Do you love travelling and seeing new places? If so, New York is one of the cities you need to visit. It is among the most popular cities in the United States with beautiful architectural buildings, scenery and tourist attraction points. Besides that, the city is home to several car hire companies where you can book a car during your stay.
New York City (NYC) is a city situated in the southern part of the State of New York. It’s the most populous city in the United States with a population of over 8.3 million as of 2017. The city has a land area of 302.6 sq mi, and it’s right in the centre of the New York Metropolitan Area. Considered to be a global power city, NYC has been described as the capital of the world in terms of finances, culture and media. Apart from that, it also has a significant impact on entertainment, technology, commerce, tourism, fashion and sports.
The origin of the city can be traced back to the 16th-century Dutch Republic, and it is has emerged as an international symbol with a diverse culture. The city is also where the United Nations is headquartered. Due to the diversity of the culture, there are over 800 different languages spoken in NYC, but the official language used is American English. Besides that, the currency used in the city is US Dollars, and it has one of the best economies in the world.
Despite the 9/11 World Trade Centre incident, New York City continues to record high GDP per capita. In 2017, the GDP per capita of the city was $71,252, and it has the highest number of billionaires when compared to other cities. There are several landmarks and districts in the city, which explains the high influx of tourist. It is also collectively called the five boroughs which consist of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island.
In terms of culture, the New Yorkers are lovers of music, visual arts, comedy and dance. Some different parades and festivals take place in the city. Due to the land area of the city, there are climate variations. The north of the city experiences a humid subtropical climate while the western parts experience an oceanic climate. Nevertheless, the city’s annual average sunshine is 234 days. Winters in NYC are chilly and damp while summers in are dry with the temperature hitting 38 degree Celsius sometimes.
One of the awesome places you can explore when in New York City is the Statue of Liberty. It is a famous statue and among the word largest statues. The Statue of Liberty is 152 feet tall and it symbolises freedom. If you want to enjoy a nice view of nature, Central Park is an incredible place to explore. Within the park, you can visit the Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields, the Lake and the Belvedere Castle. From the Statue of Liberty to the Central park takes 35 minutes’ drive, and the distance is 6.8 miles (10.9km).
Rockefeller Center is among the most visited tourist attraction points in NYC. Situated in Manhattan, it is a vast centre of entertainment. There is an outdoor skating rink for skaters as well as a bronze sculpture of Atlas. Art lovers can visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art which was built in 1870. The museum houses art collections that go as far back as 5000 years. Among the arts you’ll find in the museum are arms and armour, Egyptian art, and American decorative arts. The distance from the Rockerfeller Centre to the Museum is 2.7miles (4.3km) and it takes 21minutes drive.
If you love theatres, then you should consider attending a Broadway show while you are in NYC. Broadway and the Theatre District is considered as the pinnacle of theatre in America. Several shows are premiered in Broadway, and they are usually very interesting to watch. The Empire State Building is another famous landmark in NYC. It is a 381-meter-tall and 102-storey building that gives you a view of most parts of the city when you stay at the top. Driving from Broadway to the Empire State Building in your rental car takes 11 minutes, and the distance is 1.1miles (1.8km).
There are three airports in NYC, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport. LaGuardia Airport mainly handles local flights from the city to other places in the US, while the other two are international airports. These airports have modern facilities such as ATMs, Currency Exchanges and so on. The common places that people travel to from these airports are Boston, Tokyo, Miami, Montreal and Paris.
There are about a dozen car rental services in NYC. These include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Payless. Many of these car hire services are international brands that are known to deliver the best services. You can book a car from any of these companies in the airport or online via their website. We suggest that you should book a car ahead to get the exact brand that you want.
Since every car rental service have its own terms and conditions, we suggest that you should read through the t&c of the car rental service you are choosing. Most car hire companies charge their customers extra for failing to deliver a rental car on the due date, so check to know the conditions for extending the rental period. Also, inspect the car before driving off and point out any issues.
In terms of road quality, NYC roads are of excellent quality. The roads are properly laid out and the necessary facilities are provided. The traffic in NYC is usually congested during the early hours when people are resuming work (between 5.30 am to 9.30 am) as well as work closing hours (4.00pm to 7.00 pm).
The speed limit of most of NYC roads is 25mph (40kph). On highways such as Cross Bronx Expressway and Long Island Expressway, the speed limit is at 50mph (80kph) while the speed limit on street roads vary. Thus, always check the posted speed limit on roads to know the one that applies. There are also several car parks in NYC which you can use, and their prices are not high, These car parks are in almost every corner of the city. However, if you can’t find one, you can use street parking where allowed.