Frequently Asked Questions

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Visiting NYC? Find answers to many frequently asked questions below.

What color is the Empire State Building tonight?

What color is the Empire State Building tonight?

The Empire State Building has developed an annual lighting schedule which honors national holidays, seasons, a myriad of ethnic groups living in the New York City area, and many worthy causes.  During spring and fall bird migration seasons and partiMore
How big is Central Park?

How big is Central Park?

Central Park's 843 acres makes it more than twice the size of the Principality of Monaco. It was the first landscaped public park in the United States. About 1600 residents of shantytowns in the area were displaced, including Irish pig farmers, and GMore
When does the TKTS booth open?

When does the TKTS booth open?

TKTS has three locations Times Square (47th & Broadway) , Lower Manhattan at the South Street Seaport, Downtown Brooklyn (1 MetroTech Center at Jay - Myrtle Sts) Times Square (47th & Broadway) hours of sale for discount (day-of-perMore
What time does rush hour begin?

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. More
Is San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge longer than New York's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge?

Is San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge longer than New York's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge?

No. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (constructed in 1959-64) has a center span of 4,260 feet and an overall length of 13,700 feet. The towers are a few inches out of parallel to accommodate the curvature of the earth. In comparison, The George WashingtoMore
Why are NYC Cabs Yellow?

Why are NYC Cabs Yellow?

John Hertz, the founder of the Yellow Cab Company in 1907, chose yellow because he had read a study that indicated it was the easiest color to spot. More
How tall is the Statue of Liberty?

How tall is the Statue of Liberty?

The Lady in the Harbor stands 101 feet tall from base to torch, 305 feet tall from pedestal foundation to torch. She weighs 450,000 pounds, has a 35-foot waist and an 8-foot index finger. Click here for more information on Lady Liberty. More
Where can I find out-of-town newspapers?

Where can I find out-of-town newspapers?

Foreign and out-of-town newspapers can be found at: Barnes & Noble book stores Universal News Stand at 234 West 42nd St Call wholesaler Hotalings News Agency: (212) 974-9419 for the location of a newsstand that carries the newspaper you wMore
How much should I tip?

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 calculate the tip by doubling thMore
How big is Staten Island?

How big is Staten Island?

With 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). More: Staten Island places of interest Staten Island Ferry More
Where can I find a restaurant that permits smoking?

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 seconMore

The 2 for 1 Broadway ticket deal often called “twofers” can be found at the TKTS BOOTH IN TIMES SQUARE. The name Twofer does not always imply two for one tickets. More recently the discount offer has referred to anything between a 50% and 20% discoun
Why is New York called the Big Apple?

Why is New York called the Big Apple?

Why is New York Called The Big Apple? John J. Fitzgerald, a horse-racing writer for The Morning Telegraph in the 1920s was the first to popularize the term "The Big Apple". While on assignment in New Orleans, Fitzgerald overheard stablehands refeMore