New York, is one of the most iconic business hubs in the world. Stepping into the Big Apple is like walking into one of your favourite film sets. This famous city has more restaurants, bars, points of interest and sights than most, ensuring there is always somewhere to go and something to see at any time of the year.
Surrounded by skyscrapers and fantastic pieces of architect, New York has been designed impeccably so you always know where you are - with Manhattan laid out on a simple grid system you can pretty much walk everywhere.
Known as the city that doesn't sleep, there's always plenty happening and the trick for a business traveller who is staying in town for a short period of time is to plan your free bleisure time around your working hours before you travel, as there is so much to pick from in terms of activities.
In this guide, we provide corporate travellers with all the information they will need when spending time travelling for business and some of our favourite place we have visited. From weather forecasts, transport links, what to see, where to eat and much more…
July is usually the hottest month in New York boasting an average temperature of 25°C. The coldest month being January with the average temperature reaching 2°C. The wettest month is May with an average of 114 mm of rain, so if you are planning on travelling to New York around this time remember to pack or buy an umbrella!
From the Airport
Travelling from the airport could never be easier! A fare from JFK to central Manhattan will set you back roughly $52, with destinations such as Brooklyn costing more.The Newark taxis are Metered so expect to pay fares in the region of $50-75. For a cheaper and often quicker alternative is to take the NJ Transit train from Newark to New York's Penn Station.
Getting Around Town
Once you have arrived in Manhattan, you can take the famous subway. It's the fastest and best value way of getting around the city itself. Operating 24/7, a single flat fare of $2.50 covers the entire city.
TOP TIP! - Be careful when taking an iconic yellow cab, you’ll pay $2.50 upon entry and then $0.50 per one-fifth of a mile extra.
Where to stay:
Most corporate travellers tend to bed down at hotels in the popular, central Midtown area. Depending on how far you are willing to stay outside of this area, recent demand has prompted a hotel building boom across all five boroughs giving you more scope for finding your ideal hotel. New upscale hotel options in areas like the Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn and Queens are favourable with business travellers heading to NYC.
The Herald Square area has also benefited from the recent Hotel building boom in the area, with an influx of mid-priced, brand name hotels such as Best Western Premier, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Marriott Courtyard, among others wading the way for budgeted business travellers with a willingness to use public transport.
Top things to see and do:
Whether you're spending free time in between meetings or adding on some “Bleisure” time to the end of your stay, a trip to New York is not complete without a visit to some of the most iconic landmarks in the world.
#1 Rockerfeller Centre - “Top of the Rock”
70 Floors up at the top of the Rockefeller Centre the ‘Top of the Rock’ has unspoilt 360-degree panoramic views of Manhattan’s Midtown and Central Park. Take an exciting elevator ride to the 70th floor to find an amazing 3 storey outdoor deck for the very best views of New York city.
TIP – best time to visit is just before sunset, one of the most magical sight you will see, from the daylight through the Sunset to the bright lights of the city at night, you get the best of views.
#2 Empire State Building
Located in the centre of Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building has 86th and 102nd floor observatories that provide unforgettable 360° views of New York City and beyond. The Empire State Building is famous for its evening light shows which can be seen from most parts of the city, the light shows symbolise events in the world and occasions.
#3 9/11 Tribute Museum
Run and opened by the September 11th Families Association, the 9/11 Tribute Museum will take you on a very emotional journey of that world changing day. Connect with surviving family members, retired firefighters and police officers as they share their personal accounts of the tragic events. This self-guided tour takes you through videos pictures and artefacts from Ground Zero close up.
#4 One World Observatory
Built in the surrounding area of the original world trade centre, the One World Observatory is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and has breath-taking 360-degree view of the city taking in views of the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, and Statue of Liberty. The observation decks are on the 100th 101st 102nd floor and you take a Sky Pod elevator which takes just 60 seconds.
#5 Central Park
Famous for its film scenes, horse drawn carriages and the world-famous ice rink, Central park is not to be missed, take a seat and just watch the world go by, join the local joggers and explore all the park has to offer including the Central Park Zoo, Central Park Carousel and the Reservoir. In the winter make sure you wrap up warm as it will get a bit chilly on a romantic horse drawn carriage ride followed by Ice Skating.
#6 Madison Square Garden
It is always worth a visit to Madison Square Garden to see a traditional American Sport with it being home to 2 of New York most famous teams. New York Knicks Basketball Team and the New York Rangers Ice Hockey Team. The atmosphere is fantastic, with halftime shows and all-american fast food dining.
#7 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Experience the beauty of one of the world’s most iconic attractions of Lady Liberty (Statue of Liberty) up close with a trip on the ferry to Liberty Island, which you can just wander around the island or take a trip inside the pedestal or why not even climb to her crown. On the way back why not stop at Ellis Island and take tour around the Immigration Museum.
#8 Times Square and Broadway
Known as the crossroads of the World, it’s difficult not to be mesmerised by the bright lights of this entertainment district. Times Square is well worth visiting after dark as the abundance of neon advertising boards and signs create a surreal daylight over the area. Also home to Broadway theatreland, why not take an evening or matinee seat and be dazzled and entertained by one of the world famous theatre shows and musicals.
Where to eat:
When it comes to food, New York does not disappoint! Catering for all budgets, New York is a hive of pizza parlours, trendy bars and fine dining experiences. For new American and Fine dining try Gramercy Tavern, and for an elevated Greek dining experience we recommend Nerai. Both of which can be booked through the handy dining app opentable.com
In this fast paced environment busy New Yorkers go about their business with a matter of urgency which may come across as blunt, much like London. Remember, New Yorkers are a friendly bunch who will help many a lost tourist by pointing them in the right direction - just remember to keep it short and direct to let them get on their way.
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