As the largest city in the US, New York City is filled with diversity, from Wall Street in the Financial District to jazz clubs in Greenwich Village to the high line in Chelsea and hip boutiques in SoHo. The city is divided into five boroughs: The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. New Yorkers are known as being gruff and hardworking, and while this is true of some residents, all types of people call the city home. Local real estate is expensive, and renters quickly learn New York apartments can be very small with high per month rent.
NYC has an extensive public transportation system with subways and buses. Subway is the quickest way to travel, and a $2.75 fair can take you throughout the city. Unlike in other cities, the yellow taxi still rules over Uber and Lyft. Driving around the city can be slow and stressful, and parking is hard to find.
New York City has true four seasons, with snowy and cold winters, warm and rainy springs, hot and humid summers, and cool and pleasant falls. It rains at least a few days a month, but plenty of days are dry. The average summer high is 82°F (27°C) and the average winter high is 42°F (5°C).
Top sights and attractions
Located in Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Ave, Times Square is filled with theatres, tourist attractions, bright billboards, and shopping. It's a bustling place, with more than 300,000 people passing through the area each day. It's home to the famous New Year's Eve ball drop.