An expert guide to a weekend in New York

Know before you go. . .

Important information

Britic Consulate General: (00 1 212 745 0200;, 845 3rd Avenue, New York

emergency services: Dial 911

Tourist Information: Visit NYC and Company’s website,, for in-depth information on what’s happening in the city and tips on places to visit. For maps, brochures, and other information, stop by the Official Visitor Information Center ( at 151 W. 34th St. between Seventh Ave. and fetch Broadway; Open Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm; Sun, 10am-9pm; Times Square between 44th and 45th Sts; daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Southern tip of City Hall Park; Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Local Laws and Etiquette
In restaurants, it is customary to tip 15-20 percent. NYC sales tax is 8.87 percent; Taxes are not included in listed store or restaurant prices.

The basics

currency: U.S. dollar

phone code: Dial 00 1, then the three-digit borough number (e.g. 212 for Manhattan, 718 for Brooklyn/the Bronx) for New York numbers from abroad

time difference: New York is five hours behind London

flight time: London to New York is about seven hours

Author’s bio

David Farley has made his home in New York’s West Village for 15 years, where he has made a habit of using Google maps to help lost tourists navigate the neighborhood’s maze of confusing streets, trying to steer them away from tourist traps, Keep restaurants and bars away. An expert guide to a weekend in New York

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