New York City, things to do

Planning a trip to the five boroughs can be part of the fun, but there’s also a lot of ground to cover—how to get here, what to expect from the weather, how to hail a taxi and much more. In this section, you'll find essential information to help you make the most of your visit.

Geography
New York City is composed of five boroughs. While Manhattan and Staten Island are islands, Brooklyn and Queens are geographically part of Long Island, and the Bronx is attached to the US mainland. The islands are linked by bridges, tunnels and ferries. Check here for helpful NYC maps and guides. Manhattan is 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide at its widest. Except at its northern and southern tips, the borough's avenues run roughly north and south, and streets run east and west. One-way thoroughfares are common, with traffic moving east on even-numbered streets and west on odd-numbered streets. Fifth Avenue divides the island into east and west sides (for example, locations on 57th Street west of Fifth Avenue are designated "W. 57th St.," and east of Fifth Avenue, they're "E. 57th St."). As you move farther east or west from Fifth Avenue, street addresses increase, usually in increments of 100 from one block to the next. For north-south avenues, 20 blocks equals a mile, and the street numbers increase as you go uptown. Blocks can be a useful measure of distance, but keep in mind your direction: walking uptown from 1st Street to 6th Street is about a quarter of a mile, but walking the same number of blocks crosstown, from First Avenue to Sixth Avenue, is approximately a mile.

Weather
To see current NYC weather conditions, view details on The New York Times. For more general information on the City's climate and seasonal variations, visit our weather page.

Time Zone
New York City is on the eastern standard time (Greenwich mean time minus four hours during daylight saving time, from March into early November, and minus five hours the rest of the year).

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.

Taxes and Tips
Travelers from out of town may not be familiar with the way taxes and tips affect New York City price tags. Check here for information about taxes and gratuities in New York City. Please visit the official New York city website for more information on the latest events and things to do while you visit NYC. You can also find official subway map here and download official city guide