New York City Guide
You don't have to be a native New Yorker to act like one—not if you use our New York City Guide
. Want to seamlessly travel between neighborhoods, find the city's best pizza or learn insider tips on hotels or permanent housing? Our New York City Web Guide points you to the Big Apple’s vast array of fun activities: Visit New York’s most famous attractions, see a show, catch the big game, attend a gallery opening, spot a celebrity and much more. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide
New York covers 12,000 square acres of land, has more than 8 million residents and hosts more than 40 million visitors per year. Taking on the city yourself may seem daunting. But the links below make exploring New York City's neighborhoods and its tourist sites a breeze, right from the comfort of your home, so you can plan your trip in advance.
- Neighborhood identities in New York are very strong. It’s not uncommon for a neighborhood to have a message board or forum for those who live there. For example, enter “Williamsburg forum” into a search engine, and you’ll find Williamsboard.com, a site for people who reside in the popular Brooklyn neighborhood.
- There are lots of multiborough events that can give you a great excuse to experience new parts of the city. Being a spectator of (or participant in) the New York City Marathon and the Five Boro Bike Tour helps you explore all five of the city’s boroughs in one day.
For an overview …
is a daily blog that covers anything, and almost everything, happening in New York. Peruse entries to get a taste of the varied, eccentric and intricate New York culture.
On the Inside
is an insider’s guide to activities in New York with content that is generated and donated by influential New Yorkers. Discover bars, restaurants, stores and hang-out spots that are favored by New York’s creative types.
NYC & Company
is the official tourism site of New York City. The site touches on all the basic aspects of a visit to the Big Apple. Find information about activities and attractions, and get help planning your visit.
Virtual New York City
is a Web site produced by the City University of New York that puts the rich history of New York City at your fingertips. The site provides a vast amount of multimedia and primary source documents from all eras of New York City history.
For images …
Museum of the City of New York
shares the Byron Company Collection online. The collection consists of more than 22,000 black-and-white photographs of New York taken between 1890 and 1942.
posts and categorizes pictures of places that might not make it into your average guidebook as well as elements of the city that have become “extinct” or outdated.
To explore by neighborhood …
Virtual NYC Tour
lets you explore a neighborhood online using both panoramic photographs and an accompanying map. Select a neighborhood from the list on the left or from the map. Once the tour has loaded, be sure to check “Side Hints” to get little tips about what stores, attractions, or spots of historical importance are on the surrounding streets.
Big Apple Greeter
has a bunch of resources to help you explore and find things to do throughout each of the five boroughs.
To hire a tour guide ...
The Guides Association of New York (GANYC)
provides a database of tour guides licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, searchable by the types of tours they offer (for example, architectural, culinary or neighborhood-specific).
is an option for people who want something a little classier than the Circle Line, a sightseeing tour boat company. Visit the site to learn how you can circle Manhattan in a sailboat.
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