2016 Global Forum - Things To Do in NYC

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Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, New York City is an exciting destination for all. The City is home to diverse neighborhoods, historic landmarks, restaurants offering international cuisine, and some of the best museums in the world. While you’re in NYC, follow NYCGO on Twitter and Facebook for daily events, tips and deals, or head to for a list of mobile applications you can download on your smartphone to help you explore NYC with ease. You can also click here to discover some visitor services that may help make your stay in New York more comfortable.

Be sure to consult the list of restaurants, attractions, museums, and other retailers offering Delegate Discounts. If you plan to do a good amount of sightseeing, you may want to consider purchasing a New York Pass. The promotion code GFGE20 will earn you a 20% discount on a New York Pass until the end of February 2016.

For culture and entertainment, consider NYC’s remarkable museums and the bright lights of Broadway at the Theatre District in Times Square. Show discounts are available through Broadway Inbound.

Foodies who want to savor delicious, authentic cuisines from every region in the world should head to Astoria or Flushing in Queens, the East Village in Manhattan, and Cobble Hill in Brooklyn. Click here to see all of the dining options – and attractions and museums – in and around the New York Marriott Marquis and Times Square.

New York City comprises several islands, and its waters are home to an extensive ferry system to take you uptown and downtown, as well as across the rivers between boroughs. Perhaps the best-known transport is the Staten Island Ferry. It’s primarily a commuter shuttle between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan, but it’s also a wonderful 5.2-mile, 20-minute mini-cruise with great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and Lower Manhattan—plus it’s free. Other shuttles include New York Water Taxi and NY Waterway and other services are available, too, such as harbor and sightseeing cruises like Statue Cruises, operating direct service from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

If you love to shop, Midtown offers premiere fashion spots like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other big-name department stores, while SoHo, TriBeCa, and NoLIta feature celebrity designer goods, handmade jewelry, and artwork. Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a fun place to find one-of-a-kind vintage apparel in charming boutiques.

Attending the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City is fun and free. It’s best to arrange obtaining tickets as far in advance as possible, depending on the individual show’s policies. Still, many shows have standby options if you’re willing to wait. Click here for the addresses and schedules of TV shows—and your chance to say hello to people back home on national television.


Public Transportation
The best way to get around NYC is through a combination of walking and NYC’s extensive system of subways and buses. The mass transit system is inexpensive, operates 24/7, provides an easy way to extend sightseeing, and gets you where you need to go—fast. Other interborough connections include ferries and even an aerial tramway.

Getting an MTA (Metropolitan Transport Authority) MetroCard is your first step to navigating the City by subway or bus. A MetroCard is required to enter the subway system, while exact change or a MetroCard can be used on buses. You can purchase a MetroCard at any subway station from multilingual machines (which accept cash and credit/debit cards) or booth attendants. Riders have three options for fare payment: a single ride ticket, a pay-per-ride MetroCard or an unlimited-ride MetroCard.

  • A single-ride ticket costs $3, is sold only at ticket machines and must be used within two hours of purchase. There is a $1 fee to purchase a MetroCard, so be sure to retain it (and check the expiration date on the back of the card—the MTA will issue a new MetroCard for no charge if your card has expired or is damaged).
  • With a pay-per-ride MetroCard, the base fare for a subway or bus ride is $2.75. If a value over $5.50 is added to the card, an additional 11 percent bonus is added as well. Below are some samples with the bonus:
    • Buy a $9.91 MetroCard ($11 value) 4 rides
    • Buy a $19.82 MetroCard ($22 value) 8 rides
    • Buy a $39.64 MetroCard ($44 value) 16 rides
  • An unlimited MetroCard enables users to ride all subways and buses as often as they like and costs $31 for seven days or $116.50 for 30 days. Additional discounts are available for seniors age 65 and older and disabled riders. For maps of New York City’s subway and bus system, click here.

NYC Taxis
The NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) regulates the City’s fleet of taxicabs. Taxis operate 24 hours, provide door-to-door service, and accept cash or credit cards. The City’s famous yellow fleet is primarily seen throughout Midtown but can be hailed for trips to other boroughs and even to other states. NYC’s new apple-green Boro Taxis can pick up hails in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens (excluding the airports), Staten Island, and northern Manhattan (north of West 110th Street and East 96th Street); they are not authorized to pick up any trips elsewhere in Manhattan.

To find an available taxi, stand at the curb and look for a yellow cab with an illuminated white number on top. Off-duty cabs display the illuminated words “Off Duty” on the same sign. Board and exit the cab curbside.

For yellow or green taxis, there is a minimum meter fare of $3, and prices increase based on the distance and duration of the trip (assume prices are higher during peak rush-hour traffic). Surcharges apply to the meter price nightly from 8pm–6am, and Monday–Friday from 4–8pm. Drivers appreciate a 15–20 percent gratuity at the end of a trip. Bridge and tunnel tolls are not included in the taxi’s metered fare. For further details, visit or call 212-NEW-YORK from outside the City or 311 when in town.

Special-Service Needs

New York City is committed to ensuring accessibility for everyone with special needs and has equipped all buses with lifts for those in wheelchairs and those who have difficulty climbing stairs. In addition, many subway stations include elevators, ramps, visual display signs, accessible public telephones, and tactile and audio features on ticketing machines. Subways also have automated voices indicating stops. Many street-hail taxicabs accommodate wheelchairs. To request a wheelchair-accessible taxi:

  • call the accessible dispatch center at 646-599-9999,
  • text a request to 646-400-0789, or
  • download the free mobile app “WOW Taxi” at the Apple App Store.

Passengers with disabilities are eligible for reduced fares on most mass-transit trips. For more information about NYC accessibility, call 212-NEW-YORK from outside the City or 311 while in town; contact the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (212-788 2830, TTY: 212-504-4115,; or visit NYC & Company’s accessibility section.