. With its extremely knowledgable and passionate staff, Three Lives has carved out a place in the heart every New York reader. When people talk about the character of local independent bookstores, Three Lives is what they mean.
  • Zabar's 2245 Broadway (at 80th Street). Probably the most famous grocery store in the world, Zabar's has an enormous selection of delicious (and expensive) foods. On their second floor, they sell kitchen accessories at price points ranging from inexpensive bargains to very expensive luxury items. Going on a weekend is tempting fate, but it is wiser to go on a weekday: Beware of the crush of crowds. And do not go the day before Thanksgiving or Christmas unless you are either a masochist or dressed like a football player!
  • Pearl Paint on Canal St. is considered by many artists to be the best and least expensive art supply store in New York. You can have a meal in Chinatown and then walk west to the store.
  • Adorama 42 W. 18th Street (b/t 5th and 6th Avenues). One of the country's largest suppliers of cameras, film, and photographic accoutrements of all kinds. Staffed almost entirely by Orthodox Jews, Adorama is closed on Saturdays, but packed to the rafters every other day of the week.
  • Kalustyan's, 27 St. and Lexington, has the widest selection of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Mediterranean foodstuffs in Manhattan. Don't miss a trip to their second floor for their fabulous mujadara sandwiches, which you can eat there.
  • Hong Kong Supermarket, Pike St. and East Broadway, is a large Chinese supermarket. Travellers unfamiliar with Chinese food will find it fascinating and those familiar with Chinese food will enjoy the selection and pricing.
  • 48th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues is just off to the northeast of Times Square. Most of this block is occupied by musical instrument dealers. The largest, Sam Ash, has multiple storefronts there, each of which caters to a different family of instruments and equipment.
  • 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues is a large wholesale and retail Jewelry District. It is said that nearly every diamond sold in the US passes first through this street. On this street a dealer's reputation among the community of jewelry dealers is all-important, and million-dollar contracts are agreed to with just a handshake because of the reputation of each dealer.
  • Kinokuniya on 5th Ave between 49 and 50 street is a Japanese book dealer, carrying a huge selectionn of Japanese reading material. It also sells a number of books by Japanese authors in English translation. It is also know as a source of excellent Japanese anime and manga, much of which is difficult or impossible to find anywhere else in the United States.
  • Uniqlo in Soho is a Japanese clothing store for men and women. This location is the retail chain's only North American store.

Markets

  • Chelsea Market [4] - the original Oreo cookie factory, now a block-sized market selling gourmet foods, flowers, knick-knacks and offering restaurants, bars, art space and special shows. Has free wireless Internet access throughout and smells like a slice of heaven.

Discount Clothing Stores

  • Century 21, across the street from the World Trade Center PATH Station, carries various designer brands at prices only half as outrageous as the upscale department stores.
  • Filene's has three locations: 79th and Broadway on the Upper West Side, on 6th Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets, and a new branch at 14th St./Union Square. You may find their selection of discounted designer clothes more limited than Century 21's, but their prices are sometimes still cheaper.
  • Daffy's - another good discount store w/ several locations in NYC

Records

As the birth place of hip-hop culture New York has hundreds of records stores scattered around the area. Also, though vinyl has disappeared from the shelfs of regular record stores, many stores still sell used and new vinyl.

Eat

Recommended places to eat can be found under the various districts of Manhattan noted above. New York City also has a large number of great street food vendors.

  • Ninth Avenue International Food Festival in New York City 1st weekend after Mothers Day each year.

RestaurantPics is a great alternative to the traditional guide. This guide features restaurant and dish photographs of the top restaurants in Manhattan.

Drink

Recommended places to drink can also be found under the various districts of Manhattan noted above.

Sleep

If there is one thing that makes New York City, particularly Manhattan one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is hotel accommodations. Sometimes, the average room rates in Manhattan exceed those of the more expensive cities in the world such as Tokyo and London. Consider yourself lucky if you can get a room at a full-service hotel at $250/night, not including taxes. As such, before considering a full-service hotel in Manhattan, it is recommended that you find a friend or relative to stay with who lives within the metropolitan area, find a hostel or bed and breakfast in Manhattan or better yet find a hotel in the other boroughs or New Jersey where room rates are more reasonable.

  • The Marrakech Hotel, 2688 Broadway New York, NY 10025, (212) 222-2954 [5]. Experience the pageantry, color, and welcoming allure of Morocco - in one of Manhattan's trendiest emerging neighborhoods. Situated on the Upper West Side, the Marrakech Hotel boasts a chic design, newly renovated accommodations, and a fantastic location all at an attractive price.
  • The Broadway Hotel & Hostel, 230 West 101 Street New York, NY 10025, (212) 865-7710 [6]. One Of The Most Affordable New York City Discount Hotels — Located in the trendy Upper West side and just steps from central park.
  • Jazz Hostels, 5 budget hostels in New York City [7]. The largest is Jazz on the Park Hostel at 36 West 106 Street, New York, NY 10025, (212) 932-1600.
  • Hotel Wales, 1295 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128, (212) 876-6000, or 1 (866) WALES-HOTEL [8]. European style boutique hotel located in Upper East Side Manahttan, close to Central Park & Museum Mile.
  • Wingate Inn Manhattan Midtown, 235 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001, (212) 967-7500, [9]. Upscale hotel with spacious rooms located in Midtown Manhattan. Nearby attractions include Broadway, the Empire State Building and Times Square. The corporate traveler will enjoy extra amenities that include meeting space and our free Business Center.
  • Casablanca Hotel, 147 West 43rd Street, just east of Broadway, New York, NY 10036, (212) 869-1212, [10]. The Casablanca Hotel is a warm and friendly boutique hotel just off Times Square offering guests free high speed Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments in Rick's Cafe 24 hours a day including breakfast in the mornings and wine and cheese receptions in the evenings except for Sunday nights.
  • The New York Palace, 455 Madison Avenue, New York, (212) 888-7000, [11]. An icon of Manhattan splendor, The New York Palace is known for its luxurious accommodations, spectacular views, spacious rooms, and unparalleled service. Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan at 50th Street and Madison Avenue.
  • Library Hotel, 299 Madison Avenue at East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017, (212) 983-4500, [12]. The Library Hotel has the warmth and elegance of a private club and offers guests free high speed Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments in the Reading Room 24 hours a day including breakfast in the mornings and wine and cheese receptions in the evenings except for Sunday nights.
  • Hotel Giraffe, 365 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016, (212) 685-7700, [13]. The Hotel Giraffe is one of the most luxurious hotels on Park Avenue South and offers guests free high speed Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments in the Grande Lobby 24 hours a day including breakfast in the mornings and wine and cheese receptions in the evenings except for Sunday nights.
  • Hotel Elysee, 60 East 54th Street, New York, NY 10022, (212) 753-1066, [14]. The Hotel Elysee enjoys one of the best locations in Manhattan for both business and pleasure, amidst New York’s most prestigious shops, restaurants and galleries. The country French style Hotel Elysee offers guests free high speed Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments in the Club room 24 hours a day including breakfast in the mornings and wine and cheese receptions on weeknights.
  • Wolcott Hotel, 4 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001, (212) 268-2900, [15]. The Wolcott is an affordable hotel located in the center of Manhattan within walking distance to all the main activities and attractions.
  • Crowne Plaza Times Square - Manhattan, [16] 800-593-5434, 212-977-4000. Upscale New York hotel with 770 guest rooms, Manhattan's largest indoor lap pool, Samplings Restaurant, meeting facilities and more. Centrally located near Broadway theatre, Central Park, Grand Central Station, Shopping and other New York attractions.
  • Crowne Plaza at the United Nations', [17] 304 East 42nd Street, Tel: +1 212 986 8800, Fax: +1 212 986 1758. An award-winning New York City hotel, located just a block from the United Nations on New York's East Side.
  • InterContinental The Barclay New York, [18] 800-593-5434, 212-755-5900, 111 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017. Famed upscale hotel centrally located near New York businesses, attractions, and shopping. Near American Girl store. Meeting facilities.
  • The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel 35 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021 (212) 744-1600, [19] The Carlyle is located on Madison Avenue within easy reach of what is commonly referred to as the "Museum Mile”. Debuting in 1930, this luxury East Side New York hotel features an elegant private residential atmosphere, which includes a discreet and polished staff as well as world-class dining and entertainment.
  • 60 Thompson 60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012 (212) 431-0200, [20] Set in the heart of Manhattan's SoHo District, 60 Thompson is a 100 room luxury-driven lifestyle hotel by famed designer, Thomas O'Brien. The breathtaking rooftop "members" lounge, and Kittichai restaurant complement the modern and chic sensibility of the hotel.

Contact

Throughout Manhattan, open WiFi access points appear to be abundant. Some stores, such as Apple SoHo, and Tekserv, offer free wireless Internet to customers, and T-Mobile pay Internet access is available in Starbucks and other select locations. Find more free wireless hotspots across the city at NYC Wireless.

WiFi access can be used free of charge in many of the city's major parks and squares, such as Bryant Park and Union Square.

Stay safe

Manhattan and New York generally have experienced a major falloff in crime during the past decade - in fact, for the past few years, New York City has been the safest major city in the United States - so there is no need to be afraid to walk most of the streets day and night and take the subways and buses. However, precautions should still be taken. It is wise to generally have a good idea where you're going, and if possible, avoid wandering the streets of certain neighborhoods at night, such as Harlem and Alphabet City in the East Village. During the holiday season, pickpockets like to target shoppers near tourist attractions such as Times Square, 42nd Street, and Macy's, and anywhere where there is a crush of crowds. In order to foil pickpockets, never put your wallet or anything of value in your back pockets, but only in your front pockets. If you use a purse, make sure it is tightly closed and hold on to it. And when you sit down, such as in a restaurant, be careful to keep your valuables in places where an opportunistic thief would be hard pressed to snatch them and run.

Manhattan is in certain ways a pedestrian's paradise, but beware that traffic regulations are not always obeyed to the letter. Watch for aggressively turning cars and bicyclists riding the wrong way on one-way streets or on sidewalks. The problem is not constant, but these things happen often enough for them to be worth keeping in the back of your mind while walking on the streets and sidewalks.

Also, you'll note that jaywalking is commonplace among New Yorkers, but it can be hazardous to those not experienced in judging the speed of oncoming cars. So do not blindly follow a local, for there's a chance you'll be staring at the headlights of a car if you are not careful.

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Too many travelers probably spend all or too much of their time in New York solely on Manhattan; the island makes a great base from which to travel to one or more of the other outer Boroughs. These include Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

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