New York Basic Information
No matter how many re-runs of "Friends" you've watched, there's still a lot about New York that you probably don't know. Like, did you know that the Staten Island Ferry is free - and so is the MET. Here is some more useful NYC information that comes for free as well.
Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in the USA for up to 90 days without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. In order to travel under this program you must apply and be granted authorisation through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization prior to your trip. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local US embassy.
The currency in the USA is the US Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the US Dollar can change constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you.
What do hotdogs, donuts, disco fries and Starbucks all have in common? Besides a lot of calories - they're all staple cuisine in New York. While fast food is prevalent in the Big Apple, to eat only from the fast food chains would be a tragedy. You'd be missing out on the cream cheese bagels from delis in Queens, the classic New York pizzas in Brooklyn and the famous Waldorf Salad from its birthplace - the Waldorf Hotel. And for dessert? You can't leave the city without a slice of New York-style cheesecake from the Bronx, a killer cannoli from Little Italy and a famous cupcake from Serendipity. Note to self: don't bother dieting.
As the city that never sleeps, you can bet your bottom dollar you're in for a few sleepless nights in New York City. The nightlife here is ever evolving. As one dive bar closes, a new boutique cider bar opens. Manhattan, for the most part, is where all the action lies. For a drink with a view, most of the city's hotels and even the Met Museum boast open-air rooftop bars, ideal for combining your sightseeing with a cocktail. If you're looking to dance, New York's mainstay club, Copacabana on 47th Street, has pumped with Latin music for over 75 years. For different beats, Marquee on Tenth Avenue prides itself on exclusivity and a wide range of music genres. Running low on drinking change? Go searching for cheap beer at bars in Brooklyn and Bushwick.