The largest city in the United States, and center of one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Located on the east coast, in the state of New York.

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Where can I get information on freighter travel?

I want to go from New York City to any destination in Europe on a freighter. The only place I've found information for doing this requires a round trip. I don't want to go round trip. I want to ...
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Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

I have nothing but fond memories of the children show Sesame Street, and I know that it's filmed somewhere in New York. Is there a way to visit the actual set? As part of a guided tour would be ideal, ...
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New York airports: JFK or Newark Liberty International?

we're traveling to New York for a week in February for my birthday. It's my first trip to the US. :-) We will be flying with Lufthansa but we can't decide to which airport should we land: JFK or ...
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Getting from New York JFK airport to Manhattan, without the sneaky airtrain exit fee?

The last time I flew into JFK, I took the "free" AirTrain from the terminal out to the subway. I was rather surprised and annoyed, on getting to the subway transfer, to discover that it wasn't free ...
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Is it possible to go on a tour of the Stack Exchange headquarters?

On the Stack exchange network, podcast, blogs, and more, we hear a lot about the team at Stack Exchange Inc. headquarters in New York City, the work environment and the like. We were discussing this ...
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Arriving at JFK Airport; how does the taxi queue work?

I'm planning a trip to NYC in a month from now, and was looking for a taxi from JFK to Manhattan. I've read that there's a queue for taxi in every terminal. How does it work? How can I recognize it? ...
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Rooftop bar in Manhattan?

Currently I'm in New York. I'm looking for a rooftop bar that provides a great overview about Manhattan, but is still affordable. (20 dollar for cocktail at maximum.) Additionally, I want to go there ...
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Are Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras Permitted in the Empire State Building?

I'm currently planning a trip to New York and have been looking at the website for the empire state building and noticed the following The items listed are not permitted in the Empire State ...
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Highest point in NYC that may be reached for free?

What is the highest floor of any New York building that may be reached by the general public for free?
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Never got toll in the mail (NY)

Driving home from Maine on June 27th (about one and a half months ago), I passed (briefly) through New York City, and entered Manhattan by the Henry Hudson Bridge. Signs indicated that I would have my ...
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How are intersections between two numbered streets named in New York?

There are a number of places in New York—for example, Manhattan, Park Slope, and northwestern Queens—where the streets running in both directions are numbered. What’s the convention for which number ...
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New York park along an old elevated railway?

I seem to recall reading an article a few years ago about a plan to open a park in New York, I think Manhattan, along what was once an elevated railway line. What I can't remember was exactly where, ...
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How to get a tax refund for computer accessories purchased on a visit to USA?

I am about to buy two Mac accessories in the Apple Store in Manhattan which cost a total of $98 before tax. I would like to get a refund for the tax before I get back to Europe. My question is what ...
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Where is a tripod allowed from high up in New York City?

The title says it all. I'd like to make a time-lapse video in New York City, but most buildings do not allow tripods. Does anyone know where I can use one 'from above'?
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Tipping Etiquette for NYC Taxis

I'm going to New York City soon for business, and I will probably be using taxis frequently to get around. Is there a certain expected tipping percentage for NYC cab drivers?
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How to spend 1am to 7am in NYC port authority

I am returning home for thanksgiving and am doing so by bus. I have bought my ticket and apparently my bus will arrive at the New York city port authority Bus terminal ( 625 8th Ave, New York, NY ...
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Is there an official New York City architecture tour?

Every time I visit Chicago, I love taking one of the tours offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. These tours are excellent, run by enthusiasts, and take different forms. There are walking ...
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Haunted Houses in New York City

My friend is coming into town this weekend and I was hoping to take her to a "haunted house" (of the scary attraction kind rather than the supernatural kind) here in New York City. When we lived in ...
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I've got five hours in NY, what places can I visit in that time?

My flight lands around 3PM at JFK and my connecting flight departs to Orlando at 8PM in the evening. Will that give me enough time to visit one/any places in New York City?
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What publicly accessible tall buildings are good for views & photography in Manhattan?

There was a similar question for London... but what about New York City? I'm mainly thinking (Midtown) Manhattan, but feel free to recommend awesome vantage points elsewhere in NYC too. If going to ...
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Daytime airport hotel at JFK?

I have a 9-hour layover at New York JFK. From 10am until 7pm (although I have to checkin at 3pm for personal reasons). This being in the middle of a 2-day travel, I would love to take a break to ...
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What is a cheap way to get from NYC to Boston, MA?

The first option that ran through my mind was taking a Greyhound bus, and it costs $40. Any other options that you guys know of? The duration of the travel is not of essence. I'm ok if it takes longer....
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Where will my bus be at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York?

I am using Greyhound to go from NY to DC. I don't see on my ticket where exactly my bus will be. Is this information on my ticket somewhere or do I just go to Port Authority and ask? This is my first ...
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Tipping in NYC restaurants

I've been told that in New York City, no less than 20% tip is expected in a restaurant. I've always thought you could tip anywhere from 10-20% in a restaurant depending on service quality. Is 20% ...
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What is the schedule of the free 'car rental shuttle' at JFK?

An answer on the question "Getting from New York JFK airport to Manhattan, without the sneaky airtrain exit fee?" suggests that there is a free shuttle between the car rental parking lot at JFK and ...
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Gossip Girl Locations in NYC

I am hoping to go to NYC soon and want to know the top places to visit while I'm there. I am obsessed with Gossip Girl and want to go to those locations in the TV series.
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All you can race go-karting in NYC

I know this is a bit of a long shot, but does anyone know of any "all you can race" go-karting places in New York City? I don't care if the conditions are hellish, for example: this offer only ...
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Do NY Metrocards with money ever expire?

Are there any instances when the yellow metrocard with money loaded on it ever expire? Or can I use it 10 years later?
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What are the risks of using Airbnb in New York?

Context: I'm 29, travelling solo to San Francisco & New-York for the first time. I have a budget of around $140-170 a night. I'll be doing a week in each but my concern pertains mostly to New York ...
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What time should we go to Times Square on New Year's eve?

We're going to be in New York over New Year's and are thinking of doing the stereotypical thing and going to Times Square. What time should we be getting there to get a decent vantage point? Does ...
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NYC - Are advertised metrocard and tourist attraction ticket prices inclusive of tax?

I'm from the UK where tax is included in most advertised prices. I gather things are very different in the USA. I'm visiting New York City next week, and am looking at the cost of a MetroCard and ...
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Where can I attend a fight night club in Manhattan?

I have been thinking about a quick visit to New York in September/October, and I have heard about the 'fight clubs' inspired by, or reminiscent of, the 1999 eponymous film starring Brad Pitt. ...
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Any experience with the “Extremely limited pedestal reservations” for statue of liberty at the ticket office?

I am planning a trip to New York (family of 4 adults + 1 baby) and obviously would like to visit the Statue of Liberty. I did not get the tickets in advance, and with two weeks remaining for the trip, ...
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Purchasing tickets to Statue of Liberty

Quoting: The National Park Service recommends purchasing tickets prior to the day of your visit. statuecruises.com, "the official ferry service provider" (per the above URL), says that they ...
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Am I likely to get a cheaper flight with a long layover?

I want to go to NYC in April. The current price is ~£530 return direct. I was wondering if it is cheaper for a layover in another country, even if this requires me getting 4+ tickets. I have heard of ...
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What age do I have to be to visit New York City's Times Square Ball Drop?

I think I have to be at least 21, right? I couldn't find any information about this. Is it possible to accompany a person, who's not 21 yet? Or do I have to be his/her mother/father?
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Why fly along a rhumb line?

On April 4, 2012, El Al flight 4 from New York to Tel Aviv flew on an almost-a-rhumb-line route eastward rather than on the usual almost-a-great-circle line. Why might an airline choose to have one ...
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What is a good visa agent for obtaining a Chinese visa from the NY consulate? [closed]

As a followup to an earlier question: I'm planning to travel to China shortly, and I'm looking into visa agents - those companies that will accept your passport and application documents by FedEx or ...
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What is the most cost effective means of parking in NYC for 3-4 days

I am planning a road trip to NYC. I am trying to determine how I should park. I plan on staying in Manhattan in central tourist area. I also plan on driving in, and not using my car until my stay is ...
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Discount Subway/Other Ticket options for New York City for Students?

Which public transportation ticket would you recommend (cheap and with unlimited rides within the City of New York, especially Manhattan) for two guys who want to visit NYC only (no suburbs) this ...
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Connecting time at JFK

We have an International flight leaving JFK at terminal 4 (South African Airways) at 11.40am... and our connecting flight arriving on Delta arriving at 8.55am at Terminal 3 (there are 2 of us ...
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Buying tickets for New York Yankees game

I'll be in NYC on 13th September and was hoping to take my daughter to a Yankees game (we're Brits and are looking for the quintessential American day out!). They are playing the Toronto Blue Jays. I ...
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Open museum in NYC for Thanksgiving

Are museums going to be open for Thanksgiving? I am also interested about renting a car in NYC, but I cannot find anything open that day. Is the airport the only option?
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Jersey City Journal Square PATH parking - how do I make a reservation?

I am planning on driving to NYC, and staying in Jersey City to reduce costs. I will be driving from my hotel to the Journal Square PATH Station to get into Manhattan everyday. On the PATH website, ...
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At what time of day are advance bookings opened for the New York Federal Reserve

Every time I try to make a reservation, every available slot is full. This makes me think the slots fill up within potentially as little as half an hour or less after they first become available. In ...
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Visiting the housing projects in New York City?

I'd like to visit some of NYC's projects, such as, say, those in Brooklyn, Bronx or Queens. Right now the one I have in mind is Queensbridge, being the largest in the USA and also immortalised by Nas ...
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What are my options on receiving medical help as a tourist sick in the NY?

I'm a Canadian citizen if that makes any difference, but I've gotten sick while being in NYC without insurance and I wanted to know what are the services, prices etc. as a tourist seeking help. Is ...
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What's the cheapest place I can get a high-rise view in New York City? [closed]

I'm spending a night in New York City on the way to DC this May. Growing up in the suburbs, I've always wanted to get a view like this from my hotel room (the church is irrelevant I just liked the ...