The “Big Apple” is hectic, messy, and a whole lotta fun. I’ve been to NYC several times and the city that never sleeps makes me not want to sleep. Join me on an adventure of great sights, excellent shopping, amazing food, and endless nightlife. Also, be careful of mean New Yorkers! Don’t take it personally but they just don’t care about you. It’s the big city so be wary of pickpockets and nighttime crime.
Going with friends?
Pick an Airbnb on the Upper East Side or Upper West Side and make sure it’s close to a subway station. These are nice, safe neighborhoods. Hotels in NYC are expensive. But if you must, some of the top boutique hotels include Ace Hotel, Empire Hotel, and Hudson Hotel.
Pick a luxury hotel! I stayed at The Tuscany for four nights ($180-$220 per night). It’s a cute, boutique hotel three blocks away from Grand Central Terminal and nestled in the quaint Murray Hill neighborhood. I didn’t like The Warwick New York hotel; it was a much older “luxury” hotel.
Top Cheap Neighborhoods
Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Financial district, Far West Side, Long Island City (one stop away from Manhattan)
Getting To and From the Airports
Use a taxi to and from the airport to Manhattan – they’re a pre-determined flat rate and highly regulated to prevent tourists from being scammed. Should be approximately $52.50 USD + tip + tolls. You can use UberPool or Lyft Line (an app based taxi that does carpool) if you’re not in a rush and it get be $30-$40 into the city; the app should provide quotes beforehand.
Going to the Newark aiport (DWR) from Manhattan can be ~$70+ using UberPool and Lyft Line for a single rider but it’s only ~$72 for two riders. If it’s just you to Newark, you may want to consider ordering a Super Shuttle.
Around the City
MetroCard – Get the 7-day unlimited subway pass for $30 even though you may only be staying for a long weekend. Or get a normal MetroCard and load it up with $20 for the three-day weekend.
- NYC Eater: Tells you what and where to eat
- NYC Thrillist: Best bars, restaurants, and events
- NYC Serious Eats: Food advice for the serious eaters
All listings available on the JoYo New York City Map.