Travel TipsThe best times to travel to New York are spring and fall. Not only is the weather more comfortable than in summer and winter, but the scenery is downright breathtaking. May and October daytime high temperatures are generally in the mid- to upper 60s. Dress moderately—slacks, jacket and comfortable footwear are appropriate—and bring a slightly heavier sweater or coat for cooler evening temperatures.
Summer in New York City can be stifling unless you are near the coast, where cool sea breezes temper the heat. For summer sightseeing bring lightweight clothing, sunglasses, and comfortable sneakers or thick-soled sandals (the pavement can get very hot).
New York winters can be trying. Daytime temperatures average in the upper 30s or low 40s; at night temperatures can drop into the 20s. Although most of your sightseeing will be indoors, winter gear should be layered in order to acclimate to warm restaurants and crowded theaters.
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AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
The sales tax in New York City is 8.875 percent. The tax on hotel rooms is 14.75 percent plus $3.50 per room, per day occupancy fee. Car rental tax is 19.875 percent.
Use local precinct phone number.
Mount Sinai Brooklyn, (718) 252-3000; Elmhurst Hospital Center, in Flushing, (718) 334-4000; Mount Sinai Medical Center, (212) 241-6500; New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, (212) 746-5454.
151 W. 34th St. New York, NY 10001. Phone:(212)484-1200 or (800)692-8474
The New York City area has three airports.
Hertz, 310 E. 48th St., offers discounts to AAA members; phone (800) 654-3080. All major car rental agencies have offices in New York City and at each airport.
Grand Central Terminal supports Metro-North commuter trains. Penn Station supports Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and PATH trains.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal, Eighth to Ninth avenues between W. 40th and 42nd streets, is the main terminal for the city; phone (800) 221-9903.
Yellow medallion taxis are the only vehicles authorized to pick up street hails. Taxi fares begin at $2.50, then increase 50c each additional fifth of a mile, or 50c for each 60 seconds waiting in traffic. Surcharges apply during certain hours. See Getting Around, Taxis.
A $2.75 (or $3 for a SingleRide ticket) subway fare buys you an unlimited-mileage ride as long as you do not get off. Bus fare is $2.75; exact change (no bills) is required. See Getting Around, Public Transportation.