New York City: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About New York City


New York City, the very name conjures up images of Broadway, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty; Frank Sinatra and yellow taxi cabs. The city that never sleeps has the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the Empire State Building, where movies like ‘An Affair to Remember’ and ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ will always be a part of its soul. It also has the sadness of 911, when the world watched in horror as evil took New York City in its grip with images that will forever be remembered throughout the world. But the beautiful city of New York has come back stronger, it has weathered the storm of heartache and loss and the city is alive, vibrant and welcoming. 


Boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx

Population (Metro Area): 18,867,000 (2022 est.)

Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)

Emergency Number: 911

Statue of Liberty
Brooklyn Bridge with Taxi

Packing List




Fun Facts

  • A little over 8 million people live in New York City. That means 1 in every 38 people in the United States calls the city home.
  • More than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. 4 in 10 households speak a language other than English.
  • Oysters were so popular in New York in the 19th century that the shells were used to pave Pearl Street. They were also used as lime for the masonry of the Trinity Church.
  • France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886 for its centennial celebration. The statue was shipped as 350 pieces in 214 crates and took 4 months to assemble at its current home on Ellis Island.
  • New York City’s Federal Reserve Bank has the largest gold storage in the world. The vault is 80 feet below street level and contains $90 billion in gold.
  • The New York Public Library has over 50 million books and other items and is the second largest library system in the nation after the Library of Congress. It is also the 3rd largest library in the world.
  • The United Nations headquarters was established in New York City in 1952 after World War II.
  • The first pizzeria in the United States opened in NYC in 1895. Since the 1960s, the price for a slice of pizza has been roughly the same as a subway ride, generating the idea of the “Pizza Principle” among economists.
  • New York Is The Birthplace Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The US. In 1969, the police raided a bar called Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. It was a safe haven for people in the LGBTQ+ community and instead of submitting, they fought back. The event spurred riots and a worldwide movement that makes New York one of the friendliest queer cities to this day


Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $5-10 per person/per day
Drivers USD $5-10 per person/per day
Restaurants(full service)  USD 20% of total bill



Where can I find information on travel safety? Click here for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.


Is the water safe to drink? Each day, more than 1 billion gallons of fresh, clean water are delivered to NYC from pristine reservoirs in the Catskill Mountains. New York City drinking water is world-renowned for its quality.


Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner,, or from a provider of your choice.


How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.


What does public transportation look like? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is New York City’s public transportation system which consists of subways, buses, and ferries with most lines operating 24 hours a day.


Is Uber or Lyft available?  Yes, they are both common throughout the city.

Luggage Restrictions

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