Where to stay
Hotels are known to be expensive, especially if you plan on spending 3 days in New York. If you're traveling on a budget, set yourself up at one of the several Airbnbs or hostels. It is also advisable to make your bookings way in advance since New York City is a popular tourist destination throughout the year and often runs out of affordable stay options.
As for the location, try looking for properties in and around Manhattan since you’re going to be spending most of your time in the area. Apart from Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx are fairly suitable as well.
New York City has three major airports: JFK International Airport (JFK), the most popular airport in NYC; LaGuardia International Airport (LGA), the closest airport to Manhattan; and Newark International Airport (EWR), a cheaper, quieter alternative, located in neighboring New Jersey.
If you play your cards right, getting around New York City can be a breeze. The underground network is famous for being one of the most expansive in the world, so much so, that all the destinations in the New York City itinerary are within walking distance of subway stations. You may also consider installing one of many free apps that will make your subway experience incredibly smooth. One such app is called Transit. Do yourself a favor and grab a New York City MTA Subway Pass; you will definitely save some money.
Apart from the subway, New York is known as one of the great walking cities of the world. Most of the city is pretty flat and perfect for leisurely strolls. Exploring a city on foot gives you a genuine feel for its culture and also happens to be the cheapest way to embark on the New York City itinerary!
1) The New York City Explorer Pass lets you experience New York City’s most famous attractions at a discounted price. They also have tailor made passes from spending 3 days in New York. Make sure you grab one before setting off on your adventure
2) Hail a cab only if you really have to, they can get incredibly costly. If you have an American phone number, make use of the Uber app and save yourself $20 on your first ride!
3) Always have loose change handy to recharge your MTA Subway Pass. Quite often, machines do not accept cards
Photos and content by @geeknextdoor
Have questions about the weekend guide to New York City? Feel free to drop me a line!
A traveller at heart, I have been to 20 countries on 6 continents. My favorite experiences are plunging in to sub-zero Antarctic waters, renovating a Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka and hiking Borneon jungles. I am also an engineer, a public speaker, a sustainability believer and a polar explorer. Follow my misadventures on www.passportuncontrol.com and Instagram @geeknextdoor