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Welcome to New York

They don't come any bigger than the Big Apple - king of the hill, top of the heap, New York, New York. It's got its fair share of the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses, but it also has world-class museums, big statues, even bigger buildings.

New York is a densely packed mass of humanity and all this living on top of one another makes the New Yorker a special kind of person. It's hard to put a finger on what makes the place buzz so hard, but the city's hyperactive rush keeps drawing more and more people to it.

In a city that is so much a part of the global subconscious, it's pretty hard to pick a few highlights - wherever you go you'll feel like you've been there before. For iconic value, you can't surpass the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park and Times Square. The Museum of Modern Art is one of the world's top museums, and the Guggenheim Museum and American Museum of Natural History aren't far behind. Bookshops, food, theatre, shopping, people: it doesn't really matter what you do or where you go in New York because the city itself is an in-your-face, exhilarating experience.


Security after the September 11 terrorist attacks remains high, particularly in airports where added checks can cause delays. Most visitors, however, will not be seriously inconvenienced by the new precautions.

Area: 785 sq km
Population: 8 million
Country: USA
Time Zone: GMT/UTC -5 (Eastern Time)
Telephone Area Code: Manhattan 212 or 646. 718 Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

Public Holidays

1 Jan - New Year's Day
third Monday in January - Martin Luther King Jr Day
third Monday in February - Presidents' Day
Mar/Apr - Easter
last Monday in May - Memorial Day
4 Jul - Independence Day
first Monday in September - Labor Day
second Monday in October - Columbus Day
11 Nov - Veterens' Day
fourth Thursday in November - Thanksgiving Day
25 Dec - Christmas Day

What's UP?

Navigating the Tribeca Film Festival

With more than 200 films and almost as many parties, what to do?
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Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The Met is a universal museum: every category of art in every known medium from every part of the world during every epoch of recorded time is represented ...
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This 57,545 seat stadium is home to the New York Yankees, baseball's most successful team.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

JFK, in Queens (at the south end of the Van Wyck Expressway), primarily handles international flights.
General Info: 718-244-4444
Parking Info: 718-244-4168

Visitor's centers

Visitor's centers can provide you with free maps and general information about New York.
For information on visiting New York, contact the New York Convention and Visitor's Bureau. You can also call them at 800-NYC-VISIT (U.S. and Canada) or 212/397-8222 (elsewhere). To speak with a multilingual counselor: call 212/484-1222 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST.

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