New York City Information - Tips 4 Tourists

New York City Information - Tips 4 Tourists

Tourist Tips for NYC

While New York City can seem like an intimidating place at first, a few insider tips for NYC can go a long way towards making you comfortable in New York. Scroll below for some of the best tourist tips in NYC.

Weather in NYC

New York City weather can be unpredictable at best. The best insider NYC tip we can give you is to expect the unexpected, and check the NYCTourist weather page frequently for updated information on the NYC forecast. However, there is one thing we can tell you - layer up during the Winter in NYC, and expect humidity during the Summer.

 
Average Temperature and Rainfall Per Year
   Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High (°F/C) 37/3 40/5 50/10 61/16 71/22 80/27 85/30 83/28 76/25 65/18 54/12 42/6
Low (°F/C) 25/-4 26/-4 34/1 43/6 53/12 63/17 68/20 67/20 60/16 49/10 41/5 30/-1
Days of Rain 11 10 11 11 11 10 11 10 8 8 9 10

Tipping in NYC

Tipping in NYC

Tipping is expected in New York City, and it's the right thing to do.

Thousands of hard workers in NYC make their living off of tips. Tipping is expected in New York City, and it's the right thing to do. After all, the word TIPS is actually an acronym that stands To Insure ProperService. Put yourself on the right side of the service industry in New York City by tipping properly.

We know your next question - "But how do I know when I'm supposed to tip?!" Relax, NYCTourist has you covered. Read the helpful information below for tipping in NYC.

  • Taxi Cabs: 15% of fare.
  • Coat Check: At least one dollar per bag.
  • Bellhop: Again - at least one dollar per bag.
  • Waiters, Waitresses and Bartenders: 15%- 20% of the bill, based on the service.

Click here for a helpful NYC tipping chart.

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Transportation in New York City

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Hotels in New York City

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Hotel Wolcott NY
in Chelsea

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Broadway Plaza Hotel
in Chelsea

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The Evelyn Hotel
in Gramercy Park

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Manhattan Club
in Midtown West

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Morningside Inn
in Upper West Side

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Attractions in New York City

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Ground Zero Museum Workshop


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9/11 Memorial Museum


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Empire State Building Skip the Line


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The Metropolitan Opera


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New York Explorer Pass


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More Tips For Tourists in New York City

With so many NYC attractions to see and things to do in New York, it can be tough to figure out where to begin your NYC itinerary. Here are some helpful hints to guide you through your vacation in NYC.

  • NY Museums: There are more than 150 New York museums to choose from. While we suggest checking out some of the most famous NY museums - including the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art - there are a number of small museums in NY we would recommend as well. Click here for information on the best New York museums, including admission fees, phone numbers, hours of operations and more.
  • Central Park NYC

    There is a whole lot to do in Central Park NYC.

  • Central Park: While simply enjoying a walk in Central Park NY will suffice for the rare quiet moment in NYC, there is a whole lot more to do in this famous park in NYC. NYC tourists can enjoy a carriage ride in NYC, or even rent bicycles and skates if they wish to get active in New York. However, we strongly suggest you don't take your rented bicycles to the streets of NYC, as it can be incredibly dangerous.
  • Free NYC: Believe it or not, in a city as expensive as New York City, there are dozens of free NYC events and attractions for New York tourists to enjoy - you just have to know where to look.

The Staten Island Ferry near Battery Park is free to ride, and provides a beautiful view of Manhattan. Also, most NYC TV show tapings are free to attend so long as you're willing to wait in long lines for tickets. Finally, perhaps the best free event in NYC is the Shakespeare in the Park Series in Central Park. Again, while you'll have to stand in line for at least a few hours, the reward is a first-class production with high-profile actors like Al Pacino and Merryl Streep!

Check out the NYC Things to Do Page for the full list of free events in NYC!

  • Walking in NYC: There are 6,400 miles of sidewalk in New York City. That's right - 6,400 miles! Throw your feet a bone by wearing comfortable shoes during your vacation in NYC.
  • Avoid Street Vendors: Yes, a $5 pair of Gucci sunglasses is in fact too good to be true. And no, the NY Fire Department will not get a cut of that FDNY hoodie you bought on the street for $10. Do yourself a favor and avoid getting ripped off by street vendors in New York City. (Food vendors excused - their hot dogs are delicious!)
  • No Smoking Indoors: While many states have adopted a law banning smoking in indoor public spaces, New York in particular takes this state law very seriously. In fact, pretty soon it may be illegal to smoke in outdoor public facilities as well. We recommend NYC tourists be wary when lighting up in New York City.
  • Keep the NYC Maps Off the Street: Try and blend in with the rest of NYC by keeping your tourist maps in your hotel room, or by downloading an NYC map application for your smart phone. This keeps you from becoming a target for possible pick-pockets or worse, and it also makes you look much, much cooler.

And finally ...

  • Use Public Transportation!: Keep your car parked during your stay in New York City. With parking rates starting at $20 per hour or more, we highly recommened using the NYC subway, or taking one of the many taxi cabs available in New York City. Not only will you save money, but you'll also get the full NYC experience!

For a list of safety tips in NYC, click here.