The most characteristic feature of New York is its skyscrapers. These amazingly tall buildings make much of the landscape and dynamics of the city and this skyline is certainly the most photographed in the word.
The Big Apple is the birthplace of very large companies and institutions with a great influence worldwide and lots of them have their headquarters in it.
It's also been the scenary of thousands of movies and ad campaigns, probably thanks to its streets with vibrant atmosphere that you can breath in every corner. And the thing is that no matter where you turn to look at there's always something worth seeing, whether it's a Broadway musical or getting to know some of the hidden corners between their five districts: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island. Lights, shops, people, countless skyscrapers, restaurants, fashion, cars, shows or museums full of art. New York's an endless city, and even if you've already visited it several times, it always has something new in store for you.
New York Overview
Sometimes New York's weather can be pretty extreme. In summer, during the months of July and August, the temperature can go up to 30°C (86ºF). Also, being next to the sea, the percentage of moisture concentration is high and can become a little overwhelming during the hottest months. Winter in the city is quite cold. In January and February, the coldest months in the whole year, temperature can reach -10°C (14ºF). Snow is common during this time, so much so that it repeatedly paralyzes the city services.
Even so, the Big Apple is charming no matter the season. Whenever you visit it, we recommend you take an umbrella with you as rain is likely to appear at some point; New York has a higher average rainfall than Paris or even London!
A tip: don't forget that temperature inside shops and buildings are often different from the ones outdoors. In winter the heating is high and in summer the air conditioners operate at maximum capacity.
US Dollar (USD). You won't have any troubles finding banks, ATMs (24/7) or exchange offices in New York, no matter where you are. It's even normal to find ATMs in the lobby of major downtown hotels. Credit cards are very common in the United States so you will probably have to give your credit card numbers when checking in at the hotel or to rent a car.
When to go
In order to avoid extreme temperatures, the best time to visit New York is Spring or Autumn. From May to June the temperatures are pleasant and it rains less than in winter. The same occurs during autumn months, and another perk for going in autumn is that the parks -like Central Park- have amazing colors.
5-7 days: New York is a very big, endless city and it has thousand of places to visit. That's why if you want to see the main sights and enjoy activities like watching a Broadway musical, taking a Central Park bike tour or strolling through districts like Brooklyn or Harlem without a hurry, it's better to spend a whole week in this great city. It has so much to offer that if you stay for fewer days you'll leave feeling you missed out tons of things!
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