Heading to the Big Apple on business? Here's our list of hot tips to help you navigate transport, tipping, telecommunications and more.
New York is serviced by three main airports – John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia – and Australian travellers can enter by any one of them depending on domestic connections.
LaGuardia is the closest airport to Manhattan but is under-serviced by public transport: expect a 25-minute taxi ride to the city. From JFK, the AirTrain links to the subway for trips of an hour or so and taxis have a flat rate of $US52 plus tolls. Newark to the city can be done by train or shuttle. Taxis here don’t have a flat rate but rideshare company Via has a city-airport trip for $US50 plus tolls.
Rush hours are at 8am and 6pm, with another crescendo at lunchtime. It’s often faster to use the subway. If you do get a car, Uber is king but an insider favourite is Via, which has unbeatable prices if you don’t mind car-sharing with strangers.
+8.6 million with 1.6 million in Manhattan.
English but almost every language in existence can be heard somewhere in the boroughs.
$AU1=$US0.72 (subject to change)
Spring ◖ 2°C ◖22°C
Summer ◖18°C ◖29°C
Autumn ◖ 5°C ◖25°C
Winter ◖-3°C ◖ 7°C
Best SIM card
T-Mobile has a Tourist Plan for $US30, which gives you 1000 minutes of calls and unlimited texts and data.
Best local app
Goings On, which is curated with up-to-date information on the Big Apple’s cultural offerings by editors at The New Yorker.
Average price of a cup of coffee
$US2.50 for American filter coffee; $US4 for espresso-based drinks.
Be on time for meetings and meals – some restaurants won’t seat you for brunch until all members of your party have arrived. If you’re stuck in traffic, send a courtesy message; people will understand.
Mandatory. Keep in mind that wages are lower here. Unless otherwise stated, a restaurant tip is 18 to 20 per cent of the final bill; taxis are 15 to 20 per cent; bellboys (and bellgirls) expect a few dollars per bag; and a bartender deserves $US1 to $US2 per drink served.
“G’day!” will probably delight your American colleagues but most people employ the usual polite salutations.