New York City travel guide

New York City travel guide:
big plans for the Big Apple

This city never sleeps, is never boring and never disappoints. After a year of lockdown, many are celebrating the full opening of New York City and are looking what to do for an upcoming trip. Even if you are a regular traveler, there’s always something new and exciting to discover in New York City.
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Getting to NYC

How to get to New York

By plane

There are 3 main airports you can use to get to New York: John F. Kennedy International Airport is the largest and busiest in the system, located in southern Queens; LaGuardia International Airport is also located in Queens, in the northern part and is the closest airport to Manhattan within the system; Newark International Airport even though its location in New Jersey is also considered a part of the NYC airport system due to its proximity to Manhattan.
Consider that each one of these terminals receive dozens of millions of passengers, so you must consider booking your New York airport car service in advance to avoid unnecessary time waiting for an airport cab or a ride hailed through an app.

By train

There are 2 main train stations, both in Manhattan: Grand Central Terminal and Penn station. Not only these stations allow you to connect with NYC from several cities in the North Atlantic area and beyond, but they are also great tourist attractions themselves, as you will surely recognize them from several movies and TV series.
As well as with the airports, New York City’s train stations are very crowded and getting a cab or bus can be difficult, and you can easily be wasting your time looking for one. Any of Elife’s train station pickup services include a 60-minute waiting period free of charge, so you can rest assure we’ll be waiting for you once you arrive.

By car

New York City is located on the southeast corner of the State of New York. It is a surprise for many that NYC is not the state capital but Albany, located 150 miles north. The City is well connected with the state, as well as with neighboring’s New Jersey and Connecticut.
It is a good idea to plan a road trip to New York City, but perhaps you’d like to avoid spending long hours driving and have a long, fun quality time with your travel companions instead. For that matter, Elife has a wide array of vehicles for you to choose from, so you can make of a boring car ride an unforgettable experience.

Exploring New York City

The Big Apple is divided in 5 main boroughs, each one with its own vibe and thigs to do and see.

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Perhaps the most recognizable borough, as its being pictured for decades as the visual representation of the city. Amazing landscapes, food from all over the world, museums and the most vibrating urban vibes collide here. Many of the most famous landmarks of the city are in Manhattan, and you’ll feel at home among the thousands of tourists you’ll find everywhere.
As the city’s heart, Manhattan has arguably the widest set of activities in the city, so give yourself the time to explore its streets and dive into the pace of one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

What to do in Manhattan:

What do you like about New York


Located west of Manhattan crossing the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, it has become the cooler, trendier haven for those running away from the mainstream Manhattan vibe. Here you will experience a relaxed, more hipster mood with great drinking and dining options along with one of the city’s sports Mecca: the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

What to do in Brooklyn:

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Most tourists leave the Bronx outside their travel schedule -unless they’re going to a Yankees game- and they’re missing the art, open green spaces and history of the northernmost borough in the city. Home of iconic landmarks such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the oldest public golf course and the first zoo in America, the Bronx is a borough to which the city owes most of its heritage.
The biggest park in NYC (Yes, even bigger than Central Park), a house where Edgar Allan Poe once lived, home of NYC’s original Little Italy and, hold on, the birthplace of the famous Häagen-Dazs ice cream (we’re sure you lifted your eyebrows with this one) the Bronx have some great surprises waiting for the tourists looking to leave the usual.

What to do in the Bronx:

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The easternmost borough in the city houses the most diverse population in the city, and that’s where its charm resides. It’s just a matter of walking around its neighborhoods to find colors, flavors and aromas from around the world. You will surely find something that will remind you home when you visit Queens, but in its unique, New Yorker style.
Queens is also home of Flushing Meadows, created as the site of the 1939 World Fair and the current venue of the US Open, one of the most important tennis tournaments in the world, as well as the 2 international airports in the city. When you arrive to New York, you arrive to Queens, and a piece of the world lives in this borough.

What to do in Queens:

Honeymoon Island State park

Staten Island

The southernmost and perhaps the least touristic borough in the city (it takes a ferry ride from Manhattan to get there) doesn’t lack in suburban charm. Perhaps the quietest borough offers some great breweries, a botanical garden and a zoo, unique Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty views and some activities good for a weekend getaway.

What to do in Staten Island:

As you can see, your New York City’s to-do list may seem endless, and the myriad options give you material for many trips to come. For every one of them, Elife can provide you any kind of ground transportation service you will need during your stay in New York.

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