The ever-bustling New York attracts people from all over the globe. And everyone who comes to this megalopolis for the first time feels that he knows him well from sensational films and TV shows. From the skyscrapers abutting against the clouds, dizzying panoramic views open up, which make it possible to realize the scale of this city, attracting millions of people with the hope of making a dream come true. Arriving in America, rent a car at the rental desk at the airport to avoid expensive taxis and drive around the city. Take a picture of the Statue of Liberty, climb the Empire State Building, drive along Broadway, and then go to relax from the bustle of the city on the beach in Russian-speaking Brighton Beach.
New York International John F. Kennedy Intrenational Airport - download the scheme
IATA Code: JFK
Location: 20 km from Manhattan
Official Website: www.panynj.gov
Information: +1 (718) 244-44-44
New York Airport car hire is provided by National and Thrifty. Car rental points are located in the arrivals hall. There are 3 parking areas near the airport, including free parking. Short-term parking zones are located at the exits from the terminals, to the zone of more profitable long-term parking can be reached by Air Train. If necessary, reserve a place on the airport website. You can also book a car in advance at Bookingcar.su and pick it up in the city.
The symbol of New York and one of the most famous sculptures in the world awaits visitors on Liberty Island, which can be reached by ferry, sailing from Bettery Park. Thinking of climbing into the crown of the Statue of Liberty, take care of your ticket reservation in advance. If this was not possible, you will have to confine yourself to the view from the 16th floor. The statue, which was originally called “Freedom, illuminating the world,” came from France as a gift from the French people to the Americans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. On Ellis Island, a visit to which is included in the tour, an immigration station has been preserved, where visitors flocked to seek a better share in America. Here, more than 3 thousand immigrants who were denied the right to enter the city died in the hospital.
The Manhattan area is the frantically throbbing heart of New York. Here are concentrated the main centers of the financial, secular, cultural and commercial life of the city. In an area stretching for twenty kilometers, it is difficult to get lost, thanks to its clear structure and numbering of quarters from the first to sixteenth. A walk through Manhattan allows you to see the heterogeneity of the city, in which the churches of the mid-19th century coexist with giant skyscrapers. The most popular attraction of this area is Broadway, which at night becomes even more active than during the day, illuminating the area with large-scale advertising screens. Take a walk to Wall Street's financial center, where the New York Stock Exchange is located, reminiscent of an antique temple decorated with monumental columns.
Once in Manhattan, do not forget to visit the tallest building in the city - the Empire State Building. This is an office building where two viewing platforms are allocated for tourists - on 86 and 102 floors. The spire of the building acts as an antenna for all major New York television and radio stations. The construction of the skyscraper began on St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 1930, every week the building grew by 4-5 floors, so in the end the 102-story Empire State Building was built in just a year.
Another recognizable symbol of New York is the Brooklyn Bridge, which has been connecting the Manhattan area with Brooklyn for more than 130 years. The bridge reaches a length of almost 2 kilometers, rising forty meters above the water. The bridge offers beautiful panoramic views that can be compared with historical photographs on the observation deck. A rare case when to ride a bridge is to rent a bicycle from representatives of rental companies.
A walk along the Brooklyn Bridge will lead you from Manhattan to the second most important and popular area of New York - Brooklyn. It is worth going for a walk along Brooklyn Heights, where in the 19th century a rich quarter grew up with Victorian, Gothic and Romanesque houses surrounded by graceful front gardens. Going down the main shopping street of Brooklyn Montague Street, you will find yourself on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, from where a panoramic view of Lower Manhattan will open. Young city visitors who come for a party will prefer to spend time in the bars of Williamsburg. You can drink local beer and see the production process, as well as attend a theme party at the Brooklyn Brewery at the weekend.
Take a break from the noise of the ever-running crowd on the beaches of Brighton Beach. Rent a car to see the Russian-speaking area of New York, which is also called Little Odessa. Here, tourists from Russia do not even need knowledge of English - signs, menus, press, performances at the Millennium Theater - everything is in Russian. If you walk along the edge of the ocean for longer, you can walk to Coney Island, ride a Ferris wheel and see the inhabitants of the depths in the aquarium.
The most profitable way to travel to places of interest outside the city is to rent a car. A taxi ride in this case is too expensive, the price for which can be compared with a plane ticket. Many roads outside the boundaries of megacities are not equipped with sidewalks. Public transport is not very common and is comparable in price to the services of car rental companies, which the Americans themselves use.
If you rent a car, be sure to visit the famous Niagara Falls near the border with Canada. Niagara is a whole complex of waterfalls, where from the mountains covered with forests, thousands of tons of water crash down with noise. Everything here is equipped for tourists, more than a million of whom come here every year. Pleasure boats from which you can see the Niagara Falls from below are very popular.
A city in Massachusetts, Boston since 1630 has played an important role as a port, and now a university center. In the city and its environs there are more than 70 educational institutions. Until the end of the 18th century, Boston was the center of the Massachusetts English colony. Significant battles for independence and the abolition of slavery took place in these places, which can be found out in more detail during local excursions. Numerous parks and museums in Boston allow you to relax and enjoy the beauty and cultural monuments of these places.
Outstripping New York in terms of stress, the US capital, Washington, is still a must stop on a trip around the country. Once on the site of the city there were swamps adjacent to the Potomac River. Now in their place majestic buildings have been erected in the tradition of building ancient Roman churches. Walk to the Capitol, where the US Congress meets, the Lincoln Memorial on the National Alley and the official residence of the US White House President. Leave time to visit the amazing Botanical Garden, where more than 60 thousand plants grow. If possible, stay in the city at night to see Washington in the night.
Going to Washington in a rented car, stop in Philadelphia. The city center is occupied by the Independence National Historical Reserve, where the American government met in the early years and signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It is worth taking the time to walk to the city council building, reminiscent of the Paris Louvre, and visit the house-museum of Edgar Allan Poe, where the famous poem "Raven" was written.
35 east 18th street http://www.abckitchennyc.com
The ABC Kitchen Restaurant is a paradise for vegetarians and anyone who cares about the freshness and quality of the ingredients. All products grow on farms on the East Coast and are carefully selected by the chef. New York-based restaurateur Gene Fongerichten founded ABC Kitchen, whose restaurants invariably receive well-deserved stars. The best culinary creations of the restaurant are pizza with clams, sweet-glazed chicken with mashed potatoes and ice cream with salted caramel popcorn and chocolate.
240 E 58th Street www.clubasteakhouse.com
Restaurant Club A Steakhouse is an excellent venue for a romantic dinner in the lower room in red tones with dim lighting. The main specialization of the institution, as the name implies, is large juicy steaks of perfect roasting, traditionally served with sauce and french fries. For 40 years, this restaurant has been invariably prepared for other meat dishes, such as tartar and lamb. Three pieces of different cakes are served for dessert at once.
69 7th Ave S bleeckerstreetpizza.com
If you want a budget and quick meal, head to Bleecker Street Pizza. This pizzeria is chosen by many celebrities, which can be seen in the photos of the institution and, if you're lucky, during your own meal. Many people think that they prepare the best pizza in the city on thin crispy pastry with many fillings. The restaurant owners are sure of this, and did not fail to proudly write that they are the best on the sign of a pizzeria.
1 Water St, Brooklyn www.rivercafe.com
One of the places created for romantic evenings, The River Cafe in Brooklyn, offers its guests a breathtaking panorama of the night-lit coast of Manhattan. It is better to take care of the reservation of the table in advance, as the place is popular not only among tourists who come for a beautiful view, but also appropriate, preferring this restaurant for its atmosphere and high cuisine.
100 Orchard Street
810 1 347-273-8702 www.bluemoon-nyc.com/ double room - from € 44
Blue Moon Boutique Hotel is a 19th-century historic building on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Featuring high ceilings, antique furniture and carpets, rooms offer beautiful New York views, and some have a balcony. Each issue bears the name of a star of the 20-30s of the XX century. Breakfast is served in the lobby on the ground floor and serves fresh fruit, hot pastries, coffee and tea. For those arriving by rental car, the nearby parking lot, which is relatively inexpensive for New York, will be an additional advantage of the hotel.
120 East 31st Street www.hotel31.com double room - from € 100
In the heart of Manhattan, just a five-minute walk from the Empire State Building and 20-minutes from Times Square, the hotel welcomes guests with the simple address name “31”. The rooms have wide beds, safes, air conditioning and sinks, but the toilets are shared on the floor, which justifies the low price for this area. This hotel is a great opportunity to save money and travel time to attractions. Near the building there are also many inexpensive cafes and restaurants, including McDonald's and Starbucks, as well as stores of popular brands.
300 W 30th St at 8th Ave riffchelsea.com double room - from € 80
The Riff Chelsea Hotel is also a great base for travelers, 15 minutes from Times Square. Parking is not provided, it is reasonable to rent a rental car during a visit to New York and resume renting through the rental leaders' website, heading to Washington or Philadelphia. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and air conditioning, and some have their own kitchen, which saves on restaurants. After a long day, you can relax on the hotel terrace.
12 East 31st Street www.hotelchandler.com double room - from € 115
The luxury boutique hotel Chandler in the city center within walking distance of the Empire State Building provides its guests with comfortable rooms with cherry wood furniture and chic bathrooms with soft bathrobes and designer toiletries. There is also a quiet library, a spacious lounge with free hot drinks, and a gym. Fast Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The staff at the 24-hour reception is always ready to help and recommend restaurants based on your wishes, as well as tourist places to visit.
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