Even though the night has arrived, New York still does not lose its luster. As Frank Sinatra said in his legendary song New York, New York , this city never sleeps. The city, known as the symbol of the Statue of Liberty, indeed promises an extraordinary experience for 24 hours. Exploring New York non-stop will bring a unique experience for tourists.
No exception for tourists from Indonesia who indeed come mostly to peel this city out. Before exploring further in this dream city, there are some important facts that must be known.
1. New York City has five main regions
Never think New York City could be explored in a short time. The city has five main regions or Boroughs. The five regions are Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Each region has its own uniqueness and characteristics.
Manhattan is famous for its skyscrapers, business, museums, and shopping tours. The Bronx is known as the city residence of the New York Yankees baseball team, Brooklyn is known as the city with the most population known as street art and its old buildings.
Whereas Queens is known as the largest city with the most diverse ethnic population. In this region many Indonesians live here.
Finally, Staten Island, located the southernmost with the fewest population, can be enjoyed from the Ferry which connects Staten Island and Manhattan.
2. The best travel time starts in spring
The city begins to show its beauty in spring, around April. In summer and autumn the weather is more friendly for tourists from tropical regions such as Indonesia.
Many tourists avoid the winter in December, because they have to wear thick jackets that add to the burden. In addition, during the winter it is also at risk of a snowstorm that causes many public facilities and shops to close. While January-February is the coldest month in New York, on average it reaches 0 degrees Celsius and even minus.
3. There are many Indonesian restaurants
Kangen rendang or pecel catfish? Don't worry, compared to other cities in the United States, New York has more Indonesian restaurants.
More than five Indonesian restaurants spread across Manhattan, Brooklyn, to Queens. Not to mention the addition of Malay restaurants from Malaysia, or Chinese Food, Japanese Food, and Middle East that sell rice as the main menu.
4. Drinking water tap is available in every place
New York City (NYC) claims to have the best clean water system in the United States. They spread water taps in various city centers. No need to carry a heavy drink bottle or buy water at a convenience store, you only need to look for a water tap and open your mouth, your thirst is gone.
5. Beware of bums and superheroes
Even though it occupies the top position as a modern world city, don't be surprised if you see a lot of homeless people. Generally they just sit and ask for small but not disturbing money.
In addition to homelessness, you will also meet many superheroes like Iron Man, to Monsters Inc. They will be very friendly to take pictures together, but this is not free. Don't forget to prepare a tip for them.
6. Many transportation options
Buses, trains, taxis to online taxis are ready to take you around the city. Buses and trains are available at unlimited US $ 31 rates for 7 days. While a city tour with a guide can be obtained at a rate of around US $ 50 for 48 hours, aka 2 days.
7. Don't forget the tip
Tipping has become an American culture and a must for tourists. So prepare US $ 2-5 for tips for taxi drivers or bellboys. As for the restaurant, they provide a choice of tips listed on the purchase receipt starting at 15 percent-20 percent of the transaction nominal, except fast food restaurants where the tip is voluntary.
Not to mention local artists who routinely fill the stage at the leading bars in the city. Just name a few names like Manhattan Transfer, Boys II Men, to Puff Daddy. Get ready also with unexpected moments delivered by Leonardo DiCaprio or Taylor Swift while they shop in Soho.
9. Forget big malls or bargaining habits
Most Indonesian tourists are carried by the Jakarta or Singapore style shopping mall where all activities ranging from shopping, eating to playing are in one place.
Shopping places with the concept of large malls are very rare in NYC, closest to the concept is Macy's, Bloomingdale, or Woodbury. Instead of the habit of bidding, NYC shops offer a coupon concept, so visitors are strongly advised to visit the visitor center before shopping to get a coupon book.
Don't be afraid of buying or hesitating when shopping in this city, because the shop here provides full return facilities, which can be returned up to three months after purchase.