There are two international airports within the city limits: JFK and LaGuardia Airport. Newark Liberty International Airport, just across the Hudson River in New Jersey, is a convenient cab ride from Manhattan. Major highways connect the city to the rest of the continental United States, and trains—commuter lines and Amtrak—make it easy to access New York from neighboring cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
The New York subway is the most convenient mode of transportation within the city, with 472 stations and more than 840 miles of track. Companies like Uber are revolutionizing the way that visitors and locals catch cabs and hire car service. When in New York, however, it's always worthwhile to do as the locals do: walk. In Manhattan, city streets are largely organized in a simple grid. Don’t be afraid of a lack of options in the outer boroughs; new “Green Cabs” or “Boro Taxis” will do street pickups without complaint. The city’s bike-share program, managed by Citi Bike, is the most environmentally friendly option aside from walking.
New York is as culturally diverse as it is dense. Many immigrants who arrived en masse in the 19th century came from Ireland, and their influence remains evident in almost every borough. In Queens, Astoria has long been known for Greek culture, but it is more diverse now and has become a great option for dining with a cultural focus. Nine Chinatowns across the five boroughs allow visitors to experience Asia in North America. Those with a fascination for all things Italian will want to be in town in September for Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro, which has taken place here for nearly a century. In the summer, the Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival brings music and dance outside into the surrounding plazas. Meanwhile, Francophiles can celebrate by attending Bastille Day fairs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, or Fête Paradiso on Governors Island. Fans of cinema should consider the famous Tribeca Film Festival. Ethnic festivals take place year-round, and Citylore.org is one of the best resources to check what’s coming up.
Kirsten is a former wedding photographer who has turned her talents to travel and culinary pursuits. She also writes, acts as an on-camera host, teaches at conferences, and, between adventures abroad, explores the boroughs of New York City. Once a nomad, she now enjoys having a home in Astoria. Read more at Aviators and a Camera.
Megan Eileen McDonough New York City Local Expert
Megan Eileen is an award-winning social photojournalist based in New York City. She runs Bohemian Trails, a blog for the savvy and stylish traveler and has a passion for both revamped neighborhoods and vibrant street art. Megan’s work has appeared in AFAR, WestJet, Teen Vogue, BravoTV and Business Insider among others. Megan's lived in Washington (DC), London, Hong Kong, San Francisco and New York and will likely move again given her track record.