New York, New York
New York is the largest city in the US and the turnaround port for cruises to the Caribbean and Eastern Canada/New England.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at Brooklyn or Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is located in the Red Hook area south of downtown Brooklyn. Manhattan Cruise Terminal is located at 52nd and 12th Ave on the west side of Midtown Manhattan.
Also in the area is Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in neighboring New Jersey. Terminal info here http://www.cruiseliberty.com/
Money and Tipping
Getting To/From the Airport
New York has two major airports in the area, LaGuardia and JFK. Transportation options from Laguardia here http://www.panynj.gov/airports/lga-ground-transportation.html and for JFK here http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-ground-transportation.html
New York has an extensive subway and bus network. The subway requires Metrocards, either prepaid or single use available at ticket machines in the stations. For buses, you will need $2.25 in coins only (no pennies) or a Metrocard. No transfers are allowed with a cash fare. A Pay-Per-Ride Metrocard allows transfers. A $10 value one is available which is good for five trips. These can be purchased from convenience stores or at stations but not on buses.
To get to Manhattan from Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, walk two blocks east on Pioneer St to Van Brunt Street. There is a supermarket on the corner where you can buy Metrocards. Cross the street and take the bus B61 to Borough Hall. You can transfer to the subway here. Lines 2/3/N/R will take you to Times Square or 2/3/4/5/N/R for lower Manhattan. You can take the same bus to return or you can take a second route. Take the F train to Smith/9th Street station and change for the B77 Bus. Get off the bus at Conover Street and Dikeman Street. The walk is then approximately 6 long blocks to the terminal entrance. http://www.mta.info
From Manhattan, there is a convenience store at 51st and 11th Ave where you should be able to buy Metrocards. To get to the subway, you can take the M50 bus on 50th St the five long blocks to 50 St station or you can also walk.
Update May 2013 - A free ferry service runs on the weekends in the summer between Red Hook and Manhattan with paid service the rest of the week. http://www.nywatertaxi.com/
Sights (prices checked Jan 2012)
Shopping & Restaurants
Fifth Ave (between 49th and 60th St) is one of the most famous shopping streets but you will find shops and restaurants in every district. Shopping guide available here http://www.frommers.com/destinations/new-york-city/663769
Famous NY Restaurants
Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi for customers.
Top Attractions Map
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