This city has become a network of culturally diverse interesting neighborhoods but most tourist use the city as a transfer point. The excellent highways and public transit lines easily link to New York City and the area's most popular cultural attractions, Ellis Island and Liberty State Park (Statue of Liberty).
Population: over 273, 546
Flight times: Chicago-2 hrs, London-9 hrs, Los Angeles-5 hrs, Miami-2.7 hrs, Tokyo-14 hrs.
Average mean temperature: 52 F (13° C), Days of sunshine: 200 days, Annual precipitation: 40.5 inches.
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
- March - May: 64°f / 43°f, 18°c / 9°c
- June - Aug.: 85°f / 64°f, 29°c / 18°f
- Sept. - Nov.: 69°f / 50°f, 20°c / 11°c
- Dec. - Feb.: 42° / 25°f, 8°c / -2°c
Newark Liberty International Airport
One of the world's busiest airports is located south of downtown Newark between the New Jersey Turnpike (accessible from Exits 13A and 14), U.S. Routes 1 & 9 and I-78. EWR is about 16 miles from midtown Manhattan.
Taxi: General Info: 973-961-6000 - Parking Info: 888-397-4636 - Ground Transit: 800-AIRRIDE (247-7433)
NYC Transit Authority: 718-330-1234
Port Authority Bus Terminal: 800-247-7433
AMTRAK: Raymond Plaza West, Newark, NJ 07102
ATTRACTIONS (Most are in NYC)
Ground Zero, site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers: In December 2001 New York City opened a viewing platform at Fulton and Church Streets. By early 2002 there should be four platforms that accommodate 400 people each. Open: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Free tickets, available from the South Street Seaport ticket booth at Pier 16 in lower Manhattan, must be presented prior to entering the viewing areas. Tickets are not available for a specific viewing time. Two tickets per person are distributed on a first-come first-served basis for the next available viewing time. Ticket booth opens: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. At present you may obtain tickets for same day viewing usually noon to 8 p.m., or for the 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. viewing the next morning.
Central Park: 59th St. to 110th St., & from Fifth Ave. to Central Park West, for events information (212) 360-3456, http://www.echonyc.com/~park/. 843-acre landscaped wonder in the middle of NYC. Great for skaters, runners, joggers, horseback riders, bikers, bird watchers, nature lovers, etc. The park includes lakes, a skating rink, minature golf, tennis courts, softball fields, a swimming pool & carousel.
Central Park Zoo: 5th Ave. at E. 64th St., (212) 861-6030. Open everyday. Save your ticket for Tisch Children's Zoo. The Great Lawn, behind the Metropolitan Museum is the place to suntan, toss frisbees or wait for free Shakespeare tickets.
The Empire State Building: 350 Fifth Ave. (212) 736-3100
80 mile visibility lets you to see landmarks in all five boroughs, plus Long Island & N. J. Observation tower open daily: 9:30 am to midnight (last tickets at 11:25 pm). Admission: $4.50, $2.50- seniors & children.
Grand Central Terminal: 42nd St. (Lexington & Vanderbilt)
World famous train station, serving commuters of NY and Connecticut, plus NYC subway lines. Stop at the famous Oyster Bar or simply enjoy the musicians in the magnificent Concourse.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: Columbus Ave. between West 62nd & 66th St. (212) 875-5350
14-acre complex of performing arts and educational institutions.
New York Public Library: Fifth Ave. at 42nd St. (212) 930-0800, http://www.nypl.org. Beaux Arts landmark makes millions of books available to locals & visitors. Visit its cathedral-like third floor reading room.
New York Stock Exchange: 20 Broad St., (at Wall St.) (212) 656-5168. Famous U.S. exchange, symbol of New York's financial power. Tickets available for free tours that include stops at the visitors' gallery overlooking trading floor. Weekdays 9:15 am to 4:00 pm.
Rockefeller Center: 47th to 51st St. between Fifth & Sixth Ave. (212) 632-3975. Art Deco complex with upscale shops & restaurants. Tour NBC studios & Radio City Music Hall. In winter try the ice skating rink.
St. Patrick's Cathedral: Fifth Ave. at East 50th St. (212) 753-2261. The largest Catholic church in the U. S.
Staten Island Ferry Terminal: at the foot of Whitehall Street (next to Battery Park) (212) 806-6940. Leaving Manhattan, go to the top deck to view the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, etc.
Statue of Liberty" (212) 363-3200. Take ferry from Battery Park in lower Manhattan. Given by France in 1884, there is no substitute for a visit to this United States symbol. Admission to statue itself is free, but to get to Liberty Island, you must pay $7. ($5., seniors; $3., children) for ferry.
United Nations Building: First Ave. and 48th St. (212) 963-1234. Take a 45-minute tour led by representatives of member countries.
American Museum of Natural History: Centra l Park West at 79th St. (212) 769-5000. Sunday - Thursday, 10 am - 5:45 pm; Friday - Saturday, 10 am - 8:45 pm. Adults - $8; Students & Seniors - $6; Children - $4.50.
The Brooklyn Museum: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, (718) 638-5000 . One of the oldest and largest museums with great collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday 11 am to 9 pm; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm Admission: Adults - $4; Students - $2; Seniors - $1.50; Children - free.
Ellis Island Museum of Immigration: (212) 269-5755. Accessed by ferry from Battery Park in lower Manhattan. One of the most popular museums in NYC. Hours: Daily, 9 am - 6 pm. Admission: Free
Frick Collection: 1 East 70th St., (212) 288-0700. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday, 1 pm - 6 pm. Adults - $7; Students/Seniors - $5; Children under 10 not admitted.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: 1071 Fifth Ave., (212) 423-3500. Sunday - Wednesday, 10 am - 6 pm; Friday - Sat., 10 am - 8 pm. Adults - $12; Students and Seniors - $7; Children - free.
Guggenheim Museum SoHo: 575 Broadway (at Prince), (212) 423-3500
Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 Fifth Ave., (212) 535-7710, http://www.metmuseum.org. Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (to 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays). Closed Mondays. Adults - $10; Students and Seniors - $5; Children & members - free.
Museum of Modern Art: 11 West 53rd St., (212) 708-9400. www.sv a.edu/MOMA/messager/museum.html
Saturday - Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 am - 6 pm; Friday, 10:30 am - 8:30 pm; closed Wednesday. Adults - $9.50; Students/Seniors - $6.50; Children - free with adult.
New Museum of Contemporary Art: 583 Broadway (near Houston Street). (212) 219-1222. www.newmuseum.org. Wednesday and Sunday, noon - 6 pm; Thursday through Saturday, noon - 8 pm. Adults, $5; Artists, Students, Seniors, $3; Children - free.
Pierpont Morgan Library: 29 East 36th St.,(212) 685-0610. Tuesday - Thursday, 10:30 am - 5 pm; Friday, 10:30 am to 8 pm; Saturday, 10:30 am - 6 pm; Sunday, noon - 6 pm. Contribution: Adults - $7; Students/Seniors - $5; Children - free.
Whitney Museum of American Art: 945 Madison Ave., (212) 570-3676 . Friday - Sunday & Wednesday, 11 am - 6 pm; Thursday, 1 - 8 pm. Adults - $9; Students and Seniors - $7; Children - free. (note: admission is "pay-what-you-wish" on the first Thursday of each month from 6 pm - 8 pm).
Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris: 120 Park Ave., (212) 878-2550. Admission: free.
OTHER NEW YORK CITY MUSEUMS
American Craft Museum
American Museum of the Moving Image
Asia Society Galleries
Audubon Terrace Museum Group
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Institute for Contemporary Art / P.S. 1
International Center of Photography
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Liberty Science Center
Museum of African Art
Museum of American Folk Art
Museum of American Illustration
Museum of Television & Radio
Museum of the City of New York
National Academy of Design
National Museum of the American Indian
New York Hall of Science
New York Historical Society
Queens Historical Society
Queens Museum of Art
South Street Seaport Museum