Time: 9 ½ hrs behind IST in summer; 10 ½ hrs in winter
Currency: US dollars ($)
Mobile phones: Most US cell phones, apart from the iPhone, operate on CDMA. Check compatibility with your service provider.
Wi-fi: Most hotels offer wi-fi , though it isn’t always free. Some public parks offer free wi-fi. Also try Apple stores (www.apple.com).
WHEN TO GO
Spring (March-May) and autumn (September & October) are the best times to explore.
WHAT TO PACK
- Comfortable day shoes
- Sunglasses and hat/cap
- Warm sweatshirts or a jacket, because both spring and fall can be chilly for Indians
- From airport:
John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK): The AirTrain ($5) links to the Metropolitan Transport Authority’s (MTA’s) subway ($2.50), which makes the one-hour journey into Manhattan; express bus to Grand Central or Port Authority is $16; shared vans to Manhattan hotels run $20 to $25; taxis cost a fl at rate of $52 (tolls and tip extra).
- Taxi: Fares: around $15 to $26 from downtown to Midtown.
- Boat: The free Staten Island Ferry runs from Lower Manhattan. The more useful East River Ferry travels between Wall St/Pier 11 and E 34th St in Manhattan, (stops at Brooklyn and Queens).
For more, grab a copy of New York On Arrival.