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Explore New York City

New York City’s incredible energy, excitement and diversity set it apart from all other destinations on the planet—and that’s no overstatement. Our five boroughs have five distinct personalities, with their own vibrant cultures, dynamic art scenes, and world-renowned shopping and dining. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it in New York City.

Weather

New York City weather can vary from day to day, and even morning to afternoon, but a guide to the seasons can help you plan your wardrobe. Spring (March–May) in New York City brings light winds and rain, with the season’s temperatures ranging from cool to very warm. Summer (June–August) is characterized by bright, sunny, hot days and later sunsets, sometimes accompanied by cool breezes in areas near the water. The fall season (September–November) is cool and crisp, so it’s wise to wear layers. The winter months (December–February) are cold and snowy with less daylight, though the weather is often clear.

Time Zone

New York City is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (Greenwich Mean Time minus five hours during daylight saving time, from March through November, and minus six hours the rest of the year). Check here for the current date and time in NYC.

International Visitors

If you’re visiting New York City from outside the United States, you may need a visa to enter the country. For details, visit the US State Department’s visa information website.

Dining

In New York City, everything’s on the menu. Start with NYC classics: mile-high pastrami sandwiches, bagels with lox, hot knishes, and pizza pies—done better here than anywhere else. Then sample the ethnic cuisine tucked away in every corner of the City, originating from every corner of the globe. Whether you’re in the mood for the traditional or for cutting-edge dining, New York City has it all.

Sightseeing

There’s no better place than New York City to mix work and play: the five boroughs are packed with iconic attractions that event attendees can really get excited about. From the breathtaking beauty of the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park to the buzzing vibrancy of the Unisphere and Yankee Stadium, experience firsthand the sights and landmarks that attract more than 60 million tourists a year. Plus, getting around NYC is incredibly efficient and affordable via its 24-hour mass transit system. Hail a cab, rent a bike, hop a ferry, board a bus, or take the subway anywhere.

Shopping

When it comes to shopping, New York City offers an experience found nowhere else. Stroll glamorous avenues of couture shops, explore neighborhoods studded with hidden vintage boutiques, or satiate that craving at any number of gourmet food markets. Whether it’s diamonds or discounts, NYC truly has something for every budget and interest. So come prepared with an extra suitcase—you’ll be glad you did.

TV Show Tapings

Attending the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City is fun and free. It’s best to book tickets as far in advance as possible, depending on the individual show’s policies. Still, many shows have standby options if you’re willing to wait. Click here for the addresses and schedules of TV shows—and your chance to say hi to people back home on national television.

Additional Fun Activities

Even when business is the primary reason for travel to New York City, it’s impossible not to get caught up in its energy and excitement. Diverse neighborhoods, historic landmarks, and some of the most interesting museums in the world can be found in NYC.

New York City comprises several islands, and its waters are home to an extensive ferry system to take you uptown and downtown, as well as across the rivers between boroughs. Perhaps the best-known of these is the Staten Island Ferry. The free ferry is primarily a commuter shuttle between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan, but the 5.2-mile 20-minute ride offers unbeatable views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and Lower Manhattan.

Other shuttles include NYC Ferry, New York Water Taxi, and NY Waterway. Harbor and sightseeing cruises are available too, such as Statue Cruises, which operates direct service from the Battery to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

If you love to shop, choices abound. Midtown offers fashion spots like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other big-name department stores; Soho, Tribeca and Nolita feature celebrity designer goods, handmade jewelry, and artwork; and Williamsburg in Brooklyn is a fun place to find one-of-a-kind vintage apparel in charming boutiques. For culture and entertainment, consider NYC’s remarkable museums and the bright lights of Broadway in Times Square’s Theatre District.

Night owls can party at cocktail lounges in Chelsea and dancing dens in the Meatpacking District. There’s also cabaret and karaoke in Times Square, comedy clubs in Greenwich Village and Long Island City, and rock and roll venues on the Lower East Side.

Foodies who want to savor delicious, authentic cuisines from every region in the world should head to the Astoria, Flushing, or Jackson Heights neighborhoods in Queens, the East Village in Manhattan, and Cobble Hill in Brooklyn.

A visit to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the Mets’ Citi Field in Queens or their minor league teams—the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones—is a must for all baseball lovers.

Suggested Tipping Guidelines

  • Hotel doorman: $1 for hailing a cab
  • Porters and bellhops: $1–2 per bag
  • Housekeeping: As much as $5 per day
  • Waitstaff and bartenders: 15–20 percent of total bill
  • Taxi drivers: 15–20 percent of total fare

Tips for other service personnel, such as theater ushers, tour guides, and coat-check staff, are always appreciated. It’s worth noting that if you’re having drinks at a bar, bartenders typically expect at least a $1 tip for every drink they serve you. Later, when the bar gets crowded, you’ll be glad that the bartender remembers you!

Special-Service Needs

New York City is committed to ensuring accessibility for everyone with special needs, and has equipped all buses with lifts for those in wheelchairs and those who have difficulty climbing stairs. In addition, many subway stations include elevators, ramps, visual display signs, accessible public telephones and tactile and audio features on vending machines. Subways also have automated voices indicating stops, and all buses and select subway stations are wheelchair accessible. Many street-hail taxicabs accommodate wheelchairs. To request a wheelchair-accessible taxi, call the accessible dispatch center at +1.646.599.9999; text a request to +1.646.400.0789; book online; or download the free mobile app “NYC Accessible Dispatch” at the Apple or Android store. Passengers with disabilities are eligible for reduced fares on most mass-transit trips. For more information about NYC accessibility, call +1.212.NEW.YORK (639.9675) from outside the City or 311 while in town; contact the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (+1.212.788.2830, TTY: +1.212.504.4115, nyc.gov/mopd).

ACCP does not endorse or sponsor any company or service, nor does it receive any promotional consideration for mentioning these services. These services are listed only as a convenience to the meeting attendees, and as with any personal travel, the costs and any liability associated with personal travel are at the expense of the meeting attendees.