New York

Introduction

New York City was settled in 1625, sits on the southern most part of the great State of New York and is the most populous and densely populated city in the United States. Home to the United Nations, NYC boasts over 8.2 million culturally diverse residents within an area of 322 sq. miles and is an economic, financial, commerce, cultural, sporting, tourism and media hub. The New York Metropolitan area is considered New York City, Northern New Jersey and Long Island and has a population in excess of 18 million people.

NYC has 5 Boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island all connected by a series of bridges, subways, trains and ferry systems.

Language Spoken

English, plus a multitude of other languages.

Currency

The currency in New York is the US Dollar. 1 GBP = [CCExhange base="GBP" currency="USD"] USD*

Time Zone

The time in NY is based on Eastern Standard Time (EST) – GMT – 5 hours

International Dialing Codes

International dialling for NY (Manhattan): +1-212 (+local number)

Climate

New York has a humid continental climate, with cold winters and hot, moist summers. The city's coastal location ensures that winters are not as cold as inland cities on the same latitude, and daytime temperatures generally stay above freezing point. Snow is common in winter, but the amount varies, and winter rain is common. Spring in New York is pleasantly warm. Summers are generally swelteringly hot and humid. The best time to travel to New York is in autumn, when temperatures are mild, days are sunny and humidity not too high.

Emergency Numbers

The number for all emergencies in the USA is: 911

Public Transport Information

In New York you will find many public transport options, such as an extensive network of metro, buses, trains. Apart from this you can of course take a yellow cab.

Airport Code

The main international airport is John F. Kennedy (JFK) which is 15 miles from downtown Manhattan. The second airport serving New York is La Guardia (LGA) which is situated in the borough of Queens at 10 miles from downtown Manhattan. Apart from this there is also Newark Airport (EWR) in New Jersey, 16 miles from downtown Manhattan.

And Another Thing...

In the 1660s New York City's “skyline” was dominated by a two-storey high windmill.