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  • New York City is arguably one of the most popular global tourist destinations, and certainly high on the wishlist of all jetsetters. It is the place most frequently chosen out of all the wonderful places to visit in the United States of America, with an impressive 65 million visitors passing through the city in 2018. The city has a population of almost 8.5 million, with a great variety of people calling this exciting place home.
  • New York City is made up of five boroughs; Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and The Bronx, making it an eclectic place to visit. It is in New York state, on the East coast of the US.
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, commonly referred to as JFK airport or simply JFK, is the primary airport serving New York. It can be found in the borough of Queens, and it is America’s busiest international air passenger gateway as well as the 21st busiest airport globally. Nearly every place in the world can be reached via JFK, hence why it is used so frequently. It was once known as New York International Airport, but was renamed as a tribute to the late JFK after his assassination in 1963.
  • Some rules of the road

  • To get you started, here are a few tips and things to remember when driving in New York City. However, it’s important to ensure you do your own research as well, to make sure you are fully prepared upon arrival.
  • Drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Although it is permitted in other parts of America, New York City traffic laws don’t allow you to turn right on a red light unless there is a sign indicating that you can.
  • Left turns are similarly restricted, but according to the time of day, so once more it is important to pay attention to all relevant signage. You can get a ticket for turning at a time when it is forbidden.
  • There are plenty of tolls across the city, especially when you cross between New York and New Jersey, so keep cash on hand.
  • Many pedestrians in the city tend to jaywalk (cross when not at a crossing) so keep an eye out at all times.
  • If you are parking on the street, your car will be towed if you are within 15 feet from a fire hydrant, and you will get a ticket if your tires are on a crosswalk at all.

Guide to New York

A trip to New York City can leave you liberal with the purse strings, but if you’re looking to save a few pennies, there are plenty of fascinating galleries and museums that offer free admission. Some of the best include The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Federal Hall National Memorial, and the Socrates Sculpture Park. Numerous others offer free admission at certain times and dates, such as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, New York Botanical Garden and the Museum of Arts and Design. No matter which part of the city you visit, you will be sure to get your fill of the rich and diverse culture this destination has to offer, learning plenty in a way that allows you to fully engage with this fascinating place.

New York City is a bustling retail hub

It's filled to the brim with all of the shops you may desire, ready for you to shop until you drop and wish you’d brought another suitcase away with you. You’ll be sure to find all of the big name chains that you recognise, but there is also a great selection of more independent stores and smaller chains as well. Bulletin can be found in Nolita, with a fabulous selection of feminist choices boasting a variety of sizes and cool pins to decorate your choices. Story is a shop that re-invents itself on a regular basis, collaborating with creative thinkers to make this an exciting and refreshing place to shop every time you are in the area. If you’re in Soho, head to Canal Street Market for a variety of vendors offering trendy clothes and jewellery, with an adjoined food hall ensuring you’ll be able to keep going all day long.

This is a city that is renowned for its theatre, and your holiday will surely be remiss if it doesn’t feature a trip to a production either on or off Broadway. Check what’s due to be on while you’re around, but there are also a number of options of shows that have lasted longer than the rest for good reason. Some of the top choices include The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Les Misérables. If you’re looking off-Broadway, try long-running staple the Blue Man Group or check Playbill to see what is worth visiting.

Although certainly a hub for bars and other nightlife that can only beckon those that are 21 and over, New York City also offers lots to do that can entertain the entire family. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum has plenty of entertaining and educational exhibits that will both engage and teach the young ones in your party. There is also a dedicated section for children under the age of five, so you don’t have to worry about anyone dragging the group behind. The Staten Island Zoo, Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo are all wonderful places to visit for any age, with a great range of animals to marvel at, with the Bronx site being supremely dedicated to the conservation of the animals they shelter. Staten Island Zoo is the smaller of the three, with the Bronx Zoo hosting dedicated areas like Tiger Mountain or JungleWorld and Central Park Zoo is described as a ‘pioneer in re-creating natural habitats in urban environments’.

Eating out in New York

There is no end to the delights in the eateries of New York, so you will be sure to eat splendidly for every meal, and be sure to visit these few choices to get you off to the best of starts.

Spicy Village, Lower East Side. New York City boasts a wealth of delicious Chinese restaurants, and Spicy Village is a fine choice. It pays homage to China’s Henan heartland, and it is certainly worth seeking out for rich and hearty noodle soups, tender dumplings and the fan-favourite Big Tray of Chicken. A visit here will not break the bank but it may break your heart knowing you cannot take it back home with you.

Los Tacos No. 1, Midtown West near Times Square. Times Square has no end to bright lights and familiar tourist restaurants, but to get the best experience you should head out of the centre a little bit. Los Tacos No. 1 isn’t the destination for a long sit-down meal, but the tacos are amazing and will make the perfect pit stop in your day of sight-seeing.

The Grill, Midtown East. For those with a bigger budget and a wish to indulge in an evening of fine dining, head to The Grill. Despite the unsuspecting name, this eatery offers an elegant and refined experience with a menu that fuses the French and the American. For true decadence, try the roasted chicken or the dry-aged jalapeno duck.

The Bombay Bread Bar, Soho. Any lovers of Indian cuisine must have this spot on the list for their trip. A colourful place both on its walls and on the menu, it has a constant buzzing atmosphere of locals and tourists flocking to the kingdom of carbs – the chefs have perfected their naan and kulchas, and they are the perfect complements to the amazing curries. Wash it all down with a refreshing cocktail and kick off a night out in style.

Car Hire in John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

As it is part of an extremely busy airport, car hire at JFK is something that ought to be organised prior to your arrival, so that you might skip some of the longest queues. The car hire agencies that are on offer on site are all available in booths by the baggage carousel, but if you arrive with your confirmation of order on hand already then you may skip them entirely to take the AirTrain to the Federal Circle Station, where your keys and car will be waiting for you. The agencies that operate at JFK Airport are; Alamo, Enterprise, National, Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Budget, Europcar and Avis.

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FAQs about car hire in New York

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in New York

The average price of car hire in New York is $78 (£59) per day, depending on your requirements and the time of your booking.
The car hire agencies that frequently offer the lowest prices are Dollar and Thrifty, with prices as low as $31 (£24) per day. They are both on hand at JFK airport, so be sure to book in advance to make sure you get the best prices and have all choices of vehicle available to you.
Alamo and Enterprise are frequently booked, and are two of the car hire agencies available to you upon arrival at JFK airport.
Alamo, Enterprise, National, Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, Budget, Europcar and Avis are the car hire agencies that you are able to use on site at the airport.