New York City, New York
With over 8.2 million residents and a land area of just under 800 square kilometres, New York City truly is a monstrous metropolis. Each of the five boroughs – Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens – could be considered a city in their own right.
One of only two universally accepted World Cities, New York’s importance simply cannot be overstated. It’s a global hub for cultural, media, financial, trade and business industries, and is famous for a near endless list of tributes in music, theatre and film. It’s a city that is lovingly immortalised in the songs of Sinatra and Lou Reed, in the scenes of Sex and the City and Seinfeld, in the pages of Plath and Fitzgerald, and in the art of Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe.
The city is cosmopolitan and diverse. There are immigrants from over 180 countries living in New York, each contributing something unique to the vibrant, thriving culture – be it a fusion of local and international flavours in the world class restaurants, a new take on film or music in the renowned cultural precincts, or the coordination of new business dealings from the imposing skyscrapers of Midtown.
There is almost an overwhelming number of incredibly high profile sites for tourists to discover including the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, the 9/11 Memorial Site, Central Park, the Empire State Building – the list goes on and on!
There are two major cruise terminals in New York – the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on the Hudson River in the heart of the city, and Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which is further south on the Hudson, opposite Governors Island. The majority of cruises dock at Manhattan Cruise Terminal; however, it is always best to check the itinerary carefully before making plans, as it is a thirty-minute drive between terminals.
Manhattan Cruise Terminal and Brooklyn Cruise Terminal are both large, state-of-the-art cruise terminals, each recently awarded for their design, operation and guest facilities.
Facilities at Manhattan Cruise Terminal and Brooklyn Cruise Terminal include:
- Air-conditioned terminal building
- Segregated embarkation and debarkation facilities
- Parking facilities
- Public Wi-Fi
- Bus depot.
How To Get Around
New York benefits from a large, easily navigable grid layout in the urban areas. However the city is quite enormous, so walking is only recommended if you have time to spare and have planned your trip carefully. The subway network is comprehensive, efficient and easy to use, making it unsurprisingly popular for locals and tourists. The taxi network is also popular; however, cabs can be scarce during shift changes (4:00 – 5:00pm and 4:00 – 5:00am).
Travel times from Manhattan Cruise Terminal:
- It is a 24 minute journey to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
- It is a 32 minute journey to JFK International Airport
- It is a 7 minute journey to Central Park
- It is a 7 minute journey to Times Square
- It is an 11 minute journey to Grand Central Station.
- It is an 80 minute journey to JFK International Airport (with one transfer and services departing every 15 minutes).
- It is a 21 minute journey to Central Park (with one transfer and services departing every 12 minutes)
- It is a 1 hour and 11 minute journey to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal (with one transfer and services departing every 12 minutes).
- Currency - The currency in New York is the United States dollar (USD). Coins are available in 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and USD$1 denominations. Notes are available in USD$1, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50, and USD$100 denominations.
- Time Zone – New York uses Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings comes into effect between March and October – in this time the city is only four hours behind UTC.
- Weather – New York is the northernmost American city to experience a humid subtropical climate. Summers are humid and warm to hot, with an average daily temperature of 24.7 degrees Celsius in July. Winters are cold and damp with moderate snowfall. New York is coldest in January when the average temperature is 0.3 degrees Celsius.
- The Statue of Liberty – Standing proudly on Liberty Island in New York Bay, the Statue of Liberty is an impressive 93-metre statue of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Book ahead to reserve the opportunity to climb the 154 steps to the viewing platform within Lady Liberty’s crown – the panoramic views are well worth the climb. Consider viewing this marvel from a distance if you’re only in town for a short period of time. This is arguably the most popular tourist attraction in the city – the crowds are large, the wait times long, and the journey to the island can be time-consuming.
- Radio City Music Hall – Located in Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, Radio City Music Hall is an internationally renowned entertainment venue and, at one time, was the foremost tourist destination in the city. The art deco style building is impressive outside and in, only surpassed by the impressive roster of artists and performances that have been screened and staged within its walls. Whether you’re interested in opera, theatre, film or live music of any style, there’s bound to be a performance held during your stay that you’d absolutely love.
- Times Square – Nicknamed The Crossroads of the World and the Centre of the Universe, Times Square is a massive pedestrian plaza that has become one of the most iconic locations in the US, if not the world. The square bustles with activity at all times of the day and night, with approximately 330,000 people passing through on any given day. Enjoy wandering the plaza while watching the antics of the local performers and the impressive digital screens, or drop in to one of many famous landmarks – the Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood, M&M’s World, Times Square Studios and many other famous attractions are all located on Times Square.