Welcome to New York City !

If you're a first-time visitor, there are a lot of places to visit like the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Bronx Zoo, Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge to name a few. If you've been here before, there's always another neighborhood to explore, another restaurant to try, another Broadway show and museum blockbuster to see, another cultural performance or sporting event.
To help you plan your time in New York city, the city's official tourism marketing organization, provides information and assistance at Official NYC Visitor Information Centers and Kiosks throughout the city.
Subways: Public transportation within the five boroughs of the metropolitan area is very well served by the Metropolitan Transport Authority (http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/) and the best way to get around.New Yorkís subway is fast, air conditioned, cheap and much safer. You can buy MetroCards in cash or by credit or debit card at the MetroCard vending machines located in the train stations.

The vast network of almost 500 stations serves 24 routes. Subway lines are identified with different colors, so you will need to find out which is the one that serves you best and remember the color. You will note that there are two tracks heading in the same direction at some stations inManhattan. That is because there are express trains (stop every 4 or 5 stations) and local trains (stop at every station). We suggest that - since you are not very familiar with the subway system - you always take the local train to avoid getting lost.

Rail Service :
The city has two main stations: Grand Central Station, (42nd St. & Park Ave.), where Metro-North Railroad services upstateNew York,New Jersey andConnecticut; and.Penn Station, (34th St. & 6th Ave.), which serves both Amtrak and the Long Island Railroad.
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) offers services toCanada and  manyUS destinations and there are frequent shuttles toWashington DC (journey time is 3 hours) andBoston (journey time under 4 hours).