Getting Around by Water Taxi


New York Water Taxi connects you to neighborhoods, parks and cultural attractions along the West Side, Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn waterfronts. The bright-yellow catamarans sporting black-and-white checks are perfect for quick trips along New York City’s waterfront. You can hop on and off at the following landings:

  • RED HOOK – Brooklyn
  • PIER 11 – Wall Street / South St Seaport
  • PIER A – Battery Park
  • NORTH COVE – World Financial Center
  • PIER 63 – W. 23rd St. / Chelsea Piers
  • PIER 84 – W. 44th St./Circle Line / Intrepid
  • HUNTERS POINT PIER – Long Island City, Queens

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Whitney Museum of American Art


After Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitneys collection of nearly 500 objects of 20th century American art was rejected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1929, Whitney established her own museum in 1930. The Whitney became the first museum devoted to American art of the twentieth century. Today, the Whitney houses what many critics consider the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind. It has unrivaled holdings by such artists as Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, and Reginald Marsh, as well as many examples of Stuart Davis, Jasper Johns, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Sloan, and Frank Stella.

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How big is Staten Island?

staten-islandWith a population of 468,730, Staten Island is the least populated of the five boroughs but is the third-largest in area at 59 sq mi (153 km2).

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How much should I tip?

A tip of at least 15 percent is usual for meals, taxis, and personal services such as haircuts or massages. Bellboys at hotels usually receive $1 per bag. Bartenders – $1 per drink. Many New Yorkers find it easiest to…

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Where to enjoy Pop, Rock, Folk Music in NYC


B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
237 West 42 St (between Seventh & Eighth Aves)
Bus: 10, 16, 20, 27, 42, 104
A,C, E to 42 St/Port Authority Bus Terminal; 1,2,3,7,N,Q,R,S, or W to 42 St/Times Square

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Park Tours

Central Park 1(212) 360-2727 Prospect Park, Brooklyn 1 (718) 965-8999 Union Square Walking Tour 1(212) 460-1200 Urban Park Rangers 1 (866) 692-4295  

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Where can I find a restaurant that permits smoking?

As of March 30, 2003, smoking is prohibited in most indoor public spaces, including restaurants and bars. (Some restaurants with outdoor dining may set aside part of that space to accommodate smokers.) Restaurant and bar workers breathe in more second-hand…

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Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Visit the Grandest Stash of Gold in the Entire World

Federal Reserve BankThere’s actually more gold at Gold Vaults of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York than at Fort Knox! Approximately 25-30% of the world’s known gold reserves. FREE tours are given Monday through Friday (except Bank holidays) at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. The tour lasts approximately 60 minutes. 30 visitors can be accommodated each hour. Students must be at least 16 years old or juniors in high school. Tour Reservations must be made at least five days in advance. Because of the popularity of the tour, individuals and small groups are advised to contact the New York Fed at least one month in advance to schedule a tour. Large groups: at least three months in advance.

For more information, call 1(212) 720-6130; or


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What time does rush hour begin?

Most workers have no choice and have to ride subways and buses at the busiest hours. As a visitor, try to avoid the crush between 7am and 9am, and between 4:30pm and 6:30pm.

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New York City Marathon

nyc-marathon-130,000 runners from every corner of the globe compete in this 26.2 mile marathon that starts in Staten Island and runs through all five boroughs before reaching the finish line in Central Park. More than two million cheering spectators line the route. First Ave above 60th St or Central Park’s East Drive are favorite viewing locations for this first Sunday in November, world’s largest marathon. For complete information, visit the New York Road Runners website.

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