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Weather and climate

Temperature: Average highs of 29-31 (°C) in summer, 4-6 (°C) in winter

Best time to visit: spring and autumn

NYC has four distinct seasons, so summers are hot and humid whilst winters will have snow. Spring and autumn are more comfortable, but summer has many free activities and December is full of festive cheer.

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New York is best for

p>Shoppers: Buy your Christmas gifts along Fifth Avenue.


Art enthusiasts: Marvel at the Metropolitan Museum’s Roman antiquities and Egyptian mummies.

Theatre fans: Catch a Hollywood celebrity in a Broadway musical.

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in New York City is English.

Currency: The currency used in New York City is the US Dollar ($).

Local time: New York City is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is located in Queens, 26km southeast of central Manhattan. Newark International Airport (EWR), in New Jersey, is also 26km from midtown Manhattan.

Flight time: 7 hours 40 minutes.

Tourist information: Further New York City tourist information can be found at www.nycgo.com.

Visa / Health: Before your holiday to New York City, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Getting around

By foot: The attractions, restaurants and shops of Midtown and Lower Manhattan are best reached on foot.

By tourist bus: Open-top, hop-on/hop-off buses are a great way for visitors to see the sights.

By bus and metro: Metrocards for busses and Subway can be purchased for pay-per-ride or unlimited travel. All journeys are the same price no matter how far you travel. Buses require exact change or a Metrocard.

By bicycle: A bicycle-sharing scheme (Citibike) offers thousands of bicycles at hundreds of docking stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

By taxi: You can hail a taxi from the street. Cab drivers accept cash or credit cards, and 10-15% tip is expected.


Independence Day: Several fireworks extravaganzas take place on July Fourth. Crowds line the riverbanks for the largest show, which includes fireworks launched from barges in the Hudson and East rivers.
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop: Be prepared for below-freezing temperatures, huge crowds and hours of standing in one place. But it’s worth it for the live entertainment and festive atmosphere of Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: On the fourth Thursday of November, New Yorkers begin Thanksgiving Day celebrations with a parade of marching bands and huge hot-air balloons that ends at Macy’s department store.