Good to know about New York

Before you go to New York, there are a few things that are good to know. Who and how much do you tip? How about dress codes, the people, bank holidays? How do you find your way around New York? In this section you will find the answer to all of these questions.

Wi-Fi in New York

Free Wi-Fi in New York

Using Wi-Fi in New York (wireless internet) is very handy if you want to quickly check emails, visit NewYorkCity.uk or to share something on Facebook! Luckily, there are many places in…

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Mobile internet and Calling on Mobile Phone in New York

Mobile Internet and Calling on Mobile Phone in New York

Mobile internet and calling on mobile phone in New York (using your iPhone or iPad for instance) can be very expensive. Mobile providers in the United Kingdom tend to charge…

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Eric’s New York App

Eric’s New York App is THE offline app for New York. In this app for your smartphone or tablet you will find maps, information about attractions, tips, tricks and tickets…

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Public Bathrooms in New York

Where to find Public Bathrooms in New York

There are many (partially) public and free toilets in New York that you can make use of. Everyone has experienced being on holiday and finding that you or your travel…

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Bringing Back Goods from New York

Bringing Back Goods From New York

What do you need to keep in mind when bringing back goods from New York? That you don’t bring back too much! You are allowed to bring back up to…

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Facilities for Disabled People in New York

Facilities for Disabled People in New York

New York is one of the the most disability-friendly cities in the world and it has made a big effort in the past few years to become accessible. New Yorkers…

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Working and Living in New York

Working and Living in New York

Working and living in New York is not easy. I am often asked how I managed to move to the US. I always give the same answer: it is difficult….

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Winter New York

Weather in New York

The weather in New York, unlike the UK is well defined by the seasons. I often receive the question “what will the weather be like”. The best thing to do,…

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Winter Cental Park

Average Temperatures in New York

What are the average temperatures in New York during a specific month? Below you can see a list of the average temperatures for during the day. The coldest time is not in…

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New York City by night

Time Difference Between the U.K. and New York

The time difference between the U.K. and New York is 5 hours. United Kingdom is ahead of New York. This means that when it is midnight in New York, it is…

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Smoking in New York

Smoking in New York

In New York smoking is not as commonplace as it is in the UK, not in public areas at least. You won’t be surprised to hear that you can’t smoke…

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Tipping with Credit Card in New York

Tipping in New York

Tipping in New York is a regular part of daily life. It seems as if New Yorkers are constantly tipping. You tip in a restaurant, in a bar or club,…

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Dollar Bills

Money in New York

You can bring money to New York but it is just as easy to take out cash in New York. $1 is approximately 76p. Banknotes of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50…

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Opening Hours

Opening Hours in New York

Opening hours in New York tend to vary depending on the type of shop or business. Almost all the delis (the shops on the street corners selling food, drinks and…

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Safety in New York

Safety in New York

According to FBI data New York is considered the safest large city in the United States. On the ranking of cities with the highest crime rates, the city does not…

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Finding your way

Finding your way Around New York

Finding your way around New York can be difficult, at first, but once you understand the ‘grid system’ it’s a lot easier. Manhattan is, in fact, famous for it’s grid…

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Minimum Age in New York

Minimum Age in New York

Minimum Age in New York is taken very seriously. Everywhere has stringent identity and age checks. Even for tourists over 50, it’s advisable to always have your identification to hand…

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Clothing in New York

What to wear in New York

With a few exceptions, little value is attached to super chic clothes and accessories when sightseeing in New York. If you are not dining at a top restaurant, it is…

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Being Single

Being Single in New York

In the “Single’s Capital” of the world, solitary travellers are hardly noticed. Indeed, being single in New York is great. It is perfectly normal to do things by yourself here. Many people…

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New Yorkers in Central Park

New Yorkers

Please note that New Yorkers tend to behave differently towards you as a tourist. They jump the queue at traffic lights, grab your taxis, and when queuing at the checkout…

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Photographing in New York

Taking Photos in New York

Taking Photos in New York can be so easy; the city is just one photo opportunity after another. Who would not want to commemorate their trip to this wonderful city…

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The Big Apple

It used to be claimed that the name “The Big Apple”, to which New York is often referred, originated from the 1920s jazz scene. According to the story, musicians from…

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