Advance Planning

Two months before Book hotel reservations as soon as possible – prices increase the closer you get to your arrival date. Snag tickets to your favorite Broadway blockbuster.

Three weeks before If you haven’t done so already, score a table at your top-choice high-end restaurant.

One week before Surf the web and scan blogs and Twitter for the latest restaurant and bar openings, plus upcoming art exhibitions.


NYC: The Official Guide ( New York City’s official tourism portal.

Explore Brooklyn ( Brooklyn-specific events and listings.

Free Williamsburg (, Brokelyn ( and Brooklyn Based ( Keep tabs on the latest borough news, music gigs, art openings and more.

New York Magazine ( Comprehensive, current listings for bars, restaurants, entertainment and shopping.

New York Times ( Excellent local news coverage and theater listings.

Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.

Top Tips

  • MetroCards are valid on subways, buses and the tramway to Roosevelt Island. If staying awhile, buy a 7-Day Unlimited Pass.
  • Subway lines run both local and express trains. Local trains stop at all stations, express trains do not.
  • If the number on a taxi’s top light is lit, it’s available. Note that green Boro taxis can't make pick-ups in Manhattan south of W 110th St and E 96th St.
  • When giving an address, always include the nearest cross street/s (eg 700 Sixth Ave at 22nd St).
  • Ferry tickets can be purchased at dockside machines or through the website ( or app.
  • The TKTS Booth in Times Square sells half-price, same-day tickets to selected shows and musicals. The South Street Seaport and Downtown Brooklyn branches also sell next-day matinee tickets.

What to Take

  • Good walking shoes – New York City is best seen on foot, so make sure your shoes are super comfy.
  • Dress shoes and a stylish outfit for smart restaurants and bars.
  • If traveling with medications, ensure you bring enough for your trip.
  • US electrical adapter.

What to Wear

If visiting during New York’s hot, humid summer, pack light, breathable garments. Fashionable shorts, T-shirts, summer dresses and skirts are all acceptable daywear, though higher-end restaurants and bars often call for more stylish attire, so bring at least one evening dress or long-sleeved shirt, pair of pants and dress shoes. Fluctuating temperatures in spring and fall call for layers: long pants, jeans or warmer dresses, mixed with cool T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, light sweaters, a smart blazer for men and a jacket for women. New York winters can be brutally cold, requiring gloves, scarf, hat, insulated, waterproof jacket and waterproof boots. In the evenings, ‘dress to impress’ remains the rule at many restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Check you meet all ESTA visa requirements for travel to the US.
  • Check airline baggage restrictions.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.
  • Inform your credit-/debit-card company of your travels.
  • Book popular restaurants, shows and accommodations well in advance.