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Questions tagged [new-york-city]

Questions about New York City, the largest city in the United States, located in the Northeast in the State of New York.

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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?

Here is a situation I encountered multiple times in New York City streets, lately. Usually at a sidewalk corner where people are likely to wait for the pedestrian crossing "walk" signal, a gang of ...
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Do I have to whistle really loud to hail a taxi in NYC?

In the movies, we usually see that people whistle really loud and yell "TAXI!" in order to hail one. I can't whistle like that for the life of me. Where I live I usually raise my arm silently and make ...
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What additional costs can I expect when visiting a restaurant in the US where service is included?

I am going to a Michelin three-star restaurant in New York City this fall. On their website, it says that for the fixed-price tasting menu, both the course menu and the beverage pairing are ”inclusive ...
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What are these boxed doors outside store fronts in New York?

In New York around lower Manhattan I saw some storefronts with these boxed doors outside. What are they called and what is their function?
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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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New York airports: JFK vs. EWR/Newark?

We're traveling to New York for a week in February. We will be flying with Lufthansa, landing on a Saturday evening around 20:00 and staying in Manhattan. The flight times and prices to John F. ...
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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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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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Where, specifically, was the statue of King George III in Manhattan? Can I visit there today?

A famous image from the history of the US Revolutionary War is the pulling down of the statue of King George III in Manhattan. Source: www.teachushistory.org It seems pretty clear that the statue ...
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Since New York doesn't have a residential parking permit system, can a tourist park in Manhattan for free?

It seems that neither New York in general nor Manhattan have any kind of residential parking system as of 2016. Does this mean that a tourist can just go and park a car in Manhattan free of charge? I ...
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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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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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Good movie/cinema theaters in Manhattan for sleeping through a movie?

I have an unusual plan for spending a Sunday night in Manhattan -- I'll be busy until 11pm or so, and my flight leaves at 6am from Newark. This means I'll likely have to leave Manhattan by 3am at the ...
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With '7-day Unlimited MetroCard' in NY do I have to wait 18 minutes to transfer from one line to another?

Let's say during my trip I have to make a transfer from one line to another. According to the Google search I did, I found that in most of the stations where multiple lines are interconnected, we can ...
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Are DSLR 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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Can I climb up the One World Trade Center by stairs?

I'm going to New York and I thought it would be cool if I could go all the way up the One World Trade Center by stairs. When I google it I find lots of news about stair races and stuff like that, but ...
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Can two people use one Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard in New York for one ride?

I'm planning a three day trip to New York with my friend and I have done a small research on the their metro system and found out that it is better to go for either Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard or for ...
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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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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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Are DSLR cameras permitted in NY & DC tourist attractions?

I'm travelling to NY and Washington D.C. in the near future and am contemplating which camera to bring. I've noticed that many of the museums and tourist attractions have lengthy lists of prohibitied ...
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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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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 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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Manhattan subway for the claustrophobic

I am moderately claustrophobic. The idea of riding a jammed packed subway in Tokyo makes me nervous. But I plan on riding the subway in NYC. Are there certain trains that are more busy and certain ...
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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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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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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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Travelling LaGuardia - Manhattan with children and bags

I'm headed to NYC for a few days with my wife and two children (3 and 5). We'll have four days' worth of luggage, so probably two adult rolling suitcases and each child will have a child-sized ...
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How to get from Manhattan to JFK by subway?

How can I go to JFK Airport from the Greyhound station in Manhattan by using the subway? What are the subway stations called at the Greyhound station in Manhattan and at JFK Airport?
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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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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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ESTA controls when travelling within two states in the US

I understand that ESTA travellers are allowed to travel and can also go the Automated Passport Control (APC) in certain airports. But once I have arrived in a state (e.g. NY) and then would like to go ...
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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 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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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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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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What's the difference between the main deck and top deck of the Empire State Building?

Is there a significant difference in these two? Anything special to experience in 102nd floor? I believe the view of both floors don't have a significant difference. Apart from the view what are the ...
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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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Waiting time in queues for Empire State Building

How long do you have to queue for going up the Empire State Building in general? As I've seen, they offer a special ticket where you are allowed to skip the elevator queue, but you have to queue for ...
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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 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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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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Jain food options in NYC (Wall Street)

I will be travelling to NYC in June and will be staying in the Wall Street area. I follow a strict Jain diet (i.e. strict vegetarian with no onion, garlic, potato, or eggs in any food preparation) and ...
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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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Traveling from JFK to Manhattan with 6 bags

Me and my friend will be relocating to US. We will land at New York City JFK at about 8am and our destination is in Manhattan. I am aware of transportation options like Yellow Taxi, Uber, Metros. ...
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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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New York City from Newark airport

I am a small town country girl traveling to NYC alone for the first time. I will be arriving at the Newark airport. How do I get to Manhattan from there? What is the best mode of transportation?
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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.