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City Guide

  • Population (2016): 8.538 million.
  • Area Codes: 212, 347, 646, 718, 917, 929.
  • Tax: $3.50 + 14.75% Hotel Tax on Hotel Rooms, 4% Sales Tax on purchases.
  • Weather: January/February- high: 38.3° low: 26.9°, June/July - high: 84.1 low: 68.39 . Annual average temperature: 54.8°.
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time EST – November to March. Eastern Daylight – April to October.
  • Credit Cards and Charge Cards are widely accepted. ATM machines can be found in many major downtown department stores, hotels, and the Convention Center.

Tipping Guidelines

  • Hotel Personnel/Porterage: $1.00-$5.00 per parcel or bag of luggage.
  • Restaurants: 15%-20% of the total bill is a good rule of thumb for tipping.
  • Hotel Valet: $2.00-$5.00 to attendant.
  • Housekeeping Services: $2.00-5.00 per day.
  • Concierge Services: $5.00+.
  • Taxi: 15% of total.

New York City and it's surrounding area has several airports making arrival to the city as easy as possible.

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport is an entry point for international flights and largest air freight gateway in the country.
  • LaGuardia Airport is the smallest of New York City's airports and only handles domestic flights
  • Newark Liberty is considered to be the first major commercial airport in North America and is the fifth busiest international air gateway..

The following ground transportation services for JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark can be found on the comprehensive airport websites:

The NYC Subway is the most extensive public transit system in the world with over 468 operational stations offering over 209 miles of rail.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Educational and Cultural Programs at the Schomburg Center complement its research services and interpret its collections. Seminars, forums, workshops, staged readings, film screenings, performing arts programs, and special events are presented year-round. Tues.-Thurs., 10am-8pm; Fri.-Sat. & Mon., 10am-6pm. Closed Sun.

Studio Museum
This contemporary art museum focuses on the work by artists of African descent, the Studio Museum in Harlem has a collection of over 1,600 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, watercolors, drawings, pastels and more. The museum gives a voice to the culture of the neighborhood. Closed Mon.-Wed. $7 (free on Sun.); seniors/students, $3; under 12, free.

El Museo del Barrio
Founded in 1969 with Puerto Rican roots, El Museo del Barrio has evolved into New York's leading Latino cultural institution, representing the diversity of art and culture for all of the Caribbean and Latin America, It is the place to see the latest trends in Latino artwork, as it is committed to representing new voices, as well as exhibiting traditional Latin-American art and pre-Colombian Taino artifacts.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized New York cultural center. Home to both educational programs and contemporary art exhibitions, the museum is focused on creating important dialogues in the community.

Founded in 1971, the Bronx Museum of the Arts houses works from Vito Acconci, Alvin Baltrop, Elizabeth Catlett, Juan Downey, Öyvind Fahlström, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, and Martin Wong. Open forums, teen programs, tours, and educational partnerships regularly occur within the museum's walls

Hispanic Society of America
The collections of the Hispanic Society of America today are unparalleled in their scope and quality, addressing nearly every aspect of culture in Spain as well as Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines. Founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington, a collector of Hispanic art and artifacts, The Society operates a library and museum. In the museum, the society exhibits an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts, ranging from sculpture and pottery during Roman times to paintings by Goya, Velazquez and El Greco. Closed Mon. Free.