The first great wave
of migrants from Europe rolled into New York in 1836. House building could
not keep pace with demand and the first slums came into being. After the
end of the Civil War in 1865 former slaves fled here from the hostility
in the south and the million inhabitants mark was passed. The five adative
districts of central New City - Manhattan - together Brooklyn, the Bronx,
Queens, Staten Island formed the me-olis of Greater New York in -3. New
York blossomed into a world-class city after World War I when the first
skyscrapers thrust their way into the sky above Manhattan. One of the landmarks
of that era is the Empire State Building. The view from its visitor facility
remains one of the finest vistas of Manhattan. The building, with its elegant
Art Deco facade, was built in 1931 on the site of the equally famous Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel that until then had accommodated the rich, beautiful, and famous
in its 1,401 luxury rooms within a fine Art Deco building close to Grand
New York City Restaurant
directory is a great place to browse restaurants in the city. We've included
links to the listed restaurants to make it easy for you to go to the official
web site directly to get menu information, read reviews and make reservations.
• Upper East Side restaurants
• Upper West Side restaurant
• Midtown restaurants
• Central Park South
- Clinton restaurants
• Theater District restaurants
• Gramercy Park - Murray
• Tribeca - Little Italy
- Chinatown restaurants
• SoHo - NoHo restaurants
• Chelsea restaurants
• Garment District restaurants
• Greenwich Village restaurants
• Wall street - Battery
There are plans to tear down
the Pier 17 shopping mall near the Brooklyn Bridge to make way for a "mixed-use
retail, residential and open space development," amNewYork reports this
This could hardly be
bad news for New York or even the tourists who get tricked into thinking
the three-story structure built in 1983 has much to offer beyond a dull
food court and mainly chain stores found in any mall in the country.
Seasonal schedules like this,
however, occur on a case-by-case basis. The best thing you can do, no matter
what time of year you're traveling, is check before you leave to make sure
the tours and sights on your to-do list are open and operating when you
want them to be.
||With domestic leisure
tourists, international visitors, and business travelers visiting throughout
the year, New York City doesn't really experience a low tourism season,
though hotel occupancy tends to be at its lowest in January and February.
high season: mid-March
shoulder season: January
to early March
While New York City claims
more than 200 days of sunshine annually, temperatures do fluctuate drastically,
both seasonally and between day and night.
New York City has chilly,
snowy winters; hot, humid summers; and everything in between. Winter temperatures
tend to be in the upper 30s and low 40s, and annual snowfall averages about
29 inches. Springtime is mild, with temperatures in the mid- to upper-50s
in April that work into the upper 70s by June. Summers are hot and humid.
Sea breezes occasionally temper the heat, but the city's dense infrastructure
often hinders the air flow. Autumn brings a return to more palatable weather,
with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s in September to the mid-50s
in November. Precipitation amounts do not vary greatly from month to month.
Even without the tourists,
New York City is a crowded city. Subways and sidewalks are packed during
the morning and evening rush hours, and traffic on major streets and avenues
is often stop-and-go.
Autumn, Christmas, and
spring are the most popular, expensive, and crowded times of the year.
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day are especially busy,
because in addition to the regular tourists, tri-state area residents make
day trips into the city to shop and see the Christmas decorations and shows.
During the holiday rush, hotels charge higher rates and book up early,
and many require a minimum two- or three-night stay; restaurant reservations
are almost impossible to get.
There is no real low season,
but there is a slightly less lofty high season. While more tourists are
beginning to catch on, New York City is still emptiest in summer, the time
most New Yorkers head out of town on the weekends.
New York City never sleeps,
and it never really shuts down either. Most visitor destinations are open
year-round. Times Square is as bright in March as it is in July. The exception
to this is outdoor tours, some of which may go on hiatus or operate on
a reduced schedule during the cold winter months. For example, the Circle
Line, famous for its boat tours around Manhattan, operates on a reduced
schedule during January, February, and March.
When to Save
Visiting New York City
isn't cheap, but there are ways to cut costs. Hotels sometimes offer discounts
or deals when hotel occupancy and visitation are lower, typically in January
When to Book
New York City Hotels
Not surprisingly, when
to book depends on when you are arriving and where you are staying. If
you want to spend Christmas at a hotel near Central Park, book as early
as possible, at least six months in advance. If you're visiting in February
and don't care where your hotel is, you can probably hold out longer for
a deal. Just remember that, in addition to the tourists, New York City
has a large business and convention travel population, which operates independently
of leisure travel trends. Be flexible with your hotel choices and locations,
and check the city's events calendar, as well as the Javitz Center schedule
for any big conventions.
Amenities aren't the
only things to consider when looking for an affordable hotel room in New
York City. It's also important to find a place that is pest free, clean,
and safe. What you can sacrifice to some extent is a central tourist location.
Every single neighborhood in Manhattan has attractions and restaurants
within walking distance. And with excellent public transportation and taxi
service, the rest are never very far away.
Midtown boasts New York
City's greatest concentration of hotels. Within Midtown, three popular
tourist areas are: Midtown East, Midtown West, and Murray Hill. These neighborhoods,
however, are also the most expensive. While it is possible to find deals,
hotels fill up quickly and are often booked solid during the peak season
of September through New Year's Day. Here's what to expect from these three
Midtown West: West of
5th Avenue between 59th and 42nd, Midtown West is home to the majority
of Manhattan's hotels, including many large chain hotels. The area is crowded
and noisy, but if you want to be in the center of the tourist bustle, this
is it: Times Square, Rockefeller Center, The MoMA, Broadway, Carnegie Hall,
Avenue of the Americas, and 5th Avenue stores are all here.
Midtown East: The east
side of 5th Avenue between 59th and 42nd, Midtown East is still a major
tourist area with both boutique and chain hotels, but it's a little less
crowded than Midtown East. This neighborhood is within walking distance
of St. Patrick's Cathedral, 5th Avenue stores, the United Nations, Grand
Central Terminal, and the Chrysler Building. It's also just south of Museum
Mile on the Upper East Side.
Murray Hill: Roughly
within the streets east of 5th Avenue between 42nd and 23rd Streets, Murray
Hill is a slightly quieter neighborhood with many historic homes and several
boutique hotels. This area is home to the Empire State Building, the New
York Public Library, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Park. It's also close
to Macy's at Herald Square, the Garment District, and Penn Station/Madison
Midtown is central, but
may not offer the best value for many visitors. In a city with excellent
public transportation and cabs that are cheap and plentiful, it's unnecessary
to be right in the middle of Midtown. Attractions are spread throughout
the city anyway, so one can never be within walking distance of everything.
Even with added transportation costs, city hotels outside of Midtown tend
to offer better value than those in the areas listed above. Recommended
alternative Manhattan neighborhoods are the Upper West Side, the Upper
East Side, the Chelsea/Meatpacking District, the Village, and the Financial
Hotels in New York City
are more expensive than in many other American cities. The average nightly
price of a Manhattan hotel room is around $200 in any given year. The hotels
listed below fall within or below the average price range, or otherwise
provide enough extras to make paying more worth it. They were selected
based on overall quality, service, amenities, and location.
Hotel Roger Williams:
The staff at this hip but low-key Murray Hill hotel is as bright and cheery
as the hotel design. The ubiquitous New York City fire-escape-view rooms
are rendered serene with Japanese sliding screens across the window sills.
The generous continental breakfast is included in packages. Rooms start
The Affinia 50: The Affinia
50 offers luxury at a reasonable price in Midtown East. The 207 spacious
rooms come equipped with kitchens and perks such as sightseeing kits. The
hotel offers executive workspace and high-speed Internet for business travelers,
and pull-out sofas and suites to accommodate families. The Club Room common
space has a fireplace and flat-screen TV. Rooms start at $449 during the
week, but only $319 on weekends.
The Franklin Hotel: This
Upper East Side hotel has a real boutique feel with its mixture of vintage
charm and elegant modern furnishings. Rollaways for $50 turn larger rooms
into accommodations for three adults. In addition to the daily gourmet
European breakfast, coffee, tea, and fresh fruit are available all day.
Rooms start at $180.
Library Hotel: The Library
Hotel in Midtown East has abundant common spaces and perks. Each unique
room has books and decor specific to a topic in the Dewey Decimal System.
Common spaces include a writers' den with fireplace, a glass sunroom, two
terraces, and a large reading room full of books. Refreshments, such as
coffee, tea, lemonade, and light snacks, are served in the reading throughout
the day, plus wine and cheese most evenings and a complimentary continental
breakfast every morning. Rooms start at $335. If you book online, call
the hotel directly to request a specific room in advance of your arrival.
A room menu is listed on the hotel website.
The Gracie Inn: The Gracie
Inn on the Upper East Side comes with quirky decor and a tiny elevator,
but has much to offer. Each of the 12 apartment-style rooms is equipped
with a full kitchen, private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. The
hotel also offers rollaway beds for free. The two duplex suites have terraces.
While there is no restaurant, the front desk will supply guests with the
area's best take-out menus, and continental breakfast is delivered to the
room every morning. Rooms start at $139.
If you want…
In a city as large and
popular as New York City, visitors have wildly varying ideas about what
constitutes value. For some, value will be largely dependent on price,
while others may be most concerned with comfort, location, or the hip factor.
Depending on what experience you're seeking—a serious splurge, super trendy,
or something designed to fit your lifestyle—you can find a hotel that satisfies
and feels like money well spent. Here are some of the best value picks
if you want…
The ultimate splurge
Award winners: With three
hotels garnering Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, and Conde Nast Traveler
Gold List honors, there is ample choice when it comes to luxury in New
York City. The Four Seasons in Midtown East has rooms starting at around
$525. Rates start at $650 per night at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, and
$695 at the St. Regis.
Splurge under $350: The
elegant Hotel Giraffe is a slightly more reasonably priced splurge. Fifty-one
of the 73 charming 1930s style rooms have French-door balconies, many overlooking
Park Avenue. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily, as
are wine and cheese most evenings. Cappuccino, other beverages, and light
snacks are served all day in the fashionable lobby or (for a small fee)
at the rooftop garden terrace with its view of the Met Life building. Rooms
start at $329.
Late Night Dining in New
These diners, lounges
and dessert bars are great places to grab a bite to eat any time.
Coffee Shop, 29 Union
Square West at 16th St. (212) 243-7969
The predominant majority
of the waitresses here are models, or drag queens dressed up that way.
A strange hybrid of bar and diner, on weekends the Coffee Shop closes only
for 1 hour. The food is quite good, varying from diner food to fine Brazilian.
Carnegie Deli, 854 7th
Avenue at 55th St. (212) 757-2245. Open til 4am
The giant stuffed delicatessan
sandwiches are a perfect late night snack.
DT/UT, 1626 2nd Ave between
84th and 85th Streets. (212) 327-1327. Open 8am-Midnight Sun-Thu, 8am-2am
is a great upper east side dessert bar hangout with live performances.
Empire Diner, 210 10th
Avenue at 22nd Street. (212) 243-2736. Open 24 hrs daily
Right near the Roxy,
you'll find all types of late night clubbers hitting this place for chow
at 4am. An elegant refurbishment of a 1929 diner, you'll find excellent
quality food and a bar to boot. It has been reported that Bette Davis considered
this her favorite diner.
Florent, 69 Gansevoort
Street between Washington and Greenwich Streets. (212) 989-5779. 9am-5am
Sun-Thu, 24 hrs Fri-Sat
The hip fashion crowd
hangs out at this Hell's Kitchen dining establishment, near the meat district.
Formally considered a cafe, look for the small pink neon sign with the
same name. Open around the clock.
Le Figaro Coffee Shop,
184 Bleecker Street at MacDougal. (212) 677-1100 Open Fri-Sat 10:00am-
4:00am and Sun-Thu 10:00am-2:30am.
Le Figaro is a fun place
to hang out and people-watch.
Tom's Restaurant, 112th
and B'way. (212) 864-6137. Open 24 hours, Thur-Sun.
The same Tom's that Suzanne
Vega sang about, and the one seen on Seinfeld every week. Your typical
greasy spoon, but it has a friendly atmosphere and is open 24 hours from
Thursday to Sunday. Favorite dishes include gravy fries, chicken dinner
special and the split pea soup. Ask them to make your burger "nice"!